Jonathan Bowden

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Jonathan David Anthony Bowden (12 April 1962 – 29 March 2012)[1] was an English far-right novelist, playwright, painter, essayist and politician.

Early life and formal education

Bowden was born in Kent, England, and attended Presentation College in Reading, Berkshire. His mother died when he was at the age of 16. In 1984, he completed one year of a Bachelor of Arts history degree course at Birkbeck College, London University, as a mature student, but left without graduating. He subsequently enrolled at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, in autumn 1988, but left after a few months.

Political career

Conservative Party

He began his political career in London as a member of the Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets, as a member of the Bethnal Green and Stepney Constituency Association[citation needed]. In October 1990 he joined the Conservative Monday Club, and the following year made an unsuccessful bid to stand for its Executive Council. In May 1991, he was appointed co-chairman with Stuart Millson of the club's media committee.[2] During the early 1990s, he stated that he had been the deputy chair of the Western Goals Institute[3] although this cannot be verified. In 1992, Bowden was expelled from the Monday Club.[4]

Revolutionary Conservative Caucus

Bowden and Stuart Millson co-founded the Revolutionary Conservative Caucus in November 1992[5] with the aim of introducing "abstract thought into the nether reaches of the Conservative and Unionist party".[3] The group published a quarterly journal entitled The Revolutionary Conservative Review. By the end of 1994, Millson and Bowden parted company and the group dissolved.

In 1993, Bowden published the book Right through the European Books Society. He was also reported to be a prominent figure in the creative milieu responsible for the emergence of Right Now! magazine.[6]

Freedom Party

Bowden then joined the Freedom Party, for which he was treasurer for a short time,[7] and subsequently in company with Adrian Davies was a member of the Bloomsbury Forum.[8]

British National Party

In 2003, Bowden broke with attempts to influence Conservatism and moved into political activity by joining the British National Party (BNP), becoming a popular speaker. He was appointed Cultural Officer, a position its leader Nick Griffin created to give Bowden officer status within the organisation. However, in July 2007, Bowden resigned and left the BNP.

Although he resumed public speech-making at BNP organised meetings in the localities away from the party's national events, he never re-joined the party and cut all ties after the May 2010 general election.

Creative works

Bowden was an artist whose works are collected in three book volumes.

He appeared in two avant-garde films, Venus Flytrap (2005) and Grand Guignol (2009), both directed by the Italian film-maker Andrea Lioy.[citation needed]

Death

Bowden died of heart failure at his home in Berkshire on 29 March 2012, aged 49.[4]

Works

  • Brute (1992)
  • Skin (1992)
  • Sade (1992)
  • Mad (1993)
  • Aryan (1993)
  • Axe (1993; annotated edition, The Palingenesis Project, 2014)
  • Craze (1993)
  • Right (1993; 2016)
  • Collected Works (1995; 6 vols.)
    • Vol. I (contains: Demon, Axe, Blood, Heat, and Deathlock)
    • Vol. II (contains: Fury, Suck, Onslaught, Craze, and Deliverance)
    • Vol. III (contains: Attack, Mad, Aryan, and Sade)
    • Vol. IV (contains: Brute, Prole, Vermin, and Skin)
    • Vol. V (contains: Scorpio, Crassus, Anger, Barbarism, and Love)
    • Vol. VI (contains: Cain, Scum, Frenzy, and Mutilation)
  • Apocalypse TV (2007)
  • The Art of Jonathan Bowden, 1974–2007 (2007–10)
    • Vol. I (2007; a collection of artwork dating from 1980 to 2007)
    • Vol. II (2008; early pop art and graphic novel work dating from 1968 to 1974)
    • Vol. III (2010; early pop art and graphic novel work dating from 1967 to 1974)
  • Al-Qa’eda Moth (2008)
  • Kratos (2008)
  • The Fanatical Pursuit of Purity (2008)
  • A Ballet of Wasps (2008)
  • Lilith Before Eve (2009)
  • Goodbye Homunculus! (2009)
  • Louisiana Half-Face (2010)
  • Our Name is Legion (2011)
  • Colonel Sodom Goes to Gomorrah (2011)
  • Locusts Devour a Carcass (2012)
  • Spiders are Not Insects (2012)
  • Pulp Fascism (2013; edited by Greg Johnson)
  • Western Civilization Bites Back (2014; edited by Greg Johnson)
  • Demon (2014; edited by Alex Kurtagic)
  • Blood (2016)
  • Heat (2017)

References

  • Davies, Adrian; Butler, Eddy; Bowden, Jonathan, eds. (1999). Standardbearers: British Roots of the New Right. London: Bloomsbury Forum. ISBN 978-0953730902. 
  • Southgate, Troy, ed. (2012). Bowden: Thoughts & Perspectives. 9. London: Black Front Press. 
  • Southgate, Troy, ed. (2012). Jonathan Bowden: The Speeches, A Collection of Talks Given at the London New Right. London: Black Front Press. 

References

  1. http://efp.org.uk/jonathan-bowden-1962-2012/
  2. Monday Club News, July 1991 edition, p.2. – Monday Club Executive Council Minutes, 13 May 1991. This position did not, however, afford Bowden a seat on the Council
  3. 3.0 3.1 Southgate, Troy (2007). "Revolutionary Conservative: An interview with Jonathan Bowden". Jonathan Bowden. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gable, Sonia; Carter, Adam (April 25, 2012). "New Right chairman dies". Searchlight. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  5. The Revolutionary Conservative, issue no.2, 1993, p.16.
  6. "Right Now! A Forum for Eugenecists," Searchlight, July 1998.
  7. Freedom Party website
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 

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