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Olav Torheim

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A lunatic Chaplin imitator
and his greatest fans

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First as tragedy
Then as farce

Olav Torheim (born 25 August 1979) is a Norwegian neo-Nazi activist from the small town of Volda, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. He has been one of the few active members of the Norwegian neo-Nazi movement since the turn of the century. While openly identifying with the "identitarian" brand of the traditional neo-Nazi movement, he is also a proponent of Islamophobia and "counterjihad," the ideologies notoriously promoted by Anders Behring Breivik.

Torheim originally came to some modest prominence for his nationalist language politics; a proponent of an exceedingly obscure purist language ideology called "High Norwegian," he led a faction of around three people who split from the rest of this tiny language movement due to their pro-fascist, anti-immigration and ultraconservative Christian views. Torheim has published his own magazine called Målmannen (literally, "The Language Man") for several years. The magazine was ostensibly devoted to "High Norwegian" language politics, but much of its content consisted of anti-immigrant screeds and "enthusiatic reporting from neo-Nazi marches" in Germany, Sweden and elsewhere in which Torheim himself took an active part as a participant and organizer.[1][2] In later years Torheim has identified himself as "identitarian," a term that has recently become popular among Nazi and fascist groups (one of the best known examples of the "identitarian" brand of Neo-Nazism is the website Metapedia). Torheim was the subject of a detailed critical exposé on the popular left-wing website Radikal Portal in 2014,[3] and the Norwegian Humanist Association's journal Humanist has also published articles about Torheim's role as an organizer within the neo-Nazi movement.[1][2] Norwegian newspapers have also previously written about Torheim's role in the neo-Nazi movement.[4] Torheim has been busy filing complaints against newspapers who wrote critically about him, to little avail.[5]

Torheim also edits Wikipedia using a number of pseudonyms, which prompted Norwegian newspapers to write about the far right's infiltration of the project following Breivik's terrorist attack. Aftenposten, Norway's largest newspaper, writes that "Anders Behring Breivik's like-minded are fighting an ideological battle to promote their ideas on Wikipedia."[6] Torheim's usernames include Linuxboksen, Filippusson (since renamed Lylefor), and Iselilja. Torheim has been highly active in editing Wikipedia's articles on topics like the English Defence League, the Norwegian Defence League, Fjordman, Document.no, Vlaams BlokWikipedia's W.svg, Counterjihad, the Danish People's Party, Jörg Haider, SIAN, Folkebevegelsen mot innvandring and Democrats in Norway (a Norwegian neo-Nazi fringe party), and has consistently tried to portray these groups and individuals in a highly positive light.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Identitærane kjem" ("The Identitarians Are Coming"), Humanist (journal of the Norwegian Humanist Association)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Flisespikkeri fra Torheim" ("Hair-splitting from Torheim"), Humanist
  3. Målmannen – fascisme under høgnorsk dekke ("Målmannen – fascism under the cover of High Norwegian")
  4. "Volding i nynazistisk selskap" ("Man from Volda involved with neo-Nazis"), Næravisa, Friday 1 March 2013
  5. Olav Torheim mot Næravisa (nett og papir), pfu.no
  6. Breiviks meningsfeller i redigeringskamp på nett ("Breivik's like-minded in edit wars on the Internet"), Aftenposten, 20 April 2012