The gunman livestreamed himself driving towards the mosque.

The camera pans to his collection of firearms laying on the passenger seat.  They are covered in writing.  Upon closer inspection they have the names of people like Bajo Pivljanin, a Serb who fought against the Ottoman empire in 1600’s, and Sebastiano Vernier appears written on his cell phone, a Venetian Doge who led battles against the Ottomans in the 1500’s.  At one point the camera is pointed back towards the gunman, showing a angry looking white man.  He then calmly gets out of his car, arms himself with a shotgun and a AR-15 before heading into the mosque.  Opening fire with the shotgun, he kills several people in the entranceway before proceeding into the prayer room.

The shooter empties magazine after magazine into unarmed civilians as the livestream continues to broadcast.  He guns down anyone who tries to escape, then makes several trips back into the prayer room to pump round after round into the bodies.  Back outside, he murders a woman on the sidewalk then shoots her several more times in head as she cries out for help.  He then gets back in his car and drives off listening to music that some have identified as the soundtrack to the Japanese anime series Initial D.

Although much remains to be pieced together, it seems clear that he then headed to another mosque to perform another attack.  As of now the bodycount in Christchurch, New Zealand stands at 49, with many more injured.  The suspect was arrested by the police and will appear in court this weekend.  This is the first time such a mass shooting has occurred in New Zealand, a country with fairly unrestrictive gun laws by comparison to nearby Australia.  It wasn’t long before his social media post was located which also linked to his manifesto.

The alleged shooter’s last post on 8chan.


The manifesto itself contains a nearly verbatim recital of neo-fascist propaganda, including right wing conspiracy theories about “the great replacement” (also the title of the manifesto) which envisions a liberal globalist plot to welcome immigrants into western countries in order to replace white people, also known as so-called white genocide, a deliberate demographic displacement at the hands of global elites and/or the Jews.

However, modern fascism blends together a number of ideas, some of them contradictory on the surface if not in their entirety.  For instance, the shooter is a self-described eco-fascist.  The first page of the manifesto offers a snap shot of modern fascism.  Note the “black sun” which appears in Nazi occult iconography and was popular with Heinrich Himmler.  Arrayed around the black sun are the tenets of contemporary fascism, including environmentalism.

The cover to the alleged shooter’s manifesto, with Nazi occult symbolism front and center. The surrounding tenants are all facets of modern fascism which blends numerous contradictory views.

Eco-fascism sits at the crossroads of a number of ideologies and represents one of those odd counter-intuitive places in politics where the far left and far right seem somewhat aligned, even if the underlying rationale differs.  This style of environmentalism borrows from ideas more prevalent in left wing environmentalism, such as the Malthusian catastrophe theory and ideas about over population, but then grafts them into far right wing romantic sentimentalities about how the land must be preserved for the white race.