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FTR #995 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

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This broad­cast was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment [5].

[6] [7]Intro­duc­tion: In FTR #967 [8], we high­light­ed the Nazi group Atom­waf­fen, one of whose mem­bers was plot­ting an attack on a nuclear pow­er plant. (The would be nuke  ter­ror­ist was Bran­don Rus­sell, a Flori­da Nation­al Guards­man.)

New arti­cles on the group dis­close that they have been respon­si­ble for a num­ber of recent mur­ders around the coun­try [9].  More mur­ders should be expect­ed because Atom­waf­fen pro­duces ISIS-style videos [9] pro­mot­ing mass neo-Nazi vio­lence designed to sab­o­tage and implode soci­ety.

FTR #888 [10] details the work of Glenn Green­wald in run­ning legal inter­fer­ence for the lead­er­less strat­e­gy advo­cat­ed by the likes of James Mason and the Nation­al Alliance. Specif­i­cal­ly, Cit­i­zen Green­wald freed up the likes of Atom­waf­fen et al from civ­il lia­bil­i­ty for their ISIS-style YouTube exhor­ta­tions to vio­lence and mur­der.

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Charles Man­son

In FTR #437 [12], we high­light­ed counter-cul­ture fas­cism [13] and the pen­chant of some to pro­mote fas­cist out­crop­pings like the Charles Man­son cultists to bohemi­ans [14]. Atom­waf­fen idol­ize [15] both James Mason and his Siege newslet­ter and book, as well as one of Mason’s idols–Charles Man­son. (Man­son is pic­tured at right.)

Mason expressed sup­port for the Nazi eugen­ics and euthana­sia pro­gram. (We have dis­cussed eugen­ics and euthana­sia in numer­ous pro­grams, includ­ing Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Shows M12  [16]and M60 [17], as well as FTR #‘s 117 [18], 124 [19], 140 [20], 141 [21], 534 [22], 664 [23], 908 [24], and 909 [25].)

He has com­pa­ny:

Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don (UCL) recent­ly dis­cov­ered that there’s been a secret eugen­ics con­fer­ence [26] host­ed in its cam­pus since 2014.

One promi­nent attendee to these con­fer­ences is Toby Young [27], the head of the New Schools Net­work [28] – a net­work of “Free schools” [29] — non-prof­it inde­pen­dent schools fund­ed by the state. Anoth­er is Richard Lynn [30], the ‘aca­d­e­m­ic’ who sits on the board of the Pio­neer Fund [31] and who pro­vid­ed the bulk of the work in The Bell Curve pur­port­ing to show racial dif­fer­ence in intel­li­gence [32].

Atten­dees at the invite-only con­fer­ence [33] were told about the loca­tion at the last minute and asked not to men­tion it to any­one. Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants are inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Nazi/“Alt-Right” milieu.

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Nazi Eugen­ics Poster

We con­clude with a very impor­tant op-ed col­umn [35] in The New York Times under­scor­ing the con­ti­nu­ity between Amer­i­can and Ger­man eugen­ics, the Nazi T‑4 pro­gram and GOP “aus­ter­i­ty.” The Repub­li­cans and like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als like Prince­ton fac­ul­ty mem­ber Peter Singer are advo­cat­ing against the dis­abled is being “cost inef­fec­tive.”

” . . . . We often say what hap­pened in Nazi Ger­many couldn’t hap­pen here. But some of it, like the mis­treat­ment and ster­il­iza­tion of the dis­abled, did hap­pen here.

A read­ing of Hoche and Binding’s ‘Per­mit­ting the Destruc­tion of Unwor­thy Life’ [a bedrock intel­lec­tu­al ele­ment of the 1920’s Ger­man eugen­ics movement–D.E.] shows the sim­i­lar­i­ty between what they said and what expo­nents of prac­ti­cal ethics, such as Peter Singer, say about the dis­abled today. As recent­ly as 2015, Singer, talk­ing with the radio host Aaron Klein on his show, said, ‘I don’t want my health insur­ance pre­mi­ums to be high­er so that infants who can expe­ri­ence zero qual­i­ty of life can have expen­sive treat­ments.’

These philoso­phers talk about the drain on ‘resources’ caused by lives lived with a dis­abil­i­ty, which eeri­ly echoes what Hoche and Bind­ing wrote about the ‘finan­cial and moral bur­den’ on ‘a person’s fam­i­ly, hos­pi­tal, and state’ caused by what they deem lives ‘unwor­thy of liv­ing.’ Experts point out the recent Repub­li­can health care pro­pos­als would strip Med­ic­aid fund­ing that helps the elder­ly, the poor and the dis­abled live health­i­er and more dig­ni­fied lives.

A recent New York Times arti­cle quot­ed the Rev. Susan Flan­ders, a retired Epis­co­pal priest, as say­ing: ‘What we’re pay­ing for is some­thing that many peo­ple wouldn’t want if they had a choice. It’s hun­dreds of dol­lars each day that could go towards their grandchildren’s edu­ca­tion or care for the peo­ple who could get well.’ In the arti­cle, Flan­ders, whose father had Alzheimer’s, is described as ‘utter­ly unafraid to mix mon­ey into the con­ver­sa­tion about the mean­ing of life when the mind dete­ri­o­rates.’ Prac­ti­cal ethi­cists are sim­i­lar­ly unafraid to do this. As were the Nazis. . . .”

With the Trump admin­is­tra­tion’s dereg­u­la­tion of agen­cies like the EPA and the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion, the Amer­i­can peo­ple are going to be exposed to car­cino­gens, muta­gens and unsafe food and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts. Years from now, the coun­try is going to expe­ri­ence a big upswing in the inci­dence of can­cer and oth­er degen­er­a­tive dis­eases, as well as birth defor­mi­ties.

The strong pos­si­bil­i­ty that this tsuna­mi of degen­er­a­tive dis­ease and birth defects could over­whelm the health care sys­tem and lead to the imple­men­ta­tion of an Amer­i­can T‑4 pro­gram is one to be tak­en very seri­ous­ly.

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Andrew Aueren­heimer: Guest at Glenn Green­wald’s par­ty; appar­ent res­i­dent of Ukraine; friend of the “Atom­waf­fen.”

Pro­gram High­lights Include:

  1. The con­flu­ence of Manson/Nazi cultists with eso­teric Nazism, high­light­ed in, among oth­er pro­grams, FTR #‘s 991 [37] and 992 [38].
  2. Review [39] of Man­son vic­tim Sharon Tate in the Los Ange­les area cam­paign of Robert F. Kennedy.
  3. Review of Robert Kennedy’s state­ment [39] to Tate and her hus­band Roman Polan­s­ki (as well as oth­ers) that he would re-open the inves­ti­ga­tion into his broth­er’s mur­der after get­ting to the White House.
  4. Review of Ed But­ler’s attri­bu­tion [39] of the Tate/La Bian­ca killings to the Black Pan­thers or oth­er “black mil­i­tants.”
  5. Review of the prob­a­ble Man­son fam­i­ly author­ship [39] of the mur­der of Mari­na Habe, daugh­ter of anti-fas­cist writer Hans Habe.
  6. Review of the affin­i­ty [8] between the bril­liant Nazi hack­er Andrew Aueren­heimer aka  “Weev” and the Atom­waf­fen.
  7. Review of Wee­v’s par­tic­i­pa­tion [40] in Glenn Green­wald and Lau­ra Poitras’ par­ty cel­e­brat­ing their receipt of the pres­ti­gious Polk award.

1a. In FTR #967 [8], we high­light­ed the Nazi group Atom­waf­fen, some of whose mem­bers were plot­ting an attack on a nuclear pow­er plant. New arti­cles on the group dis­close that they have been respon­si­ble for a num­ber of recent mur­ders around the coun­try [9].  More mur­ders should be expect­ed because Atom­waf­fen pro­duces ISIS-style videos pro­mot­ing mass neo-Nazi vio­lence designed to sab­o­tage and implode soci­ety.

FTR #888 [10] details the work of Glenn Green­wald in run­ning legal inter­fer­ence for the lead­er­less strat­e­gy advo­cat­ed by the likes of James Mason and the Nation­al Alliance. Specif­i­cal­ly, Cit­i­zen Green­wald freed up the likes of Atom­waf­fen et al from civ­il lia­bil­i­ty for their media exhor­ta­tions to vio­lence and mur­der.

“Cal­i­for­nia Mur­der Sus­pect Said to Have Trained With Extrem­ist Hate Group” by A.C. Thomp­son, Ali Win­ston, and Jake Han­ra­han; Pro-Pub­li­ca; 01/26/2018. [9]

The Cal­i­for­nia man accused of killing a 19-year-old Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia stu­dent ear­li­er this month is an avowed neo-Nazi and a mem­ber of one of the most noto­ri­ous extrem­ist groups in the coun­try, accord­ing to three peo­ple with knowl­edge of the man’s recent activ­i­ties.

The man, Samuel Wood­ward, has been charged in Orange Coun­ty, Cal­i­for­nia, with mur­der­ing Blaze Bern­stein, who went miss­ing in ear­ly Jan­u­ary while vis­it­ing his fam­i­ly over win­ter break. Pros­e­cu­tors allege that Wood­ward stabbed Bern­stein more than 20 times before bury­ing his body in an Orange Coun­ty park where it was even­tu­al­ly dis­cov­ered. The two men had attend­ed high school togeth­er.

Wood­ward, 20, is set to be arraigned on Feb. 2 and has not yet entered a plea. Orange Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors say they are exam­in­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the killing was a hate crime — Bern­stein was Jew­ish and open­ly gay — and some recent news reports have sug­gest­ed that the alleged killer might hold far-right or even white suprema­cist polit­i­cal beliefs.

Now, three peo­ple with detailed knowl­edge of Woodward’s recent past have been able to shed more light on the young man’s extrem­ist activ­i­ties. They said Wood­ward was a mem­ber of the Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion, an armed Fas­cist group with the ulti­mate aim of over­throw­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment through the use of ter­ror­ism and guer­ril­la war­fare.

The orga­ni­za­tion, which cel­e­brates Hitler and Charles Man­son, has been tied to four oth­er mur­ders and an elab­o­rate bomb plot over the past eight months. Experts who study right-wing extrem­ist move­ments believe Atomwaffen’s com­mit­ment to vio­lence has made it one of the more dan­ger­ous groups to emerge from the new wave of white suprema­cists.

Two of the three peo­ple who described Woodward’s affil­i­a­tions are friends of his; the oth­er is a for­mer mem­ber of Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion.

ProPublica’s rev­e­la­tions about Woodward’s back­ground add a new ele­ment to a mur­der case that has attract­ed con­sid­er­able local and nation­al news cov­er­age. But they also raise fresh con­cerns about groups like Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion, shad­owy out­fits of uncer­tain size that appear capa­ble of gen­uine harm.

Wood­ward joined the orga­ni­za­tion in ear­ly 2016 and lat­er trav­eled to Texas to attend Atom­waf­fen meet­ings and a three-day train­ing camp, which involved instruc­tion in firearms, hand-to-hand com­bat, camp­ing and sur­vival skills, the for­mer mem­ber said. ProP­ub­li­ca has obtained pho­tographs of Wood­ward at an out­door Atom­waf­fen meet­ing in the scrub­by Texas coun­try­side. One of the pho­tos depicts Wood­ward and oth­er mem­bers mak­ing straight-armed Nazi salutes while wear­ing skull masks. In oth­er pic­tures, Wood­ward is unmasked and eas­i­ly iden­ti­fi­able.

The young man is pro­fi­cient with both hand­guns and assault rifles, accord­ing to one per­son who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Texas train­ing and watched him shoot. That per­son also said that Wood­ward helped orga­nize a num­ber of Atom­waf­fen mem­bers in Cal­i­for­nia.

Social media posts and chat logs shared by Woodward’s friends show that he open­ly described him­self as a “Nation­al Social­ist” or Nazi. He “was as anti-Semit­ic as you can get,” accord­ing to one acquain­tance.

ProP­ub­li­ca con­tact­ed Orange Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors regard­ing Woodward’s alleged neo-Nazi activ­i­ties. Michelle Van Der Lin­den, a spokesper­son for the Dis­trict Attorney’s Office, said she couldn’t com­ment direct­ly on the case, but said the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing, with detec­tives explor­ing all pos­si­ble leads.

Wood­ward told police Bern­stein had tried to kiss him while they were in the park, accord­ing to a sealed affi­davit obtained by the Orange Coun­ty Reg­is­ter.

Atom­waf­fen start­ed in 2015 and is esti­mat­ed to have about 80 mem­bers scat­tered around the coun­try in small cells; the for­mer mem­ber said the group’s ranks have grown since the lethal and chaot­ic “Unite the Right” ral­ly last sum­mer in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.

While many of the new white extrem­ist groups have con­scious­ly avoid­ed using Nazi imagery, Atom­waf­fen has done the oppo­site. The name can mean “Atom­ic Weapons” in Ger­man, and the orga­ni­za­tion embraces Third Reich iconog­ra­phy, includ­ing swastikas, the Totenkopf, or death’s head insignia, and SS light­ning bolts. The group fre­quent­ly pro­duces YouTube videos fea­tur­ing masked Atom­waf­fen mem­bers hik­ing through the back­coun­try and fir­ing weapons. They’ve also filmed them­selves [41] burn­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and set­ting fire to the Amer­i­can flag at an Atom­waf­fen “Dooms­day Hate­camp.”

Atomwaffen’s biggest inspi­ra­tion seems to be James Mason, a long-time fas­cist who belonged to the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty and lat­er, dur­ing the 1970s, joined a more mil­i­tant off­shoot. Dur­ing the 1980s, Mason pub­lished a newslet­ter called SIEGE, in which he eschewed polit­i­cal activism in favor of cre­at­ing a new fas­cist regime through mur­der, small “lone wolf” ter­ror attacks, and all-out war against the gov­ern­ment. Mason also struck up a friend­ship with the late Charles Man­son, who has become anoth­er hero for Atom­waf­fen.

The orga­ni­za­tion first gained a mea­sure of nation­al atten­tion in May of last year, when 18-year-old Devon Arthurs, one of Atomwaffen’s found­ing mem­bers, was charged in state court in Tam­pa, Flori­da, with mur­der­ing two of his room­mates, Andrew Oneschuk, 18, and Jere­my Him­mel­man, 22. Both vic­tims were Atom­waf­fen loy­al­ists.

The mur­ders alleged­ly occurred after Arthurs trad­ed Nazism for rad­i­cal Islam. When police took Arthurs into cus­tody, accord­ing to news accounts based on police reports, he claimed he had shot his for­mer com­rades because they had taunt­ed him about his Mus­lim faith and plot­ted vio­lent attacks to fur­ther their fas­cist agen­da. Arthurs told inves­ti­ga­tors [42] he killed Onsechuk and Him­mel­man “because they want to build a Fourth Reich.”

When law enforce­ment searched the apart­ment in Tam­pa, Flori­da, where Arthurs and the oth­ers lived, they found firearms, a framed pho­to­graph of Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh, rifles, ammu­ni­tion, and a cool­er full of a high­ly volatile explo­sive called HMTD. Inves­ti­ga­tors also dis­cov­ered radioac­tive mate­r­i­al in the home.

The bomb-mak­ing mate­r­i­al belonged to a fourth room­mate, Atom­waf­fen leader Bran­don Rus­sell, a Flori­da Nation­al Guards­man. Arthurs told author­i­ties that Rus­sell had been plan­ning to blow up a nuclear pow­er plant near Mia­mi. Ear­li­er this month Rus­sell plead­ed guilty in fed­er­al dis­trict court in Tam­pa to ille­gal pos­ses­sion of explo­sives and was sen­tenced to five years in fed­er­al prison.

Atom­waf­fen sur­faced again in con­nec­tion with a dou­ble homi­cide in Reston, Vir­ginia, in Decem­ber 2017. A 17-year-old neo-Nazi alleged­ly shot to death his girlfriend’s par­ents, Buck­ley Kuhn-Frick­er and Scott Frick­er, who had urged their daugh­ter to break up with him. The accused, who shot him­self as well but sur­vived and remains hos­pi­tal­ized, was charged as a juve­nile in state court in Vir­ginia with two counts of homi­cide.

The 17-year-old was a big fan of Atom­waf­fen and James Mason, accord­ing to report­ing by the Huff­in­g­ton Post [43], which exam­ined his social media trail.

The for­mer Atom­waf­fen mem­ber in con­tact with ProP­ub­li­ca said that the teen was more than a fan: He was in direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the group.

“Their rhetoric is some of the most extreme we have seen,” said Joan­na Mendel­son, a senior researcher at the Anti-Defama­tion League’s Cen­ter on Extrem­ism. The group, she said, views itself as the rad­i­cal van­guard of the white suprema­cist move­ment, the front­line sol­diers of an immi­nent race war.

While many of the new white extrem­ist groups have con­scious­ly avoid­ed using Nazi imagery, Atom­waf­fen has done the oppo­site. The name can mean “Atom­ic Weapons” in Ger­man, and the orga­ni­za­tion embraces Third Reich iconog­ra­phy, includ­ing swastikas, the Totenkopf, or death’s head insignia, and SS light­ning bolts. The group fre­quent­ly pro­duces YouTube videos fea­tur­ing masked Atom­waf­fen mem­bers hik­ing through the back­coun­try and fir­ing weapons. They’ve also filmed them­selves [41] burn­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and set­ting fire to the Amer­i­can flag at an Atom­waf­fen “Dooms­day Hate­camp.” . . . 

1b.  In FTR #437 [12], we high­light­ed counter-cul­ture fas­cism and the pen­chant of some to pro­mote fas­cist out­crop­pings like the Man­son cultists to bohemi­ans.

In FTR #809 [39], we exam­ined the wider polit­i­cal con­text of the Man­son fam­i­ly killings, includ­ing the pos­si­ble killing of Mari­na Habe. Sharon Tate, along with her hus­band Roman Polan­s­ki, were two of the key orga­niz­ers of Robert F. Kennedy’s cam­paign in the L.A. area. Short­ly before Bob­by’s assas­si­na­tion, he dis­closed to din­ner guests at a func­tion at the Tate/Polanski res­i­dence that, after his elec­tion, he would re-open the inves­ti­ga­tion into his broth­er’s mur­der. The ‘Alt-Right’ over­lap Charles Manson’s hopes and dreams. Atom­waf­fen open­ly wor­ships him [15].

“The Mani­ac Neo-Nazis Keep­ing Charles Manson’s Race War Alive” by Luke O’Brien and Christo­pher Math­ias; The Huff­in­g­ton Post; 11/21/2017 [15].

Charles Man­son is dead now, and we are the rich­er for it. Man­son was a thief, a pimp and a mur­der­ous cult leader bent on race war. He was true scum.

No won­der some alt-righters are pour­ing out drinks for him.

“A great rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” said one com­menter of Man­son on the Iron­March neo-Nazi inter­net forum.

“The world real­ly does feel a lit­tle emp­ti­er,” said anoth­er.

One bereaved big­ot sim­ply post­ed a Celine Dion lyric: “Near, far, wher­ev­er you are I believe that the heart does go on …”

“Hero.” “Cham­pi­on.” “War­rior of Truth.” Such were the trib­utes used Mon­day to describe a dement­ed butch­er.

If you’re won­der­ing who might rhap­sodize a psy­chot­ic racist in this man­ner, the answer is oth­er psy­chot­ic racists, many of whom belong to Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion, a par­tic­u­lar­ly blood­thirsty and anti-Amer­i­can branch of the so-called alt-right that has made wor­ship­ping Man­son a part of their cultish devo­tion to vio­lent insur­rec­tion.

Even with­in the alt-right — a loose asso­ci­a­tion of white suprema­cists and fas­cists — the Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion is con­sid­ered extreme. The group, whose name trans­lates to “Atom­ic Weapons Divi­sion,” puts out ISIS-style pro­pa­gan­da videos on YouTube that fea­ture mem­bers clad in skull masks and cam­ou­flage out­fits, some­times on train­ing exer­cis­es in the woods, often hold­ing guns and the organization’s dis­tinc­tive yel­low-and-black nuclear-themed flags. In one video, mem­bers burn a copy of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion on a grill.

pic.twitter.com/20BooyUUr2 [44]— SIEGE Cul­ture (@siegeculture_) Novem­ber 15, 2017 [45]

Atom­waf­fen is best known for a dou­ble homi­cide [46] in Tam­pa this May, in which Devon Arthurs, a mem­ber of the group who had con­vert­ed to a vio­lent, fun­da­men­tal­ist ver­sion of Islam, shot and killed two of his room­mates, who were also Atom­waf­fen mem­bers. A fourth room­mate, Bran­don Rus­sell, was arrest­ed lat­er for hav­ing bomb-mak­ing equip­ment and radioac­tive mate­r­i­al. Rus­sell, too, was part of Atom­waf­fen. He had a framed pho­to of Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh in his bed­room.

Apoc­a­lyp­tic luna­cy has always been part of far-right pol­i­tics, and a vig­or­ous strain of it runs through today’s alt-right white suprema­cist move­ment. It should come as no sur­prise, then, that Man­son, whose once-upon-a-time sta­tus as a long­hair could nev­er obscure the swasti­ka carved into his fore­head, might serve as a new ves­sel of mad­ness for today’s vio­lent racists. In many ways, he was a fore­bear of groups like Atom­waf­fen and a bug-eyed pro­to­type for the mod­ern race war­rior [47].

Manson’s deranged polit­i­cal teach­ings were a mish-mash of Sci­en­tol­ogy, occultism and Nazism, all bun­dled into an orig­i­nal end-of-days tale. Stay with me, he told his fol­low­ers, and you’ll be saved from the com­ing race war.

“Man­son was moti­vat­ed by an apoc­a­lyp­tic belief in the immi­nent end of the world through a race war in which the White pop­u­la­tion was doomed to defeat,” Jef­frey Kaplan wrote in Ency­clo­pe­dia of White Pow­er: A Source­book on the Rad­i­cal Racist Right. “The vic­to­ri­ous Black pop­u­la­tion would in time real­ize that the White man is genet­i­cal­ly more fit to gov­ern, and would seek in vain for White sur­vivors of the racial Holo­caust to assume the reins of pow­er. The Man­son fam­i­ly, hav­ing sur­vived the apoc­a­lypse by hid­ing in a time­less cave at the cen­ter of the world, would then emerge to take pow­er.”

This world­view led Man­son and his fol­low­ers into an espe­cial­ly des­o­late part of Death Val­ley called Bark­er Ranch in 1969, where Time mag­a­zine described [48] them as “holed up in run-down cab­ins” lead­ing an “indo­lent, almost sav­age exis­tence, singing Manson’s songs, danc­ing, swim­ming in a small pool, steal­ing cars for cash and pick­ing through garbage for food.” Here they would dodge the apoc­a­lypse.

By the ear­ly 1980s, of course, Man­son had failed to dodge his own down­fall. He wasn’t in a time­less cave at the cen­ter of the world. He was in a cell in San Quentin, serv­ing a life sen­tence for the grue­some mur­ders of sev­en peo­ple. Man­son had led his fol­low­ers, known as The Fam­i­ly, in the 1969 slay­ings of actress Sharon Tate and six oth­er peo­ple in a two-night killing spree in Los Ange­les.

It was in prison that Man­son start­ed a cor­re­spon­dence with a long­time Amer­i­can neo-Nazi named James Mason, who would come to view “Char­lie” as a prophet of hate. Mason was the type of man who con­sid­ered Auschwitz a “damned nice place,” and his wingnut jour­ney would take him from the heart of orga­nized white suprema­cy to years of inept obscu­ri­ty and, ulti­mate­ly, back to a faint rel­e­vance in the Trump era thanks to the alt-right and Atom­waf­fen.

A fas­cist since he was 13, when he joined the youth move­ment of George Lin­coln Rockwell’s Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty, Mason had rad­i­cal­ized him­self while watch­ing black peo­ple take to the streets dur­ing the civ­il rights era. As a young adult, he set up Nazi booths at coun­ty fairs in south­ern Ohio, where he’d grown up.

“We should shoot for bring­ing down the sys­tem,” he would lat­er say. “Destroy the sys­tem.”

Mason even­tu­al­ly left the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty and joined a splin­ter group called the Nation­al Social­ist Lib­er­a­tion Front. Some NSLF mem­bers were fans of Man­son, which prompt­ed Mason to begin research­ing the cult leader. In 1980, Mason reached out to the incar­cer­at­ed Man­son. The two began com­mu­ni­cat­ing reg­u­lar­ly by mail and phone.

“What I dis­cov­ered was a rev­e­la­tion equal to the rev­e­la­tion I received when I first found Adolf Hitler,” Mason would lat­er explain.

Through “Char­lie,” Mason came to under­stand that Hitler’s death had brought about the end of West­ern civ­i­liza­tion. Every gov­ern­ment in the world was now part of an anti-white glob­al con­spir­a­cy run by “super cap­i­tal­ists” and “super com­mu­nists.” Noth­ing about West­ern cul­ture or its insti­tu­tions could be sal­vaged. It would all have to be blown to smithereens.

“It’s just like a human organ­ism that has ingest­ed a fatal dose of poi­son,” Mason would explain. “[If] you fall asleep with it and try to ride it out, you’re going to die, but if you become sud­den­ly, vio­lent­ly ill and expel that poi­son – even though the expe­ri­ence may be rather unpleas­ant – you at least have a chance to live. Man­son called that Hel­ter Skel­ter.”

So inspired by “Char­lie” was Mason that he took the mur­der­ous cult leader’s advice and renamed his neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tion Uni­ver­sal Order. Mason began writ­ing a newslet­ter called “Siege” to pro­mote Manson’s views as a con­tin­u­a­tion of Hitler’s phi­los­o­phy. In 1992, Mason would col­lect these writ­ings into a book that neo-Nazi skin­head leader Tom Met­zger called “435 pages of hot rev­o­lu­tion­ary style white pro­pa­gan­da.”

For Mason and oth­er white suprema­cists, Man­son was almost a divine being, an atavis­tic incar­na­tion of hate. The cult leader fit neat­ly into a strain of fas­cist mag­i­cal real­ism called “Eso­teric Hit­lerism” that became pop­u­lar after World War II when the Greek writer Sav­it­ri Devi pro­posed that Hitler was the ninth avatar of Vish­nu and racist dupes some­how bought into it.

This type of crazy remains en vogue among the alt-right today, with notable expo­nents such as Andrew “weev” Auern­heimer, a neo-Nazi hack­er and the web­mas­ter for The Dai­ly Stormer, whose charis­mat­ic rav­ings make him the clos­est thing to a con­tem­po­rary Man­son in the move­ment. (Auern­heimer has ties to Atom­waf­fen and after the Arthurs mur­ders issued an over­loud decla­ma­tion about how he knew the shoot­er and the vic­tims but had pre­vi­ous­ly banned Arthurs from a Dai­ly Stormer forum.)

But the effects of Man­son on today’s white suprema­cist move­ment – in no small part thanks to Mason’s efforts – go beyond evil juju. Con­sid­er white sep­a­ratism in the mod­ern con­text. Orga­nized racists in Amer­i­ca these days like to call them­selves “white nation­al­ists.” This of course is part­ly a pub­lic rela­tions gam­bit — “white nation­al­ist” is maybe more palat­able than “neo-Nazi” or “white suprema­cist” — but it’s also an accu­rate descrip­tion of what they want.

Groups across the racist polit­i­cal spec­trum want a White Nation, an eth­no-state, some­where in Amer­i­ca for just the White Race. The three-piece-suit-wear­ing fig­ure­head of the alt-right, Richard Spencer, is very open about this. So is vet­er­an skin­head Jeff Schoep, the leader of the Nation­al Social­ist Move­ment. As is KKK-enthu­si­ast Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, a leader of The League of the South.

In 2000, Mason wrote Man­son to thank him for this brand of white sep­a­ratism. In a two-page his­to­ry of the Uni­ver­sal Order he penned for Kaplan’s The Ency­clo­pe­dia of White Pow­er, Mason wrote:

Although few would real­ize or admit it, the grad­ual move away from “White Suprema­cy” toward White Sep­a­ratism, from any hopes of recov­er­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment, toward estab­lish­ing new, inde­pen­dent regions, is pre­cise­ly what ani­mat­ed the cre­ation of the Man­son enclaves in the Death Val­ley dur­ing the 1960s. At issue is bare sur­vival as a species as the world sys­tem begins to crum­ble and die.

Mason’s adu­la­tion of Man­son made him some­what of an out­lier in the Amer­i­can neo-Nazi scene of the 1980s. And Man­son ven­er­a­tion remains a prick­ly sub­ject for cur­rent white nation­al­ists. On Storm­front, anoth­er neo-Nazi forum, the com­men­tary Mon­day about Manson’s pass­ing most­ly had a “Good rid­dance and thank God he’s dead” tenor. The Man­son Fam­i­ly killed white peo­ple, after all. And Manson’s degen­er­a­cy reflects poor­ly on white suprema­cy.

But degen­er­a­cy has nev­er pre­vent­ed neo-Nazis from attract­ing sup­port­ers. For years, Mason’s “Charlie”-inspired insights were sought after by oth­er promi­nent racists, includ­ing Met­zger, who inter­viewed Mason for over an hour in 1993 for his “Race and Rea­son” show. When talk turned to vio­lence, as it often does with far-right extrem­ists, Mason clucked dis­ap­prov­ing­ly about a 1984 mass shoot­ing in which a sur­vival­ist gun­man took out his rage at “inter­na­tion­al bankers” by mas­sacring 21 peo­ple in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Cal­i­for­nia. “It wouldn’t be such a bad thing if they would pick their tar­gets a lit­tle more care­ful­ly,” he said.

Mason fad­ed into rel­a­tive obscu­ri­ty for the rest of the ’90s and ear­ly aughts, when he was in and out of prison on weapons charges and for an inap­pro­pri­ate rela­tion­ship with a 14-year-old girl, of whom he had tak­en nude pho­tographs.

But in 2017, the year his hero “Char­lie” would pass into the astral plane, Mason has found new rel­e­vance, and a fawn­ing group of dis­ci­ples in Atom­waf­fen.

Ear­li­er this year Atom­waf­fen repub­lished Mason’s book “Siege” online, and announced the launch of a new Uni­ver­sal Order web­site.

“JAMES MASON IS BACK!” read a July head­line on the fas­cist zine Noose, an Atom­waf­fen site. After years of try­ing, the arti­cle said, Atom­waf­fen mem­bers had final­ly tracked down Mason for an exclu­sive inter­view!

And to the vio­lent group’s absolute glee, Mason was still Mason, an unhinged admir­er of Man­son and mass mur­der­ers.

“My views on Man­son have not changed,” he told an Atom­waf­fen mem­ber. “We had a soci­ety post-WW2 that was dis­in­te­grat­ing, a mile a minute. We had a hip­pie gen­er­a­tion, a coun­try that was head­ing head­long into nation­al sui­cide. Manson’s com­mune was solid­ly, solid­ly white.”

When asked for his thoughts on Anders Breivik, the far-right Nor­we­gian ter­ror­ist con­vict­ed of killing 77 peo­ple in a bomb­ing and mass shoot­ing in 2011, Mason replied that Breivik was “dead-on.”

“I’m nev­er gonna dis­own any­body who does some­thing like that,” Mason said.

Else­where in the inter­view, Mason said he’s “mild­ly encour­aged” by the rise of Don­ald Trump.

As recent­ly as Sun­day, one day before Man­son died, Mason appar­ent­ly wrote an arti­cle on the Uni­ver­sal Order web­site: a 1,400-word trea­tise prais­ing Nazi eugen­ics and euthana­sia.

No word from Siegecul­ture about Char­lie’s death until we’ve com­plet­ed our sur­prise. We have a memo­r­i­al in the works, more on it lat­er this week. Satanspeed. pic.twitter.com/3M0t3qWtNY [49]— SIEGE Cul­ture (@siegeculture_) Novem­ber 20, 2017 [50]

Mason’s young devo­tees, mean­while, have hint­ed on Twit­ter – anoth­er key rad­i­cal­iza­tion plat­form – that they’re plan­ning a memo­r­i­al for “Char­lie,” a more elab­o­rate send-off for this pro­to-alt-right Hit­ler­ian avatar of death and ter­ror.

2a. Note Mason’s sup­port for the Nazi eugen­ics and euthana­sia pro­gram. (We have dis­cussed eugen­ics and euthana­sia in numer­ous pro­grams, includ­ing Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Shows M12  [16]and M60 [17], as well as FTR #‘s 117 [18], 124 [19], 140 [20], 141 [21], 534 [22], 664 [23], 908 [24], and 909 [25], 995.)

Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don (UCL) recent­ly dis­cov­ered that there’s been a secret eugen­ics con­fer­ence host­ed in its cam­pus since 2014.

One promi­nent attendee to these con­fer­ences is Toby Young [27], the head of the New Schools Net­work [28] – a net­work of “Free schools” [29] — non-prof­it inde­pen­dent schools fund­ed by the state. Anoth­er is Richard Lynn [30], the ‘aca­d­e­m­ic’ who sits on the board of the Pio­neer Fund [31] and who pro­vid­ed the bulk of the work in The Bell Curve pur­port­ing to show racial dif­fer­ence in intel­li­gence [32].

Atten­dees at the invite-only con­fer­ence were told about the loca­tion at the last minute and asked not to men­tion it to any­one.

“UCL to inves­ti­gate eugen­ics con­fer­ence secret­ly held on cam­pus” by Kevin Rawl­in­son and Richard Adams; The Guardian; 01/11/2018. [26]

Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don has launched an urgent inves­ti­ga­tion into how a senior aca­d­e­m­ic was able to secret­ly host con­fer­ences on eugen­ics and intel­li­gence with noto­ri­ous speak­ers includ­ing white suprema­cists.

The Lon­don Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gence was said to have been run secret­ly for at least three years by James Thomp­son, an hon­orary senior lec­tur­er at the uni­ver­si­ty, includ­ing con­tri­bu­tions from a researcher who has pre­vi­ous­ly advo­cat­ed child rape.

One promi­nent attendee at the con­fer­ence in May last year was Toby Young, the head of the gov­ern­ment-backed New Schools Net­work, who ran into con­tro­ver­sy [51] over efforts to appoint him as a uni­ver­si­ty reg­u­la­tor.

Young’s involve­ment in the con­fer­ence was revealed by the Lon­don Stu­dent news­pa­per [33] on Mon­day. Young announced ear­ly on Tues­day that he was step­ping down as a direc­tor of the Office for Stu­dents.

Young has also resigned from his post on the Ful­bright Com­mis­sion, which over­sees stu­dent schol­ar­ship pro­grammes between British and US uni­ver­si­ties.

UCL said it had no knowl­edge of the con­fer­ence, an invi­ta­tion-only cir­cle of 24 atten­dees, which could have led to a breach of the government’s Pre­vent [52] reg­u­la­tions on cam­pus extrem­ism.

“UCL is inves­ti­gat­ing a poten­tial breach of its room book­ings process for events,” a spokesper­son said.

“Our records indi­cate the uni­ver­si­ty was not informed in advance about the speak­ers and con­tent of the con­fer­ence series, as it should have been for the event to be allowed to go ahead.”

UCL said it had con­tact­ed Thomp­son for an expla­na­tion. It has sus­pend­ed approval for his host­ing fur­ther con­fer­ences and speak­ers.

Young, in a speech to a sim­i­lar con­fer­ence in Cana­da last year, described the extreme mea­sures that Thomp­son employed to keep the con­fer­ence a secret.

“Atten­dees were only told the venue at the last minute, an anony­mous ante-cham­ber at the end of a long cor­ri­dor, called ‘lec­ture room 22’, and asked not to share this infor­ma­tion with any­one else.

“One of the atten­dees, on dis­cov­er­ing I was a jour­nal­ist, plead­ed with me not to write about the fact that he was there – he didn’t want his col­leagues to find out,” Young said.

“But these pre­cau­tions were not unrea­son­able, con­sid­er­ing the reac­tion that any ref­er­ences to between-group dif­fer­ences in IQ gen­er­al­ly pro­voke.”

Pre­vi­ous atten­dees includ­ed Richard Lynn, whom the US-based research group South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter labelled an “unapolo­getic eugeni­cist”, and the blog­ger Emil Kirkegaard, who has writ­ten sup­por­t­ive­ly about pedophiles being allowed to have “sex with a sleep­ing child”.

The sci­ence writer and broad­cast­er Adam Ruther­ford said the back­ground of the speak­ers sug­gest­ed that “some pseu­do­sci­en­tif­ic non­sense was being dis­cussed”.

“There are some peo­ple at these meet­ings with some deeply obnox­ious views that are also sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly invalid – notably Richard Lynn,” Ruther­ford said.

Many of the ideas dis­cussed at the con­fer­ences, which have been run­ning since 2014, ran counter to the con­tem­po­rary sci­en­tif­ic con­sen­sus, accord­ing to Ruther­ford.

“Human vari­a­tion is, of course, real. But the pro­por­tion of genet­ic dif­fer­ence that is reflect­ed in the char­ac­ter­is­tics that we can see is minus­cule.

“What that means is that evo­lu­tion is decep­tive in this regard: we broad­ly use skin colour and hair tex­ture – visu­al cues to class peo­ple into races but they are ter­ri­ble reflec­tions of over­all genet­ic dif­fer­ence,” Ruther­ford said.

“In fact, there is more genet­ic diver­si­ty with­in Africa than in the rest of the world. Two black Africans are more like­ly to be more dif­fer­ent to each oth­er than they are to a white per­son or even an east Asian.”

Lynn told the Guardian: “I have writ­ten numer­ous papers on race dif­fer­ences in intel­li­gence and their genet­ic basis. These have been pub­lished in aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals.”

Kirkegaard did not respond to requests for com­ment. But Thomp­son told the Dai­ly Tele­graph that the conference’s main sub­ject was how IQ was inher­it­ed between dif­fer­ent groups and races. “Eugen­ics is one top­ic, but many top­ics are dis­cussed,” he said.

Young said he attend­ed last year’s Lon­don Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gence as research for the speech he lat­er gave in Cana­da, which was “about the his­to­ry of con­tro­ver­sies pro­voked by intel­li­gence researchers”. He said he “thought the con­fer­ence in Lon­don might pro­vide me with some mate­r­i­al – and it did”.

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2b.  Eugen­ics con­fer­ence orga­niz­er James Thomp­son was ful­ly aware of the nature of the indi­vid­u­als he’s invit­ing to his invite-only annu­al secret con­fer­ences. His colleagues/attendees are birds of the same feath­er as James Mason et al [33].

“Exposed: London’s eugen­ics con­fer­ence and its neo-Nazi links” by Ben Van Der Mer­we; Lon­don Stu­dent; 01/10/2018. [33]

A eugen­ics con­fer­ence held annu­al­ly at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don by an hon­orary pro­fes­sor, the Lon­don Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gence, is dom­i­nat­ed by a secre­tive group of white suprema­cists with neo-Nazi links, Lon­don Stu­dent can exclu­sive­ly reveal.

Con­tent note: This arti­cle con­tains ref­er­ences to racism, anti-Semi­tism and child abuse.

The con­fer­ence has tak­en place at UCL four times since its incep­tion in 2014, and now even boasts its own YouTube chan­nel bear­ing the UCL logo [53].

UCL have told Lon­don Stu­dent that they are inves­ti­gat­ing the con­fer­ence. A spokesper­son said: “We are an insti­tu­tion that is com­mit­ted to free speech but also to com­bat­ting racism and sex­ism in all forms.”

UCL pro­fes­sor David Colquhoun expressed dis­be­lief that the uni­ver­si­ty would host such “pseu­do­science” and stat­ed that the organ­is­er, Pro­fes­sor James Thomp­son, “clear­ly doesn’t under­stand genet­ics.”

“The actu­al genet­ic dif­fer­ence between humans, with respect to race or sex, is absolute­ly minis­cule com­pared to what they have in com­mon,” he told Lon­don Stu­dent.

Among the speak­ers and atten­dees over the last four years are a self-taught geneti­cist who argues in favour of child rape, mul­ti­ple white suprema­cists, and ex-board mem­ber of the Office for Stu­dents Toby Young.

A cen­tral fig­ure in the Lon­don Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gence (LCI) is the white nation­al­ist, extrem­ist Richard Lynn [54]who has called for the “phas­ing out” of the “pop­u­la­tions of incom­pe­tent cul­tures.” Lynn, who is Pres­i­dent of the Ulster Insti­tute for Social Research (UISR), spoke at the con­fer­ence 2015 and 2016, along with four of the six mem­bers of the UISR’s Aca­d­e­m­ic Advi­so­ry Coun­cil.

Lynn’s UISR runs the jour­nal Mankind Quar­ter­ly, whose founders include a lead­ing mem­ber of Mussolini’s eugen­ics task­force, and whose board once boast­ed Nazi Joseph Mengele’s per­son­al men­tor [55].

Six mem­bers of the cur­rent board [56], includ­ing edi­tor-in-chief Ger­hard Meisen­berg, spoke at both the 2015 and 2016 con­fer­ences, while a fur­ther 16 LCI speak­ers have writ­ten for the jour­nal in recent years. In total, 82% of those who spoke at both 2015 and 2016 con­fer­ences are direct­ly asso­ci­at­ed with either UISR or Mankind Quar­ter­ly.

The UISR is bankrolled by Lynn and Meisenberg’s Pio­neer Fund [57], a South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­tre-list­ed hate group found­ed by Nazi sym­pa­this­ers with the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing “racial bet­ter­ment” [58].

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the fund include a mag­a­zine devot­ed to a “pen­e­trat­ing inquiry into every aspect of the Jew­ish Ques­tion,” [57] and Jared Taylor’s Amer­i­can Renais­sance [59], whose con­fer­ences have host­ed promi­nent far-right fig­ures Richard Spencer (an white supre­man­cist who gained promi­nence after Trump’s elec­tion), Nick Grif­fin (ex-leader of the British Nation­al Par­ty), and David Duke (anoth­er white suprema­cist, and for­mer Grand Wiz­ard of the Ku Klux Klan).

Hel­muth Nyborg, a mem­ber of the UISR Aca­d­e­m­ic Advi­so­ry Coun­cil, gave a lec­ture at last year’s Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence which argued that Denmark’s gene pool would suf­fer from immi­gra­tion [60] from the Mid­dle East. Nyborg spoke at the LCI in both 2015 and 2016. He has writ­ten numer­ous arti­cles for Mankind Quar­ter­ly as well as a book for the UISR [61] memo­ri­al­iz­ing the for­mer head of the Pio­neer Fund, white nation­al­ist J. P. Rush­ton [62].

James Thomp­son, the hon­orary UCL aca­d­e­m­ic who acts as the host of the con­fer­ence, is a mem­ber of the UISR Aca­d­e­m­ic Advi­so­ry Coun­cil. His polit­i­cal lean­ings are betrayed by his pub­lic Twit­ter accoun [63], where he fol­lows promi­nent white suprema­cists includ­ing Richard Spencer (who fol­lows him back), Vir­ginia Dare, Amer­i­can Renais­sance, Brett Stevens, the Tra­di­tion­al Britain Group, Charles Mur­ray and Jared Tay­lor.

Thomp­son is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor [64] to the Unz Review, which has been described as “a mix of far-right and far-left anti-Semit­ic crack­pot­tery,” [65] and fea­tures arti­cles such as ‘America’s Jews are Dri­ving America’s Wars’ and ‘What to do with Lati­nos?’ [66]. His own arti­cles include fre­quent defences of the idea that women are innate­ly less intel­li­gent than men (1, [67] 2, [68] 3, [69] and 4 [70]), and an analy­sis of the racial wage gap [71] which con­cludes that “some eth­nic­i­ties con­tribute rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle,” name­ly “blacks.”

Writer and geneti­cist Adam Ruther­ford told Lon­don Stu­dent that, based on the titles and abstracts, some of the views pre­sent­ed were a “pseu­do­sci­en­tif­ic front for bog-stan­dard, old-school racism”.

“As soon as you begin to speak about black peo­ple and IQ you have a prob­lem, because genet­i­cal­ly-speak­ing ‘black peo­ple’ aren’t one homoge­nous group,” Ruther­ford said. “Any two peo­ple of recent African descent are like­ly to be more genet­i­cal­ly dis­tinct from each oth­er than either of them is to any­one else in the world.”

Anoth­er major organ­is­er of the LCI is Emil Kirkegaard, who has attend­ed all four con­fer­ences and even designed the web­site [72]. Although he refers to him­self as a “poly­math” [73] and Thomp­son describes him as a “very bright young guy” [74], Kirkegaard is not an aca­d­e­m­ic. His high­est qual­i­fi­ca­tion is a Bachelor’s in lin­guis­tics [75].

Hav­ing dropped out of his Mas­ters degree, instead pre­fer­ring to be “self-taught in var­i­ous sub­jects” [76]Kirkegaard now runs OpenPsych, a plat­form for non-peer reviewed psy­chol­o­gy papers, along with Davide Pif­fer of Mankind Quar­ter­ly. Pif­fer is a fel­low LCI-speak­er, and was praised by Richard Lynn [77] as hav­ing done “bril­liant work iden­ti­fy­ing the genes respon­si­ble for race dif­fer­ences in intel­li­gence.”

Authors on OpenPsych [78] include Kevin Mac­Don­ald [79], described by the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­tre as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favourite aca­d­e­m­ic”, who praised Anders Breivik as a “seri­ous polit­i­cal thinker with a great many insights and some good prac­ti­cal ideas on strat­e­gy.”

John Fuerst, a fel­low of the UISR [80], spoke at LCI 2015 and 2016, and fre­quent­ly col­lab­o­rates with Kirkegaard on OpenPsych. As well as writ­ing var­i­ous [81]blogs [82], which he describes as “race real­ist”, , he also fre­quent­ly posts anti-Semit­ic con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries [83] on Face­book. When ques­tioned about his pop­u­lar­i­ty on the neo-Nazi forum Storm­front, he stat­ed that he had “no beef against…“Neo-Nazis” [84].”

Kirkegaard’s own per­son­al blog is home to top­ics such as ‘Is mis­ce­gena­tion bad for your kids?’ [85] and how one could empir­i­cal­ly ver­i­fy a Jew­ish con­spir­a­cy [86]. His Face­book fea­tures alt-right ‘pro­mo­tion­al videos’ [87] and once fea­tured a friend’s Nazi salute with the cap­tion ‘There will be an heir to the Führer.’

[See image of post on Face­book fea­tur­ing a Nazi salute behind Kirkegaard along­side his ‘Führer’ com­ment [88]]

By far the most dis­turb­ing of part of Kirkegaard’s inter­net pres­ence, how­ev­er, is a blog-post in which he jus­ti­fies child rape [89]. He states that a ‘com­pro­mise’ with pae­dophiles could be:

“hav­ing sex with a sleep­ing child with­out them know­ing it (so, using sleep­ing med­i­cine. If they dont notice it is dif­fi­cult to see how they cud be harmed, even if it is rape. One must dis­tin­guish between rape becus the oth­er was dis­con­sent­ing (want­i­ng to not have sex), and rape becus the oth­er is not con­sent­ing, but not dis­con­sent­ing either.”

He qual­i­fies this with a note that “bod­i­ly harm” would under­mine this jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, and espe­cial­ly “with small chil­dren since their bod­i­ly open­ings are not large enuf [sic] for a reg­u­lar sized male penis. To avoid this one shud [sic] not pen­e­trate.”

Kirkegaard’s rep­u­ta­tion as a sci­en­tif­ic advo­cate for neo-Nazism was increased last April when he appeared on Tara McCarthy’s ‘Real­i­ty Calls’ to dis­cuss “the future of eugen­ics.” [90] McCarthy was banned from YouTube for alleg­ing a Jew­ish con­spir­a­cy to com­mit “white geno­cide” [91], sup­ports deport­ing nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zens and “killing them if they resist” [92], and said that she hopes “zero” migrants cross­ing the Mediter­ranean “make it alive”. [93].

Kirkegaard is not the only LCI speak­er to fea­ture on McCarthy’s show. Adam Perkins of King’s Col­lege Lon­don appeared on the show to dis­cuss his con­tro­ver­sial book, ‘The Wel­fare Trait’ [94]. He pro­voked uproar last year when he shared images of data from one of Kirkegaard’s papers on immi­grant crime rates, with the cap­tion “Trump’s Mus­lim ban makes sense in human cap­i­tal terms”. [95].

“This is so old-school as to be laugh­able,” Dr Ruther­ford said of the views dis­cussed at the LCI. While the views may sim­ply be “bad sci­ence”, accord­ing to Ruther­ford, they play into UCL’s “deep and rich his­to­ry of sci­en­tif­ic racism”.

He explained: “Fran­cis Gal­ton, the bril­liant but overt­ly racist UCL aca­d­e­m­ic, may have giv­en the world many valu­able ideas, but also cre­at­ed eugen­ics as a pseu­do­sci­en­tif­ic idea. UCL’s Gal­ton chair, named in his hon­our, was first occu­pied by Karl Pear­son, anoth­er overt racist.”

2c. A very impor­tant op-ed col­umn in The New York Times under­scored the con­ti­nu­ity between Amer­i­can and Ger­man eugen­ics, the Nazi T‑4 pro­gram and GOP “aus­ter­i­ty.” The Repub­li­cans and like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als like Prince­ton fac­ul­ty mem­ber Peter Singer are advo­cat­ing against the dis­abled is being “cost inef­fec­tive.”

“The Nazis’ First Vic­tims Were the Dis­abled” by Ken­ny Fries; The New York Times; 9/13/2017. [35]

I sit fac­ing the young Ger­man neu­rol­o­gist, across a small table in a the­ater in Ham­burg, Ger­many. I’m here giv­ing one-on-one talks called “The Unen­hanced: What Has Hap­pened to Those Deemed ‘Unfit’,” about my research on Aktion T4, the Nazi “euthana­sia” pro­gram to exter­mi­nate the dis­abled. “I’m afraid of what you’re going to tell me,” the neu­rol­o­gist says. I’m not sur­prised. I’ve heard sim­i­lar things before.

But this time is dif­fer­ent — the young man sit­ting across from me is a doc­tor. Aktion T4 could not have hap­pened with­out the will­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ger­man doc­tors. I have a per­son­al stake in mak­ing sure this his­to­ry is remem­bered. In 1960, I was born miss­ing bones in both legs. At the time, some thought I should not be allowed to live. Thank­ful­ly, my par­ents were not among them.

I first dis­cov­ered that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties were ster­il­ized and killed by the Nazis when I was a teenag­er, watch­ing the TV mini-series “Holo­caust” in 1978. But it would be years before I under­stood the con­nec­tions between the killing  of the dis­abled and the killing of Jews and oth­er “unde­sir­ables,” all of whom were, in one way or anoth­er, deemed “unfit.” The neu­rol­o­gist does not know much about what I’m telling him. While he does know that approx­i­mate­ly 300,000 dis­abled peo­ple were killed in T4 and its after­math, he doesn’t know about the direct con­nec­tion between T4 and the Holo­caust.

He doesn’t know that it was at Bran­den­burg, the first T4 site, where meth­ods of mass killing were test­ed, that the first vic­tims of Nazi mass killings were the dis­abled, and that its per­son­nel went on to estab­lish and run the exter­mi­na­tion camps at Tre­blin­ka, Belzec and Sobi­bor.

Three years ear­li­er, when I first arrived in Ger­many, I was con­sis­tent­ly con­front­ed with the treat­ment of those with dis­abil­i­ties under the Third Reich. But I soon real­ized I had to go back even far­ther. In the 1920s, the dis­abled were mis­treat­ed, ster­il­ized, exper­i­ment­ed on and killed in some Ger­man psy­chi­atric insti­tu­tions. In 1920, the psy­chi­a­trist Alfred Hoche and the jurist Karl Bind­ing pub­lished their trea­tise, “Per­mit­ting the Destruc­tion of Unwor­thy Life,” which became the blue­print for the exter­mi­na­tions of the dis­abled car­ried out by the Third Reich.

In Dr. Ewald Melzer’s 1923 sur­vey of the par­ents of the dis­abled chil­dren in his care, they were asked: “Would you agree def­i­nite­ly to a pain­less short­cut of your child’s life, after it is deter­mined by experts that it is incur­ably stu­pid?” The results, which sur­prised Melz­er, were pub­lished in 1925: 73 per­cent respond­ed they were will­ing to have their chil­dren killed if they weren’t told about it. I am also Jew­ish.

At the Karl Bon­ho­ef­fer psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal in the Berlin sub­urb of Wit­te­nau, where the exhi­bi­tion “A Dou­ble Stig­ma: The Fate of Jew­ish Psy­chi­atric Patients” was held, I learned about, as the exhi­bi­tion title sug­gests, how Jew­ish patients were dou­bly stig­ma­tized by being sep­a­rat­ed from oth­er patients, denied pas­toral care, and were cared for not at the expense of the Reich but by Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions. Jew­ish patients were sin­gled out for ear­ly exter­mi­na­tion; by Decem­ber 1942, the destruc­tion of the Jew­ish patient pop­u­la­tion at Wit­te­nau was com­plete. The young neu­rol­o­gist in Ham­burg did not know this his­to­ry.

It is only at the end of my talk with the neu­rol­o­gist that I notice he wears a hear­ing aid. I want to ask if he knows about “100 Per­cent,” the film pro­duced by deaf Ger­mans to show they could assim­i­late and be pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens who worked. Did he know the hered­i­tary deaf were sin­gled out not only by the Ger­man author­i­ties but also by those with acquired deaf­ness who tried to save them­selves?

Too often, even those of us with dis­abil­i­ties do not know our own his­to­ry. Not many peo­ple know about dis­abil­i­ty his­to­ry in the Unit­ed States. They do not know that in the Unit­ed States in 1927, Jus­tice Oliv­er Wen­dell Holmes wrote that “three gen­er­a­tions of imbe­ciles are enough” as part of his opin­ion in Buck v. Bell, in which the Supreme Court ruled that com­pul­so­ry ster­il­iza­tion of the “unfit” was con­sti­tu­tion­al. This deci­sion has nev­er been express­ly over­turned.

Many Amer­i­cans still do not know about the so-called “ugly laws,” which in many states, begin­ning in the late 1860s, deemed it ille­gal for per­sons who were “unsight­ly or unseem­ly” to appear in pub­lic. The last of these laws was not repealed until 1974. Why is it impor­tant to know this his­to­ry? We often say what hap­pened in Nazi Ger­many couldn’t hap­pen here. But some of it, like the mis­treat­ment and ster­il­iza­tion of the dis­abled, did hap­pen here.

A read­ing of Hoche and Binding’s “Per­mit­ting the Destruc­tion of Unwor­thy Life” shows the sim­i­lar­i­ty between what they said and what expo­nents of prac­ti­cal ethics, such as Peter Singer, say about the dis­abled today. As recent­ly as 2015, Singer, talk­ing with the radio host Aaron Klein on his show, said, “I don’t want my health insur­ance pre­mi­ums to be high­er so that infants who can expe­ri­ence zero qual­i­ty of life can have expen­sive treat­ments.”

These philoso­phers talk about the drain on “resources” caused by lives lived with a dis­abil­i­ty, which eeri­ly echoes what Hoche and Bind­ing wrote about the “finan­cial and moral bur­den” on “a person’s fam­i­ly, hos­pi­tal, and state” caused by what they deem lives “unwor­thy of liv­ing.” Experts point out the recent Repub­li­can health care pro­pos­als would strip Med­ic­aid fund­ing that helps the elder­ly, the poor and the dis­abled live health­i­er and more dig­ni­fied lives.

A recent New York Times arti­cle quot­ed the Rev. Susan Flan­ders, a retired Epis­co­pal priest, as say­ing: “What we’re pay­ing for is some­thing that many peo­ple wouldn’t want if they had a choice. It’s hun­dreds of dol­lars each day that could go towards their grandchildren’s edu­ca­tion or care for the peo­ple who could get well.” In the arti­cle, Flan­ders, whose father had Alzheimer’s, is described as “utter­ly unafraid to mix mon­ey into the con­ver­sa­tion about the mean­ing of life when the mind dete­ri­o­rates.” Prac­ti­cal ethi­cists are sim­i­lar­ly unafraid to do this.

As were the Nazis. Third Reich school text­books includ­ed arith­metic prob­lems on how much it would cost to care for a per­son with a dis­abil­i­ty for a life­time. Three years ago, I was the only vis­i­tor at a muse­um ded­i­cat­ed to the his­to­ry of the Reinick­endorf area of Berlin. The muse­um build­ing was once part of Wiesen­grund, which, in 1941, housed the “wards for expert care” of the Munic­i­pal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren.

Down a hall with flu­o­res­cent light­ing, in a white-walled room, were 30 wood­en cribs. On each of the cribs was a his­to­ry of a child, some as young as a few months old. This was the room in which these infants and chil­dren were exper­i­ment­ed on and killed: the 30-bed Ward 3, the “ward for expert care” at Wiesen­grund. My heart raced; my breath short­ened. I couldn’t stay in that room for long. The room evoked the first four weeks of my own life spent in an incu­ba­tor. Nobody knew if I would live or die.

What kind of soci­ety do we want to be? Those of us who live with dis­abil­i­ties are at the fore­front of the larg­er dis­cus­sion of what con­sti­tutes a val­ued life. What is a life worth liv­ing? Too often, the lives of those of us who live with dis­abil­i­ties are not val­ued, and feared. At the root of this fear is mis­un­der­stand­ing, mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and a lack of knowl­edge of dis­abil­i­ty his­to­ry and, thus, dis­abled lives.