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May 29, 2014

American Racists Embrace Gains in Europe by Far-Right Parties

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Pat Buchanan

Figures ranging from far-right pundit Patrick Buchanan to white supremacist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute are embracing the gains made by far-right and extremist parties in Europe during elections to the European Parliament in May.

The Americans who are saluting the results of the elections believe that the gains by the nationalist and far-right parties indicate that Europeans have rejected increased immigration and multiculturalism in favor of a return to traditionalist values. Some also argue that Europeans are more interested in the ardent nationalism and patriotism exhibited by Russian leader Vladimir Putin than in integration and liberal Western values.

Buchanan, who predicted the results of the elections in Europe in a May 23 column, argued that the rise of far-right parties means that Europeans want to preserve their “separate and unique ethnic and cultural identity.” Buchanan further asserted that the gains made by far-right parties signal a return to “traditionalism and cultural conservatism, reverence for the religious and cultural history and heritage of the nation and its indigenous people.” Buchanan has hoped for the same in the U.S. In numerous books and columns, he has argued that America is being destroyed by “Third World” immigrants and that the country needs to maintain its white European heritage.

In his comments on the European elections, Matt Parrott, a founder of the Traditionalist Youth Network, agreed with Buchanan and asserted that Europeans are more interested in Putin’s nationalism than in America’s liberalism. He laments that white supremacists in America will be “be forced to patiently wait on the sidelines” while traditionalist ideals and openly nationalist politicians come to the forefront in the rest of the world. He suggests that America’s extreme right learn from the advances made by their counterparts in Europe.

In a podcast, Richard Spencer, the head of the white supremacist National Policy Institute, spoke with Roman Bernard of France about how anti-EU sentiment had become a “bogeyman” for far-right parties in Europe. They believe that anti-EU sentiment is “negative politics” and that Europeans should be focusing on creating “white consciousness.” White supremacists on both sides of the Atlantic hope that whites in Europe and America will become “racially aware” and promote their own ethnic interests.

Anti-Semite David Duke put a different spin on the European elections, which reflects his virulent anti-Jewish views. Duke asserted that European voters had rejected two ideologies that Jews allegedly force on them—immigration and globalization.

American white supremacist activists would like to see extreme-right parties and ideologies become more appealing to the mainstream in America. They see Europe as a model for making that happen but acknowledge most Americans are not inclined to accept “white nationalism.”

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May 7, 2014

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heimbach

Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott, the founders of the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), have decided to take a sabbatical from their activities. The two took this step after the priest of the Orthodox Christian church they belong to publicly released a statement on April 29 saying that Heimbach must “cease and desist all activities, both online, in print, and in person, promoting racist and separationist ideologies….”

The same priest earlier that month had overseen Heimbach’s communion in the Orthodox Church.  Although it is unclear where Parrott stands in terms of his own communion, he and Heimbach have both apparently chosen to take time off from their activities at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Parrott writes that he and Heimbach do not know if their leave of absence will be temporary or permanent.

Parrott and especially Heimbach have openly talked about their religious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the communion a public issue because Heimbach “makes inflammatory public statements in the name of the Orthodox Faith.”  Both Heimbach and Parrott ostensibly see their white supremacist beliefs as compatible with their vision of Christianity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Parrott has tried to justify their views by claiming they have no ill will towards other religious and ethnic groups.

It is unclear how Parrott and Heimbach plan to spend their sabbatical. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activities and do penance to be received back into the Orthodox communion, Heimbach participated in a demonstration led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Washington, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heimbach back into the group after kicking him out in October 2013 for taking part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heimbach attended the white supremacist American Renaissance conference in Tennessee. In addition, TYN continues to function as a group, despite Heimbach and Parrot’s leave.

The reaction from the white supremacist community has been somewhat mixed, with most people supporting Heimbach and Parrott’s sabbatical while the two figure out their next moves. One well-known white supremacist, Greg Johnson, who runs the online white supremacist publication Counter-Currents, has attacked Heimbach and Parrott for abandoning the white supremacist cause for the sake of Christianity. Others, like Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, who runs the racist Occidental Dissent blog, believe that Heimbach and Parrott will be able to reconcile their racist views with Christianity and make a full return to the white supremacist movement.

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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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