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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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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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October 18, 2013 3

Matthew Heimbach’s Extreme World View

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Heim­bach, stand­ing on far right in T-shirt and jeans, gives salute at hard-core white suprema­cist event.

Since ADL pub­lished a photo of Matthew Heim­bach giv­ing a salute along with other extrem­ists at a hard­core white suprema­cist event in Ken­tucky, he has felt com­pelled to assert that he is not a neo-Nazi.  

Yet, he also announced that he will be a speaker at a Novem­ber 9th rally of the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi group in the country.

In a col­umn Heim­bach wrote after the photo was posted, he attempted to jus­tify his embrace of hard­core white suprema­cists by argu­ing that he wants to unite dis­parate groups of whites from neo-Nazis to racist skin­heads to soc­cer moms and Libertarians.

At least one racist group is not buy­ing Heimbach’s vision. His embrace of neo-Nazi groups has made him per­sona non grata with the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS). LOS report­edly kicked Heim­bach out of the group after find­ing out that he was con­sort­ing with neo-Nazis.

Heim­bach has argued that his belief in Chris­tian­ity sets him apart from neo-Nazis. How­ever, Heimbach’s views about Jews are more in line with those of neo-Nazis.

In a radio inter­view on “Pro-Think Radio” hosted by anti-Semite Mike Delaney, for exam­ple, Heim­bach argued that Jews should be sep­a­rated from the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. He said, “Jews are not our folk, they’re not our fam­ily, and they don’t belong here. They belong with their own peo­ple, some­where else, not med­dling in our own affairs, not using our resources…”

In the same inter­view, Heim­bach said that Jews should be barred from churches, the media, and the country.

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