February 3, 1953 |
|Fields||Political Science, sociology of culture|
|Institutions||Formerly professor at California State University, University of California, Juniata College; also former diplomat for the Croatian government|
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Known for||Politico-cultural activism|
Tomislav (Tom) Sunić (born February 3, 1953) is a Croatian-American writer, translator and a former professor. He is best known for his books and writings critical of egalitarianism, biblical monotheism and liberal political discourse. His views are often cited as part of the Nouvelle Droite movement in Europe.
Dr. Sunic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1953. His father, the Catholic attorney Mirko Sunic (1915–2008), was between 1984–1988 a prisoner of conscience in Communist Yugoslavia (wherefrom he was adopted by Amnesty International and 15 US congressmen in 1985), and was in 1996 author of the book Moji inkriminirani zapisi.
Sunic studied French and English Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb until 1978. From 1980 to 1982 he worked in Algeria as an interpreter for the Yugoslav, Croatian construction company Ingra. He immigrated to the USA where he first received a Master's degree at California State University, Sacramento in 1985.
In June 1987, at the invitation of the influential New York-based NGO, Freedom house Mr. Sunic and Dr. Mate (Matthew) Mestrovic in the capacity of Croat Americans, along with twelve other émigré academics and dissidents from different Yugoslav constituent republics, were invited to discuss the crisis in communist Yugoslavia. Mr. Sunic, who participated in the discussion, gave a short speech on the Communist repression in Yugoslavia and the terror activities of the Yugoslav Communist secret police, the UDBA, among Croat émigrés abroad.
He received a doctorate in political science in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his graduate studies in America he was lobbying for Croatian political prisoners in ex-Communist Yugoslavia and also wrote for the émigré Croat London-based biweekly Nova Hrvatska and the Madrid-based Croat literary quarterly Hrvatska Revija (Revista Croata).
From 1988 until 1993, he taught at California State University, the University of California, and Juniata College in Pennsylvania. From 1993 until 2001, he served in various diplomatic positions with the Croatian government in Zagreb, London, Copenhagen, and Brussels. He has also taught at the Anglo-American College in Prague and currently resides in Zagreb, where he continues to work as a freelance writer, for example as a contributor on political semiotics and the spirit of communist totalitarianism to the French quarterly Catholica.
Sunic's books and views can be described as being in the style of the GRECE, a school of thought by Alain de Benoist, who wrote a preface to Sunic’s book and whose articles Sunic often translates into English. Sunic has widely written, translated and lectured on many authors, novelists and political thinkers who can be called the predecessors of the European New Right (Southern Agrarians, Emile Cioran, Ernst Jünger. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ludwig F. Clauss), and who can be described as antidemocratic, populist, elitist and racialist thinkers The European New Right, or Nouvelle Droite, is a name for various forms of conservative, right-wing, or dissident cultural movements and political groupings which emerged in opposition to the liberal and leftist academic milieu of the mid- to late-twentieth century. Liberal-leftist critics have argued that De Benoist has developed a novel cultural fascism and have depicted the advocates of his school of thought as “literary fascists."
Professor Kevin B. Macdonald, an evolutionary psychologist at the California State University, Long Beach, a prominent far-right intellectual, who has been characterized as "The Marx of the Anti-Semites", wrote an introduction to Sunic’s book Homo Americanus, a book which deals extensively with the Judeo-Christian mindset and its secular modalities in the USA. The introduction says that he "addresses the modern world of hyper-liberalism, globalist capitalism and the crisis of our inherited Indo-European civilization." Sunic is critical of Judeo-Christian monotheism to which he attributes the rise of communism and liberalism. He is also critical of post-World War II legislative changes in Europe, favoring non-white immigration and restrictions on freedom of speech. Sunic calls "Christian anti-Semitism” an apostasy and a form of Christian neurosis"
Sunic has attended and spoken at some conferences organized and attended by historical revisionists. In August 2003, He gave a lecture in German language, alongside the far-rightist ex-lawyer Horst Mahler, currently serving a prison sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial, at a conference sponsored by Germany’s nationalist far-right party, the National Democratic Party. He lectured on Carl Schmitt, a prominent German legal scholar, quite influential in National-Socialist Germany. Sunic's articles have been published in a variety of American, French, German and Croatian journals, including the now defunct Journal of Historical Review.
While his controversial perspectives on race and Judeo-Christian monotheism have gained influence (both from supporters on the far-right and critics on the left), he has also spoken and written on a variety of philosophical and religious topics. His articles and letters on Yugoslavia have appeared in a variety of mainstream publications, including Le Monde, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Washington Times, The New York Times, The New York City Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, London's The Evening Standard, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Sunic has accepted a number of invitations to speak before radical conservatives, white nationalist academics and individuals suspected of anti-semitism. Sunic spoke at the 2002 and 2003 'Eurofest' events, sponsored by the Sacramento chapter of National Alliance. There he gave a speech from "Turkish Onslaught to Europe to Communist Disaster, "which was critical of non-European immigration.
Sunic spoke at the French Senate on 15 January 2007, during a conference entitled "Nationalismes et religions dans les Balkans occidentaux" (Nationalisms and Religions in the Western Balkans), sponsored by the Fondation Robert Schuman. The topic of his talk was "Facteur nationaliste et facteur religieux dans les tensions actuelles" ("The Nationalist and Religious Factor in the Present Tensions"). Other speakers included Michel Barnier (former French Minister of Foreign Affairs), General David Leakey (former Commander of EUFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina).
A June 2011 conference tour was with Dr Kevin MacDonald, in Sweden, where they both talked about the topic “Individualism and Nationalism in the Modern Multicultural Society”. He spoke at the "Forgotten Genocide" International Conference, held in St. Louis Community College, on the topic of "The Fate of the Danube Germans in Yugoslavia in the Wake of WWII". In July 2011, Sunic was a guest speaker in Knin, Croatia, at the summer school of the Flemish separatist, rightwing, parliamentary party, Vlaams Belang, where he lectured on the parallels between Belgium and ex-Yugoslavia. Sunic is a frequent guest of expatriate German and Croat communities in North America, Australia and Europe, where he talks about Communist genocides and mass killings of ethnic German and Croat civilians in ex-Yugoslavia and in East Europe in the aftermath of WWII.
From 2 June 2009 until 2012, Sunić hosted a radio show with the Voice of Reason Broadcast Network. Topics addressed by him include race, culture, nationalism, and politics. The show, which began as The New Nationalist Perspective and was later renamed The Sunic Journal, aired on Tuesdays at 9 PM, US Eastern Time.
- Crown Home Page
- Revue Catholica - Numéro 92 (Eté 2006) : sommaire
- Europska Nova Desnica,Zagreb
- The Tomislav Sunic Collection
- The Occidental Observer, Sunic articles
- Roger Griffin, The Nature of Fascism, 1991
- The Marx of the Anti-Semites
- Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (CLIO) Vol. 24, No. 2, 1995
- Bleiburg und die Folgen
- Razgovor sa Dr.Tomislavom Sunićem,HKV
- For Yugoslavia, Breakup Is Best Answer,The New York Times (March 02, 1991)
- The Terminal Illness Of Yugoslavia,Chicago Tribune,(June 9, 1990)
- Norway speeches
- SN&R > Local Stories > White like me > 03.13.03
- Nationalism and Indentity, Dr.T.Sunic, Dr.K.MacDonald
- Vlaams Belang Jongeren, Croatia
- Video on YouTube
- Video on YouTube
- VORNetwork.com: Show description and podcast (June 2, 2009)
- VORNetwork.com: Announcement of new programme with Tomislav Sunic (May 28, 2009)
- Chroniques des Temps Postmodernes (2014)
- Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right (1990)
- Titoism and Dissidence (1995)
- Američka Ideologija
- Cool Croatia
- Homo americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age (March 2007)
- Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity (Collected Essays) (February 2010)
- La Croatie: un pays par défaut? (June 2010)
- Homo americanus; Rejeton de l’ère postmoderne (2010)
- Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right (1990, 2002, 2011)
- Dr. Tomislav Sunic's official website
- Archive of Tom Sunic's broadcasts at VOR
- T. Sunic, Internet Archive-Library