By Jonas Nilsson. Without any doubt this is the most significant English language book ever produced about the now famous Afrikaner settlement of Orania. Started by just 13 people in 1990, and set up as an alternative for Afrikaners seeking self-determination and the right not to be ruled by the then incoming ANC government of South Africa, Orania was initially ridiculed by left and right alike.
Now however, with a booming economy and a population of over 3000 and increasing by more than 15% per year, Orania is now viewed as the only hope for Afrikaner survival in South Africa. It boasts its own currency, several of its own schools, will soon be energy independent from the collapsing South African state infrastructure, and, most importantly, is entirely driven by Afrikaner only labor.
This book written by one of Sweden’s most experienced journalists and experts on South Africa, provides a dramatic and incisive analysis of the origins, tactics, methodology, and ideology underpinning this brave experiment.
Even more significantly, this book points out the fact that the trials and tribulations facing Afrikaners in a majority Third World nation might soon very well be facing European peoples in Western Europe, North America, and Australia. Orania is, therefore, not just a collection of eccentric Afrikaners, but a potential role model for European survival all over the world.
As the author writes in his preface:
“We find ourselves in the midst of a transformative demographic shift, not just in Sweden but across the Western world. It’s a time when we face challenges that demand both understanding and creative solutions. Here is where the book comes into play. By turning our gaze towards South Africa, and the unique community of Orania, we offer an opportunity to explore worst-case scenarios, thereby crystallizing potential solutions for our own contexts.
“South Africa is a nation where the white minority has experienced a range of catastrophic consequences, from systematic discrimination in the job market to near non-existent representation in the political sphere. The situation is so precarious that there are voices in the West urging the white population to simply leave the country. Compared to this grim backdrop, our own challenges in the West may seem less immediate, but they are no less significant. Therefore South Africa’s experiences, and particularly those of Orania, can offer us invaluable insights.
“Despite operating under far more challenging conditions then we do in Sweden, the people of Rania have managed to build a degree of autonomy and cohesion from which we can draw concrete lessons. In a direct conversation I had with the chairman of the Orania movement, he told me ‘It’s about focusing on saving something or losing everything.’ This insight compels us to reflect on our own priorities and strategies.”
180 pages, full color, magnificent photographs. 8.5″ x 8.5″ format.
Watch both of these short films by the author to learn more: