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Daniel Friberg

Daniel Friberg
Born1978 (age 40–41)
NationalitySwedish
OccupationPublisher
Known for

Daniel Friberg (born 1978) is a Swedish businessman, publisher, and writer, described as a leading figure of the Swedish new right and global alt-right movements.[1][2][3] He is the CEO and co-founder of Arktos Media, and co-founder of the AltRight Corporation in partnership with American white supremacist Richard Spencer. He is also the European editor of the corporation's website AltRight.com.[4][5]

Biography

Friberg grew up in Gothenburg in a politically left-leaning family but was drawn to right-wing views after, he says, witnessing immigrant children targeting whites in his school.[4] In his teenage years he became involved with the Swedish white nationalist and neo-nazi culture of the 1990s,[6] and has spent time in prison for weapons offenses.[4][5] In 2001 he founded Nordic Press, a publishing and music distribution company that primarily sold albums by white power bands.[7][8] In his 20s he distanced himself from neo-nazi culture, and in 2004 became inspired by Nouvelle Droite (New Right) literature, especially the works of Alain de Benoist.[9] Friberg earned an MBA from Gothenburg University in 2006, and was CEO of Wiking Mineral until 2016.[4] He helped establish the website Metapedia, the think tank Motpol, and online forum Nordisk, popular with Scandinavian nationalists and other far-right users.[4][8]

Friberg's beliefs include identitarianism, which opposes multiculturalism and migration,[2] and ethnopluralism.[8] His 2015 book, The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition, has been described as Friberg's "manifesto, and a handbook for alt-right activists".[4] In 2017 he partnered with the American Richard Spencer and the white nationalist website Red Ice to found AltRight.com, and has organized conferences uniting European and U.S. right-wing figures.[4][8] He was a scheduled speaker at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Virginia, which broke out in violence and lead to the deaths of one counter-protester and two law enforcement officers. Friberg blamed the violence on antifa counter-protesters and police.[10][11]

References

Notes

  1. ^ Millman, Jenna; Torres, Ignacio; Taguchi, Emily; Valiente, Alexa (2 December 2017). "Extreme right wing movement gains momentum in Europe, echoes heard around the world". ABC News.
  2. ^ a b Stavrou, David (28 December 2017). "How Sweden Became a Thriving Base of neo-Nazi Ideology". Haaretz.
  3. ^ Main, Thomas J. (2018). "The Rise of the Alt-Right". Brookings Institution Press. p. 12.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Porter, Tom (3 March 2017). "Meet Daniel Friberg, the Swedish mining tycoon bankrolling the alt-right's global media empire". International Business Times UK.
  5. ^ a b Schaeffer, Carol (May 28, 2017). "How Hungary Became a Haven for the Alt-Right". The Atlantic.
  6. ^ Teitelbaum 2017, pp. 32-34.
  7. ^ Teitelbaum 2017, pp. 35-37.
  8. ^ a b c d Feder, J. Lester; Mannheimer, Edgar (May 3, 2017). "How Sweden Became "The Most Alt-Right" Country In Europe". BuzzFeed News.
  9. ^ Teitelbaum 2017, pp. 45-47.
  10. ^ Hume, Tim (17 August 2017). "White nationalists in Europe loved Trump's Charlottesville response". VICE News.
  11. ^ Guilford, Gwynn (15 August 2017). "The complete story of what happened in Charlottesville, according to the alt-right". Quartz. Retrieved 8 June 2019.

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