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May 29, 2014 8

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 0

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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January 23, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Form New Group In Michigan

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Dan Poole

Update:  On the day this blog was posted, the organization’s founders dis­solved the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture as a lim­ited lia­bil­ity corporation.

Two white suprema­cists, Dan Poole and Kyle Bris­tow, have founded a new group, the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture (CAOC) in Michi­gan.  Poole, a recent col­lege grad­u­ate, and Bris­tow, an attor­ney, have both pre­vi­ously been active in racist cir­cles.  Poole is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of CAOC and Bris­tow will be the organization’s chief legal officer.

The two are part of a grow­ing trend of younger, edu­cated white suprema­cists form­ing groups that pro­mote racism but use terms like “Occi­den­tal cul­ture,” “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion,”  or “tra­di­tion­al­ism” in place of more explic­itly racist ter­mi­nol­ogy.  This san­i­tized lan­guage can be more palat­able to peo­ple who would be turned off by overt racism.

In a state­ment released at the end of Decem­ber 2013, Poole wrote that the organization’s mis­sion is “to advance and defend West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” by pro­mot­ing European-themed art, cul­ture and events.  The group also wants to fight alleged “dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment directed at European-Americans.” CAOC asserts that it will be dif­fer­ent from other orga­ni­za­tions by “being on the front lines as the van­guard of the Occi­dent in the cul­ture war.”

Poole, a recent grad­u­ate of Oak­land Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan, has been active with the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party.  AFP, for­merly known as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion, has run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for var­i­ous offices. 

While attend­ing Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity (MSU), Bris­tow was the con­tro­ver­sial head of the MSU Young Amer­i­cans for Free­dom. In 2007, the group invited British white nation­al­ist Nick Grif­fin to speak at the school. Bris­tow went on to write arti­cles for Cit­i­zens Informer, the pub­li­ca­tion of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens and authored a novel White Apoc­a­lypse and a col­lec­tion of essays, The Con­science of a Right-Winger

White Apoc­a­lypse pro­motes the idea Euro­peans were the first to inhabit North Amer­ica and were the vic­tims of non-whites who later slaugh­tered them. The newest ver­sion of the book, pub­lished in Octo­ber 2013, con­tains an intro­duc­tion by Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), a small white suprema­cist group.

Heim­bach is another exam­ple of a young, white, edu­cated racist who has embraced hard­core extrem­ism. Heim­bach was first active in Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a now defunct stu­dent group, with goals sim­i­lar to CAOC. Heim­bach claims that he sought Bristow’s advice when he ran the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in 2011. 

CAOC joins other orga­ni­za­tions such as TYN and the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist think tank, which are hop­ing to reach dis­af­fected younger whites.

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