The Bumbling Bigots of Budapest

Paul Brian, Foreign Policy, October 13, 2014

“I can tell who is Danish immediately,” said a young Danish racist in a small Budapest pub last week. “Even just on the street, from the way they walk and interact with people, I can tell.” If the Dane was looking for compatriots, they may have been in short supply, but sympathetic ears and judging eyes were not, for once. The table where he quaffed his lager was full of other young men passionate about the future of white people in Europe and around the world.

Minutes later, dozens of police stormed the basement bar, blocking the exits and demanding that the assembled white men provide identification. More police lined the sidewalk outside, next to large armored trucks. Other Hungarian police officers filled the room and demanded passports from anyone who they believed to be a white nationalist.

This isn’t how it was supposed to go. Before the drinking session was broken up by the police, it had been an informal get-together ahead of the Future of Europe Congress, a two-day long conference for white nationalists that was supposed to include a roster of provocative speakers and sightseeing activities.

The conference aimed to bring together people around the white world to discuss how to defend their heritage against the perceived threats of multiculturalism, liberalism, and globalization.

Identitarianism began in France in the 2000s, fueled in part by anti-Muslim immigration sentiment. The movement has grown significantly since, particularly in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. The Future of Europe Congress was organized by Richard Spencer, the director of the Montana-based National Policy Institute (NPI), as elf-described “independent think-tank and publishing firm dedicated to the heritage, identity and future of European people in the United States and around the world.”

Spencer’s Caucasian caper had originally been slated to start Oct. 3 but was delayed for a variety of reasons, not least of which was strongman Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán, Europe’s right-wing superstar these days and a staunch nationalist in his own right, seemed like he should have been a gracious host. He wasn’t. Three days before the planned start of the conference, the prime minister announced that he would use “all legal means” to prevent it. His minister of interior, Sándor Pintér, followed up with an announcement the next day that the government would stop European Congress speakers “well-known for spreading racist views” from entering Hungary.

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If Orbán wanted to show the world he was getting in touch with his anti-fascist, anti-ethnic nationalist side, the pub raid backfired. Indeed, by shutting down the conference before it could even begin and declaring an academic from Montana a threat to national security, he did a good job of the opposite. Ending the gathering engendered sympathy for Spencer’s arrest among even some neutral and liberal Hungarian activists, and made headlines around the world with the dramatic reaction to what would have otherwise likely remained an obscure non-event.

The Budapest police may have been expecting aggressive skinheads at the pub, in which case they were likely disappointed: Attendees sported well-coiffed hair, suits, and mild demeanors. Still, the cops questioned everyone they suspected was a white nationalist there for the conference. Various attendees were taken back to their lodgings to produce identification and then returned, assumedly under a Hungarian law requiring “all visitors to carry their passports.”

Spencer, the well-educated and well-spoken poobah at the evening’s center, was at a loss, scanning through his phone and wondering aloud what to do. Dressed in a black overcoat with double-buckle dress shoes and a Mitt Romney-like haircut, Spencer speaks in a voice inflected with the patrician tones of a former Beltway journalist who has written for mainstream publications such as the American Conservative. At first, he urged his pub night compatriots to leave, then, realizing the police were likely after him, he identified himself as the leader of NPI. It worked and he was taken away. The police left soon after.

Spencer had evaded border authorities by flying to Austria and then entering Hungary by train. But his luck had just run out in a big way. “I was locked in a van with four officers. At no point was I told why I was being apprehended, and I was not officially arrested or charged; I was simply held against my will,” Spencer wrote me in an e-mail days later from a minimum security Hungarian jail. “I found out later that the uniformed officers did not know the details of their capture of me,” he added.

The Hungarians said he’d been arrested for failing to produce a government ID, but he said that in detention he was informed that Orbán considered him a national security threat. “I was expelled for thinking thoughts that Viktor Orbán disagrees with not for leaving my passport at my hotel,” Spencer tweeted on Oct. 7.

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“In many ways Orbán basically agrees with us,” said Kevin DeAnna, formerly head of a U.S. group called Youth for Western Civilization, who became a kind of leader of the assembled white nationalists in Budapest following Spencer’s arrest. “But if you’re on the far right you try to find someone even further right and point and say ‘hey, look at them.'”

Many of the attendees were shaken by the arrests. “As an American it shook me up, to be honest,” said a would-be conference attendee from Texas would only identify himself as Rocky. “In America we have the idea the police protect us. For free speech, for ideas that maybe don’t need . . . protection, but ideas that aren’t popular.” Rocky noted how at NPI’s conference last year in Washington, D.C., the police protected NPI’s speakers from angry protestors outside.

This time, about 100 protesters rallied against the conference from Budapest’s Szabadsag Square, some 15 miles from the bar. The anti-racist activists didn’t know the meet-up location. But if the protesters didn’t know how to find the Clock Café Restaurant and Pub, how did the police?

Likely by signing up a dummy registrant to the event so they received the private e-mails, said DeAnna, Spencer’s longtime friend. It looked like oversights like that were going to sink the whole affair, but DeAnna and speaker Jared Taylor (who had once helped fund the work of DeAnna’s now-defunct white nationalist student group Youth for Western Civilization), managed to keep a semblance of the conference afloat.

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After DeAnna learned of Spencer’s arrest Oct. 3 at the pub he and Taylor did their best to take charge. Taylor booked a restaurant reservation for the conference attendees for the evening of Oct. 4. DeAnna agreed to play host.

Meeting a crowd of reporters at a pre-arranged secret location in a murky entrance of the Budapest Metro on the evening of Oct. 4, DeAnna showed up in frayed jeans, running shoes, and a tie. As he shepherded confused journalists and attendees to the now-rescheduled conference dinner, he scanned his surroundings like Jason Bourne searching for plainclothes officers who might be tailing him.

Inside the restaurant, long wooden tables were piled high with plates of chicken paprikash on noodles; traditional Hungarian crafts hung on the walls. Around 70 attendees, young and the old, sat and conversed, some holding glasses of wine. A group of students affiliated with the Nationalist Student Association (NSV) in Belgium wore, red, white, and black sashes, while professorial types talked about Europe and white identity among themselves. Other attendees included a 20-year-old Hungarian man who wished Dugin had been able to attend, a British blogger who was passionate about discussing “biopolitics,” and others to the left and the right united by an idea of shared Caucasian heritage. It was mainly a time to make friends and comfortably talk over ideas that would receive stares (at the very least) in most public venues.

After a dessert of chocolate mousse and various tortes, two speakers stood in front of the room and addressed the crowd. Taylor, the editor of a supposed academic journal that publishes, among other tirades, essays on eugenics, spoke first. “Only our race could have built this continent with this civilization, and only our race will carry that civilization forward in any way that is meaningful,” he told the crowd, who rose in a standing ovation. A lone non-white attendee from Japan, working on a Ph.D. dissertation about European nationalism, looked on curiously.

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In the end, Taylor remarked, the whole Budapest experience had become less of a conference and more of just a fun dinner. Indeed, the planned “book fair” had been transformed into a meager pile of six of Taylor’s books. But attendees agreed that the chicken paprikash was tasty.

As for Spencer, who spent the weekend going back-and-forth between Hungarian detention facilities and immigration offices, his big reward at the end of his much-vaunted conference was a one-way ticket back to Montana. “I will be deported from Hungary and banned from Schengen countries for three years,” Spencer wrote to me in an e-mail, noting he may file an appeal with the EU Human Rights Commission.

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  • David

    It is excellent that Foreign Policy hates racially conscious whites, and does not want to be around us except for work obligations! Paul Brian obviously supports a white ethnostate so that he doesn’t have to be around these “bumbling racists” and where they cannot hurt him.

    Great to have you on board, Mr. Brian and Foreign Policy editors!

  • TruthBeTold

    Foreign Policy Magazine.

    The magazine of the NWO.

    Another forum that sees immigration as the solution to nearly every problem.

    • You might have it mixed up with Foreign Affairs, the official publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

      At first I thought Foreign Policy was the neo-conservative fopo publication from the Heritage Foundation. But no, Foreign Policy was once in the same stable as the WaPo.

  • MekongDelta69

    This ‘article’ (if you can call it that), isn’t too slanted, is it?

    I’ve never seen SO many mentally deranged White people in my entire life. Why can’t THEY contract Ebola?

    • SolStans

      I think you mean “ivola”.

      • Kenner

        ‘Evola’, as in Julius?

        • SolStans

          More like the ivory to ebola’s ebony.

  • SolStans

    I can’t wait for this to start happening at U.S. gatherings of whites. There’s no doubt that at some point soon, “hate speech” (as nebulously defined as it is now) will be made illegal. Once average American whites start seeing their brothers, cousins, neighbors, and coworkers locked up for a non-crime, maybe they’ll wake up.

    • WR_the_realist

      Most will think, “Oh good, they locked those neo-Nazis up” — until they find themselves among the few whites in a majority black and Hispanic country, and then it will be too late.

      • SolStans

        You know, you’ve got a good point.

    • dean53

      I’m the racist minority in my family. The rest are mostly bland, nonconfrontational PC conformists. I doubt my arrest would disturb them enough to make them question their own indoctrination. Whites just don’t stand up for whites anymore, especially not when they are on the opposite sides of the race card.

      • HE2

        dd, I think I am making inroads into my under-informed, conflict averse family.
        Specifically my QVC, DWTS, American Idol addicted fluff bunny sister who is of the “isn’t everything wonderful? Look at this flameless candle I just bought” persuasion.

        Yesterday on the phone, not only was she willing to spend longer than 5 seconds talking about the govt’s Ebola mismanagement SNAFU, she used the taboo n word twice when referring to BO’s policy.
        It is baby steps, baby steps, baby steps dealing with the terminally comatose.

        • dd121

          My daughter is pretty conservative but doesn’t like to talk about the uncomfortable aspects of blacks. My son, law school graduate, is ultra liberal. I tried, but the schools had him longer. My son told me, after I die, he’ll have always have a negative memory of me because of my conservative views. That’s shows just how deeply the left sinks their roots into your children. Sigh.

          • HE2

            My son told me, after I die, he’ll have always have a negative memory of me because of my conservative views.

            I like you a lot, dd, view you as an honorable man. This really upsets me.

            It is as if your son thinks you are evil, sick, or cruelly disposed.
            Nothing could be further from the truth.

            I hope you and he are able to resolve this before you are gone. But…..only if you are not compelled to capitulate.

            I think your views are moral, responsible and accurate.

          • dd121

            My experience with far left liberals is that in a discussion you just can’t have an honest difference of opinion. I don’t oppose anybody’s opinions on a personal level. Most liberals do. In fact I would say their usual reactions dip to hatred. I think they hold the view that their opinions rise to the level of moral imperative. I guess that’s why so many people say liberalism is a religion.

            I can only hope that as life wears my son down a bit he may come to realize that his leftist buddies aren’t going to cut him any slack. As a white male, he’s their enemy. You’d think people would embrace what is in their best interest.

            ps I like you too. 🙂

          • HE2

            Thank you, dd.
            I think as your son makes his way through this life walking the mine fields that White males must traverse, he will see for himself what is happening.
            Then, he will come around.

            That is my fervent wish.

          • SoulInvictus

            Give it time. I was the same way and had a similar situation with my father. Now my …”conservatism” (for lack of a better word) makes him seem moderate in comparison. Pretty sure that surprised/confused hell out of him as now my views are largely harsher than his were when he was a Wallace supporter back in the day.
            Your son doesn’t sound dim, so either he’ll awaken and be pissed, or he’ll awaken and be a disingenuous tool lawyer/politician.

    • Chris

      You think this is not happening already??

  • The two theories I had about what went wrong in Budapest re the NPI were:

    1. It got caught up in the internal machinations of Hungarian politics

    2. Victoria Nuland made a phone call

    I like Kevin De Anna’s theory that Viktor Orban was doing a controlled burn by trying to point to those people that are even more right wing than he is behind the tree.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Jobbik is pathetic.

    • WR_the_realist

      Conservatives have been doing this sort of triangulation for years. In his book The End of Racism Dinesh D’Souza said some things that some over sensitive lefties would call racist, so D’Souza triangulated by having a chapter in his book where he talked about the real racists attending an Amren conference.

  • B.A_2014

    More publicity. Even if it is biased, there is enough people of sound mind that read a piece like this and may wish to get the other side of the story.

  • Fun read. The snarky writing style is typical of lefties who like to subtly demonize anyone who disagrees with them. Setting the snarky tone aside, there’s a mental picture created of men passionate enough to risk jail or even death to move their cause forward.

  • kjh64

    “A lone non-white attendee from Japan, working on a Ph.D. dissertation about European nationalism, looked on curiously.”

    Yes, but of course Japan doesn’t allow immigration of non-Japanese and is 98 percent Japanese. Japan is one of the most nationalist countries in the world, if not THE most nationalist.

  • Gary John 金白龍

    Multiculturalism is a national security threat to all nations.

  • Bantu_Education

    Various attendees were taken back to their lodgings to produce identification and then returned, assumedly under a Hungarian law requiring “all visitors to carry their passports.”

    I followed the links but, unless I missed it, I couldn’t see any mention of any rule requiring “all visitors to carry their passports”, and I very much doubt that any EU country has such a law these days. (perhaps unfortunately so). So the police were lying and behaving like they were still in the Communist Bloc. Cannot more mileage be made of this? Is there nobody in the MSM who has the moral courage to defend these latter-day “heretics” known as “racists”? That was a rhetorical question needless to say….

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    We live in a world in which we are constantly told that White people are oppressing every and any other racial group, we happen to come into contact with. Yet there is one racial group, and one group only which is constantly suppressed like this, and it most certainly ain’t black people, it’s us, period! What is such a shame is that we have allowed ourselves to be taught to literally hate ourselves, our history and our people because of the color of our skin. I mean, we’re talking about White children who hear all day long. Of how black people, Hispanics, Indians, Asians and any other group of peoples you’d care to name, should be proud of themselves, their people and their accomplishments.

    While those same White children are told that being proud of themselves, their people and their accomplishments. Is nothing more than a vile disgusting act of racist hatred and oppression. Which leads us to a generation of self hating White people, like those found in Budapest no doubt. Who literally oppress and suppress other White people for daring to be proud of themselves, their people and their accomplishments. In other words, or more like in their words, for daring to be hateful, racist bigots.

  • John

    The Occidental Observer website published yesterday a copy of a letter of protest to the US Hungarian Ambassador by one of the attendees, Dr. Tom Sunic. It will probably fall on deaf ears in that the ambassador is “Goodfriend” and no doubt a “chosenite”. This whole affair sounds like it might have been sparked by some under the table money flowing from the European you know who community to officials in Hungary. I agree that many of the former Communist Eastern European countries aren’t that up to speed on their equivalent to our Bill or Rights, but by the same token, they are way behind the US on the field of political correctness. For example, the influx of Muslims into European countries is entirely a EU policy and has very little, if any backing, from indigenous whites. What it does have, as immigration problems do globally, the total support of the Jewish community. What a shock!

  • me

    I salute you all, brave and true Hungarian survivors! Jared Taylor has shown, once again, that he is indeed a heroic and courageous man, with a character that is unshakeable in his resolve for truth, justice, and the preservation of his White brothers and sisters! Richard Spencer, a true lion of courage and conviction, didn’t even blink! Hurrah! May we all have the courage of our convictions in these dark, dark days of White oppression, disenfranchisement, vilification, martyrdom, and genocide–just for the ‘crime’ of being White.

  • Cobbett

    Hungary hosted the World Jewish Congress not that long ago – no cries of ‘bigot’ heard about that one.