The Stockholm, Sweden event of Identitarian Ideas has kept expanding for seven former times in a row. Not only has Identitarian Ideas developed its own recognizable character, but also attained a critical mass. Having grown to a size that necessarily captures attention, the event also has so many interesting features to make it mandatory to all friends of Sweden and Europe, irrespective of political extraction.
Over time, II has grown into every fall’s major identitarian event in Sweden for all of us who reserve a special place in our hearts for Sweden and Europe, even though I myself am a late-comer to this.
The mainstream of impression, to a first-time visitor like myself, comes down to a wide latitude of scope and a broad perspective. Whoever would contend that Nationalism is a one-track, anti-intellectual ideology has never been a visitor to II. Media is one topic, party politics is another, together with economics, metapolitics and even the connection of parapsychology to politics.
In my view, a strong line-up of speakers were present. Swedish observers would immediately recognize Swedish profiles Patrik Ehn, Dan Eriksson, Daniel Friberg and Ingrid Carlqvist, who lived up to expectations. An international presence consisted of Isac Boman of Åland, with a fresh view on currencies and monetary systems, as well as several English-language speakers, including Jason Reza Jorjani and Roger Devlin. All the speakers brought interesting topics to bear, and all addressed topics with relevance to Nationalism – as most topics have today, and as Identitarian Ideas demonstrates through exposing a true wealth of ideas.
Part of Identitarian Ideas’ attraction follows from the possibility for visitors to meet outside of the speaking schedule, and communicate freely with other nationalists, independently of political or organizational extraction, or of national descent. Whoever eclipses me in terms of forwardness and ability to convince, has a great playing field on which to introduce ideas. The ambience is one of listening attitudes and generosity. Mingling almost without restriction affords plenty of time and space for listening to others and share ideas. Whoever has a message and a capacity for bringing it forward, can connect with all kinds of interesting people, many of whom are also potential collaborators, across organizational and even national divides.
The 2016 theme of Identitarian Ideas, arranged for the eighth time in a row, was “Europe Rising”. The event is something of a microcosm of the Sweden and Europe that we nationalists would create – open-minded, forthright, with a low degree of tolerance for untruths, hypocrisy and the official code of silence, but with a high degree of tolerance for our diversity, for realism and free speech. These leading motives point the way to the struggle to come.
Winter is theirs, but Spring belongs to us.