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Neo-Nazi National Alliance No Longer Has Members

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Erich Gliebe

The National Alliance (NA), once the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, has ceased to func­tion as a mem­ber­ship organization. 

In a Sep­tem­ber 6, 2013 let­ter to mem­bers of the white suprema­cist group, NA chair­man Erich Gliebe states that the orga­ni­za­tion will now be “sup­porter based.” Gliebe claims this deci­sion comes after con­sult­ing with the organization’s board of direc­tors and key mem­bers and supporters.

In real­ity, Gliebe, who took over the lead­er­ship of the NA in 2002 after the death of its founder William Pierce, has over­seen a steady decline in the group’s mem­ber­ship.  The NA, which had about 1,500 mem­bers in 2002, has only a hand­ful of active mem­bers today.

Gliebe’s lack of lead­er­ship skills and charisma, as well as his seem­ing poor judg­ment and appar­ent finan­cial mis­man­age­ment, led to tremen­dous strife and dis­af­fec­tion within the NA. The group split into var­i­ous fac­tions in the mid-2000s and con­tin­ued to lose mem­bers through­out Gliebe’s reign.  In addi­tion, the NA stopped pub­lish­ing mag­a­zines and ceased oper­a­tions of its once-profitable white power music com­pany, Resis­tance Records. 

The move to a “supporter-based” orga­ni­za­tion appears to be a face-saving device from Gliebe to detract from his many fail­ures.  In his let­ter to mem­bers, Gliebe char­ac­ter­izes the move to a supporter-based orga­ni­za­tion as a “step for­ward for the orga­ni­za­tion,” which will lead “to a brighter future.”  Gliebe also opti­misti­cally requests his now-former mem­ber­ship to con­vert their mem­ber­ship dues into monthly dona­tions of the same amount.

White suprema­cist Jim Ring, who resigned from the National Alliance in 2012, posted Gliebe’s let­ter on a web­site he cre­ated to oppose Gliebe. Ring also gave an inter­view in the Sep­tem­ber 2 edi­tion on the Amer­i­can Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per, in which he called Gliebe both incom­pe­tent and dis­hon­est. Ring blamed Gliebe for the group’s demise and claimed Gliebe per­son­ally prof­ited from the sale of Pierce’s gun col­lec­tion and tim­ber on the NA property.

Recently, Gliebe put the National Alliance’s prop­erty in West Vir­ginia up for sale. Gliebe’s moves may well mark the endgame for the National Alliance.