Illustrating the growing networking among the global far-right, the leader of the far-right populist political party, the Forum for Democracy International (FvD), was featured on a podcast with US right-wing extremist Steve Bannon. According to the FvD tweet, Thierry Baudet used the occasion to promote a conspiracy theory also being promoted by Russian influence operations:
October 4, 2022 Our party leader, @thierrybaudet, appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room, talking about the success of European populists and his new book on the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset.
An Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) report describes the “Great Reset” conspiracy theory as follows:
February 2021 The Great Reset is the name of an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in June 2020 that called for “fairer outcomes” and a rethinking of global investment and government expenditure in order to revive the world’s economy in light of the catastrophic economic effects of the pandemic. Conspiracy theorists believe this initiative is in fact a plot to destroy capitalism and enact a one world government under the cover of COVID-19.
Read the rest here.
In February 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) published a report on the growing National Conservative Alliance and its potential as a vehicle for Russian influence operations. That report noted Baudet’s appearance at a National Conservative conference and his pro-Russian and pro-Putin positions. An earlier GIOR investigation revealed in August 2021 that Russia had launched a disinformation campaign spreading “the Great Reset” conspiracy theory in the West.
The GIOR reported just yesterday that john Laughland, the director of the Forum for Democracy International, published an article titled “The Americans Did It,” attempting to cast doubt that the Russians were likely behind the recent suspected sabotage of the Nordstream 2 gas pipelines and redirect blame onto the United States. The report was published on the website of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, described in a US media report as a new ‘institute’ for ‘peace’ comprised of anti-Semites, 9/11 truthers, and dictator lovers. The GIOR reported earlier that Laughland is a British national and conspiracy theorist with close ties to Russia and recently spoke at a Hungarian education facility associated with the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Russia’s closest partner in the EU. We also have reported that Forum for Democracy International had posted “a petition for affordable energy in the EU” seeking an end to EU sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The FvD is widely described as a national conservative party.
Stephen Kevin Bannon is an American media executive, political strategist, and former investment banker who served as the White House’s chief strategist US President Donald Trump’s administration during the first seven months of Trump’s term. He is also a former executive chairman of Breitbart News, an American far-right syndicated news, opinion, and commentary website founded in mid-2007 by American conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. In April 2020, the GIOR reported that Bannon’s podcast was one of the conservative podcasts supporting the US bioweapons conspiracy theory, claiming the US had secret bioweapons laboratories in Ukraine. We have also extensively reported on the strange anti-China network founded by Bannon and exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui. Earlier this month, Bannon and the organization WeBuildTheWall were indicted in New York state court Thursday for money laundering, conspiracy, and attempting to defraud in connection with his alleged role in a border wall fundraising scheme.