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May 15, 2015

Pick-Up Artist Roosh V Moves from Misogyny to Anti-Semitism

Roosh Valizadeh, otherwise known as “Roosh V,” a misogynist who rails against feminism and teaches men how to “pick up” women, has fully embraced anti-Semitism on his blog, “Return of Kings.” In a posting on the blog in early May, Valizadeh promoted the work of Kevin MacDonald, a leading anti-Semite in the U.S. and a retired professor who is touted by white supremacists around the world.

Roosh Valizadeh

Roosh Valizadeh

Valizadeh quotes extensively from MacDonald’s anti-Semitic book, The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements. The book claims that Jews controlled various intellectual and political movements with the purpose of promoting Jewish interests. It also asserts that Jews purposely encourage movements that hurt non-Jews and increase Jewish influence and status. MacDonald alleges that Jews have promoted left-wing ideologies that have been destructive to Western culture.

In his blog, Valizadeh makes it clear that MacDonald’s views mesh with his own. Valizadeh writes that he has wondered why Jews are involved in leftist movements such as socialism, communism and feminism. A graphic accompanying the blog depicts Jewish women with Stars of David by their faces and the title, “Feminism: A Jewish War on Women.” He apparently blames Jews for feminism, which he asserts is “an ideology that developed with disproportionate Jewish support.” He adds that The Culture of Critique connected “a lot of dots I had missing about why our culture got to where it is. The bulk of what I criticize about Western culture was in fact ushered in by intellectual Jewish movements.”

At one point in the blog, Valizadeh says that he wondered if reading MacDonald’s book would turn him into a neo-Nazi “but instead it served as a historical truth bomb that has made me skeptical of the ideas, behavioral actions, and teachings of prominent Jews and where their true intentions and loyalties lie (i.e. if an American Jew would die for America before Israel).” He also asserts that it “amazes” him “how methodical, patient, and determined Jews are in promoting their group interests.”

Valizadeh is primarily known for disparaging women and for writing a series of books on how men can have sexual exploits with women in various countries. Now, he has embraced another form of extremism by meshing his misogyny with anti-Semitism.

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January 12, 2015

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The American Freedom Party (AFP), a white supremacist group, has recently established a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which officially launches in February, has already created a website, a Facebook page, and a recruitment video to appeal to young people between the ages of 18 and 40.

National Youth Front symbol

National Youth Front symbol

In an introduction on its website, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth organization dedicated to the preservation of America our Western culture [sic].” In addition to creating a flyer about the group, NYF has created a polished recruitment video aimed at young people. It decries their parents’ acceptance of diversity and claims that young whites are “the victims of [their] parents’ childish liberation movements” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Declaration of War” and is similar to videos circulated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide previous generations’ acceptance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three interconnecting triangles known as the Valknot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse symbol, to represent the group. It is often considered a symbol of the Norse god Odin. Some white supremacists, particularly racist Odinists, have appropriated the Valknot to use as a racist symbol. Often they use it as a sign that they are willing to give their life to Odin, generally in battle.

Leaders in the group include Nathan Damigo and Daxter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war veteran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serving time for pulling a gun on a taxi driver, a crime he attributed to PTSD. Damigo is the acting chairman of NYF and also holds the position of director of PR and outreach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Carolina, is director of national chapters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chapter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Facebook page handing out a NYF flyer. On his Facebook page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unofficially in existence since November 2014, NYF has already lost its first chairman, Caleb C. Shumaker. Shumaker resigned on January 6, citing recent attacks against him and his family. He was formerly a member of the Conservative Youth Council, an affiliate of the far-right Conservative Party USA. In his farewell column, Shumaker claimed that NYF already has nine chapters around the country, although there is little evidence of activity at this point.

AFP was originally founded in October 2009 as American Third Position (A3P), “to represent the political interests of White Americans.” Today the organization’s leadership is made up of older well-established white supremacists such as California lawyer William Johnson, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin MacDonald and James Edwards, who runs The Political Cesspool, a radio show based in Tennessee. AFP is apparently trying to attract young people to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuccessful candidates for local positions.

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January 23, 2014

Ron Unz: Controversial Writer And Funder Of Anti-Israel Activists

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Ron Unz

Conservative businessman Ron Unz has stirred controversy over the last year by publicizing ideas that appeal to anti-Semites, offering a forum for writers who demonize Israel, and funding several anti-Israel activists, some of whom promote anti-Semitic canards. Though Unz does not appear to be an anti-Semite, he provides support to extreme anti-Israel ideologues and his writings resonate with and are regularly cited by anti-Semites.

In November 2013, Unz created a webzine called The Unz Review that addresses controversial political and racial topics because he believes the mainstream media ignore or conceal certain information and ideas.  Although Unz claims that he does not agree with many of the views presented in the webzine, he nonetheless has provided a new outlet for certain writers to attack Israel and Jews.

The Unz Review emerged a year after Unz published a controversial article “The Myth of American Meritocracy,” in The American Conservative in which he claims that Jews are overrepresented at elite schools even though their achievement levels have been in a downward spiral. He also claims these schools discriminate against better-qualified Asian-Americans and non-Jewish whites who represent a greater percentage of the population.

Unz postulates that one reason that Jews are more readily admitted to Ivy League schools is that a large percentage of the schools’ administrators are Jewish and are more apt to admit Jews based on “unconscious biases.” Most disturbingly, Unz implies that Jews are an alien presence in the United States compared to White Anglo Saxons who dominated elite schools in the past.

As might be expected, anti-Semites have latched onto Unz’s work to affirm their own views. In particular Kevin MacDonald, an anti-Semitic professor of evolutionary psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and anti-Semite David Duke both assert that Unz’s work shows that Jews in power discriminate against white European-Americans.

Unz is involved in other endeavors that raise questions about his views of Jews and Israel. He funds a number of extreme anti-Israel ideologues through the Unz Foundation including Paul Craig Roberts, an anti-Semitic syndicated columnist;  Mondoweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss; and Philip Giraldi, the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Israel group based in Washington, D.C.

For full article, see “Ron Unz: Controversial Writer and Funder of Anti-Israel Ideologues.”

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