Some Swiss news about far-right publisher Vox Day

The infamous Vox Day is back in the news despite his apparent relevance to right-wing extremists having faded. The man who so often has promoted sinister conspiracy theories about the “elites” has apparently bought a castle in Switzerland.

“It is a place steeped in history and, according to the Confederation, a “cultural asset of national importance”. The castle of Cressier, in the canton of Fribourg, is a delightful residence of blond stone, with salons decorated with frescoes and surrounded by a vast garden. It has just been bought by a foreigner, and not just any foreigner: its new owner, T. B., is a blogger in view of the American radical right, who intends to save “the Whites” (white people).”

Google Translate from French of Tribune de Genève article

The article in Tribune de Geneve is entitled “Une figure de la droite radicale américaine s’empare d’un château suisse: Le château de Cressier, à Fribourg, a été acheté par le blogueur misogyne et nationaliste Vox Day. Il veut le louer pour accueillir ses sympathisants. La Commune dit «surveiller la situation».” I’m not familiar with the reliability or otherwise of Swiss media outlets but there is an article on the paper on Wikipedia

At his own blog, Vox Day is threatening to sue and also has his own translation of the article. It looks pretty factual to me but Day is objecting to the claim that he has expressed some admiration for Hitler:

“As usual, the inept hit piece relies heavily upon both misinformation and disinformation, omitting those aspects of my words that provide the context necessary to understand their meaning. For example, it’s not hard to see how this sentence could be portrayed as “a certain admiration for Hitler”, right? “National Socialism is not only human logic, it is also much more logical and true than communism, feminism or secular Zionism.”

Gosh! Day’s argument is that the quoted sentence leads into more overt criticism of Hitler. I’ve zero idea about Swiss libel laws but given that the article makes a limited claim (that Day has expressed some admiration for Hitler), even out of context, the sentence supports the claim. It’s the usual dance around logic-chopping sentences to obscure meaning that we’ve seen before.

As always with any fuss around Day, we should approach with a degree of scepticism about the nature of the fuss. If the purchase is a commercial venture for the general public then the publicity will help people avoid, perhaps, spending money on extremism. However, if it is a new way of sucking in money from far-right internet fools then the controversy will help.

On another note, I’ve generally avoided the surrounding speculation about where Vox Day lives. It’s largely not relevant to the criticism of his politics and his awful writing. However, this article confirms that he lives in Switzerland rather than Northern Italy as he has been claiming.

29 responses to “Some Swiss news about far-right publisher Vox Day”

  1. I’ve been open to the idea that Vox lives in Switzerland ever since Jerry Pournelle told me it was a Swiss city to which he mailed his signed contracts for the Castalia House reissues of the There Will Be War anthologies.

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  2. I immediately imagined VD refurbishing the castle, just so he could sit on a throne in the hall and monolog as part of his Emperor Palpatine cosplay.

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  3. So any time he begs for money, everyone should point out he owns a mofo castle. Not even the RWNJ deserve to be taken in by any of his scams. And anyone who owns a damn castle is one of the elite. Which doesn’t include the usual people the RWNJ go on and on about hating.

    Given Switzerland’s attitude towards foreigners — especially non-white ones — I am unsurprised he lives there. But it’s too bad they couldn’t keep their cultural asset out of the hands of a foreign barbarian.

    If the newspaper only ID’d him by initials, that’s going to make any libel case even harder.

    I wonder if his French is as bad as his Latin and his English.

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    • My first thought as well, unlike JKR his income as a writer simply isn’t enough to buy (and keep up!) a castle. So this effin keep is being paid for by crowdfunding…


      • Some suspect he is sitting on some of Pappy Beale’s untaxed treasure and it has been speculated that a good deal of his “crowd funding” is actually laundering this money. It is also probable that he gets a monthly/yearly check from Brad Beale from the family funds. They sold out the family business to a German tech firm a few years ago.

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  4. Where Day lives is relevant to the question, if his block posts get him into trouble.
    For example his insult to John Scalzi would not only be a civil mater in Germany but also a criminal matter. (Okay acting against crimes done on the internet is not a strong suite of Germans police)
    I don’t know about the law in Switzerland but it could play a role and would be a very interesting case if VD would be stupid enough to try to sue the newspaper.

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    • Yes, some of VD’s attacks on Scalzi would be a criminal offence in Germany, though Scalzi would have to file a complaint. Plus, the German police is not particularly interested in crimes committed on the Internet, particularly harrassment, and getting a conviction for insult or libel is not easy, see the case of Green Party politician Renate Künast who sued about internet harassment and lost in the first instance, though the German Supreme Court then referred the case back to the original court.

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    • Regarding sueing newspapers and magazines in the German speaking world, I know of a couple of defamation and libel cases in Germany where someone sued a newspaper or magazine and won. Most of those involve celebrities or royalty – Princess Caroline of Monaco and Soraya Esfandari, former Empress of Iran are two examples that come to mind – and completely imaginary stories in gossip papers. Turkish prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan attempted to sue comedian Jan Böhmermann für libel on the basis of a lese majeste law left over from the Second German Empire and lost, because Böhmermann’s poem was clearly satire. And what Böhmermann said about Erdogan was much worse than what the Tribune du Geneve wrote about VD.

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  5. Ted absolutely lives in the French speaking portion of Switzerland and is on the rolls of a Swiss footie club.

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