Arktos is a think tank that provides a platform for exploring various ideologies and perspectives from the Right. Among the numerous different ideas explored is National Bolshevism, a distinct right-wing ideology that has its roots in the Conservative Revolution during the tumultuous era of Weimar Germany. The Weimar period, after World War One and leading to the National Socialist rise to power, was a cauldron of political, economic, and cultural changes, making it ripe for the emergence of new and often contentious ideologies.
Ernst Niekisch, a prominent German intellectual during the interwar period, formulated the political ideology of National Bolshevism, which merged elements of radical nationalism and Bolshevik tenets. This philosophy was not just a simple fusion; it incorporated Niekisch’s admiration for Prussian values and principles. Advocating a blend of German nationalism and Soviet-style socialism, National Bolshevism rejected Western liberal democracy and plutocratic capitalism, positioning itself against both the dominant Western powers and Germany’s own established conservative elite.
National Bolshevism is fascinating for how it seemingly marries elements of the far Left and the far Right. One of the key figures who showed sympathies towards this ideology was Ernst Jünger, a renowned German writer and philosopher. Jünger, known for his works like Storm of Steel, which detailed his experiences during World War One, was intrigued by the dynamism and contradictions within National Bolshevism.
During the period of the Conservative Revolution, there were various journals that discussed a gamut of ideas, many of which appeared contradictory on the surface. These journals served as platforms where thinkers, regardless of their particular ideological leanings, could share, debate, and refine their views. From staunch traditionalists to radical socialists, these publications highlighted the diversity of thought within the nationalist movement.
At Arktos, the spirit of intellectual exploration reminiscent of the Conservative Revolution is very much alive. We believe in facilitating conversations and providing insights into a multitude of perspectives from the Right. However, it is crucial to note that publishing articles or books related to National Bolshevism, or any other ideology for that matter, does not necessarily imply Arktos’ endorsement of all articulated viewpoints. Rather, we offer these pieces as food for thought, encouraging our readers to delve deeper, think critically, and form their own informed opinions.