National Socialist Royal Life Guard
Carlsen got involved in politics of the Right at an early age. He joined the National Socialist Movement of Denmark (DNSB) when he was just 18, delivering a speech in honor of Adolf Hitler at the party's headquarters in March 2009. Later that year he gained notoriety when the Jewish press waxed indignant because the National Socialist critic of democracy chose to serve his country as a Royal Life Guard, doing a four-month stint in the unit protecting Queen Margrethe II. Withstanding the Semitic furor, a military spokesman reminded the press that no political test is required for military service in Denmark, and Carlsen was able to finish his term of service.
Danes' Party chairmanship
In 2011, Carlsen left the DNSB to found the Danes' Party with fellow activists Morten Schjetne and Kenneth Hellesøe. Redefining himself as a modern nationalist, Carlsen warmed to Denmark's system of representative democracy, but has made repatriation of all non-Europeans a top priority for the DP, and emphasizes that "the people should be able to require referendums in order to ensure that our ruling politicians do not ignore or make decisions without having to consult the general public." Only months later, Carlsen received further attention—and even grudging respect from the Left—for his strident denunciation of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik as a Zionist, Freemason, and murderer, presenting a united DP condemnation of his actions when other European patriots were in disarray.
On January 10, 2012, Carlsen was fired only days into an apprenticeship at furniture manufacturer PFP. Suspecting a political motive, he contacted the Danish Equality Commission. The Commission found PFP guilty of discriminated against Carlsen, and ordered PFP to pay him 25.000 kr. ($4,500) in compensation. He hailed the decision as a victory for the Danish people, and told the press "Patriotic Danes who have the guts to go against the ruling paradigm should not have to worry about losing their job on account of politically correct or politically biased employers."
An English speaker, Carlsen has spoken at natonalist conferences across northern Europe. Understanding the Danes to be a Nordic people, he is critical of media obfuscation, and even ignorance, about who the Danish people are. In a 2011 speech in Stockholm, he recounted an encounter with a journalist. Carlsen said:
"I want to preserve the Danish people." But then he looks suspiciously at me, and he asks, "Who is Danish?" And I have heard this question so many times before, and I think that the question is just as disgusting and inappropriate every time I hear it. So I chose not to answer directly on it. Instead, I asked him, "Don't you even know? You are a journalist, and your finest job is to enlighten the Danish people, and then you don't even know who's Danish?!" Of course, he didn't answer, but then he asked me, "But who do you think is Danish?" So now the question wasn't really about who's really Danish, it was about who I think is Danish, as if my opinion would make any difference on who's Danish or not... as if Danishness is something you wear, and can take on and off. This little conversation shows, in all its simplicity, what we are up against. Of course, the journalists know who's Danish... No, it is not about a lack of knowledge, it is about a notorious denial of the state of affairs. The Europeans don't even exist in the established system's narrow worldviews.
He has criticized the social conservative movement, which he sees embodied in the pro-Church of Denmark Danish People's Party in his own country, and which he believes has been generally more successful than nationalism in Scandinavia. Though himself critical of Islam, Carlsen has taken issue with many social conservatives' reduction of European identity to Christianity. Under his leadership, the Danes' Party has run a flier campaign exposing Danish People's Party leaders boasting about their support for mass immigration, and revealing the supposedly restrictionist party's involvement in granting Danish citizenship to over 80,000 non-Europeans. "The problem with the social conservatives," he explained at Vision Europa 2013,
is that many people do believe that the social conservatives have, and will make the necessary change to give us back our countries. Many good Europeans are engaged in social conservative parties. But the social conservatives are no solution. Let's just assume economically that we could gain from a certain immigration. Would that justify that the immigrants took over our countries? No way. Let's just assume that most of the immigrants converted to Christianity. Would that make any difference? Nope. The problem isn't Islam, the problem is the demographic meltdown of our people. If there are no Europeans left in Europe in one hundred years, who cares if Europe is an Islamic republic?
However, he stressed that "the people who support the social conservatives are not our enemies," and has spoken with many Danish People's Party activists who were disappointed with their party, and glad to learn there was an alternative.
Carlsen lives with an unmarried partner. They have one daughter.
Although Daniel's parents have opposed his "Nazi" beliefs from his DNSB days, they would not condemn him despite pressure from the press. They have always respected their son as an intelligent and well-spoken man, and have read nationalist literature on their own in an effort to better understand their son's views.
- ↑ AFP. Neo-Nazi Dane serves in military's royal guard. European Jewish Press. November 10, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2013.
- ↑ Nazi-Daniel: Jeg bliver udsat for hetz (Danish). Ekstra Bladet. December 4, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2013. Translated in part .
- ↑ Leadership - Danskernes Parti
- ↑ Policies - Danskernes Parti
- ↑ Jonathan Birdwell. Far-right reactions to the Norway attacks Demos. 2011. Accessed November 4, 2013.
- ↑ Denmark: Nationalist party leader Daniel Carlsen compensated for being sacked for his political views Balder Blog. February 12, 2013. Accessed November 5, 2013.
- ↑ "Denmark: Nationalist party leader Daniel Carlsen compensated for being sacked for his political views."