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November 12, 2015

Anti-Immigrant Activists Make Common Cause With Extremists

In a column this week for the National Review, Mark Krikorian, head of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies, attempted to defend Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from criticism by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others for having attended an anti-immigration event with racist ties by portraying the event as innocuous.The event, The Social Contract Press Writers Workshop, was held in Washington, DC, in late October.

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Mark Krikorian

However, the Workshop does have ties to extremists. To demonstrate this, one need look no further than one of the key figures behind The Social Contract Press itself: Wayne Lutton. Lutton, the editor of the Press’s main publication, The Social Contract, for many years has been a prominent figure in the white supremacist movement.

While not editing The Social Contract, Lutton sits on the board of the New Century Foundation, a white supremacist “think tank” run by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, a white supremacist website. Both the Foundation and the website promote ideas of alleged racial differences in intelligence, support the notion of a “white identity,” and oppose multiculturalism and diversity. Lutton has also spoken at American Renaissance conferences, as well as conferences of the blatantly white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. In addition, Lutton has served on the board of the Charles Martel Society, which publishes the racist and anti-Semitic journal Occidental Quarterly.

Attending the Writers Workshop was not the first time Kobach has turned a blind eye towards the extremist ties of some of his fellow anti-immigration activists. In 2012, for example, Kobach participated in an anti-immigration panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference alongside Robert Vandervoort, the head of the anti-immigrant group Pro-English but also the former head of the white supremacist Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance.

Anti-immigrant agitators all too frequently give a pass to extremists, so long as they share the same anti-immigrant views. Indeed, the fact that Krikorian, in his defense of Kobach, neglected to mention Lutton’s extremist ties is not surprising—because Krikorian turns the same blind eye himself. Krikorian not only spoke at  The Social Contract Press Writers Workshop this year, but in 2013 he also contributed an article to Lutton’s publication.

The reality is that Lutton’s Press serves as a bridge between extremists and more ostensibly mainstream figures in the anti-immigrant movement. The Social Contract frequently features white supremacists alongside anti-immigrant figures in its pages. Its Writers Workshop often invites mainstream but problematic figures to its events. The Kansas Secretary of State is one such figure.

Kobach is known for his anti-immigrant views and has drafted some of the harsh­est anti-immigrant laws in the nation. He also has promoted the concept of self-deportation, the idea that states should put in place policies and practices that make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants that they will leave the United States “voluntarily.”

Through its journal and conferences, The Social Contrast Press tries to mainstream bigotry by featuring well-known anti-immigrant figures to give their venues an air of legitimacy. But when figures such as Kobach and Krikorian lie down with the Press, they only show how immoderate they themselves are.

 

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May 2, 2014

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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American Renaissance Speakers Group Photo

The white supremacist  group New Century Foundation has, for the third time, held its American Renaissance (AmRen) gathering  at a conference center at a national park in Burns, Tennessee.  On April 25-27, the approximately 175 attendees at the event heard speakers voice their ideas about how to mobilize whites by highlighting their culture and heritage. This year’s conference also expanded on last year’s theme of creating a white ethno-state on the North American continent.

The conference featured some new speakers, and some conference veterans such as Sam Dickson, a longtime white supremacist and speaker at the previous eleven AmRen conferences.  In his speech, Dickson claimed America was founded on the “lie” that all men were created equal. He asserted that a new narrative needs to be created for whites, which rejects the concepts of freedom and individualism promoted by the Tea Party and the belief in equality promoted by President Obama. Jack Donovan, a contributor to the white supremacist online publication Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s comments when responding to a question about forming a new identity for whites in North America, saying that any new identity must be different from that of the founding fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Morgan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right publishing house Arktos, called for whites within the movement to start reflecting a positive outlook in order to influence others. To do that, Morgan urged whites to highlight and praise their culture, in the form of books, art and films. Morgan also lamented the “culture of consumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech similarly criticized the culture of consumerism which, he said, has left a cultural void. Donovan claimed the only way to stop this is to abandon the “universal” in favor of the “tribal” thus promoting a culture that is “discriminatory” and promotes the idea of identity.

Jared Taylor, the head the New Century Foundation, claimed the problem with whites is that they are too concerned with helping others and not themselves, which, he argued, leads to their downfall. Taylor called the conference attendees “missionaries” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he maintained, is very difficult because many of the people they are trying to influence think of whites in the movement as “evil,” and therefore rude, arrogant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white supremacists were present, including Brad Griffin, who runs the racist website Occidental Dissent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, leader of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heimbach of the white supremacist activist group Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Student Union at Georgia State University and Holocaust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Institute for Historical Review were also present.

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March 21, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Appoints Bay Buchanan To Board

bay buchananThe Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant think tank founded by racist John Tanton, recently appointed Bay Buchanan, an anti-immigrant figure with ties to extremists, to its board of directors.

Buchanan is the president of The American Cause, a group founded by her brother, Pat Buchanan, a racist and anti-Semite. Though the organization is currently dormant, it hosted a number of anti-immigrant gatherings in the past featuring racist speakers.

For example, in January 2009 the organization held an event when it released a report on the impact of candidates’ views on immigration during the 2008 election. Panelists included Bay Buchanan, Peter Brimelow, a white supremacist and founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE, and Marcus Epstein, founder of the now-defunct far-right Robert Taft Club. The Taft Club often invited racist speakers to address its gatherings, including white supremacist Jared Taylor, founder of The New Century Foundation, a self -styled think tank known primarily for American Renaissance , a white supremacist journal and companion website.

After Marcus Epstein was arrested and pleaded guilty to simple assault for attacking an African American woman in Washington, D.C., Buchanan defended him in a column published by VDARE titled “The Internet Lynching of Marcus Epstein.” Buchanan also contributed an article to The Social Contract (TSC) an anti-immigrant journal edited by white supremacist Wayne Lutton. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Buchanan spoke on a panel sponsored by the now-defunct racist student group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) titled “Will Immigration Kill the GOP?”  Kevin DeAnna, the founder of YWC, was also on the panel. In 2005, Buchanan was a guest on the racist radio program The Political Cesspool, hosted by white supremacist James Edwards.

Buchanan also served as chair for her brother’s three presidential campaigns and in 2008, was a senior advisor to former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, who is known for his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.  Buchanan also ran the now-defunct Team America Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by Tancredo.

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