A little more than 20 years ago, I was honored to take the helm of Neue Ordnung magazine from Ernst Strachwitz and Franz Frank. The magazine, which had been in existence since the 1950s, had consistently sought a way to reconcile the perennial tensions between the nationalist right and the Catholic right in Austria — and, perhaps someday, bring them together.
Given my family’s lifelong friendship with Strachwitz, I took it as a personal responsibility to ensure that Neue Ordnung continue to be published — and I did so, through a joint publishing collaboration between Leopold Stocker Verlag and Ares Verlag, both in Austria. Together we made sure the magazine continued to cover important — and at times contentious topics — about our culture and heritage, about the decline of the West, and about growing social questions, including criticism of modern-day capitalism.
Addressing the social problems that we have all seen emerge in recent years, the magazine has remained timely and up to date, speaking to some of the most difficult issues of the day and responding to some of the biggest challenges of modernity. Nevertheless, I decided to rename the magazine.
Why? For one, the term neue Ordnung — that is, ‘new order’ — increasingly began to be understood in reference to a new global order that seeks nothing less than the destruction of traditional systems of order in Europe. ‘New order’ now means the destruction of the European nation-states and the values that support them. It refers to ideologies such as “gender mainstreaming,” “anti-discrimination,” “anti-racism,” and other buzzwords. Thus, the name of the magazine had to change: Neue Ordnung no longer reflected our values and principles. On the other hand, Abendland — ‘the West’ or ‘the Occident’ — stands for our values, and for the eternal and undying standards of the West. It also refers to the various ethnic, religious, and cultural traditions of Europe and its peoples.
Over the past few decades, our magazine has repeatedly devoted articles to our historical and spiritual roots — not just those of Austria or of the German nation but of all of Europe. And that is exactly what the new name of our magazine should express: our concern for — and love of — Europe, our continent, and the culture, peoples, and spiritual roots of the continent. We want to preserve these things precisely at a time when they are under attack — not only from mass immigration and modern ideologies but also from policies imposed by the EU and other global institutions.
Although under an entirely new name, we will continue to publish articles critical of the ‘new economic order’ that has been imposed on the European continent; we will continue to defend the cultural and religious roots on which Europe was built; and we will continue to address a variety of domestic and international topics that both highlight our commonalities as well as our rich diversity. In short, we will continue to make efforts to preserve the historical, religious, and cultural roots of Europe — while making sure that Austria remains Austrian, Germany remains German, Europe remains European, and that the West remains Occidental.