The Persecution of Golden Dawn

The recent arrests of top Golden Dawn officials in Greece, along with talk of legislation banning the party, reveals once again the true face of the so called modern “liberal democracy”.  Images of police in balaclavas taking away Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and 17 others in handcuffs were splashed across the media, as the elites in Greece and elsewhere claimed the arrests were a triumph “of democracy”. The irony of democratically elected politicians being arrested on trumped up charges and their party being targeted by a government crackdown should not be lost, and indeed it is not lost on a good portion of the Greek population.

The political climate in the Western world has been abysmal for many decades.  As if it were not enough that the traditional hierarchical forms that guided the West for millenia have been lost, we have grown accustomed to pessimism with regards to political change. Gone are the days when leadership was seen as something of pomp and circumstance, the days of great statesmen animated by high ideals.  In their place have the mass man, the career politicians, the lobbyists, and political parties that reflect and cater to a civilization in its twilight.  There are flickers in the corners and fringes of European politics that show that at least few remain aware of the declining state of the West, but for the most part, there has been no success in shaking the population out of its resignation and apathy.

This changed with the Golden Dawn’s stunning show in the last round of Greek elections, which has led to unprecedented exposure for a political movement which less than a decade ago only counted a few hundred members. It managed to score seven percent of the Greek vote and land twenty one out of three hundred seats in the parliament. This was despite being maligned and attacked both in the media and by its opponents, oftentimes violently. Its success has considerably alarmed the mainstream political establishment of Greece, as well as the power-brokers in America, England and Western Europe.

For a time, some people tried to write off Golden Dawn’s success as a fluke; an irregularity which would not be repeated.  However the party’s strength has only increased since the election. Greeks have grown tired of politicians lining their pockets at the expense national dignity and its future, and in a rare instance, voted power to a party which meant to keep its promises. This threw the mainstream media in the whole Western world into a frenzy, with articles coming out daily about the “dangers” of this party and its supposed violence, Nazi sympathies, and so forth.

These attacks have, by and large, failed to stop Golden Dawn from becoming the third largest party in Greece. This popularity is certainly not undeserved.  It has run charitable drives of food, clothes, blood and medicine for Greeks hit hard by the global recession, which hit Greece hardest. It also has done a remarkable job in cleaning up the streets. In some areas, where Greeks could not go out alone at night for fear of being robbed or murdered, Golden Dawn established patrols of volunteers to defend the neighborhoods from roving gangs. It operated a soup kitchen which was shut down only with great violence by the Greek state, including the use of tear gas.

International organizations along with the establishment in Greece have been eager to find any way to undo this success.  The murder of a leftist activist Pavlos Fyssas aka “Killah P” is of course, nothing more than an excuse for a government crackdown, having little to do with the slew of arrests. The fact that the alleged perpetrator was tied to Golden Dawn is irrelevant.  By the same logic, one could argue for Hillary Clinton or John McCain to be arrested if a Republican or Democrat committed a crime, on the charge of “criminal conspiracy”.  But this is typical: “democratic” governments are just as interested in maintaining power as any other form of government, and the major parties and coalitions in Greece sitting comfortably on top are not going to tolerate seeing their positions challenged by a party that seeks to drastically change things.

History has a treasure trove of examples of this, as when democratic parties who praise legalisms and “rule of law” have absolutely no problem bending it, or simply changing it to accommodate them. This was done recently against the Ron Paul campaign in the United States, where the both the Republicans and the Democrats united against him, and did everything to effectively shut out coverage of the Paul campaign, going so far as to block him from speaking at the State conventions leading up to the last election. In the 1930s the Falangists ad Romania’s Iron Guard both saw how liberal democrats treated parties which were not willing to “tow the line”.  José Antonio Primo de Rivera, the leader of the Falange was arrested for carrying a weapon, a charge that was, given the chaos and violence engulfing Spain at the time, ridiculous. Most Spanish politicians at the time were either armed or surrounded by armed guards. This was a pretext to crack down on the party and ultimately have Primo de Rivera dragged before the firing squad. In Romania, the Legionary Movement suffered government persecution from its inception, with its political party being banned at elections, and its leadership repeatedly imprisoned. King Carol eventually decided to simply cancel elections in 1938 and decapitate the movement, having Codreanu and top legionary officials executed by strangulation while claiming they were shot trying to escape. This began a wave of persecutions and cost hundreds if not thousands of lives. The three examples may be quite radically different in terms of their actual positions, but they all represented challenges to the established order. When pushed, a liberal government will show its reveal its true face. If its not possible to win while retaining the veneer of “rule of law”, rule of law is merely ignored entirely.

The media has portrayed Golden dawn supporters as violent thugs, ignorant and intolerant, simply attempting to capitalize on discontent for their own benefit. There were protests when a branch of Golden Dawn opened in New   York and the vagabond leftist “activist” element, local politicians were out in highly publicized (but poorly attended) rallies against Golden Dawn. The usual rhetoric and empty slogans declared that they had no place in New York, a “melting pot” for immigrants and diversity and of course that Golden Dawn was against democracy and freedom. The truth is naturally very different. I had the privilege of meeting and working with Golden Dawn representatives in New York over the last year in charity work. The members I with met were universally articulate, idealistic and intelligent. They were highly motivated by the desire to assist their countrymen and ideological fellow travelers.  The reception among the Greek community in New York was, despite the claims of their opponents, overwhelmingly positive. With only a few exceptions, Golden Dawn was greeted with enthusiasm beyond anything even I expected.

What the Greek people think, is of course, not important.  A few days before the crackdown and arrests, the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, was in New York with representatives from four major international Jewish organizations, the American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith, the Anti-Defamation League, and the World Jewish Congress. All of these groups had been vocal in their opposition to Golden Dawn and demanded the suppression of the party.  Only a few days later, their wishes were granted. Samaras vowed openly to “destroy Golden Dawn”.  Why would the opinions of Jewish organizations — American ones at that — be more important to Mr. Samaras than the wishes of over half a million Greeks who cast their votes in favor of Golden Dawn?

The Jewish community in Greece is insignificant, so this doesn’t reflect the wishes of any large segment of the Greek population at all. What has happened is that the entire Greek establishment, parties radically different (on the surface) have united against Golden Dawn. The reason is Golden Dawn’s promise of real change to Greek society being window dressing.  Why should people in the United States, South America, Europe or the rest of the world care about what happens in Greece?

A victory for a truly nationalist party (as oppose to the “respectable conservative” parties which have gained popularity) of the Third Position is a victory for all of us who desire to see true change. Golden Dawn’s victory in Greece could be the spark that lights a dramatic shift away from liberal democracy across Europe and elsewhere. But today, Golden Dawn is standing on the precipice. It could disappear tomorrow under the crushing weight of the globalist campaign to destroy it, or it could emerge stronger than before and hopefully give Greece the proper orientation to emerge from decades of spiritual, political, and economic degradation.

What better place for a reinvigoration of Western man than in the place his world ideas first took shape?

NOTE: Golden Dawn is currently accepting donations and assistance, their major American website is based here

About Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson resides in New York City. He holds a degree in history and studies philosophy, theology and entomology in his free time.
  • Katherine Bartlett

    I’m so glad I found this site. My husband would love it!

  • Peggy Nolan

    Oh wow. I’ve become rather news agnostic. Bad news is everywhere and it’s broadcasted 24/7. BUT, I’m glad I came here to read your post about Greece. This is the tip of the iceburg.

    Thank you for this informative post.
    Peggy(from UBC)