Nearly two weeks ago an anonymous author – apparently an Austrian identitarian – published Volle Fahrt ins Nichts, a very interesting analysis of right-wing populist parties in the West, concluding they are unlikely to achieve their goals. This essay was shared by another (not quite anonymous) Austrian identitarian on Twitter who assured me he knows the author, and that he has no objections to a translation provided the original source is linked. And so I present to you Full Speed Into the Void, my hopefully not-too-terrible translation of the German article into English. Anyone is free to republish this translation elsewhere, with links to the original and translated articles.
Readers who are fluent in German should take note that Austrian identitarian chief Martin Sellner has already published an extensive reply to the original analysis which is also well worth reading.
The article’s implicit context, where not otherwise indicated, is Austrian or possibly German politics. I occasionally added clarifications for readers unfamiliar with the local situation.
Some idiosyncratic German terms were difficult to translate verbatim. In particular, I replaced the party labels “sozialdemokratisch” (social democratic, i.e. SPÖ/SPD) and “christlich-bürgerlich” (literally Christian bourgeois, i.e. ÖVP/CDU) with the more generic terms center-left and center-right, as I believe the intention was to indicate general positions on the political spectrum rather than any local peculiarities.