1- How was Zentropa born and who are you?
Zentropa was born from friendship and common political will. We are a community of comrades that try to fight the cultural, spiritual and moral desertification caused by modernity.
2- What are Zentropa’s goals?
There are many… First of all we aim at creating a physical community, alive and interdependent. A community of which each member is united by the ideal and their friendship. We also want to puzzle and create doubt in people’s minds. We want them to question their way of life, their future, push them to refuse materialism and initiate an intellectual and political revolt.
3- The most common critic made to the ‘Third Way’ is its anachronism, like other alternative ideologies. These anachronisms can be found in the symbols, methods and the political discourse. How can this attitude of looking backwards and the status quo be put to a stop without loosing the main focus?
Looking at the modern world, how can one condemn all types of nostalgia? Nostalgia is also the vivid and painful memory of everything which has been destroyed by the modern madness. The real issue posed by this nostalgic attitude is that it shouldn’t become an end in itself. The past should not be transformed into a dream of long gone and fantasized golden era or in a folkloric faithfulness to a time which was only an interlude in our long memory. On the other hand, nostalgia can be a fuel for fighting and building on! We’re not going backwards, this is a certainty, but we can dip the resources as well as paradigms in the past to build a future faithful to our ancestral identity and adapted to the modern world’s challenges.
4- Zentropa seems to be willing to compensate the fact people read less and less with a great sense of aesthetic and simple visual messages. Can you tell me more about it?
Let’s be clear, nothing can replace reading when you speak about culture or training militants. Articles and (even more) books are key for structuring the mind and for understanding of our world.
Unfortunately reading practices are lower and lower and we have to work around this.
We have to find ways for our message to be understood and to encourage people to seek deeper answers though reading. For us, image and sound aesthetics are ways to catch our readers’ interest and to push them to look further.
5- How do you conciliate the social aspect of the left and the values of the right (family, abortion, homeland)?
For us it’s really a natural marriage and we refuse the speech that tends to separate them. Family is the best vector for solidarity, is it not? Isn’t homeland the best defence against globalization? Is not a child being born the best example of the refusal of utilitarianism?
6- Can you explain you motto ‘0% racism, 100% identity’ and ‘Love, Absinthe, Revolution’?
‘0% racism, 100% identity’ is the basis for Zentropa. It embraces the pride we have in who we are, our culture, our heritage and clearly express the rejection we have for the grotesque hatred of supremacists and their refusal for the otherness. To defend one’s identity means to accept the others right to defend his. It is willing a diverse world where everybody can live on his own soil according to their ancestors’ laws. It is to show respect around the world to anyone that defends with courage and honour, their way of life. ‘Love, Absinthe, Revolution’ is a motto that embodies our vision of the political fight. It takes its roots in love – we keep on dreaming and live the poetic world of absinthe – and eventually it will lead to a revolution.
7- How do you picture the future of our nations, our people, our cultures, and our identities in a globalized world?
It is quite simple: there is no future for the nations and peoples in this model. Either we destroy it, or we will be destroyed… transformed into an army of lobotomized clones running back and forth in an alley of the world supermarket.
8- For Zentropa some underground cultures such as Skinheads, Punks, Casual, and Hardcore are largely represented. What role do they play in your vision of politic?
These ways of life (when they are sincere) are against modern consumerism. Any breakdown in the system, even superficial or caricatured, interest us and need to be encouraged. On the other hand, lets be clear, showing some interest for these phenomena does not mean that we agree on every aspect of what they defend or represent. We only point out certain aspects that can interest our readers. Furthermore, because we don’t think our readers are stupid, we leave them the opportunity to make a choice. In those subcultures the best or the worst can be found.
9- What is Zentropa’s opinion about climate change, deforestation, and endangered species?
We are deeply concerned about ecology. Defending our identity also means defending our surrounding, our food and our environment. We think that men should know their limits and learn frugality. We refuse experimentation on living things and we promote traditional agriculture.
10- Some words on :
Starving poor countries while the USA are dying of cholesterol.
Not only the USA but most of western countries are dying due to their eating habits and over consumption.
Mussolini’s biggest mistake is his alliance with Hitler.
That’s an historian’s job to decide. It is too simplistic (and useless) to be thinking geostrategic tactics 50 years after a given event.
What drugs can do, TV does.
TV is an addictive drug. In the western world it causes an intellectual and cultural genocide.
Pharmaceutical lobbies got richer with H1N1 pandemic.
That’s quite true. It is their goal to make business. The most worrisome is that they do so with the help of our governments.
11- Zentropa is francophone, is your organization only for French people? Do you have links with some old French colonies, are you open to some other European heritage (Hispanic, Portuguese, British…)
We are for anyone interested in working on an identitarian and social project. We already publish articles in Italian, some in English and a few in Russian. We are ready to ‘open’ ourselves even more depending if some reader can send us interesting material in other languages. It is also true that some of us have historical and family links to some old colonies such as Indochina or Algeria.
12- Hispanic countries and those from Portuguese heritage are young countries. Some are closer to their European heritage and some closer to their indigenous roots. These factors create conflict between the countries but also within countries. How does Zentropa see the development of the Identitarian in such places, knowing that culturally and racially the people come from two diverse forces?
Those differences can probably be transcended by a strong patriotic feeling. It can unite a country and hide internal conflicts for a greater good. For this to be possible it also takes collective projects from collective myths for people to get bounded. If this patriotic feeling is not strong enough then comes the time for communitarian reflex, when people who have established small groups coexist.
13- What are you opinions on the following conflicts: Irish, the Basque country, Cataluña, Flanders, Tibet, Kurdistan, Quebec, and Palestine?
Those are complex and painful problems. It would be really risky to discuss it in one sentence. Generally speaking we are for people to be able to decide for themselves, their own laws, and for regional autonomy. On the other hand the development of a many mini states does not seem to be a solution to fight the global dictatorship. A strong nation seems to still be an entity that can be meaningful, especially in France.
14- World crisis or global lies?
The world crisis is based on a lie: the myth of a perpetual growth, no limit consumption, easy money and miraculous investments…
15- What do you think about:
His populist approach, his anti imperialism make him quite sympathetic. On the other hand, his cult of the self, his grotesque militarism, his tendency to accuse white people of any problem faced by his country makes us sceptical. Nevertheless, his international activity contributes to the birth of a multi-polar world which overall is very good.
Shops selling Che Guevara and Antifa t-shirts.
This system has a unique way of making profit with the very symbols of its contestation. A main strength. The real rebellion is not to consume objects with anarchist mottos, it is to stop consumption.
Because we defend identity and autonomy we are opposed to colonialism. Those mentioned, are part of our history and, contrary to our opponents we assume our responsibilities. If we condemn the idea of colonialism, we respect and admire the men that did it with honour, courage and humanity.
Jean Mabire, Pierre Vial et Robert Steuckers
Three major actors of the European resistance. We don’t share all of their views but we respect their faithful fight.
16- The three enemies of our identities?
The American subculture of the entertainment.
17- Do you have a last word for our readers?
Thanks a lot for the opportunity for speaking. It is always nice to be able to create a web between freedom fighters around the world.