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Police in Brooklyn earlier today shot and killed a deranged knife-wielding man who moments earlier burst into a synagogue and stabbed a 22-year-old rabbinical student from Israel.
The assailant was identified as Calvin Peters, 49, a long time resident of Brooklyn and Long Island, with a lengthy criminal record and apparent mental illness.
Peters slipped past security guards and entered the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights around 1:40 a.m. (EST), confronting students studying in the building, police said.
Peters shouted threats, various witnesses told police. He was heard screaming, “I want to kill the Jew!” according to the New York Daily News.
The victim was Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat, from Beitar Illit, Israel, according to the Chabad-Lubavitch website. He was reported in stable condition with a head wound on Tuesday.
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told the New York Times the attack was “not a terrorism incident.”
John Miller, the anti-terrorism supervisor for the New York Police Department, told the Daily News that Peters was emotionally disturbed and “has a history of acting out in other places.”
The synagogue is one of the leading centers for the Chabad movement, dedicated to encouraging Jews around the world to be more observant, the New York Times reported. It is often crowded with students studying at all hours of the day.
With ailing health and scant finances, Alex Linder couldn’t keep his racist forum alive.
After weeks of begging for money and fretting that without financial support he would be forced to shutter the Vanguard News Network (VNN) Forum, the time finally came to pay all debts two days ago. Then, in the dead of the night this week, Linder shut the forum down. Only a stilted message appeared on the homepage to welcome visitors.
“Management is closing VNNForum as promised if we did not meet the requested donations total, which is $2,500 a quarter,” the message read. “The Forum will reopen at unspecified date or as soon as funding target is hit.”
The disappearance was not without warning, though.
Throughout most of November, as the due date to pay the site’s bills neared, Linder was posting increasingly shrill requests for donations. As of Monday, Linder was $700 short of the $2,500 he needed to pay the website’s bill.
The shortage wasn’t for any lack of effort on Linder’s part, who runs his racist enterprises out of a small row apartment in a nearly vacant building in Kirksville, Mo. I visited Linder to speak with him about the state of VNN several weeks ago. He declined to comment, short of an angry rant afterward on his own forum.
“We have people fucking with our race. People showing up on my doorstep asking questions. Harassing my relatives. I don’t have anything to fight them with,” Linder wrote in early November. “You want to fight jews [sic]? I have the will and ability to do so, as proved over two decades. These fucks are making 150K a year to harass me. I need 10k to fight back. I am begging.”
Shutting down the VNN Forum had to have been humbling for Linder, who has been active on the racist right since the 1990s, when he moved to Missouri to fulfill his “true interest, writing satire to hasten White revolution.” Later that decade he joined the now defunct National Alliance (NA) and dove headlong into a racist life.
In fact, while his health has suffered in recent years and he no longer makes public appearances, there was a time when his star shined bright.
In 2000, Linder created VNN with the lofty vision of building a conglomeration of media sites he hoped would become a “White Viacom”—“an integrated global media and services company getting out the White message and serving the White market in a thousand forms.” The site quickly became popular in neo-Nazi circles and turned out to be a home for remarkably vulgar content: vile anti-Semitism, untrammeled misogyny and swaggering self-importance.
Under the motto “No Jews. Just Right,” Linder also built an archive of racist and anti-Semitic articles, links to his Aryan Alternative newspaper, podcasts from VNN Broadcasting, and a popular online message board, known as VNN Forum.
Like its older and larger counterpart Stormfront, the forum, which openly advocated for the extermination of Jews, proved to be an enticing space for both new anti-Semites eager to make a name, and the old, violent guard who had spent their lives training for a race war. Lifelong anti-Semite Frazier Glenn Miller, who sits in jail on murder charges after a shooting spree at Jewish sites last May in Kansas left three people dead, was a frequent poster to the forum under the name Rounder.
In fact, after the attack, senior VNN members applauded the killings.
“Thank God people are finally fighting back against these vicious demonic parasites,” wrote “H.B.,” a senior member on VNN just days after the shootings. “The jews [sic] are so evil. It is shocking that most people still don’t have a clue despite the fact that the Internet has given total transparency to their incredible and innumerable crimes.”
Even Linder, after being silent for days after the shootings, couldn’t resist saying something.
“I’m afraid jews [sic] must take responsibility for Rounder’s completely logical and completely justified hatred of them, too, for they murdered tens of millions of our folk last century, and are now embarked on a global campaign to bring about white genocide,” Linder wrote. “When you do that, well, you have to expect a little blowback.”
Perhaps because of such commentary, VNN had seen considerably smaller audiences in recent years, as racists congregated elsewhere online. Numbers gathered by Alexa, which tracks website traffic, show that the forum’s audience had plateaued in the last six months.
But then, it was never a surprise that VNN lived in the shadow of Stormfront, the largest racist portal on the Internet, and its founder, Don Black.
Black, for his part, has certainly taken pleasure in seeing VNN’s demise.
“Has Linder accomplished anything positive for our people?” Black wrote in a post earlier this week recounting Linder’s many gaffs, including questions regarding Miller’s association with VNN. “On the surface, he just reinforces the stereotype, providing particularly nasty quotes for our enemies to cherry pick.”
Ironically, these apparent final days of VNN seem lost on Linder. Even as he failed to raise enough money, he proclaimed, “I believe VNN has made a difference so far, and will continue to do that in the future. I see more and more stuff taking a VNNlike [sic] line, and that is very heartening. It shows that we are right, and if we just keep going, we are ginning up more and more people…Things are going our way.”
Sadly for Linder, his delusions got the better of him.
And while it remains to be seen what will become of the forum, Linder has promised to bring it back if he can pay his bills. Not that he has to. He has continued to publish on other sites, including alexlinder.com, with the same fury and unabashed hate.
One of his most recent headlines? “Every Nigger a Rapist.”
After begging for money for weeks, raging anti-Semite Alex Linder announced today that his Vanguard News Network will shut down at midnight after a failed fundraising campaign that asked his supporters to contribute $2,500 each quarter to keep the forum up and running.
“I am begging. It’s humiliating as hell, but I am,” Linder said two weeks ago in a post claiming he could no longer pay the bills.
Pointing to the usual target of his hatred, the post said, “You want to fight jews [sic]? I have the will and ability to do so, as proved over two decades.”
Though clearly broke, Linder defiantly proclaimed, “I believe VNN has made a difference so far, and will continue to do that in the future. I see more and more stuff taking a VNNlike [sic] line, and that is very heartening. It shows that we are right, and if we just keep going, we are ginning up more and more people…Things are going our way.”
Speaking of “ginning up” people, VNN provided a forum for many famous racists, perhaps most notably Frazier Glenn Miller, the raging anti-Semite who went on a shooting spree in April that killed three people in Overland Park, Kan. He posted thousands of times on VNN using the name “Rounder.”
This morning Linder was $700 short of the $2,500 he needed to pay the Website’s bill. It remains unknown if VNN will return, though Linder has claimed VNN will go down long enough “for people to think about things.”
Unfortunately, his hate career will continue over at alexlinder.com.
For more than a decade, a Manhattan Web designer, Robert H. DePasquale, 62, has worked on websites for an influential Jewish artist, an Opera star and various politicians. At the same time, DePasquale led a secret life propagating hate online, building sites for white supremacist groups and posting on hate forums under a pseudonym.
And it wasn’t an idle fascination. Since 2002, DePasquale has posted nearly 20,000 racist and anti-Semitic messages on Stormfront, the largest hate forum on the Web where he is also listed as a sustaining member, a degree of membership that gives him access to a private forum.
Last month, under his Stormfront moniker “BoyHowdy,” DePasquale began cyberstalking a young journalist who is falsely identified as Jewish, posting his photographs, personal information and the address and phone number of his employer on Stormfront. DePasquale evidently believes his victim is an anti-racist blogger who goes by “Spelunker.”
BoyHowdy may well be wrong. His victim, who asked not to be identified, told the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) he is not Spelunker, just someone who is now caught up in the vindictive and racist underworld of Stormfront. Spelunker, who has not revealed his identity to the SPLC, also said that the journalist is not him.
It’s not the first time BoyHowdy has made a boo-boo: In 2007, he identified wrongly that child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres is Jewish.
When he’s not attacking journalists, though, DePasquale’s favorite topics are how Jews, black people or other minorities are rotten. In 2007, he wrote, “I never go to jewish [sic] doctors. Only European/American doctors! I just don’t trust jewish [sic] doctors!” That same year, he described Jews as “that ‘sh*tty’ little group.’” In another, he suggested that protestors at a Jewish event should “bring strips of bacon. Some will probably bring pig’s blood or bacon grease filled balloons.” (Observant Jews do not eat pork).
And he is an activist. In October, he posted “the conference was amazing” about a New York orchestrated by the Greek neo-Nazi political party Golden Dawn. In another post, he explained how to get tickets to see a neo-Nazi band from Croatia playing in New York City.
Interestingly, every one of his posts links to “Free Matt Hale!,” a site that raises money for the former head of the World Church of the Creator who is serving a 40-year sentence for soliciting the murder of a Chicago judge.
Stormfront is definitely not where you want to be listed as an enemy of the white race. As the SPLC documented last April, more than 100 people have been killed by extremists posting on the site. That number includes mass murders like Muslim-hater Anders Breivik, who killed dozens of Norwegian children in 2011, and Frazier Glenn Miller, a rabid anti-Semite who killed three people at Jewish facilities in Kansas earlier this year. The site is a den of lone wolves—and its leader seems unconcerned about our young Jewish journalist’s fate. A voicemail left with the site’s owner, former Klansman Stephen Donald “Don” Black, about this matter and pointing out that the information posted about the Maryland journalist may well be incorrect went unanswered.
In addition to a heavy online presence, DePasquale is a bit of a website mover and shaker in white supremacist circles. Using skills garnered through his computer science and math degree from the State University of New York, Empire State, DePasquale has served as a senior moderator and webmaster for the racist American Freedom Party (AFP), which is led by avid segregationist William D. Johnson. He built the websites for two racist political candidates. He has also been listed as a point of contact on other hate sites such as thewhiteamericanvote.com and sites related to AFP. And he is a fan of many other extremists groups, having written on Stormfront that he came to that forum after hearing about it from the neo-Nazi National Alliance (whose mailing list he was on).
It is his association with AFP that allowed the SPLC to identify BoyHowdy as DePasquale. In 2012, AFP was hacked by Anonymous during its Operation Blitzkrieg, which targeted white supremacist sites. In the hacked documents, “BoyHowdy” is described as a former AFP webmaster named Robert H. DePasquale who lives in a pricey apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
After the AFP hack, DePasquale, using an Ohio law firm and his real name, demanded that the information disclosed be pulled down from Freedom Fighter Radio. The site identified “Robert H. DePasquale” as the AFP’s webmaster. Websites reporting on the hack repeated the information that DePasquale ran the group’s site.
That BoyHowdy and DePasquale are one and the same is also made clear in the AFP emails. A February 2011 email written by Jamie Kelso, one of AFP’s directors, points out that his webmaster at the time was the same BoyHowdy who posted with that name on Stormfront. Replying to someone asking about a possible connection between the two, Kelso wrote, “And yes, it’s the same BoyHowdy. Please don’t be shy about PMing to BoyHowdy to tell him exactly what you just messaged to me about…Guys like you and Howdy deserve ten times the thanks you get.” In the hack, emails from BoyHowdy’s account are signed by “Rob” or “R!” and he is identified as “Rob from New York” at times. In another post, someone writes to DePasquale, “You have done a great job for years on SF [Stormfront], glad you are here!” And in another post, DePasquale himself confirms he has posted on Stormfront.
Also in 2011, an email exchange between DePasquale and Kelso discusses DePasquale’s efforts to build the campaign website for then Republican candidate for congress, Jim Russell (Russell’s racism was uncovered during the campaign and he was defeated). In the post, DePasquale wrote, “[Russell] was with us at the Museum trip in Manhattan. He lost after a smear campaign by jewish [sic] politicians that included former Mayor Ed Koch…Best regards. R!.” A Village Voice article about the white supremacist museum visit, which was organized by Kelso, quotes BoyHowdy as one of the participants. DePasquale also built the website for racist candidate Harry Bertram, where he is still listed as the contact.
Regardless of the evidence to the contrary, DePasquale, in an email exchange with SPLC that was sent to both his BoyHowdy identified email account and one that includes his real name, claimed, “I do not post on [sic] Stormfront web site” and denied any knowledge of the man identified as the blogger Spelunker there. The email also listed this writer’s home address and asked why someone living in Alabama “would be interested in the free speech activities of someone in New York City?” A reply to the email explaining the evidence above went unanswered.
But as it turns out, DePasquale has at times affiliated himself with extremism using his real name. He did so in 2011 on a petition page against Israel, which demanded that the U.N. declare Zionism as racism and described it as “an apartheid philosophy.” It is more than ironic that a raging racist would make such a demand. The petition’s URL includes the numbers “88,” which in neo-Nazi code stands for “Heil Hitler” because “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
A little over 22 years ago, shooting broke out on a lonely Idaho mountaintop known as Ruby Ridge. The violence left a U.S. marshal and a 14-year-old boy dead, led to the death of the boy’s mother in the 11-day standoff that followed, and became, in the end, a seminal lesson in how law enforcement should not act in such situations.
Earlier this week, Retro Report, a critically acclaimed video documentary series that is distributed by The New York Times, released a thoughtful piece re-examining the 1992 FBI siege of a cabin inhabited by white supremacist Randy Weaver and his family. In the aftermath of that siege, which helped spark the militia movement of the 1990s, Weaver and another man who was in the cabin were acquitted of the murder of Marshal William Degan, and the federal government ultimately paid the surviving Weavers $3.1 million to settle their countervailing legal claims.
The film features Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor of its investigative magazine, Intelligence Report. “The Ruby Ridge standoff became a kind of founding myth of the radical right,” Potok says in the film. “It not only made the government look bad, it was bad. People, whatever views they had, whatever illegal activities they had [engaged in], should not be shot down by government snipers when they are not actively threatening the life of somebody.”
Banking on far-flung publicity surrounding a Kentucky political candidate’s campaign slogan, “With Jews We Lose,” the anti-Semitic website Daily Stormer has announced plans to distribute fliers with the phrase in New Hampshire ahead of Election Day.
The website is calling the plan an “anti-Jew propaganda offensive” with plans to buy larger signs with a variety of different messages “exposing the Jewish power structure that is destroying America.”
“Even though the Internet is an effective way to spread the message about Jewish control of America, it is also important that we spread this message in the real world,” the Daily Stormer said. About 150 signs will be distributed in southern New Hampshire in the coming weeks “near Jewish institutions and memorials, schools and a variety of other places that will hopefully get people’s attention,” the website reported.
It is not entirely clear why Daily Stormer is targeting New Hampshire. A request for comment were not returned.
The slogan has been popularized by Robert Ransdell, former regional coordinator for the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) in Cincinnati, Ohio, during his U.S. Senate run. He announced his candidacy on the hate forums Stormfront and Vanguard News Network (VNN) in late May.
The Daily Stormer claims to have taken on the initiative as a way to further spread the message. Andrew Anglin, who runs the site, wrote that by pushing Ransdell’s message, “we will eventually tear down the fear people have of discussing issues that have been deemed ‘politically incorrect’ by the Jewish run media.”
Anglin added, “Most importantly, this type of thing is fun and I guarantee that you’ll have a good time doing it.”
GLOUCESTER, Va. – Neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe, a former boxer who billed himself in the ring as “The Aryan Barbarian,” took a dive today, publicly forfeiting his title as chairman of the National Alliance (NA), once America’s leading hate group.
After being pummeled for nearly a year by a band of disgruntled former NA members seeking to knock him out of power with a $2 million civil lawsuit, accusing him of “a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities,” Gliebe essentially told the Gloucester County Circuit Court judge presiding at a status hearing for the case “no mas” and announced he had quit the neo-Nazi group he has led for 12 years.
“I have resigned all my positions with the National Alliance,” Gliebe told the court, standing at the defense table in a black suit and blue shirt. “I am no longer director or chairman.”
It was, however, a split decision for Gliebe’s bitter courtroom opponents, a gang of six who call themselves the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group, or NARRG.
While Gliebe stepped down as NARRG had desperately wanted, he handed over control of the West Virginia-based NA not to them but to William (Will) W. Williams, a gray-haired, retired Army Special Forces operator and a former NA official. Williams and Kevin Strom, a broadcast engineer and convicted child porn enthusiast with a long history on the racist right, had been competing with the NARRG Nazis for the keys to what’s left of the evil empire founded by William Pierce, a one-time physics professor and author of The Turner Diaries, the novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing. Gliebe took over as the anointed successor to Pierce when he died unexpectedly in 2002.
Gliebe’s announcement and the 66-year-old Williams’ ascension to the tarnished throne seemed to catch NARRG by surprise.
“This is the first time I’ve heard Mr. Gliebe is no longer the chairman,” NARRG’s lawyer, Daniel A. Harvill, told the court.
At one point during the 30-minute hearing, the judge asked Harvill, “What is the nature of this business” the two sides were fighting over?
“It’s a European-centric political organization,” Harvill said, adding, “I wouldn’t call it a white supremacist organization.”
After the hearing in which Gliebe was ordered to produce membership information and other documents to NARRG, Harvill declined to comment about the lawsuit or Gliebe’s announcement. NARRG’s most prominent members — Jim Ring, a longtime NA unit leader from California who resigned from the group in 2012, and Sanders Pierce, the brother of the founder — were not in the courtroom. The only member of NARRG to appear today was Brian Wilson. He left without comment or any indication whether or not NARGG intended to continue its lawsuit.
But as the two sides filed out of the courtroom, Williams introduced himself to Harvill and Wilson as “Will Williams, the new chairman.”
Gliebe’s announcement ended a tumultuous dozen years since he took the reins of the organization that then had some 1,400 members, 17 full-time salaried national staff members and an income of close to $1 million a year in dues and earnings from its neo-Nazi music label, Resistance Records. Gliebe’s lack of charisma, his authoritarian and ham-handed management style, his fondness for strippers (including his wife, who has since left him), and his financial bungling led to a series of splits, resignations and public attacks on Gliebe by his ostensible followers. The group went from being highly respected by the radical right in the United States and Europe to being something of a joke, with Resistance Records virtually out of business and NA membership down to fewer than 100 people.
The latest blow to Gliebe’s NA came this June, when a Canadian judge struck down a bequest worth an estimated $220,000 that was left to it by a Canadian NA member. That money might have helped put the NA under Gliebe back on track, but the judge ruled that allowing it to go to a neo-Nazi group was a violation of Canadian law and public policy. Gliebe’s lawyer in that case filed an appeal of the verdict that is still pending.
Gliebe resisted calls for his resignation for years, and engaged in a series of maneuvers to keep his enemies from power. But the number of people loyal to him or even willing to abide him as leader kept shrinking. Ring and the others who comprised NARRG, on the other hand, were respected by a great many former NA members, with many seeing Ring as the best candidate for leader. But Williams, known as a hard-liner even on the neo-Nazi scene, was also highly respected among many NA members and others on the radical right.
Outside of the red brick courthouse today, Gliebe told Hatewatch that he resigned to spend more time with his young son. “The best way to care for him is to be out of the Alliance,” he said, adding that he had been thinking about resigning for some time.
Gliebe said he turned over the chairmanship of the Alliance to Williams at the group’s last board meeting but declined to provide any details of the meeting. “I handed the Alliance over to Mr. Williams because I thought he was the best man for the job,” Gliebe said. “I think he’s the most knowledgeable. He’s not a cultist.”
Williams, who was dressed in jeans and a gray shirt, stood next to Gliebe in the Virginia sunshine and told Hatewatch that there was no need for the lawsuit to continue. “Their demand was for Erich Gliebe to step down and put the Alliance under new leadership,” Williams said. “That’s what we’ve done. We’ve met their demands.”
A major “documentary” whose executive producer is a radical anti-Semite is set to premiere this Friday in an Illinois cinema complex owned by a firm that was started by a Polish-Jewish immigrant and is still run by his son and grandson.
The film, “The Principle,” has not yet been seen by reviewers, but is billed by its producers as a challenge to the Copernican revelation that the earth is not at the center of the universe, a truth later confirmed by Galileo and now accepted by all major Christian denominations. It has already drawn major controversy, with leading scientists and even its narrator saying they were duped into participating.
The film’s executive producer is Robert Sungenis, a “geocentrist” who co-authored a book entitled Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right. Sungenis is also a “radical traditionalist” Catholic, meaning he rejects that church’s liberalizing reforms of recent decades, who has railed against Jews for much of his adult life.
Sungenis, who started a group called Catholic Apologetics International (CAI) in 1993, is one of the most rabid anti-Semites of the radical traditionalist movement. He has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, and cited the neo-Nazi canard that there were about as many Jews living in Europe after World War II as before, a plain falsehood. His CAI website has blamed Jews for starting a “New World Order” and referred to the alleged “Jewish origins of bolshevism, Jewish dominance of Hollywood and the media, [and] Jewish control of Congress.”
Sungenis has frequently quoted the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia that “predicts the anti-Christ will come from Jewry.” He has been a columnist for the radical publication The Remnant, where he wrote a piece entitled “The New World Order and the Zionist Connection” that detailed a Satanic conspiracy to rule the earth and claimed, “Among the major forces in the ascent of the New World Order are the Jews, Judaism and Israel.” Although he once produced two series for EWTN, the Catholic TV network, that ended after he published a 33,000-word, anti-Semitic attack on an official Catholic Church statement on converting Jews. That 2002 attack praised vicious anti-Semites including Father Charles Coughlin, the “radio priest” of the 1930s, as “dedicated Catholic priests who lived impeccable lives.”
The film is to open at the Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Ill., a Chicago suburb. The sprawling 21-screen complex is owned by Marcus Theatres, a division of Milwaukee-based Marcus Corp. that owns or manages some 700 screens across the Midwest. The company was started by the late Ben Marcus, described by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “the tough, legendary Polish-Jewish immigrant entrepreneur … who opened his first movie theater in Ripon [Wis.] in 1935, then built the company a theater and a hotel at a time.” The firm today is publicly held, but Ben’s son, Stephen Marcus, is its chairman, and Stephen’s son, Gregory Marcus, is its president and chief executive officer, according to its website.
Ann Stadler, vice president and chief marketing officer for Marcus Theatres, told Hatewatch today that the company would go ahead with its premiere: “When identifying films to show, we are mindful that the cinema is a place where ideas have been freely exchanged for generations. Our philosophy is to let the marketplace determine the success of each film. However, playing a film does not mean that Marcus Theatres endorses or shares the views and ideas being expressed therein. We understand that there has been controversy in the past surrounding the executive producer of ‘The Principle.’ As a movie company, we provide choices and diversity based primarily on film content, recognizing that every film isn’t for everyone.”
The makers of “The Principle” have not released their film to reviewers, but they have played up its allegedly explosive claims. “Everyone knows that the ancient idea of Earth in the center of the universe is a ridiculous holdover from a superstitious age, right?” the movie’s website says. “Well …. prepare to be shocked!” The site goes on to say that the movie is “destined to become one of the most controversial films of our time” and that it will detail “astonishing new discoveries.” ( continue to full post… )
A prominent Christian direct-mail guru with former ties to an anti-Semitic publication now faces federal charges for his alleged role assisting a woman flee the United States with her biological daughter after losing custody of the child to a former lesbian partner.
Philip Zodhiates, whose direct-mail business, Response Unlimited, targets conservatives and Christians, is scheduled to voluntarily appear for arraignment next Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y. A grand jury there returned a two-count indictment on Sept. 19 charging him with conspiracy to defraud the United States and international parental kidnapping.
Editor’s Note: This weekend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that his government would “use all legal means” to prevent the Budapest white nationalist gathering explored below from occurring, presumably by banning foreign visitors from entering the country. According to the Hungarian blog HungarianAmbience.com, officials at the planned venue for the conference also have cancelled their contract with conference organizers, saying they were not aware of the nature of the gathering. Still, chief organizer Richard Spencer is reassuring those planning to attend that the conference will go on as scheduled, even if meeting will be a “little more inconvenient” than it would have been.
One of the most polished American racists of recent years is Richard Bertrand Spencer, a 36-year-old Ph.D. program dropout who, in his khakis and oxfords, looks more like some ambitious young Capitol Hill staffer than a white supremacist. Indeed, with a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia, Spencer’s resumé reads a lot like that of a well-heeled, up-and-coming politico.
But several years ago, when he was in his early thirties, Spencer left mainstream conservatism for what he calls “a life of thought crime.” Since then, he has established racist websites and ascended to the top spot at the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white nationalist nonprofit he runs from his home in Whitefish, Mont., along with two affiliated publishing outfits. After holding a series of highbrow-racist conferences on such topics as the future of white people, Spencer has now set his sights on bigger things — building bridges to the organized European racist right.
Though past NPI conferences have featured leading European racists, Spencer is moving beyond one-off presentations from these folks in order to connect with two newly important radical-right strains on the continent: the Movement Identitaire, a pro-white, anti-Muslim and anti-globalist movement that started in France in the early 2000s and has been growing rapidly since, and Jobbik, the anti-Semitic and racist organization that became Hungary’s third-largest political party this spring, when it polled more than 1 million votes.
“We hope that our budding society will act as a forum for a number of different traditionalist groups in Europe, including Identitarians,” Spencer told Hatewatch. “We are eager to involve Europeans who seek to connect with community and tradition, and thus preserve true diversity against the flattening of globalism.” His interest, Spencer added, is to reach “any European who seeks to develop racial identity and consciousness.”
A key upcoming moment in this effort comes at a planned Oct. 3-5 conference NPI organized in Budapest, Hungary. Co-hosted by Jobbik, the Inaugural Identitarian Congress is slated to feature prominent European nationalists of various types and several leading American racist ideologues (see biographies below).
Little is known about Spencer’s new allies in the U.S., but across the Atlantic they are seen as serious threats to European democracy. Members of the European Union, the European Jewish Congress and other prominent human rights defenders have warned of the dangers posed by Jobbik, which has been widely described as fascist, is patently anti-Semitic, and yet has grown rapidly. Similarly, the Movement Identitaire, which started small but made a name for itself with the 2012 invasion of a French mosque, is deeply worrying to European officials. ( continue to full post… )