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February 13, 2014 1

Two Groups Attempt to Resurrect Neo-Nazi National Alliance

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Kevin Strom

For­mer mem­bers of the National Alliance (NA) are try­ing to res­ur­rect the orga­ni­za­tion by claim­ing they are its right­ful heirs.  The demise of the NA, once the largest neo-Nazi group in the U.S., has spurred two dif­fer­ent fac­tions to revive the mem­ory and “brand” of Alliance founder William Pierce.  Both groups hope they can con­vince other white suprema­cists to join them in form­ing a revamped ver­sion of the NA.

One-time NA mem­ber Jim Ring emerged as the leader of one fac­tion, the National Alliance Reform & Restora­tion Group (NARRG), which he founded in Feb­ru­ary 2014.  Ring left the NA in Octo­ber 2012, after run­ning its Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia unit for 22 years. He announced this month that NARRG is pur­su­ing a civil law­suit against NA board mem­bers and Erich Gliebe, who has headed the NA since Pierce’s death.  A state­ment on the NARRG web­site claims that the group is suing Gliebe and the oth­ers for finan­cial dam­age done to the orga­ni­za­tion as well as “a myr­iad of instances of malfea­sance, mis­fea­sance, ille­gal­i­ties and irreg­u­lar­i­ties.”  Ring wants the NARRG to focus on cre­at­ing Pierce’s vision of a “white liv­ing space,” an area in the U.S that would be purged of all nonwhites.

Also try­ing to revive the NA is Kevin Strom, a for­mer leader of the group. Gliebe kicked Strom out of the NA in 2005.  Strom then formed the National Van­guard, which lasted until author­i­ties con­victed him on child pornog­ra­phy charges in 2007. Strom and Will Williams, who once headed the NA’s North Car­olina unit, claim to be build­ing a new NA head­quar­ters in the Appalachian Moun­tains. Strom has also re-launched Amer­i­can Dis­si­dent Voices (ADV), a short­wave radio show he and Pierce used to broad­cast under the aus­pices of the NA, start­ing in the early 1990s. Strom’s most recent Inter­net radio ADV broad­cast on Feb­ru­ary 8 was largely an updated ren­di­tion of Pierce’s anti-Semitic work, “Who Rules Amer­ica?” which alleges that Jews con­trol the media, gov­ern­ment and finan­cial indus­try in the U.S.

Both NARRG and Strom seem to be hop­ing for a nos­tal­gic revival of an orga­ni­za­tion they belonged to in its prime. These groups no doubt would like to erase the last decade that led to the NA’s down­fall. Since the death of Pierce in 2002, the orga­nized neo-Nazi move­ment in the United States has been on the decline and shows no signs of rejuvenation.

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November 22, 2013 0

Neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe Wants Supporters To Join Cultural Clubs

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Old National Alliance flyer

Erich Gliebe, the head of the nearly defunct National Alliance, not only did away with the neo-Nazi group’s mem­ber­ship, he now advises sup­port­ers to join tra­di­tional Euro­pean cul­tural clubs, have fun, and not focus on National Socialism. 

In the Alliance’s lat­est bul­letin, Gliebe argues once again that the old meth­ods of attract­ing peo­ple to the white suprema­cist move­ment are not work­ing. He asserts that the Cleve­land unit of the National Alliance was the group’s only suc­cess­ful chap­ter because it attracted peo­ple not by talk­ing about the white race fac­ing extinc­tion but by host­ing cul­tural events.

Gliebe insists that the only way to pre­serve the white race in today’s cli­mate is to encour­age peo­ple to do things they enjoy and to pro­mote “eth­nic pride.” Thus, he lists Ger­man and Scan­di­na­vian dance groups across the U.S. for peo­ple to con­sider joining.

After Gliebe’s unsuc­cess­ful lead­er­ship of the Alliance, he appears to be turn­ing away from group’s core ide­ol­ogy as espoused by its founder William Pierce in his novel, The Turner Diaries. In the book, Pierce advo­cated a world takeover by an all-white army that sys­tem­at­i­cally exter­mi­nated blacks, Jews and “race trai­tors.” Many white suprema­cists still con­sider the book required read­ing for peo­ple in the move­ment. Pierce also believed in recruit­ing peo­ple to the Alliance by dis­trib­ut­ing their pro­pa­ganda in sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods and at events like gun shows.

Gliebe argues that some peo­ple would like to see the National Alliance carry on poli­cies that don’t work, like pro­mot­ing swastikas and Hitler and talk­ing about Jews. He clearly believes that the Alliance’s for­mer recruit­ment strate­gies no longer have the abil­ity to attract fol­low­ers so he advises sup­port­ers to not dis­trib­ute white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture at Euro­pean cul­tural events but to “be pos­i­tive and have fun” and bring along the family.

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September 24, 2013 0

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.

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