On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik, a Right-wing writer and activist, killed more than sixty young members of the Norwegian Labour Party on Utøya island. Captured alive, Breivik was more than willing to explain his actions as a ‘necessary atrocity’ designed to ‘wake up’ Europe to its betrayal by the Left, and its impending destruction through immigration and multiculturalism.
Following these events Guy Rundle, Tad Tietze and I collaborated to edit, within three months of the killings, On Utøya. The ebook was a challenge to anyone who would seek to portray the events in Norway as anything other than what they were – a violent mass assassination, directed against the Left, to terrorise people into silence and submission to a far-right and Islamophobic agenda.
Since this time the essays have been reproduced and expanded on in numerous forms in the Australian and UK media, as well as in academic and psychiatric journals, by the authors.
Here we provide a free open access PDF version of the book for all to read, with essays by Anindya Bhattacharyya, Antony Loewenstein, Lizzie O’Shea, Richard Seymour, Jeff Sparrow and the editors.
If you still want an e-reader version because you prefer the navigation, the details for purchase are here. We also continue to post information related to fascism, in particular in Europe, on the Facebook group and via the book’s Twitter account.
Introduction: On Utøya Elizabeth Humphrys and Guy Rundle
Part One – the Event
July 22, 2011: Anders Breivik as a group of one Guy Rundle
2083: Breivik’s 21st-century fascist manifesto Richard Seymour
Part Two – European Prelude
The Panic in Europe: Islamophobia and the Right Jeff Sparrow
Anders Breivik and the History of Right-Wing Terror Guy Rundle
What is Fascism, Now? Anindya Bhattacharyya
Traitors in our Midst: targeting the green/left in the ‘war on terror’ Lizzie O’Shea
Strange bedfellows: the new nexus between Israel and the far right Antony Loewenstein
A Note on Breivik’s anti-semitism: the national versus the international Jew Richard Seymour
Part Three – Global Aftermath
Depoliticising Utøya: Anders Breivik as ‘madman’ Tad Tietze
Madness and Western Civilisation Tad Tietze
Your ‘Terrorists’, Our ‘Lone Wolves’: Utøya in the shadow of 9/11 Elizabeth Humphrys
Repoliticising Utøya Jeff Sparrow
Language, Violence, Politics Tad Tietze
Commonwealth of Fear: the right and the manufacture of hate in Australia Guy Rundle