Daniel Friberg is a Swedish nationalist, businessman and author of the recently released book The Real Right Returns (Arktos, 2015). In one section of his short “handbook for the true opposition,” Mr. Friberg writes of the economy and politics. His remarks make for interesting points in continuing the ongoing discussion (on SF and OD) about developing new poles of Southern nationalist politics.
Friberg writes that “We advocate the primacy of politics over economics.” He reassures conservatives that “Primacy does not equal regulation or planning.” In fact, the Swedish writer notes that “The therapeutic welfare state has historically taken far too many liberties against individuals and groups” and applauds the positive “capacity of free markets, free people, and free trade to create economic wealth.” However, Friberg points out that “Economics is not the absolute fundament of society.” He quotes French New Right intellectual Alain De Benoit as saying, “we’ll gladly welcome a society with a market, but not a market society.” Friberg advocates specific spheres such as religious communities, cultural associations and historical societies that are “important elements of a healthy society” and should be “protected from the forces of the maketplace.”
Friberg is mostly concerned with the social fabric of the nation in his writing on economics. He is also impressed with the power of a freer economy than Sweden currently enjoys, perhaps due to his experience as the CEO of a mining company. He does not delve into directions of economic nationalism the way that Brad Griffin has in his recent writings on Southern history.