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FTR #437 Counter-Culture Fascism

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Intro­duc­tion: Detail­ing the phe­nom­e­non of counter-cul­ture fas­cism, this broad­cast is a sup­ple­ment to FTRs 211, 222. In its pur­suit of becom­ing a mass move­ment, fas­cism has tra­di­tion­al­ly turned to alien­at­ed and left­ist ele­ments in order to recruit street sol­diers. (The “North­ern” or “Strasserite” branch of the Nazi SA was such an ele­ment in the ear­ly Nazi par­ty under Hitler.) Today, coun­ter­cul­ture fas­cists are uti­liz­ing the alter­na­tive music and pub­lish­ing scenes to recruit alien­at­ed indi­vid­u­als to their cause. The major focal point of the pro­gram is the book Lords of Chaos, pub­lished by Fer­al House. Co-authored by Michael Moyni­han, a Satanist, blood fetishist and Nazi and fas­cist fel­low trav­el­er, the book is an expose of the black met­al music scene. (Moyni­han is pic­tured below, left.) At a deep­er lev­el, how­ev­er, the work is some­thing of a fas­cist recruiting/promoting mechanism–projecting Moyni­han’s own far-right polit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gy onto the black met­al music scene as a whole. (Many—perhaps most– black met­al fans are mere­ly “par­ty-on” types, and not nec­es­sar­i­ly fas­cists or right­ists at all.)

The broad­cast sets forth Moyni­han’s asso­ci­a­tions with, and pro­mo­tion of, some tru­ly evil, mur­der­ous fas­cists and Nazi/racists. Anoth­er cen­tral point of dis­cus­sion is Moyni­han’s long time friend, pro­fes­sion­al asso­ciate and polit­i­cal fel­low trav­el­er Adam Par­frey, the own­er of Fer­al House and a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence on the alter­na­tive pub­lish­ing scene. Coa­lesc­ing in the Abraxas Foun­da­tion, an alter­na­tive music/occult/fascist/Social Dar­win­ist think tank (their descrip­tion), Par­frey, Moyni­han and Boyd Rice have inter­twined musi­cal and polit­i­cal cul­tures with a coun­ter­cul­ture fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy. (Rice is pic­tured at right and above, with Nazi asso­ciate Robert Heick.)

Par­frey’s sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing pres­ence in the con­spir­a­cy pub­lish­ing field is worth not­ing. Fer­al House polit­i­cal books–much of their inven­to­ry deals with cul­tur­al, not polit­i­cal, subjects–tend to be uneven: many vol­umes have excel­lent mate­r­i­al mixed in with dri­v­el, some of the books are quite good and oth­ers ludi­crous and insane.

What is impor­tant about the use of con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries in the con­text of a pro­to-fas­cist polit­i­cal view is the con­fu­sion that can result for those who come to real­ize that in fact, Lee Har­vey Oswald did not kill Kennedy. This aware­ness may leave some in a rel­a­tivis­tic political/intellectual uni­verse. “Maybe the Holo­caust did­n’t hap­pen!” In the era of the big lie, Par­frey and oth­ers who mar­ket some polit­i­cal truth mixed in with the vilest of fas­cist ide­olo­gies are tru­ly dan­ger­ous and are sow­ing the seeds of doom.

Although Par­frey and com­pa­ny have deep con­nec­tions to fas­cist and Nazi ele­ments and have worked exten­sive­ly to fur­ther some of those ele­ments’ projects, one should not be too quick to label Par­frey a fas­cist him­self. Rather, he might be termed a “fel­low trav­el­er,” whose efforts on behalf of, and asso­ci­a­tion with, Nazi/fascist ele­ments may be due to Par­frey’s devo­tion to the pro­mul­ga­tion of “extreme cul­ture.”

Defy­ing easy def­i­n­i­tion, “extreme cul­ture” could be said to be defined by any­thing that is edgy, over-the-top and, more often than not, offen­sive and/or unbe­liev­able.

Con­stan­tine Ago­nistes: “Is this a mag­net I see before me?”

Exem­pli­fy­ing the cog­ni­tive para­me­ters of the “extreme cul­ture” dis­sem­i­nat­ed by Par­frey and com­pa­ny are the pro­nounce­ments of a severe­ly dis­turbed indi­vid­ual named Dan Right­my­er, pub­lished by Fer­al House under the nom de plume “Alex Con­stan­tine.” (Rightmyer/Constantine is pic­tured at right, being tor­tured by his demons). In addi­tion to claim­ing that he has repelled mag­nets from his “cra­ni­um” and “knocked out a light bulb and a new CD play­er,” Right­my­er has stat­ed that he has been tor­tured by pulsed audio­grams.” (An audio­gram is a pic­to­r­i­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a sound wave, the worst thing one can get from an audio­gram is a paper cut. )

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Parfrey/Moynihan/Rice’s pro­fes­sion­al and ide­o­log­i­cal asso­ci­a­tion with (and pro­mo­tion of) cur­rent and for­mer Amer­i­can Nazis includ­ing James Mason, Michael Mur­ray, Joseph Franklin, the wife of con­vict­ed mur­der­er David Lane and con­vict­ed mur­der­er Per­ry “Red” Warthan; the Abraxas con­tin­gen­t’s glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of Charles Man­son; the asso­ci­a­tion between ele­ments of Satan­ic reli­gion and the Abraxas milieu; the asso­ci­a­tion between ele­ments of Odin­ist reli­gion and the Abraxas/Feral House net­work; the overt glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of mur­der and vio­lence by the Abraxas/Feral House milieu; con­nec­tions between the Moynihan/Parfrey/Rice milieu and para­mil­i­tary right-wingers such as Robert N. Tay­lor; the gen­e­sis of coun­ter­cul­ture fas­cism in the peri­od between the World Wars; the effort on the part of these coun­ter­cul­ture fas­cists to enlist the aid of left­ists and peo­ple of col­or as “hommes de mains.” Par­frey’s recruit­ment of Lib­er­ty Lob­by Holo­caust denier Kei­th Stime­ly to write Fer­al House press releas­es; ver­ba­tim repro­duc­tion of the bizarre state­ments (lies? hal­lu­ci­na­tions?) of Fer­al House author Dan Right­my­er (aka “Alex Con­stan­tine”); state­ments by asso­ciates of Rightmyer/Constantine that his bizarre pro­nounce­ments are due to the effects of drug abuse; con­tra­dic­tions in the iden­ti­ty of the “wit­ness­es” Rightmyer/Constantine claim can ver­i­fy his stat­ments (he has nev­er pro­duced such “wit­ness­es”).

1. The dis­cus­sion begins with the fright­en­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tion of the late Joe Fer­gu­son, whose posthu­mous admi­ra­tion of neo-Nazis, Charles Man­son and Tim­o­thy McVeigh moti­vat­ed his mass-mur­der/ sui­cide. It was while watch­ing the recount­ing of the ghast­ly events of 9/11 that Mr. Emory absorbed the account of this small­er hor­ror. Indeed, Fer­gu­son’s psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­jec­tion of his per­son­al­i­ty into a posthu­mous con­cep­tion is, in cer­tain respects, like the behav­ior of the 9/11 attack­ers. Like James Cagney, in the movie “White Heat”, the hijack­ers and Fer­gu­son imag­ined that their fiery demise would imbue them with a com­bi­na­tion of noto­ri­ety and phys­i­cal tran­scen­dence. By dis­sem­i­nat­ing a poi­so­nous adu­la­tion of Man­son and his ilk, the pur­vey­ors of counter-cul­ture fas­cism, quite delib­er­ate­ly in most cas­es, set oth­ers on their course toward obliv­ion. The unmit­i­gat­ed evil prop­a­gat­ed by Michael Moyni­han, Boyd Rice, pub­lish­ing guru Adam Par­frey and their fel­low trav­el­ers is set forth in this pro­gram.

“Agi­tat­ed, shirt­less under his body armor and hold­ing a 9mm semi­au­to­mat­ic pis­tol, dis­grun­tled secu­ri­ty guard Joseph Fer­gu­son stared straight into the video cam­era held by a man who would short­ly become the fifth life snuffed out in Fer­gu­son’s 24-hour killing spree. ‘I’ve tak­en four vic­tims,’ Fer­gu­son said from the Ran­cho Cor­do­va home where he held a Burns Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty col­league and his wife hostage for near­ly 18 hours before shoot­ing him­self to death in a gun­bat­tle with offi­cers. ‘That should be enough to last a week in the news. . . . He was fas­ci­nat­ed with neo-Nazism, Tim­o­thy McVeigh and Charles Man­son. . . . .”

“Sacra­men­to Killer Vowed Not to Be Tak­en Alive” by Michelle Gui­do; San Jose Mer­cury News; 9/11/2001; pp. 1A-14A.

2. Intro­duc­ing the book that is at the cen­ter of this dis­cus­sion, author Kevin Coogan encap­su­lates the sto­ry of Black Met­al musi­cian Varg Vikernes and his vic­tim, Oys­tein Aarseth. This sto­ry is the cen­ter­piece of Lords of Chaos, co-authored by Moyni­han and Didrik Soder­lind.

Lords of Chaos, a recent book-length exam­i­na­tion of the Satan­ic black met­al music scene is less con­cerned with sound than fury. Authors Michael Moyni­han and Didrik Soder­lind zero in on Nor­way, where a tiny clique of black met­al musi­cians torched some church­es in 1992. The church burn­ers’ own price of wor­ship was a small Oslo record store called Hel­vete (Hell). Hel­vete was run by the god­fa­ther of Nor­we­gian black met­al, Oys­tein Aarseth (‘Eurony­mous’, or ‘Prince of Death’), who first brought black met­al to Nor­way with his group May­hem and his Death­like Silence record label. . . .”

“How Black is Black Met­al?” by Kevin Coogan; Hitlist; February/March 1999 [Vol­ume One, Num­ber One]; p. 1. 

3. Reflect­ing the mythol­o­giz­ing of what is, in real­i­ty (for most crea­tures who pur­sue this type of music and cul­ture), a mediocre, inglo­ri­ous exis­tence, Vikernes named him­self after a fig­ure from Lord of the Rings.

” . . . Lords of Chaos, how­ev­er, is far less inter­est­ed in Eurony­mous than in the man who killed him, Varg Vikernes, a church burn­er who dubbed him­self ‘Count Grish­nackh’ after an evil ogre in Lord of the Rings. Vikernes is now serv­ing a 21-year sentence—Norway’s tough­est penalty—in a max­i­mum secu­ri­ty prison for bru­tal­ly stab­bing Eurony­mous to death on August 10, 1993. After his arrest just sev­en days lat­er, the Count jus­ti­fied him­self by claim­ing that Eurony­mous was a com­mu­nist ‘queer’ who had cheat­ed him out of Burzum roy­al­ties. He also claimed that Eurony­mous was plot­ting to kill him. After being ostra­cized from the black met­al com­mu­ni­ty, Vikernes announced that he was now no longer a black met­al Satanist, but rather a Nazi Odin­ist because the Jews had ‘killed my father Odin.’ ”

(Idem.)

4. Coogan notes that Moyni­han infers from the behav­ior of Vikernes a grow­ing trend among Black Met­al afi­ciona­dos toward mur­der and vio­lence. As will be seen, this infer­ence is itself a pro­jec­tion of Moyni­han’s own polit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion and not nec­es­sar­i­ly a reflec­tion of the bulk of black met­al musi­cians and fans.

If Lords of Chaos were only about the antics of the most extreme wing of black met­al, it would be an infor­ma­tive and enter­tain­ing look at pop cul­ture Grand Guig­nol. The book, how­ev­er, sug­gests that the events in Nor­way reflect a grow­ing ten­den­cy among alien­at­ed youth from Mia­mi to Moscow, who are now alleged­ly blend­ing black met­al, Satanism, and cur­rents of fas­cism into a cul­tur­al­ly explo­sive Molo­tov cock­tail. Vikernes, how­ev­er, is real­ly famous for mur­der, not music, while the over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of black met­al musi­cians and fans are not, and are not like­ly to become, church burn­ers, mur­der­ers, or Nazi Odin­ists.

To but­tress its the­sis, LORDS OF CHAOS points to met­al­heads turned mur­der­ers, includ­ing ‘Balfagor’ from the Swedish Satan­ic band Nefan­dus, who attacked a black man in a self-described ‘nig­ger­hunt’; Bard Eithun (‘Faust’) from the Nor­we­gian group Emper­or, who mur­dered a gay man that sought to seduce him; and Jon Nod­vei­dt from the Swedish group Dis­sec­tion, who butchered an Alger­ian immi­grant. LORDS OF CHAOS even devotes an entire chap­ter to an obscure two-man Ger­man band called Absurd, who cold­ly exe­cut­ed an annoy­ing fel­low high school stu­dent. Although the mem­bers of Absurd are self-pro­claimed Nazis and Vikernes fans, even they report­ed that they com­mit­ted the crime for per­son­al, not polit­i­cal, motives.

LORDS OF CHAOS also dwells on the activ­i­ty of oth­er­wise high­ly obscure fas­cist pro­pa­gan­dists with no direct ties to black met­al who are nev­er­the­less try­ing to recruit its fol­low­ers into their cause. It even adopts a far right spin on Jun­gian the­o­ry when it sug­gests that Vikernes may have tapped into an anti-Chris­t­ian racial/cultural arche­type that is alleged­ly still aglow in the Nor­we­gian col­lec­tive uncon­scious. The book also pro­files racist killers with no known ties to black met­al, such as the Flori­da youth clique called the Lords of Chaos. Before being dethroned by local police, the Lords burnt down a church, mur­dered a gay teacher, and were plan­ning to slaugh­ter black vis­i­tors to Dis­ney World with silencer-equipped auto­mat­ic weapons.

LORDS OF CHAOS cul­mi­nates with a paean to the ‘fire, which, it claims, burns bright inside the black met­al under-ground despite the attempts of mys­te­ri­ous unnamed ‘forces of finance and mate­ri­al­ism’ to ‘root it out and stamp it out.’ ”

(Ibid.; p. 2.)

5. Fer­al House, the pub­lish­er of Lords of Chaos, dis­trib­utes one of Vikernes’ CD’s. In this con­text, it is sig­nif­i­cant that Fer­al House own­er Adam Par­frey is part of a coun­ter­cul­ture, Social Darwinist/fascist milieu that over­laps both the alter­na­tive music and pub­lish­ing fields.

 . . . Lords of Chaos’s pub­lish­er, Fer­al House, itself dis­trib­utes one of Vikernes’ Burzum CD’s ‘Filos­fem’. . . LORDS OF CHAOS has gen­er­al­ly been per­ceived as an expose of a col­or­ful music sub-cul­ture, and it does indeed pro­vide much valu­able infor­ma­tion about an oth­er­wise inac­ces­si­ble scene. Yet what real­ly makes the book fas­ci­nat­ing is that its main author, Michael Moyni­han, is him­self an extreme right­ist whose fusion of pol­i­tics with aes­thet­ic vio­lence shapes a not-so-hid­den sub cur­rent that runs through­out LORDS OF CHAOS. The book itself, how­ev­er, is not a ‘fas­cist’ tract in the strict sense of the term, in part because Moyni­han co-wrote the book with Didrik Soder­lind, a for­mer music crit­ic for a main­stream Nor­we­gian paper who is now an edi­tor at Play­boy. More­over, Fer­al House edi­tor Adam Par­frey clear­ly want­ed to pub­lish a pop­u­lar book on the strange uni­verse of black met­al rather than a polit­i­cal polemic. Nor does Moyni­han him­self fit eas­i­ly into the more con­ven­tion­al def­i­n­i­tions of fas­cism. LORDS OF CHAOS is best char­ac­ter­ized as a palimpsest with the author’s own polit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gy at work just below the sur­face of a text osten­si­bly devot­ed sole­ly to ana­lyz­ing an extrem­ist musi­cal sub-cul­ture.

(Idem.)

6. One of the points of action and asso­ci­a­tion between Moyni­han, and his pub­lish­er Adam Par­frey is the Abraxas Foun­da­tion, which unit­ed both of them with Satanist and fas­cist Boyd Rice. Abraxas is described by Moyni­han as an ‘occultist-fas­cist think tank’—it is linked to the Church of Satan, about which more will be said lat­er.

Michael Moyni­han is an inter­est­ing fel­low. . . In 1989, the youth­ful Boston­ian joined forces with the San Fran­cis­co-based Abraxas Foun­da­tion, which he described as an ‘occultist-fas­cist think tank’ linked to the Church of Satan. Moyni­han dubbed his own wing of the Abraxas Foun­da­tion ‘Axis San­guinar­ies’ [Blood Axis] because: Blood can be seen as LIFE, and at the same time it can be equat­ed to DEATH. It is essen­tial to vio­lence in almost all instances. It has pow­er­ful sex­u­al con­no­ta­tions. It is the key flu­id of his­to­ry . . . [Axis] high­lights the genet­ic aspect of blood, bound togeth­er in the will of a peo­ple or race. It describes allies of mind and blood, mobi­lized for total war­fare. It also reit­er­ates the piv­otal nature of blood in human exis­tence, both per­son­al and world-his­toric.’

Accord­ing to some reports, Moyni­han’s blood fetish includ­ed drink­ing (non AIDS-infect­ed) blood. He was also sus­pect­ed of set­ting fire to a manger scene on the Cam­bridge Com­mons, just across from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, in 1987, A note left by the fire­bug at the smoky scene the day after Christ­mas asked: ‘How many more fires before you real­ize your gods are dead? DEAD!’

(Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

7. Fur­ther devel­op­ing the ide­ol­o­gy of Abraxas, the pro­gram high­lights its fascis­tic under­tones and its empha­sis on dis­sem­i­nat­ing this phi­los­o­phy to youth. (Note the pic­ture of Rice and his Amer­i­can Front pro­tégé Robert Heick, in full Nazi uni­form and bran­dish­ing dag­gers for the cam­era: http://www.canuck.com/Srl/rice.html .)

. . . . As for the Abraxas foun­da­tion, it was found­ed by anoth­er blood fetishist named Boyd Rice in 1984. The name came from Abraxas, a Gnos­tic deity that com­bined with­in itself the forces of light and dark­ness, good and evil. Rice hoped that his foun­da­tion would help cre­ate ‘a new demo­graph­ic of peo­ple who are into the occult, Fas­cism, and Social Dar­win­ism. It’s out there as an alter­na­tive for kids who are grow­ing up and need that infor­ma­tion.’ Both Rice and Moyni­han came out of the ‘indus­tri­al’ music scene. . . .

(Idem.)

8. One of the indus­tri­al music acts that helped to break the cul­tur­al taboo against uti­liz­ing fas­cist imagery was “Throb­bing Gris­tle” and its chief bard Gen­e­sis P. Orridge. (Note that Moyni­han, among oth­ers, held this group and its suc­ces­sor acts in con­tempt. In Moyni­han’s opin­ion, the group and its leader lacked true fas­cist polit­i­cal con­vic­tion.)

 . . . ‘Throb­bing Gris­tle’, the linch­pin of the post-punk ‘indus­tri­al’ turn, dressed in cam­ou­flage gear dec­o­rat­ed with an SS-look­ing light­ning bolt patch, and issued songs like ‘Zyk­lon B Zom­bie’ and ‘Salon Kit­ty’ (named after an SS-run broth­el in Berlin). The cov­er for the Throb­bing Gris­tle song ‘Dis­ci­pline’ on Fetish Records showed the group out­side the for­mer Nazi Min­istry of Pro­pa­gan­da build­ing in Berlin. Throb­bing Gris­tle called their hack­ney-based record­ing stu­dio the Death Fac­to­ry, and its Indus­tri­al Records logo was an uniden­ti­fied pic­ture of Auschwitz. Many punks despised Throb­bing Gris­tle as misog­y­nist ‘death art’ fas­cists. At a July 6, 1978 con­cert at the Lon­don Film Co-op (where Boyd Rice also appeared), a fight even broke out between Throb­bing Gris­tle and mem­bers of the Rock Against Racism-allied bands the Slits and the Rain­coats. . . .

(Ibid.; p. 4.)

9. Coogan explains the fas­cist aes­thet­ics under­ly­ing the cul­ture to which “Throb­bing Gris­tle” belongs.

 . . . The Indus­tri­al­ist fas­ci­na­tion with taboo break­ers extend­ed to charis­mat­ic lead­ers like Hitler and Man­son, who became icon­ic fig­ures in a world where evil was more real than good, and hate more strong than love. Yet because they, like the Mar­quis de Sade before them, were also fear­less dis­rupters of mid­dle-class moral­i­ty, a Hitler or Man­son were also, in a sense, per­verse role mod­els. The sheer bleak­ness of indus­tri­al cul­ture also pro­vid­ed fer­tile ground for future mis­an­thropy. If evil was more pow­er­ful than good, evil was also more nat­ur­al. In a tru­ly Hobbe­sian world the Social Dar­win­ists and the Malthu­sians were right when they argued that only the strong could and should sur­vive.

(Idem.)

10. Not unprece­dent­ed, this world­view reflects one that became extant dur­ing the peri­od lead­ing up to World War II.

. . . The sense of despair felt by indus­tri­al cul­ture was not unique. A sim­i­lar heroic/pessimistic world­view appeared in Europe after World War I. In the ear­ly 1920’s there arose what I shall call ‘counter-cul­tur­al fas­cism.’ More a sen­si­bil­i­ty than a move­ment, it fused Friedrich Niet­zsche’s idea of the indi­vid­ual will-to-pow­er and his con­tempt for mid­dle-class moral­i­ty with Oswald Spen­gler’s belief in the immi­nent down­fall of the West. Artists like Futur­ist founder Fil­ip­po Marinet­ti, Ezra Pound, Gabriele D’An­nun­zio, and Ernst Junger viewed tra­di­tion­al forms of con­ser­vatism with the same con­tempt that they felt for social democ­ra­cy, ratio­nal­ism, and the Enl­ght­en­ment. While Gen­e­sis P. Orridge was not real­ly a coun­ter­cul­tur­al fas­cist, Throb­bing Gris­tle stood on he cusp of a revival of a ‘counter cul­tur­al fas­cist’ turn in seg­ments of haute Bohemia.

(Idem.)

11. More about the fas­cist man­i­fes­ta­tions of the Abraxas net­work

Anoth­er set of ides asso­ci­at­ed with the Abraxas net­work had ear­li­er been pro­mot­ed by a rad­i­cal Ital­ian fas­cist named Fran­co Fre­da. Fre­da, who advo­cat­ed a com­bined right-and-left-wing ter­ror­ist assault on the mid­dle class Estab­lish­ment, first out­lined his ideas at a 1969 meet­ing of the far-right Euro­pean Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Front in Regens­burg, Bavaria. In his talk, which was lat­er pub­lished as La Dis­in­te­grazione del Sis­tema [The Dis­in­te­gra­tion of the Sys­tem], Fre­da argued that the ‘ner­vous sys­tem of the bour­geois world’ had to be dis­rupt­ed with utmost vio­lence by far right ‘polit­i­cal sol­diers’ work­ing in an alliance with the far left.

(Idem.)

12. One of the political/ideological antecedents of the Abraxas fas­cist aes­thet­ic is Julius Evola. Evola’s work was financed by the SD—the SS intel­li­gence ser­vice. (For more about Evola, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#233.)

Fre­da derived essen­tial parts of his strat­e­gy from the Ital­ian con­ser­v­a­tive rev­o­lu­tion­ary the­o­rist Julius Evola, the ‘Her­bert Mar­cuse’ of the post­war Euro­pean far right. Evola argued in books like Cal­vacare la Tigre (Rid­ing the Tiger) that the col­lapse of mod­ern mass soci­ety was some­thing to be wel­comed, not resist­ed. Rad­i­cal Evolans like Fre­da believed that vio­lent shocks to the sys­tem could only has­ten the inevitable col­lapse of the hat­ed mod­ern order. . . .

(Idem.)

13. Next, the pro­gram sets forth the pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment of Adam Parfrey—a fel­low in the Abraxas Foun­da­tion and the pub­lish­er of Lords of Chaos.

 . . . The new hip regime of mean was exem­pli­fied by the infa­mous Los Ange­les Amok cat­a­log. Amok Press’ best­seller Apoc­a­lypse Cul­ture, a col­lec­tion of rants, raves, con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries and aes­thet­ic ter­ror­ist tracts, was anoth­er key text. Adam Par­frey, own­er of Amok and lat­er Fer­al House, first entered the scene in 1980 with IDEA, a south­ern Cal­i­for­nia-based Re/Search-type jour­nal about punk cul­ture. He then moved to New York, where he met the art design­er George Pet­ros. . . .In 1984, Par­frey and Pet­ros cre­at­ed Exit, a New York-based jour­nal heavy on graph­ic design.

(Ibid.; pp. 5–6.)

14. Far from benign and aloof, Par­frey’s lit­er­ary efforts have served to dis­sem­i­nate the views and efforts of some of the very worst Nazis and fas­cists.

“Par­frey worked with Pet­ros on the first three issues of Exit, before leav­ing to cre­ate Amok Press. Once a suc­cess de scan­dale, Exit’s increas­ing fas­ci­na­tion with fas­cism doomed it to just six issues. Issue Five, for exam­ple, fea­tured a par­tic­u­lar­ly ran­cid piece of anti-Semi­tism enti­tled ‘The Exe­cu­tion of Carl Jung’, which was ‘con­ceived by George Pet­ros’ with ‘text researched by Robert N. Tay­lor,’ a for­mer para­mil­i­tary Min­ute­man leader turned racial Odin­ist. The final 1994 Exit includ­ed con­tri­bu­tions from Michael Moyni­han and James Mason, an Amer­i­can Nazi whose book Siege was pub­lished by Moyni­han. While pro­duc­ing Exit, Pet­ros also served as an edi­tor at Sec­onds, an eclec­tic New York-based music mag­a­zine that Moyni­han, Rice, and Par­frey reg­u­lar­ly write for.”

(Ibid.; p. 6.)

15. One of the orga­ni­za­tions with a philo­soph­i­cal affin­i­ty for Abraxas, Gen­e­sis P. Orridge, etc., is the Church of Satan and its late founder, Anton LaVey. (Both Moyni­han and Boyd Rice are mem­bers of this orga­ni­za­tion.)

The new glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of the instinc­tu­al and the bar­bar­ic, the belief in the sur­vival of the fittest, and the hatred of both Chris­t­ian moral­i­ty and lib­er­al human­ism were all music to the ears of Anton LaVey, the founder and head of the San Fran­cis­co-based Church of Satan. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, Boyd Rice devel­oped close ties with LaVey in the ear­ly 1980’s. In 1984, Rice set up the Abraxas Foun­da­tion as a ‘social Dar­win­ist think tank.’ An Abraxas tract called WAKE pro-claimed ‘Long Live Death!’ and hailed Malthu­sian­ism as ‘Nature’s Eter­nal Fas­cism.’ (The Church of Satan also main­tained close ties to Gen­e­sis P. Orridge.) Today Rice is him­self a mem­ber of the Church’s gov­ern­ing inner cir­cle, the Coun­cil of Nine. . . .

(Idem.)

16. Among the fel­low trav­ellers of LaVey are peo­ple who espouse Odin­ist reli­gion. With­in that milieu, in turn, are peo­ple of a tru­ly mur­der­ous bent. Note the pres­ence in this Satanist/Nazi milieu of the wife of con­vict­ed Order mur­der­er David Lane. (For more about The Order, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#‘s 89, 386, 399, and the var­i­ous pro­grams dis­cussing the top­ics of OJ Simp­son case, the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, and Ser­pen­t’s Walk. Impor­tant back­ground infor­ma­tion on The Order can be obtained from RFA’s 10–13—available from Spit­fire.)

 . . . LaVey, who is often only seen as a lib­er­tar­i­an mav­er­ick, called for a new kind of fas­cism in a 1994 inter­view with Michael Moyni­han in Sec­onds. Moyni­han’s essay, ‘The Faus­t­ian Spir­it of Fas­cism,’ was also pub­lished in the Church of Satan’s mag­a­zine, The Black Flame. LaVey even con­tributed an intro­duc­tion to a new edi­tion of ‘Rag­nar Red­beard’s Might is Right, a Niet­zschean and Social Dar­win­ist tract first pub­lished in 1896 which LaVey had lib­er­al­ly pla­gia­rized in his own book, The Satan­ic Bible. The edi­tor of the new edi­tion of Might is Right is list­ed as Katia Lane. She is the wife of David Lane, an Odin­ist leader of the high-pro­file far right para­mil­i­tary group called the Order, who is now serv­ing a life sen­tence for con­spir­ing to mur­der a Den­ver radio per­son­al­i­ty named Alan Berg

(Idem.)

17. The after­word of Might is Right (edit­ed by the wife of con­vict­ed Order killer David Lane) was penned by George Hawthorne, head of the Ra Ho Wa racist musi­cal group. After­word author George Hawthorne is also the founder of Resis­tance Records, now owned by the Nation­al Alliance. (For more about Resis­tance Records and the Nation­al Alliance, see FTR#211.) Before being appro­pri­at­ed by the Nation­al Alliance, Resis­tance Records was dis­trib­uted by the fas­cist Lib­er­ty Lob­by. In charge of this dis­tri­b­u­tion was Todd Blod­gett, a for­mer Rea­gan White House staff mem­ber. (For more about the Nazi under­pin­nings of the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#‘s 180, 332, 421.)

The author of Might is Right’s after­word is, arguably, even more; ‘dev­il­ish’ than LaVey. He is none oth­er than George Hawthorne, head of the white racist musi­cal group Ra Ho Wa (Racial Holy War) and founder of Resis­tance Records, whom Michael Moyni­han inter­viewed for Sec­onds and The Black Flame, Moyni­han is also thanked in the new edi­tion of Might is Right for help­ing make the book pos­si­ble.

(Idem.)

18. Pro­mot­ing and extolling Charles Man­son, the Abraxas milieu came into con­tact with James Mason, among oth­er mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty.) “In the mid-1980’s, Adam Par­frey formed Amok Press, the pre­cur­sor to Fer­al House, with Ken Swezey of the Amok cat­a­log. Amok’s first book, Michael, was an Eng­lish trans­la­tion of Nazi Prpa­gan­da Min­is­ter Joseph Goebbels’ sole nov­el. Par­frey’s next book, Apoc­a­lypse Cul­ture was fol­lowed in 1988 by The Man­son File, which was edit­ed by Niko­las Schreck (the boyfriend of LaVey’s daugh­ter Zeena) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Boyd Rice and oth­ers. Rice reg­u­lar­ly vis­it­ed Man­son, and even cam­paigned to get him released from jail through an Abraxas spin-off called the Friends of Jus­tice.” (Idem.)

19. A piv­ot point in the devel­op­ment of the Abraxas Foun­da­tion’s pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ship with mem­bers and alum­ni of the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty was con­vict­ed mur­der­er Per­ry ‘Red’ Warthan. Warthan cat­alyzed the rela­tion­ship between ANP mem­ber James Mason and the Abraxas con­fig­u­ra­tion. Among the ranks of the Nazis asso­ci­at­ed with the Abraxas milieu is Robert Heick, seen here in Nazi uni­form with Abraxas/Moynihan/Parfrey col­league Boyd Rice: http://www.canuck.com/Srl/rice.html .)

Via Man­son, the Abraxas cir­cle came into con­tact with James Mason, a for­mer mem­ber of George Lin­coln Rock­well’s Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty (ANP) and the eccen­tric head of the Nation­al Social­ist Lib­er­a­tion Front (NSLF). Mason had estab­lished con­tact with Man­son in the ear­ly 1980’s through an NSLF mem­ber named Per­ry ‘Red’ Warthan. Warthan lat­er mur­dered a 17-year-old high school stu­dent in Oroville, Cal­i­for­nia, because the boy told police that Warthan had been dis­trib­ut­ing racist lit­er­a­ture. In the late 1980’s, Rice got into hot water due to his friend­ship with Robert Heick is the leader of a skin-head group called Amer­i­can Front that once attacked the San Fran­cis­co anar­chist book­store “Bound Togeth­er.” Although he denied hav­ing any polit­i­cal ties to Heick, the grow­ing unpop­u­lar­i­ty of Abraxas in San Fran­cis­co led Rice to decamp to Den­ver, Col­orado.

(Ibid.; pp. 6–7.)

20. Next, the pro­gram high­lights the rela­tion­ship between Abraxas fel­low Adam Par­frey and the late Kei­th Stime­ly, the for­mer edi­tor of the Lib­er­ty Lob­by’s Jour­nal of His­tor­i­cal Review (the lead­ing Holo­caust denial pub­li­ca­tion.) Par­frey hired Stime­ly to write press releas­es for Fer­al House (pub­lish­er of Lords of Chaos).

As for Par­frey, he first moved his pub­lish­ing oper­a­tion from New York to Los Ange­les. After the LA riots, he relo­cat­ed to Port­land and then returned south to Venice, Cal­i­for­nia. While in Port­land, Par­frey (whose own moth­er is Jew­ish) hired the late Kei­th Stime­ly, an open­ly gay for­mer edi­tor of The Jour­nal of His­tor­i­cal Review, the world’s lead­ing Holo­caust-denial out­fit, to write Fer­al House press releas­es. Stime­ly’s name also appeared on a leaflet, along with that of Moyni­han and Port­land artist Dia­bo­los Rex, as part of a Boyd Rice/NON ‘Total War’ per­for­mance in that city. . . .

(Ibid.; p. 7.)

21. Moyni­han’s Storm Press pub­lished Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty mem­ber James Mason’s tract Siege, which glo­ri­fies Man­son and oth­er mass mur­der­ers as exem­plars of the chaos that Nation­al Social­ism should embrace. (Joseph Fer­gu­son embod­ied the trag­ic dis­til­late of this phi­los­o­phy.) Sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Mason (and through him, Moyni­han) advo­cate vio­lence against the sys­tem by anyone—left, right, white black, brown or oth­er­wise.) In this respect, Mason is an advo­cate of a stance approx­i­mat­ing that of the fas­cist Third Posi­tion. (For more about the Third Posi­tion, see, among oth­er pro­grams, FTR#‘s 252, 285, 352, as well as Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Shows M19 and M21, avail­able from Spit­fire.) Note that Fer­al House guru Adam Par­frey assist­ed in the pub­li­ca­tion of Siege.

“. . . One year lat­er, Moyni­han was more pre­oc­cu­pied by lit­er­ary than legal mat­ters. His Den­ver-based Storm Press pub­lished Siege, a 400-page anthol­o­gy of the writ­ings of James Mason, the Nazi fan of Charles Man­son. In his acknowl­edge­ments, Moyni­han (‘Michael M. Jenk­ins’) thanked (among oth­ers) both Adam Par­frey and Anton LaVey for their help in facil­i­tat­ing Siege’s pub­li­ca­tion. Mason argued in Siege that Nation­al Social­ism had lost its vio­lent, rev­o­lu­tion­ary edge. ‘We want to see crime and chaos rise to such a degree where the Sys­tem becomes no longer viable and falls apart,’ he wrote. In a tract called ‘Smash­ing the Pig Sys­tem,’ he growled: ‘If a bunch of Black Nation­al­ists rob a Brinks truck, if they kill some Sys­tem Pigs, WHO CARES??!!

(Idem.)

22. Note Siege’s glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of James Franklin, the role mod­el for Nation­al Van­guard Books’ tract Hunter. That book (pub­lished by the lit­er­ary wing of the Nation­al Alliance that also pub­lish­es The Turn­er Diaries and Ser­pen­t’s Walk) glo­ri­fies the killing of inter­ra­cial cou­ples.)

Siege also paid homage to white racist ‘lone wolf’ assas­sins like Mason’s for­mer Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty col­league Joseph Franklin, who spe­cial­ized in shoot­ing inter­ra­cial cou­ples (‘race trai­tors’); and James Huber­ty, who mas­sa­cred a large­ly His­pan­ic clien­tele at a McDon­ald’s restau­rant in San Diego. Mason felt that the lone wolves mere mere­ly express­ing healthy ‘Viking berserk­er rage’ against ‘Big Broth­er.’ He espe­cial­ly liked the fact that, since they act­ed alone, these lone wolves were very dif­fi­cult to catch. Siege also glo­ri­fied Charles Man­son. Mason even cre­at­ed a Man­son-inspired suc­ces­sor group to the NSLF called the Uni­ver­sal Order in an effort to tran­scend the tra­di­tion­al ‘left-right spec­trum.’ In his intro­duc­tion to Siege, Moyni­han also high­light­ed Mason’s call for a uni­ty of [ide­o­log­i­cal and behav­ioral] extremes against the Sys­tem. . . .

(Idem.)

23. As bizarrely vio­lent and aber­rant as it appears at first glance, the phi­los­o­phy espoused in Siege and Lords of Chaos reflects the Freda/Evola call the desta­bi­liza­tion of the “sys­tem.”

 . . . For all its crude­ness, Siege echoed Fran­co Freda’s rad­i­cal Evolan call for total social dis­rup­tion in La Dis­in­te­grazione del Sis­tema. Storm also plans to issue the first Eng­lish trans­la­tion of Evola’s 1953 book, Gli Uomi­ni e Ie Rovine (Men Among the Ruins). In August 1993, one year after Siege was pub­lished, Varg Vikernes mur­dered Eurony­mous. Although Moyni­han was not a black met­al­ist, the lure of Nor­way’s new Charles Man­son [Vikernes] too much to resist. . . .

(Idem.)

24. Among the fas­cist the­o­rists Moyni­han relies upon in his book is one “Kadmon”—himself a pro­fes­sion­al asso­ciate of Moyni­han’s.

In Lords of Chaos, Moyni­han sug­gests that Vikernes is an avatar of a long-repressed Odin­ist arche­type anal­o­gous to what Jung claimed for Nazi Ger­many in his famous 1936 essay on Wotan. . . . In Lords of Chaos, Moyni­han relies upon ‘Kad­mon,’ edi­tor of a Vien­na-based jour­nal called Aor­ta, to bol­ster the racial arche­type the­sis. Kad­mon argues that Nor­we­gian black met­al­ists are mod­ern day exam­ples of an ancient martial/mystical band of Were­wolf-like ‘berserk­er’ war­riors known as the Osko­r­ei. No dis­in­ter­est­ed schol­ar, Kad­mon is also a polit­i­cal sup­port­er of Vikernes as well as Moyni­han’s col­lab­o­ra­tor. His band Allersee­len, for exam­ple, put out a joint CD with Moyni­han’s group Blood Axis. A blood fetishist, Kad­mon named his jour­nal Aor­ta because it is ‘a blood-red cycle. In Aor­ta there is my blood. The blood of the poet, the blood of the magi­cian, the blood of the war­rior.’ Kad­mon also devot­ed one issue of Aor­ta to ‘the Odin­ist Nor­we­gian com­pos­er Varg Vikernes . . .who is cur­rent­ly in prison due to his Viking ethics.’

(Ibid.; p. 8.)

25. Lords of Chaos neglects to men­tion that its glo­ri­fied pro­tag­o­nist Eurony­mous was plan­ning to dyna­mite a punk anti-fas­cist house.

 . . . Giv­en how much valu­able infor­ma­tion Lords of Chaos does present, it is some­what incred­i­ble that the book fails to note that at the time that Vikernes mur­dered Eurony­mous, he was also plan­ning to destroy an Oslo-based punk anti-fas­cist squat called Blitz House. After his arrest for mur­der, the police dis­cov­ered that he had about 330 pounds of stolen dyna­mite in his pos­ses­sion. . . .

(Idem.)

26. An even more sig­nif­i­cant omis­sion is the fail­ure Lords of Chaos to note that among the appar­ent influ­ences on Vikernes’ mur­der of Eurony­mous was the ide­ol­o­gy of the Abraxas milieu itself!

Lords of Chaos also ignores anoth­er obvi­ous cul­tur­al influ­ence on Vikernes, the Abraxas net­work’s glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of killers like Charles Man­son! Vikernes’ home town, Bergen, is also home to Jan Bru­un’s Hyper­to­nia World Enter­pris­es. Bru­un is a major dis­trib­u­tor of Charles Man­son mem­o­ra­bil­ia like ‘Watch­ing Satan—the Lega­cy of Charles Man­son.’ He knows Moyni­han and inter­viewed him for an Ital­ian jour­nal apt­ly named Hel­ter Skel­ter. Moyni­han also thanks Bru­un, an avowed social Dar­win­ist and Malthu­sian, in the acknowl­edge­ments to Lords of Chaos. It seems almost impos­si­ble to believe that Vikernes would not have known about Hyper­to­nia World Enter­pris­es, espe­cial­ly since Bru­un was in con­tact with Eurony­mous and even sold May­hem LP’s.

(Idem.)

27. Next, the broad­cast high­lights Moyni­han’s own asso­ci­a­tion with the racist/Odinist orga­ni­za­tion the Asatru Alliance. As with the rest of the Abraxas political/cultural envi­ron­ment, the Asatru Alliance inter­sects the milieu of the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty and the para­mil­i­tary Min­ute­men.

Despite his use of Kad­mon’s the­o­ries, Moyni­han claims in Lords of Chaos that ‘there is absolute­ly no spe­cif­ic con­nec­tion’ between prac­ti­tion­ers of Nordic reli­gion and the black met­al scene. ‘In fact,’ he writes, ‘pub­lic assump­tions that such a link would exist have been a severe lia­bil­i­ty to these groups.’ Moyni­han, how­ev­er, neglects to men­tion that he him­self is a lead­ing mem­ber of a U.S. based racial­ist ‘Old Norse and Ger­man­ic reli­gion’ move­ment called the Asatru Alliance of Inde­pen­dent Kin­dreds (AA), which in head­quar­tered in Ari­zona.

The Asatru Alliance evolved out of a 1960’s Odinist/Nordic revival move­ment called the Asatril Free Assem­bly. The Asatru Alliance fac­tion argued that a Norse reli­gious move­ment should only include peo­ple of North­ern Euro­pean descent. It also pub­lish­es a jour­nal called Vor Tru which is edit­ed by Robert Ward, the for­mer edi­tor of a right­ist music zine called The Fifth Path. He is also almost cer­tain­ly the ‘R, Ward’ thanked by Moyni­han for his type­set­ting con­tri­bu­tion to Siege. Anoth­er Asatru Alliance, ‘Val­gard’ (Michael Mur­ray), was a for­mer mem­ber of Rock­well’s Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty.

(Idem.)

28. Robert Tay­lor is anoth­er of the unsa­vory asso­ciates of Moyni­han and Fer­al House­’s Adam Par­frey. As of 1999, Moyni­han lived in Port­land Ore­gon, where he moved in order to work for Fer­al House.

Moyni­han’s close friend Robert Nicholas Tay­lor, who pub­lish­es an Odin­ist jour­nal called The Con­tin­u­ing Clan, is yet anoth­er Asatru Alliance big­wig with a far right bio. The right­ist music jour­nal Ohm Clock reports that dur­ing ’ a 12-year stint as a nation­al spokesman for the Min­ute­men, he [Tay­lor] went on to become Direc­tor of Intel­li­gence and set up the first gueril­la train­ing schools ever to exist in the Unit­ed States.’ Tay­lor’s call for the racial balka­niza­tion of Amer­i­ca, an argu­ment asso­ci­at­ed with the late ‘Kla­n­ar­chist’ leader Robert Miles, was also fea­tured in the last issue of Exit. Moyni­han now [1999] lives in Port­land, where he moved in order to work for Fer­al House. . . .

(Ibid.; pp. 9–10.)

29. Moyni­han con­tin­ues to pro­pa­gan­dize on behalf of Vikernes. Note that Vikernes’ CD’s are joint­ly dis­trib­uted by Fer­al House audio.

 . . . True to his prin­ci­ples, Moyni­han is quite active in the pro­pa­gan­da sup­port net­work for Vikernes. He is, for exam­ple, a lead­ing con­trib­u­tor to a right­ist jour­nal called Filosofem, which is pub­lished by a group also called Blood Axis. Filosofem is locat­ed at 5 Rue Gabriel Price in Metz, France. This same address is the source of a series of pro-Vikernes leaflets which car­ry the name Cymo­phane on them. Filosofem also takes its name from a Burzum CD that Vikernes record­ed in 1993 while out on bail. That CD is cur­rent­ly being joint­ly dis­trib­uted by Mis­an­thropy Records, Cymo­phane Pro­duc­tions, and Fer­al House Audio.

(Ibid.; p. 10.)

30. Anoth­er of the occult fas­cists asso­ci­at­ed with Moyni­han and the Abraxas net­work is Ker­ry Bolton, pub­lish­er of Nexus among oth­er peri­od­i­cals.

Lords of Chaos also con­tains an inter­view with Ker­ry Bolton, a New Zealand-based Satanist who is try­ing to pop­u­lar­ize fas­cism inside pop cul­ture with a series of small jour­nals like Key of Alo­cer, The Nexus and The Flam­ing Sword. His essays have also appeared in The Black Flame and Filosofem. In one of his writ­ings Bolton even calls the Futur­ist (and lat­er Fas­cist) Fil­ip­po Marinet­ti a fore­run­ner of ‘Indus­tri­al Cul­ture’. His pub­li­ca­tions also fea­ture Moyni­han, R.N. Tay­lor, Boyd Rice, Kad­mon, and oth­ers like them. . . .

 

 . . . Bolton also leads an overt­ly fas­cist mag­i­cal sect called the Black Order. The Black Order’s New Zealand address is con­ve­nient­ly reprint­ed in an illus­tra­tion in Lords of Chaos. A French far right­ist and OTO leader named Chris­t­ian Bouchet also pops up in Lords of Chaos. Along with pub­lish­ing his own occult jour­nal Lutte du Peo­ple he edits. Bouchet advo­cates an alliance with the far left, applauds Cas­tro for resist­ing Amer­i­can impe­ri­al­ism, and prais­es the French nine­teenth cen­tu­ry anar­chist Pierre-Joseph Proud­hon. H even offered a eulo­gy for the Ger­man ultra-left­ist Ulrike Mein­hof, a leader of the ter­ror­ist Rote Armee Frak­tion, RAF. Nou­velle Resis­tance is also behind a pro-Vikernes music fanzine called Napalm Rock, whose edi­tor Lords of Chaos inter­views. Giv­en his own back­ground and pub­licly pro­claimed polit­i­cal views, it seems fair­ly obvi­ous that Moyni­han would not be ter­ri­bly dis­traught if a new wave of ‘berserk­er youth’ chose to fol­low in Vikernes’ path—regardless of whether or not he holds the Coun­t’s most extreme polit­i­cal state­ments in high regard.

(Idem.)

31. In light of the ideological/cultural pro­pa­gan­diz­ing of Moyni­han, Par­frey, Rice, the Abraxas net­work and the oth­er fas­cists and Nazi fel­low trav­el­ers recount­ed in the text above, the moti­va­tion pro­pelling the bloody demise of Joseph Fer­gu­son seems less obscure.

Agi­tat­ed, shirt­less under his body armor and hold­ing a 9mm semi­au­to­mat­ic pis­tol, dis­grun­tled secu­ri­ty guard Joseph Fer­gu­son stared straight into the video cam­era held by a man would short­ly become the fifth life snuffed out in Fer­gu­son’s 24-hour killing spree. ‘I’ve tak­en four vic­tims,’ Fer­gu­son said from the Ran­cho Cor­do­va home where he held a Burns Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty col­league and his wife hostage for near­ly 18 hours before shoot­ing him­self to death in a gun­bat­tle with offi­cers. ‘That should be enough to last a week in the news. . . . He was fas­ci­nat­ed with neo-Nazism, Tim­o­thy McVeigh and Charles Man­son. [Ital­ics are Mr. Emory’s]

“Sacra­men­to Killer Vowed Not to Be Tak­en Alive” by Michelle Gui­do; San Jose Mer­cury News; 9/11/2001; pp. 1A-14A.

32. Obvi­ous­ly, Par­frey and com­pa­ny have deep con­nec­tions to fas­cist and Nazi ele­ments and have worked to fur­ther some of those ele­ments’ projects. One should not be too quick to label Par­frey a fas­cist him­self. Rather, he might be termed a “fel­low trav­el­er,” whose efforts on behalf of, and asso­ci­a­tion with, Nazi/fascist ele­ments may be due to Par­frey’s devo­tion to the pro­mul­ga­tion of “extreme cul­ture.”

Defy­ing easy def­i­n­i­tion, “extreme cul­ture” could be said to be defined by any­thing that is edgy, over-the-top and, more often than not, offen­sive and/or unbe­liev­able.

Exem­pli­fy­ing the cog­ni­tive para­maters of the “extreme cul­ture” dis­sem­i­nat­ed by Par­frey and com­pa­ny are the pro­nounce­ments of an indi­vid­ual named Dan Right­my­er, pub­lished by Fer­al House under the nom de plume “Alex Con­stan­tine.”

Claim­ing to be an expert on, and vic­tim of, mind con­trol, Rightmyer/Constantine sent a let­ter to the now-defunct mag­a­zine Mon­do 2000, in which he made some remark­able state­ments.

He claims to have been tor­tured by “pulsed audio­grams.” An audio­gram is a  graph, con­struct­ed  in order to chart a  per­son­’s hear­ing loss. The worst thing one can suf­fer at the hands of an audio­gram is a paper cut. Rightmyer/Constantine’s stat­ment is not only demon­stra­bly false, but absurd.

The piece de resis­tance, how­ev­er, is his claim to have repelled mag­nets “from his cra­ni­um,” an act he claims was wit­nessed by “two of the lead­ing child psy­chol­o­gists in the coun­try.”

. . . . For five years I have been the vic­tim of a for­mal tor­ture pro­gram at the hands of the CIA. The tor­ture is elec­tro­mag­net­ic and dif­fi­cult to trace, retal­i­a­tion for my polit­i­cal research. . . . I have been sub­ject­ed to a gru­elling dai­ly reg­i­men of tor­ture ren­dered from a remote source. I have been burned by microwaves, kept awake for days at a stretch by shriek­ing nois­es in my ears, the effect of pulsed audio­grams. One evening I was hit by an infra-sound attack . . . on my spine, the most painful expe­ri­ence of my life. I was left crawl­ing and scream­ing across the floor. For die-hard skep­tics, I can offer this proof: Two of the lead­ing child psy­chol­o­gists in the coun­try once wit­nessed mag­nets repelled from my cra­ni­um. When I wrote a let­ter to Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al about my plight (it was ignored), friends of mind [sic] were sub­ject­ed to microwave attack. . . . [Ital­ics are Mine–D.E.]

33. Yet anoth­er of Rightmyer/Constantine’s claims con­cern­ing mag­nets being repelled from his head:

. . . . I have numer­ous wit­ness­es who will tes­ti­fy on the wit­ness stand that my
head has been so mag­ne­tized it repelled mag­nets. Yet Mar­tin claimed I was
lying. I am not. . . .

“Con­stan­tine vs. Canon”; Con­spir­a­cy The­o­ry Research List; 3/18/1999.

34. On a KPFK chat board (KPFK is the Paci­fi­ca radio out­let in Los Ange­les) Rightmyer/Constantine was chal­lenged to iden­ti­fy the two psy­chol­o­gists who had sup­pos­ed­ly wit­nessed the mag­nets inci­dent. Mirac­u­lous­ly, the iden­ti­ty of the two sup­posed wit­ness­es changed com­plete­ly! In addi­tion, Rightmyer/Constantine claims he “knocked out a light bulb and a new CD play­er”!

Obvi­ous­ly, Rightmyer/Constantine’s account is at fun­da­men­tal vari­ance with his ear­li­er account. One should not be too ready to brand him a liar, how­ev­er. He may just be hal­lu­ci­nat­ing (see below.)

I have respond­ed to this ques­tion on Inter­net dis­cus­sion lists when seri­ous peo­ple were inter­est­ed. Two for­mer col­leagues of a well-known KPFK talk show host wit­nessed the episode. It was the least spec­tac­u­lar event that occurred on the after­noon in ques­tion, BTW. I also knocked out a light bulb and a new CD play­er. [Ital­ics are mine–D.E.] Since you haven’t stooped to flames, I’ll explain ... I was tar­get­ed by elec­tron­ic weapons — these are not so obscure these days, after all, and all of the past ridicule on this mes­sage board is mis­placed, not to men­tion cru­el. I have for 20 years fought as fierce­ly as any­one for human rights on a num­ber of fronts — and was tor­tured for it. We know the sort of per­son who flames tor­ture vic­tims, don’t we? Why would I respond to that sort of lowlife. My focus is on fed­er­al­ly-spon­sored atroc­i­ties, cor­rup­tion, cov­er-ups ... not idiots who have to strug­gle with a sim­ple expla­na­tion for an event that is not real­ly so far-out, after all. I’ve writ­ten about the tech­nol­o­gy in two books. Read them, check the foot­notes, and you’ll under­stand where I’m com­ing from.
AC

35. An alter­na­tive expla­na­tion for Rightmyer/Constantine’s expe­ri­ences was pro­vid­ed by a col­league of his. In a Google chat forum, he not­ed the fol­low­ing (repost­ed by anoth­er par­tic­i­pant):

More stuff on Dan Right­my­er — the kook known as pen
name ‘Alex Con­stan­tine.’

I’ve respond­ed ade­quate­ly to Dan Right­my­er and his sil­ly bil­ly pal Bri­an in anoth­er recent thread. But there is some­thing else you good folks real­ly ought to know about Dan ‘Alex Con­stant­Whine’ Right­my­er. (Sung to the tune of the ‘Bev­er­ly Hill­bil­lies’ theme...) Come and lis­ten to my sto­ry ‘bout a nut named Dan, Hears voic­es in his head he says are from ‘The Man.’ He says ‘They filled my nog­gin full of elec­tron­ic bugs!’ But he does­n’t let you know that he’s done a lot of DRUGS. (ACID, that is. LSD. ‘Hun­dreds of trips.’)

‘Hun­dreds of acid trips’ is the admis­sion Dan made to his for­mer best friend, S.M. Any rea­son­able per­son who wants the full sto­ry should feel free to write me or call me. I’ll tell ya how to talk to this for­mer best friend for your­self — you’ll hear all sorts of out­ra­geous, hilar­i­ous sto­ries about Dan’s his­to­ry of mas­sive drug abuse, as well his insane behav­ior.

(Here’s a sam­ple: Once, one of Dan’s inner ‘tor­men­tors’ iden­ti­fied him­self by name. Dan found that a gen­tle­man of this name was list­ed in the phone book. Dan, who owned a firearm, threat­ened to go to the house of this obvi­ous­ly-inno­cent par­ty and shoot him!)

Discussion

12 comments for “FTR #437 Counter-Culture Fascism”

  1. If one is keep­ing track of fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy creep­ing into mass cul­ture I can sug­gest fol­low­ing up on asso­ciates of Gen­e­sis P, Orridge ‚Dave Tibet of the group Cur­rent 93 pro­fess­es to be influ­enced by Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and his group released a record titled Emperi­um as well as a few oth­ers with overt Crow­ley themes.

    Posted by Kent Kritz | June 20, 2009, 3:19 pm
  2. yeah that guys a nazi for sure

    Posted by htrain | June 28, 2010, 1:20 pm
  3. [...] FTR #437 Counter-Cul­ture Fas­cism [...]

    Posted by « Thrive »: An example of counter-culture fascism | Lys-d'Or | May 30, 2012, 10:49 am
  4. Adam Par­frey briefly attend­ed an edi­to­r­i­al meet­ing of an alter­na­tive news­pa­per we were involved with in Port­land. My impres­sion was that he was most­ly work­ing an unex­plored cor­ner of the pub­lish­ing mar­ket. How­ev­er, one of his asso­ciates had attend­ed a polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion group we had and tried to defend the intel­lec­tu­al util­i­ty of Yock­ey’s book “Imperi­um”. We did­n’t buy it. At the time, the own­er of Pow­ells Books in Port­land thought the book was so dan­ger­ous he kept the few copies he had in a locked room.

    In an inter­est­ing cul­tur­al par­al­lel This sto­ry ran today about Ger­man coun­ter­cul­ture 200 years ago, Grimms Fairy Tales.
    Here’s the link and some com­men­tary:

    “The the­o­ry that the Grimms’ tales, par­tic­u­lar­ly the more bru­tal ones such as How Chil­dren Played Butch­er With Each Oth­er, in which a whole fam­i­ly mas­sacres itself, had an adverse effect on the Ger­man char­ac­ter was expressed fre­quent­ly after the sec­ond world war.
    In his 1978 book Roots of Ger­man Nation­al­ism, Louis Sny­der argued that the broth­ers helped to shape cer­tain dele­te­ri­ous traits, such as dis­ci­pline, obe­di­ence, author­i­tar­i­an­ism, glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence and nation­al­ism, which became part of the nation­al char­ac­ter. That was the rea­son allied com­man­ders banned the book in schools after the war, argu­ing that they had found the roots of Nazism in the Grimms’ world.
    A British major, TJ Leonard, even said the fairy­tales had helped Ger­mans teach their chil­dren “all the vari­eties of bar­barous­ness”, mak­ing it easy for them to fit into the “role of the hang­man”.
    The Ger­man author Gün­ther Birken­feld saw in the fairy­tales the answer to “how the Ger­man peo­ple were able to per­pe­trate the atroc­i­ties of Belsen and Auschwitz”.
    The book was there­fore large­ly banned from the Ger­man nurs­ery – which was simul­ta­ne­ous­ly under­go­ing its own anti-author­i­tar­i­an, pro-mod­erni­sa­tion reac­tion to Nazism – for decades. At the same time though, it was becom­ing increas­ing­ly hijacked out­side Ger­many by Dis­ney and Hol­ly­wood.
    Matussek and oth­ers are call­ing for a re-think about the place the Grimm tales have in Germany’s cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/20/200th-anniversary-of-grimms-fairy-tales-triggers-a-year-of-celebration-and-cultural-examination/

    Posted by Swamp | December 20, 2012, 9:44 am
  5. Maybe this is just a play­ful ref­er­ence to pio­neer­ing Colom­bian black met­al band Para­bel­lum. Or at last, that’s about the best sce­nario we can hope for at this point:

    The GOP Just Named its Hot New Inno­va­tion Lab After a Nazi Pis­tol
    Adam Wein­stein on Gawk­er
    2/4/2014 10:36am

    The Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee today excit­ed­ly announced the launch of a new start­up lab to bring techies and cre­atives togeth­er, Sil­i­con Val­ley-style, to get Repub­li­cans elect­ed. Oh, and they named it for a Nazi gun, a type of ammo, and a phi­los­o­phy that puts war before peace.

    Wel­come to Para Bel­lum Labs, Amer­i­ca! “Para Bel­lum Labs will help cre­ate a cul­ture to allow the RNC to inno­vate faster and recruit more tal­ent­ed peo­ple who can build dig­i­tal plat­forms to under­stand pub­lic opin­ion, engage vot­ers and pow­er elec­tions,” RNC Chair­man Reince Priebus gushed in a press release this morn­ing. Para Bel­lum plans to recruit on top engi­neer­ing school cam­pus­es and hold fun hackathons.

    The charm offen­sive all starts with the video above, which makes Para Bel­lum look like a much cool­er place than DeVry Insti­tute to get your asso­ci­ate’s degree in IT. “I chose to be a part of Para Bel­lum Labs because this is some­thing that has nev­er been done before,” says new employ­ee Lau­ren. (By Repub­li­cans, no, this has not been done before. Not suc­cess­ful­ly. But by Democ­rats, well, um. Yeah.)

    The thing about Para Bel­lum, though, is that name. In Latin, it lit­er­al­ly means “(pre­pare)* for war.” That’s dumb enough, prob­a­bly: Hey, ide­al­is­tic young pro­gram­mers! Let’s save the world by crush­ing our ene­mies, see­ing them dri­ven before us, and hear­ing the lamen­ta­tion of their women.

    In fact, it’s part of an old Roman cliche, “Si vis pacem, para bellum”—if you seek peace, pre­pare for war. That’s been quite an inspir­ing lit­tle phrase through his­to­ry, at least to mil­i­tarists. It was espe­cial­ly inspir­ing to Deutsche Waf­fen und Muni­tions­fab­riken, the Ger­man gov­ern­men­t’s arms man­u­fac­tur­er from the late impe­r­i­al era to World War II.

    DWM start­ed using the “para­bel­lum” phrase as a name for its sig­na­ture guns—first, the light machine gun used by the Kaiser’s best dur­ing World War I, and then its most icon­ic gun: the Para­bel­lum Pis­tole, or the Luger pis­tol. You know, this one:

    ...

    Yep, Nazi para­bel­lum! The gun was so pop­u­lar in the Third Reich that its ammunition—one of the first to use a slug that was 9 mil­lime­ters in diameter—became known as “9 mm para­bel­lum,” which you can find now at your local gun store. Assum­ing, of course, that Oba­ma and FEMA aren’t buy­ing it all up for the upcom­ing counter-rev­o­lu­tion.

    All of which begs the ques­tion: Repub­li­cans, if you could name your new hip mil­len­ni­al pro­gram­mer lab any­thing, why’d you set­tle on a Latin phrase that car­ries some seri­ous Hit­lerite bag­gage?

    Sure, sure, you’re try­ing to sep­a­rate your­selves from the pack, as new employ­ee Jesse explains in the Para Bel­lum video: “You could go try to work on the west coast and poten­tial­ly make a cool app, or you could actu­al­ly phys­i­cal­ly change his­to­ry.”

    Yeah. But Jesse: You know who else actu­al­ly phys­i­cal­ly changed his­to­ry?

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 4, 2014, 3:55 pm
  6. https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=6V2ndbXT2zo

    Tom Met­zger inter­views boyd rice

    Posted by Christian Yates | November 7, 2016, 7:41 pm
  7. Remem­ber the sto­ry about the neo-Nazi-turned-Islamist who mur­dered two of his neo-Nazi room­mates, result­ing in the dis­cov­ery of a fourth neo-Nazi room­mate who was plan­ning a morter attack on a Flori­da nuclear plant who was also and in pos­ses­sion of high-explo­sives and radioac­tive mate­r­i­al? Well, in case it’s not abun­dant­ly obvi­ous that this group pos­es a seri­ous threat to the pub­lic, here’s an arti­cle about how mem­bers of their par­tic­u­lar neo-Nazi group — “Atom­waf­fen” (Ger­man for “Atom­ic Weapon”) — have been respon­si­ble for a num­ber of recent mur­ders around the coun­try and more mur­ders should be expect­ed because Atom­waf­fen pro­duces ISIS-style videos pro­mot­ing mass neo-Nazi vio­lence designed to sab­o­tage and implode soci­ety:

    Pro-Pub­li­ca

    Cal­i­for­nia Mur­der Sus­pect Said to Have Trained With Extrem­ist Hate Group
    The 20-year-old man charged in Orange Coun­ty with killing a gay Jew­ish col­lege stu­dent ear­li­er this month is said to have belonged to Atom­waf­fen Divi­sion, a neo-Nazi group.

    by A.C. Thomp­son, ProP­ub­li­ca, Ali Win­ston, spe­cial to ProP­ub­li­ca, and Jake Han­ra­han, spe­cial to ProP­ub­li­ca
    Jan. 26, 2018, 7:46 p.m. EST

    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 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 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, 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.

    ———-

    “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

    ““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.”

    Extreme even by neo-Nazi stan­dards. That’s Atom­waf­fen. Hence, a cel­e­bra­tion of Hitler and Charles Man­son:

    ...
    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.
    ...

    And in the case of the mur­der of Blaze Bern­stein, it appears that being Jew­ish and gay was prob­a­bly enough to pre­cip­i­tate the mur­der. That’s the kind of peo­ple that join Atom­waf­fen:

    ...
    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.
    ...

    And this group is esti­mat­ed to have 80 mem­ber scat­tered around the coun­try in small cell (pos­si­bly plan­ning nuke plant attacks?) after start­ing in 2015. And the man charged with this crime, Samuel Wood­ward, has report­ed­ly been involved with that recruit­ment effort:

    ...
    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.

    ...

    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.
    ...

    And this mur­der was just the lat­est Atom­waf­fen mur­der. There’s also the mur­ders in Flori­da that revealed the nuke plant plot, along with a 17 year old Atom­waf­fen asso­ciate who mur­der his girl­friend’s par­ents after they object­ed to their daugh­ter dat­ing a neo-Nazi:

    ...
    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, 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.
    ...

    And the two guid­ing lights for this new domes­tic ter­ror threat are none oth­er than James Mason and Charles Man­son. This is where we are. Still:

    ...

    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 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.
    ...

    So this appears to be part of the Man­son lega­cy: inspir­ing ‘white ISIS’.

    And don’t for­get that when Atom­waf­fen makes ISIS-style videos advo­cat­ing vio­lence designed to col­lapse soci­ety and trig­ger a race war, that’s what ‘drop­ping the mask’ looks like for Nazis and oth­er vio­lent far-right move­ments. The ‘Alt-Right’ peo­ple in suits and ties like Richard Spencer who strive to cre­ate an air of respectabil­i­ty for Nazis by not dress­ing like a Nazi are mere­ly mask­ing what Atom­waf­fen is putting on full dis­play: that the ‘Alt-Right’ col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary neo-Nazi thought is heav­i­ly over­lap­ping with Charles Man­son’s hopes and dreams which is why Atom­waf­fen open­ly wor­ships him:

    The Huff­in­g­ton Post

    The Mani­ac Neo-Nazis Keep­ing Charles Manson’s Race War Alive
    How Atom­waf­fen wants to make Hel­ter Skel­ter real.

    By Luke O’Brien and Christo­pher Math­ias
    11/21/2017 04:28 pm ET Updat­ed Nov 21, 2017

    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— SIEGE Cul­ture (@siegeculture_) Novem­ber 15, 2017

    Atom­waf­fen is best known for a dou­ble homi­cide 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.

    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 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— SIEGE Cul­ture (@siegeculture_) Novem­ber 20, 2017

    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.

    ...

    ———-

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

    “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.”

    Charles Man­son: Patron saint of the guys who want to blow up your local nuclear pow­er plant. Because of course.

    And this group makes ISIS-style videos encour­ag­ing Amer­i­cans to declare war on the coun­try through acts of vio­lence in order to make Charles Man­son’s visions of race war and the col­lapse of soci­ety a real­i­ty:

    ...
    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.
    ...

    But let’s not for­get that so much of what excites Atom­waf­fen mem­bers with Man­son’s race war ram­blings is the kind of world­view that excites a lot more than just Attomwaf­fen. Most far-right­ists are just less overt about it in pub­lic:

    ...
    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.

    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.”
    ...

    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

    Yep, Man­son was indeed a “bug-eyed pro­to­type for the mod­ern race war­rior.” And note how Amer­i­can Nazi James Mason’s expe­ri­ences with Man­son led him to con­clude that there’s a com­bined ‘super-cap­i­tal­ist’ and ‘super-com­mu­nist’ glob­al con­spir­a­cy against white peo­ple. It’s hard not to notice the over­lap with with the gen­er­al world­view of Steve Ban­non or Alex Jones. That’s how unfor­tu­nate­ly top­i­cal Charles Man­son’s ideas are today:

    ...
    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.”
    ...

    “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.

    Isn’t that pret­ty much the far-right zeit­gi­est nowa­days? There’s a giant glob­al con­spir­a­cy against white peo­ple per­pe­trat­ed by left-wing ‘com­mu­nists’. And when you point out that almost all the wealth and pow­er is held by right-wing cap­i­tal­ists, the far-right throws in ‘super-cap­i­tal­ists’ into the mix of bad­dies too. Isn’t that more or less the gener­ic ‘angry-white Alt-Right male’ zeit­gi­est con­stant­ly get­ting pumped out by places like InfoWars and Bre­it­bart? Isn’t con­tem­po­rary far-right nihilism in the West deeply infused with the spir­it of Man­son’s Hel­ter Skel­ter? It sure seems like it, which is why Charles Man­son is so trag­i­cal­ly top­i­cal.

    And giv­en that so much of the Alex Jones/Breitbart world­view wraps itself in an ‘us against Big Broth­er’ exte­ri­or, it’s also worth keep­ing in mind that the core prin­ci­ple behind Nazism and most far-right ide­olo­gies is some­thing very close to the under­ly­ing prin­ci­ple behind the ‘Big Broth­er’ in Orwell’s 1984: pow­er for pow­er’s sake. Achieved and held at any cost, through any means nec­es­sary. That is the core of far-right reac­tionary thought if you strip every­thing else away. Joy in wield­ing pow­er mer­ci­less­ly cou­pled with a raw ter­ror in los­ing that pow­er and a will­ing­ness to do any­thing to get it. That, com­bined with a hefty dose of sadis­tic hate, is the core of much of these ide­olo­gies. It’s why Nazis are so ready and will­ing to com­mit acts of ter­ror and prop­a­gate Big Lies in order to achieve their objec­tives: fas­cism is about the pow­er. That’s pret­ty much it. Every­thing else is just win­dow dress­ing. Just like Big Broth­er.

    So there real­ly is a group plot­ting against white peo­ple: Nazis and their fas­cist allies who want to col­lapse soci­ety via ter­ror and hate so they can seize con­trol. That’s who. Because if you look at the col­lec­tion of far-right move­ments around the worlds, it’s typ­i­cal­ly a meta-move­ment of aspir­ing Big Broth­ers who care about lit­tle more than hav­ing unchecked pow­er and being free to car­ry out their every sadis­tic whim. And Hel­ter Skel­ter, and its con­tem­po­rary memet­ic Alt-Right troll-war­rior vari­ants, are just a means to that end of seiz­ing com­plete pow­er. The Nazis are lit­er­al­ly try­ing to become Big Broth­er by label­ing the non-Naz­i­fied ele­ments of soci­ety Big Broth­er and declar­ing war on it and that’s def­i­nite­ly an agen­da that qual­i­fies as a plot against white peo­ple. And every­one else.

    And that’s all why it’s impor­tant to keep in mind that, while Atom­waf­fen is indeed an out­lier the neo-Nazi scene in terms of their extreme­ly open calls for basi­cal­ly ISIS-style domes­tic ter­ror and sab­o­tage, it’s not like they aren’t just say­ing what a large frac­tion of the far-right qui­et­ly talks about and plots behind closed doors. So when you read about how Atom­waf­fen and/or Charles Man­son are con­sid­ered out­lier in the neo-Nazi scene, don’t for­get about this word of endorse­ment from none oth­er than Andrew ‘weev’ Auern­heimer:

    ...
    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.)
    ...

    Don’t for­get: Auern­heimer called Atom­waf­fen “a good bunch of dudes” fol­low­ing the dou­ble-mur­der in Flori­da. They’re only “extreme” in terms of how extreme­ly out in the open they are about the kinds of things neo-Nazi move­ments qui­et­ly plot about. But oth­er than that, by neo-Nazi stan­dards they real­ly aren’t all that extreme. And that whole gen­er­al poi­so­nous mind-set pumped out by right-wing media across the world that white peo­ple are under attack by the world real­ly could have been the kind of thing you would hear com­ing out of Charles Man­son’s mouth. In oth­er words, when the far-right drops the mask, you’re going to be look­ing at Charles Man­son. Or one of his admir­ers wear­ing a skull mask.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 29, 2018, 10:32 pm
  8. @ Pter­rafractyl–

    A cou­ple of points:

    With Atom­waf­fen mak­ing ISIS-style videos advo­cat­ing may­hem, we should not for­get that their medi­at­ed exhor­ta­tions, like James Mason’s call for “lone-wolf” vio­lence, gained impuni­ty from civ­il suits hold­ing them to finan­cial account for vio­lence com­mit­ted by con­sumers of their mate­r­i­al as a result of Glenn Green­wald’s efforts.

    Also:

    Mason’s “Siege” was pub­lished by Adam Par­frey, a degen­er­ate who has shep­herd­ed a drug-addled psy­chopath named Dan Right­my­er, aka Dan Righ­tuy­er aka “Alex Con­stan­tine” (the nom de plume under which he pub­lish­es). Right­my­er and Par­frey have latched on to my late dear friend Mae Brus­sel­l’s mate­r­i­al.

    That is why I have coun­seled that peo­ple should steer clear of the vul­tures that have descend­ed on her grave.

    Mae spent–and gave–her life work­ing against the likes of Charles Man­son, James Mason et al.

    Par­frey pro­motes, and caters to, those ele­ments.

    Best,

    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | January 30, 2018, 11:59 pm
  9. A sus­pect has been appre­hend­ed in the recent arson attacks on three black church­es in Louisiana and, sur­prise!, the sus­pect has what appears to at last have tan­gen­tial ties to racist groups. Specif­i­cal­ly, the sus­pect, Hold­en Matthews, appears to be involved in the “black met­al” music scene with a big focus on pagan reli­gions and Norse mythol­o­gy:

    The Dai­ly Beast

    ‘Evil Act’: Hold­en Matthews Charged With Arson of 3 Black Louisiana Church­es
    Sher­if­f’s deputy’s son took an inter­est in black met­al and pagan social media pages, which had con­nec­tions to neo-Nazism and white suprema­cy.

    Olivia Mess­er, Julia Arci­ga, Kel­ly Weill, Adam Rawns­ley
    04.10.19 9:48 PM ET

    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thurs­day described the three fires that destroyed pre­dom­i­nant­ly black church­es in rur­al Louisiana as an “evil act” com­mit­ted by the son of a sheriff’s deputy.

    Hold­en Matthews was arrest­ed Wednes­day on three counts of sim­ple arson for fires that on destroyed the church­es in St. Landry Parish over ten days. The fires were set on March 26, April 2, and April 4, and destroyed St. Mary Bap­tist Church, Greater Union Bap­tist Church, and Mount Pleas­ant Bap­tist Church, respec­tive­ly. Matthews, 21, was booked into jail Wednes­day evening.

    Louisiana State Fire Mar­shal “Butch” Brown­ing, at a Thurs­day morn­ing press con­fer­ence, called the fires “an attack on our God and our reli­gion.”

    “In my career, I have nev­er seen such a spir­i­tu­al mis­sion that has come home so quick­ly,” said Brown­ing, who not­ed that Matthews’ arrest was quick in part because “we felt that oth­er crimes were immi­nent.”

    An arrest war­rant report­ed­ly showed that offi­cials con­nect­ed Matthews to the crimes through the charred remains of a brand of gas can found at the scene of the April 4 fire. Matthews alleged­ly used his deb­it card and ID to pur­chase that same brand of gas can, along with a lighter and a 10 pack of auto­mo­tive shop tow­els on March 25, The Advo­cate reports.

    The same col­or and mod­el pick­up that Matthews dri­ves was also present at two of the church­es short­ly before the fires were report­ed to 911, accord­ing to video footage ref­er­enced in the arrest war­rant.

    FBI agent Eric J. Rom­mal, also at the press con­fer­ence, said the bureau is inves­ti­gat­ing whether the crimes were “bias-moti­vat­ed.”

    “Right now we are just mak­ing sure we gath­er all the facts,” he said, when pressed on the issue.

    A Face­book page that appeared to belong to Matthews showed he was active in pagan and black met­al pages, and that he com­ment­ed on two memes about far-right for­mer neo-Nazi met­al musi­cian Varg Vikernes, who served 15 years in prison for killing a fel­low met­al musi­cian and burn­ing church­es in Nor­way. The com­ments revealed lit­tle oth­er than that they indi­cat­ed his famil­iar­i­ty with the fig­ure.

    The pagan cir­cles Matthews and Vikernes fre­quent­ed can be pop­u­lar with neo-Nazis. Matthews fre­quent­ly post­ed about pagan beliefs, and recent­ly uploaded a pic­ture of a gun and a knife with the cap­tion “I car­ry this..... maybe not legal­ly but I only tru­ly fol­low the law of Odin..... which says as you said, arm your­self...... Odins advice> mod­ern law.” Odin is a pagan Norse god.

    One of the pagan pages Matthews was active on specif­i­cal­ly for­bade racism and “nazi stuff.” Matthews also appeared aware of the reli­gion’s white suprema­cist asso­ci­a­tions. In one post, a group mem­ber not­ed that a draw­ing of a pagan fig­ure had a swasti­ka-like design on his belt. “well yea the belt gives him extra strength and pow­er..... white pow­er lmao jk jk I had to,” Matthews wrote.

    ...

    ———-

    “‘Evil Act’: Hold­en Matthews Charged With Arson of 3 Black Louisiana Church­es” by Olivia Mess­er, Julia Arci­ga, Kel­ly Weill, and Adam Rawns­ley; The Dai­ly Beast; 04/10/2019

    “A Face­book page that appeared to belong to Matthews showed he was active in pagan and black met­al pages, and that he com­ment­ed on two memes about far-right for­mer neo-Nazi met­al musi­cian Varg Vikernes, who served 15 years in prison for killing a fel­low met­al musi­cian and burn­ing church­es in Nor­way. The com­ments revealed lit­tle oth­er than that they indi­cat­ed his famil­iar­i­ty with the fig­ure.”

    So Matthews has social media posts that make it clear he has a strong inter­est in black met­al and pagan­ism. And while there did­n’t appear to be posts where he expressed racist atti­tudes, he did com­ment on some posts about who served 15 years in prison for killing a fel­low met­al musi­cian and burn­ing church­es in Nor­way. And Matthews did make a ‘white pow­er’ joke, but oth­er than that his social media pro­file does­n’t appear to be filled with neo-Nazi con­tent which, of course, does­n’t mean he was­n’t a neo-Nazi but indi­cates he was­n’t open about it if he was:

    ...
    The pagan cir­cles Matthews and Vikernes fre­quent­ed can be pop­u­lar with neo-Nazis. Matthews fre­quent­ly post­ed about pagan beliefs, and recent­ly uploaded a pic­ture of a gun and a knife with the cap­tion “I car­ry this..... maybe not legal­ly but I only tru­ly fol­low the law of Odin..... which says as you said, arm your­self...... Odins advice> mod­ern law.” Odin is a pagan Norse god.

    One of the pagan pages Matthews was active on specif­i­cal­ly for­bade racism and “nazi stuff.” Matthews also appeared aware of the reli­gion’s white suprema­cist asso­ci­a­tions. In one post, a group mem­ber not­ed that a draw­ing of a pagan fig­ure had a swasti­ka-like design on his belt. “well yea the belt gives him extra strength and pow­er..... white pow­er lmao jk jk I had to,” Matthews wrote.
    ...

    And now here’s a piece in The Advo­cate that includes a num­ber of screen­shots of Math­ews’s social media posts, includ­ing the com­ments about the Varg Vikernes meme. It’s worth not­ing that Matthews appears to be defend­ing a movie about the Nor­we­gian black met­al scene, Lords of Chaos, in his com­ments to the meme about Viker­nes’s depic­tion in the movie. Vikernes slammed the movie as “made up” and com­plained about being por­trayed by a Jew­ish actor. Matthews com­ments appear to defend the movie. The arti­cle also notes that Matthews post­ed in recent months about being vis­it­ed by Hel, the Norse mythol­o­gy god­dess of death, after Matthews per­formed an unspec­i­fied “sac­ri­fice.” And that points towards per­haps some sort of reli­gious zealotry and men­tal ill­ness play­ing a role in these arson attacks. So while it’s quite intrigu­ing that Matthews has social media com­ments about a memes about a neo-Nazi black met­al musi­cian who burned down church­es in Nor­way, it’s still unclear to what extent Matthews’s actions were dri­ven by neo-Nazi beliefs vs reli­gious hatred:

    The Advo­cate

    Before church fires arrest, Hold­en Matthews post­ed on Face­book about sac­ri­fice, vis­it from god­dess

    Advo­cate staff report Apr 11, 2019 — 2:11 pm

    In the months lead­ing up to a trio of fires that destroyed three St. Landry church­es, the sus­pect­ed arson­ist shared on social media about his inter­est in “black metal,“a Nor­we­gian music genre con­nect­ed to mul­ti­ple church burn­ings and anti-Chris­t­ian val­ues.

    Those posts caught the eyes of law enforce­ment, as Louisiana State Fire Mar­shal Butch Brown­ing said in a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day that they were inves­ti­gat­ing the ties between the sus­pec­t’s fer­vor for “black met­al” and the fires he’s accused of set­ting.

    Hold­en Matthews, 21, of Opelousas, was arrest­ed Wednes­day on three counts of sim­ple arson of a reli­gious build­ing. Inves­ti­ga­tors said he set overnight fires that destroyed three Bap­tist church­es with­in 10 days. Offi­cials said they’re still inves­ti­gat­ing if there was a “hate motive” in the arsons.

    His social media pages, how­ev­er, indi­cate his fan­dom for the music genre that law enforce­ment is inves­ti­gat­ing.

    In one post, Matthews shared that he was vis­it­ed by Hel, the Norse mythol­o­gy god­dess of death, after Matthews per­formed an unspec­i­fied “sac­ri­fice.”

    In anoth­er post, he wrote that he carved a Thor’s ham­mer pen­dant from a bone after anoth­er Face­book user asked for advice on where to buy one. Thor’s ham­mer is a Norse sym­bol con­nect­ed to the god of thun­der. The ham­mer also has mod­ern day con­nec­tions to fol­low­ers of neo-Norse reli­gions, such as Asatru.

    “Although its tra­di­tion­al ori­gins are non-racist, and although most Asatruers today are not racist, the Thor’s Ham­mer sym­bol has been appro­pri­at­ed by neo-Nazis and oth­er white suprema­cists, espe­cial­ly those who prac­tice racist or white suprema­cist ver­sions of neo-Norse beliefs under the guise of Odin­ism or Wotanism,” accord­ing to the Anti-Defama­tion League.

    Matthews also showed his devo­tion to the Norse god Odin through his likes on Face­book and his activism in a Face­book group called “fol­low­ers of the old ways.” He liked mul­ti­ple posts about the god of war, includ­ing a prayer to Odin that said, “you who choos­es the slain, look on my deeds.”

    Here are screen­shots from his recent social media posts and com­ments.

    [see screen shots 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10]

    ...

    ———

    “Before church fires arrest, Hold­en Matthews post­ed on Face­book about sac­ri­fice, vis­it from god­dess” by Advo­cate staff; The Advo­cate; 04/11/2019

    “In one post, Matthews shared that he was vis­it­ed by Hel, the Norse mythol­o­gy god­dess of death, after Matthews per­formed an unspec­i­fied “sac­ri­fice.””

    So the guy was def­i­nite­ly into mak­ing “sac­ri­fices” to Norse gods and if he had neo-Nazi racist beliefs he was­n’t real­ly reveal­ing that on social media. And yet it’s hard to come up with a more racist act than the burn­ing of three black church­es in an area over a short peri­od of time. That’s clas­sic racist domes­tic ter­ror­ism. Is it pos­si­ble the church burn­ings were dri­ven by some­thing oth­er than racism? Well, that seems unlike­ly giv­en the cir­cum­stances, but it’s worth not­ing that Matthews’s social media posts days before his arrest show Matthews had a deep hatred of specif­i­cal­ly Bap­tists. The three black church­es he burned down were all Bap­tist church­es. Accord­ing to Matthews’s post, he can­not “stand all these bap­tists around here, bunch of brain­washed peo­ple try­ing to find hap­pi­ness in a reli­gion that was forced on their ances­tors just as it was on mine,” and wished that “more blacks [sic] peo­ple would look into ancient beliefs of pre Chris­t­ian Africa.” So while it’s hard to ignore the overt racist nature of the burn­ing of three specif­i­cal­ly black church­es, it would appear that an intense anti-Chris­t­ian (and specif­i­cal­ly anti-Bap­tist) sen­ti­ment could have been at least part of what drove Matthews’s actions:

    CNN

    Louisiana arson sus­pect expressed dis­gust with Bap­tist church­es on Face­book

    By Paul P. Mur­phy and Sami­ra Said, CNN
    Updat­ed 8:16 PM ET, Fri April 12, 2019

    (CNN)Four days before his arrest in con­nec­tion with the three Louisiana Bap­tist church fires, Hold­en Matthews expressed dis­gust with Bap­tist beliefs on Face­book, CNN has learned.

    Respond­ing to a post about “afrikan spir­i­tu­al­i­ty,” Matthews, post­ing under the name Noc­tis Matthews, said he can­not “stand all these bap­tists around here, bunch of brain­washed peo­ple try­ing to find hap­pi­ness in a reli­gion that was forced on their ances­tors just as it was on mine.”

    In the post­ing, Matthews said he wished that, “more blacks [sic] peo­ple would look into ancient beliefs of pre Chris­t­ian Africa.”

    An acquain­tance, Nygyl Bryyn, con­firmed to CNN the pro­file and alias is that of Hold­en Matthews. He says his friend is not racist and believes the church­es were, “vic­tims of cir­cum­stances.”

    All three church­es author­i­ties say Matthews burned down were black Bap­tist church­es in the heart of south cen­tral Louisiana’s Cajun and Cre­ole coun­try.

    The sus­pect is the 21-year-old son of a St. Landry Parish sher­if­f’s deputy and may have been influ­enced by “black met­al” music and its “asso­ci­at­ed his­to­ry with church burn­ings,” the state fire mar­shal’s office said.

    CNN reached out to Matthews’ lawyer and the pros­e­cu­tor’s office but have not yet received a response. When CNN asked author­i­ties if they were aware of the post­ing, they said because the inves­ti­ga­tion was ongo­ing they would not detail any par­tic­u­lar leads they are fol­low­ing.

    While the motive is still under inves­ti­ga­tion, author­i­ties said that Matthews’ inter­est in black met­al music may have influ­enced his behav­ior.

    Black met­al is a sub­genre of heavy met­al music that typ­i­cal­ly takes on anti-Chris­t­ian, satan­ic and pagan themes.

    The black met­al songs typ­i­cal­ly have a fast tem­po and fea­ture shriek­ing vocals, heav­i­ly dis­tort­ed gui­tars and uncon­ven­tion­al song struc­tures.

    A song from the sus­pec­t’s band, Pagan Car­nage, ref­er­enced church burn­ings.

    The day after police say Matthews burned down St. Mary Bap­tist Church in Port Barre, a video was post­ed on his band’s YouTube page of his song, “Dia­bol­i­cal Soul Feast.”

    “The holy church is now destroyed,” Matthews screams in the final lyrics of the song. “Burn­ing down in Odin’s name.”

    Bryyn says that Matthews writes and per­forms the song.

    ...

    Greater Union was among three his­tor­i­cal­ly black church­es in rur­al St. Landry Parish, west of Baton Rouge, that police said were inten­tion­al­ly torched over a 10-day span.

    St. Mary Bap­tist Church in Port Barre, locat­ed about six miles south­east of Greater Union, burned first on March 26. Greater Union Bap­tist was set ablaze on April 2. Mount Pleas­ant Bap­tist Church burned on April 4.

    ———-

    “Louisiana arson sus­pect expressed dis­gust with Bap­tist church­es on Face­book” by Paul P. Mur­phy and Sami­ra Said; CNN; 04/12/2019

    “Respond­ing to a post about “afrikan spir­i­tu­al­i­ty,” Matthews, post­ing under the name Noc­tis Matthews, said he can­not “stand all these bap­tists around here, bunch of brain­washed peo­ple try­ing to find hap­pi­ness in a reli­gion that was forced on their ances­tors just as it was on mine.”

    Were Matthews’s actions dri­ven by a desire to encour­age black Amer­i­cans to return to pre-Chris­t­ian reli­gions out a belief that Chris­tian­i­ty had been imposed on them just as it was imposed on Matthews’s ances­tors? Not dri­ven by racism but instead dri­ven by a sense of lib­er­at­ing the black Bap­tists from the Chris­tian­i­ty that had been imposed on them. If so, Matthews may have dis­cov­ered the sec­ond worst rea­son to burn down church­es. Neo-Nazi beliefs are obvi­ous­ly worse, but this would still be pret­ty awful:

    ...
    In the post­ing, Matthews said he wished that, “more blacks [sic] peo­ple would look into ancient beliefs of pre Chris­t­ian Africa.”

    An acquain­tance, Nygyl Bryyn, con­firmed to CNN the pro­file and alias is that of Hold­en Matthews. He says his friend is not racist and believes the church­es were, “vic­tims of cir­cum­stances.”

    All three church­es author­i­ties say Matthews burned down were black Bap­tist church­es in the heart of south cen­tral Louisiana’s Cajun and Cre­ole coun­try.
    ...

    And note that Matthews him­self wrote and per­forms a song about burn­ing down church­es in Odin’s name. And the videos of one of those songs was post­ed a day after one of the church burn­ings:

    ...
    The black met­al songs typ­i­cal­ly have a fast tem­po and fea­ture shriek­ing vocals, heav­i­ly dis­tort­ed gui­tars and uncon­ven­tion­al song struc­tures.

    A song from the sus­pec­t’s band, Pagan Car­nage, ref­er­enced church burn­ings.

    The day after police say Matthews burned down St. Mary Bap­tist Church in Port Barre, a video was post­ed on his band’s YouTube page of his song, “Dia­bol­i­cal Soul Feast.”

    “The holy church is now destroyed,” Matthews screams in the final lyrics of the song. “Burn­ing down in Odin’s name.”

    Bryyn says that Matthews writes and per­forms the song.
    ...

    So it almost has the feel of Matthews real­ly was engag­ing in some sort of sac­ri­fi­cial act when he burned these church­es down. If they had­n’t all been black church­es it would be eas­i­er to attribute the moti­va­tion pri­mar­i­ly to anti-Chris­t­ian Odin­ist zealotry. We’re left with this remark­able set of facts where Matthews does­n’t over­ly seem like he was dri­ven by neo-Nazi beliefs even when you fac­tor in the whole black met­al Odin­ist part of his back­ground and instead he may have been pri­mar­i­ly dri­ven by his overt intense anti-Chris­t­ian beliefs. But there’s no get­ting around the fact that he did­n’t just burn down three church­es after express­ing anti-Chris­t­ian sen­ti­ments. He burned down three black church­es. So if he was­n’t try­ing to send a racist mes­sage and ter­ror­ize the local black com­mu­ni­ty and was instead try­ing to send a gener­ic anti-Chris­t­ian mes­sage that was an incred­i­ble over­sight on his part.

    And now we’re learn­ing that pros­e­cu­tors are adding hate crime charges. Although it’s unclear if the charges are for a hate crime over race or a hate crime over reli­gion:

    Asso­ci­at­ed Press

    Sus­pect in Louisiana church fires charged with hate crimes

    By MELINDA DESLATTE
    04/15/2019

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man sus­pect­ed in the burn­ings of three African Amer­i­can church­es in Louisiana will remain in jail, denied bond Mon­day by a judge, as state pros­e­cu­tors added new charges declar­ing the arsons a hate crime.

    Twen­ty-one-year-old Hold­en Matthews, the son of a sheriff’s deputy, entered his not guilty plea via video con­fer­ence from the St. Landry Parish jail. The judge set a Sep­tem­ber tri­al date.

    In deny­ing bail, state Dis­trict Judge James Doher­ty sided with law enforce­ment offi­cials who said they wor­ried Matthews would try to flee the area or set more fires.

    “We felt that he was an imme­di­ate risk to pub­lic safe­ty,” said Louisiana Fire Mar­shal Butch Brown­ing. “In my mind, I felt anoth­er fire was immi­nent.”

    Tes­ti­fy­ing in court, Brown­ing out­lined a litany of evi­dence, includ­ing some new details of the inves­ti­ga­tion, that he said tied Matthews to the torch­ing of the three black church­es over 10 days.

    The fire mar­shal described cell­phone records plac­ing Matthews at the fire loca­tions, and he said images on the phone showed all three church­es burn­ing before law enforce­ment arrived and showed Matthews “claim­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty” for the fires.

    Matthews, who had no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record, was arrest­ed Wednes­day on three charges of arson of a reli­gious build­ing. Pros­e­cu­tors filed doc­u­ments Mon­day adding three more charges, accus­ing Matthews of vio­lat­ing Louisiana’s hate crime law, a link author­i­ties had pre­vi­ous­ly stopped short of mak­ing.

    Brown­ing said fed­er­al offi­cials also are con­sid­er­ing fil­ing addi­tion­al fed­er­al hate crime and arson charges against Matthews.

    Matthews, shack­led and wear­ing an orange prison jump­suit, nev­er spoke to the court dur­ing the hear­ing, let­ting his court-appoint­ed lawyer enter the not guilty plea for him. His par­ents watched their son’s appear­ance on video con­fer­ence from the court­room, his dad repeat­ed­ly wring­ing his hands and, at one point, leav­ing the room in tears.

    The fires, all start­ed with gaso­line, occurred in and around Opelousas, about 60 miles west of Louisiana’s cap­i­tal city of Baton Rouge.

    Matthews’ arrest came a lit­tle more than two weeks after the first blaze at the St. Mary Bap­tist Church on March 26 in Port Barre, a town just out­side of Opelousas. Days lat­er, the Greater Union Bap­tist Church and Mount Pleas­ant Bap­tist Church in Opelousas were burned. Each was more than 100 years old.

    The church­es were emp­ty at the time, and no one was injured. But at one loca­tion, two occu­pants of a near­by home had to evac­u­ate when the sid­ing on the home start­ed to catch fire from the church.

    The fires set the com­mu­ni­ty on edge. Gov. John Bel Edwards said the church burn­ings were a reminder “of a very dark past of intim­i­da­tion and fear.”

    ...

    Pros­e­cu­tors, through Browning’s tes­ti­mo­ny, gave more insight into the evi­dence that law enforce­ment used to build their case against Matthews.

    The fire mar­shal said a receipt shows Matthews bought a gas can and a pack­age of oil rags sim­i­lar to those found at the site of the fires. A lighter and the pack­age of oil rags, miss­ing some of its con­tents, were found in Matthews’ truck, Brown­ing said. He said Matthews doc­u­ment­ed the fire on his cell­phone, while video sur­veil­lance in the area around the church­es showed a truck sim­i­lar to the one Matthews dri­ves. Matthews had copies of news reports about the fires on his phone as well, Brown­ing said.

    “He actu­al­ly super­im­posed him­self on those news reports, claim­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for these fires,” Brown­ing said.

    In addi­tion, Brown­ing said video on Matthews’ phone showed a con­ver­sa­tion with a friend before the fires in which he talked about burn­ing church­es and using gaso­line to do it. The fire mar­shal said Matthews post­ed on Face­book about and showed inter­est in a movie called “Lords of Chaos,” which Brown­ing said is a recent Nor­we­gian film that involved church burn­ings.

    Matthews had shown inter­est in “black met­al,” an extreme sub­genre of heavy met­al, Brown­ing said. The music has been linked, in some instances, to fires at Chris­t­ian church­es in Nor­way in the 1990s.

    “The evi­dence we have was unequiv­o­cal,” Brown­ing said. Lat­er he added: “He has clear­ly demon­strat­ed the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a patho­log­i­cal fire set­ter.”

    ———-

    “Sus­pect in Louisiana church fires charged with hate crimes” by MELINDA DESLATTE;

    ; 04/15/2019

    “Matthews, who had no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record, was arrest­ed Wednes­day on three charges of arson of a reli­gious build­ing. Pros­e­cu­tors filed doc­u­ments Mon­day adding three more charges, accus­ing Matthews of vio­lat­ing Louisiana’s hate crime law, a link author­i­ties had pre­vi­ous­ly stopped short of mak­ing.

    So we’ll see what exact­ly the nature is of those hate crime charges. It was either race-based hatred, reli­gion-based hatred, or both. But there was clear­ly some hatred involved. All in all, the ambi­gu­i­ty around this case is a reminder that if you burn down a bunch of black church­es in trib­ute to your Odin­ist beliefs it’s going to be real­ly hard to con­vince peo­ple you aren’t a neo-Nazi if you are indeed not an actu­al neo-Nazi but are instead just an insane Odin­ist big­ot. It’s one of those reminders that hope­ful­ly does­n’t apply to too many real world sit­u­a­tions but here we are.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 15, 2019, 12:16 pm
  10. @Pterrafractyl–

    It turns out that the late Adam Par­frey actu­al­ly was involved with the screen­play of the book.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lords_of_Chaos_(film)

    Excerpt: ” . . . . Lords of Chaos is based on the 1998 book of the same name. Orig­i­nal­ly, Japan­ese direc­tor Sion Sono was set to direct a film based on the book, with Jack­son Rath­bone star­ring as Varg Vikernes.[3][4] It would have been Sono’s first Eng­lish-lan­guage film. The screen­play was writ­ten by Hans Fjellestad (who was ear­li­er report­ed to be the film’s direc­tor as well[5]), Ryan Page, Adam Par­frey (the book’s pub­lish­er), and Sono. . . .”

    Posted by Dave Emory | May 9, 2019, 2:54 pm
  11. Pres­i­dent Trump’s order to fly flags at half-staff in response to the mass shoot­er attacks over the week­end expires today, August 8th, 2019. And as the FBI’s for­mer assis­tant direc­tor of coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence, Frank Fig­ili­uzzi, recent point­ed out, August 8th, which can be writ­ten as 8/8, the kind of numero­log­i­cal sym­bol­ism neo-Nazis love. So fol­low­ing the El Paso neo-Nazi attack, Trump choos­es 8/8 as the day to raise the flags back to full staff. What a coin­ci­dence:

    The Inde­pen­dent

    Trump plan to re-raise flags on August 8 will send mes­sage to neo-Nazis, for­mer FBI offi­cial warns

    ‘No one’s think­ing about this, no one’s giv­ing [Trump] the advice,’ says for­mer assis­tant direc­tor of coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence

    Zami­ra Rahim
    08/07/2019 12:34

    A for­mer FBI offi­cial has claimed that Don­ald Trump’s deci­sion to re-raise flags on 8 August is a mis­take, because the date is sig­nif­i­cant to white suprema­cist groups and neo-Nazis.

    Flags in US pub­lic build­ings have been fly­ing at half-mast since the shoot­ings in El Paso and Day­ton last week.

    “We have to under­stand the adver­sary and the threat we’re deal­ing with,” Frank Fig­ili­uzzi said dur­ing an inter­view on MSNBC focused on the prob­lem of white suprema­cy.

    “It’s the lit­tle things and the lan­guage and mes­sag­ing that mat­ters.

    “The pres­i­dent said that we will fly our flags at half-mast on 8 August. That’s 8/8.

    “Now, I’m not going to imply that he did this delib­er­ate­ly but I am using it as an exam­ple of the igno­rance of the adver­sary that’s being demon­strat­ed by the White House.

    “The num­bers 8/8 are very sig­nif­i­cant in neo-Nazi and white suprema­cy move­ments.

    “Why? Because the let­ter H is the eighth let­ter of the alpha­bet and to [neo-Nazis] the num­bers 8/8 togeth­er stand for Heil Hitler.”

    Mr Trump issued a direc­tive on 4 August, order­ing the US flag to be flown at half staff at the White House and pub­lic and mil­i­tary build­ings.

    The direc­tive expires at sun­set on 8 August.

    “No one’s think­ing about this, no one’s giv­ing him the advice,” Mr Fig­ili­uzzi said. “Or he’s reject­ing the advice.”

    The for­mer FBI offi­cial served as the agency’s assis­tant direc­tor of coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence from 2011 to 2012.

    He worked as a spe­cial agent for 25 years, on mat­ters includ­ing ter­ror­ism and for­eign coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence.

    The for­mer official’s com­ments have been mocked by far-right fig­ures includ­ing Ann Coul­ter, who called the crit­i­cism “crazy”.

    “I clear­ly said I’m not say­ing Trump did this delib­er­ate­ly, I’m say­ing he needs advice on how extrem­ists will inter­pret rais­ing the flag on 8/8,” Mr Figli­uzzi said on Twit­ter, in response to the con­tro­ver­sial com­men­ta­tor.

    “He needs advice on putting out the fire he start­ed. Are you part of that solu­tion?”

    The South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­tre (SPLC) and the Anti-Defama­tion League (ADL) have both clas­si­fied 88 as a hate sym­bol used by white suprema­cists.

    “One of the most com­mon white suprema­cist sym­bols, 88 is used through­out the entire white suprema­cist move­ment, not just neo-Nazis,” the ADL’s web­site reads.

    “One can find it as a tat­too or graph­ic sym­bol; as part of the name of a group, pub­li­ca­tion or web­site; or as part of a screen­name or e‑mail address. It is even some­times used as a greet­ing or sign-off.

    “The num­ber is fre­quent­ly com­bined with anoth­er white suprema­cist numer­ic code, 14.”

    The num­bers came to nation­al promi­nence in June 2018 when Milo Yiannopou­los, a far-right online com­men­ta­tor, mocked Talia Lavin, a for­mer New York­er fact check­er, by send­ing her $14.88 on Pay­Pal.

    Extrem­ists use 14 to refer to a white suprema­cist mantra, which is 14 words long, about future gen­er­a­tions.

    ...
    ———–

    “Trump plan to re-raise flags on August 8 will send mes­sage to neo-Nazis, for­mer FBI offi­cial warns” by Zami­ra Rahim; The Inde­pen­dent; 08/07/2019

    ““We have to under­stand the adver­sary and the threat we’re deal­ing with,” Frank Fig­ili­uzzi said dur­ing an inter­view on MSNBC focused on the prob­lem of white suprema­cy.”

    Know thy adver­sary. It’s gen­er­al­ly good advice. Advice that includes an aware­ness of your adver­sary’s sym­bol­ism. The Trump White House of course com­plete­ly acci­den­tal­ly made this mis­take *win­kety wink wink*.

    And note who decid­ed to try and mock Fig­ili­uzzi over his obser­va­tion: Ann Coul­ter:

    ...
    The for­mer official’s com­ments have been mocked by far-right fig­ures includ­ing Ann Coul­ter, who called the crit­i­cism “crazy”.

    “I clear­ly said I’m not say­ing Trump did this delib­er­ate­ly, I’m say­ing he needs advice on how extrem­ists will inter­pret rais­ing the flag on 8/8,” Mr Figli­uzzi said on Twit­ter, in response to the con­tro­ver­sial com­men­ta­tor.
    ...

    So it’s worth recall­ing that Ann had a sim­i­lar response to these kinds of neo-Nazi numero­log­i­cal obser­va­tions back in Jan­u­ary of 2017: On Jan­u­ary 5, 2017, Coul­ter decid­ed to sim­ply tweet out “14!” which no oth­er expla­na­tion. This was wide­ly seen as a ref­er­ence to the “14 Words”, but Coul­ter coun­tered that it was actu­al­ly just a ref­er­ence to the num­ber of days left in Oba­ma’s pres­i­den­cy (there were actu­al­ly 15 days left, as lots of oth­er GOP­ers were tweet­ing at the time). And guess who was in the group of peo­ple who made the ‘mis­take’ of assum­ing Coul­ter was try­ing to squeeze in a neo-Nazo shout out: oth­er neo-Nazis, who glee­ful­ly respond­ed with “88!”:

    The Huff­in­g­ton Post

    Ann Coul­ter Clar­i­fies ‘14!’ Tweet Was Ref­er­ence To Obama’s Pres­i­den­cy End­ing
    Some white suprema­cists ini­tial­ly thought she was refer­ring to one of their slo­gans.

    By Jen­na Amat­ul­li
    01/05/2017 01:53 pm ET Updat­ed Jan 05, 2017

    Con­ser­v­a­tive com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter sent out a cryp­tic tweet Thurs­day morn­ing that some white suprema­cists read as a ref­er­ence to one of their most well-known slo­gans.

    14!
    — Ann Coul­ter (@AnnCoulter) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    Coul­ter lat­er insist­ed that the “14” was sole­ly in ref­er­ence to the days left in Barack Obama’s pres­i­den­cy, as some on Twit­ter had ini­tial­ly guessed.

    Inas­much as today is Day 14 on the Oba­ma Count­down Clock, I tweet­ed “14.” pic.twitter.com/ArR3JMApGV
    — Ann Coul­ter (@AnnCoulter) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    To sh*t‑for-brains, des­per­ate hys­ter­ics: If you put your head on the desk & think real­ly, real­ly, real­ly hard, I bet you can fig­ure it out. pic.twitter.com/8ypJfWHlWz
    — Ann Coul­ter (@AnnCoulter) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    But that’s is in 15 days. Not 14. Even the GOP agrees.

    In 15 days, let’s turn the page... pic.twitter.com/DdeIGPT3KP
    — GOP (@GOP) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    15 days.
    — Lau­ra Ingra­ham (@IngrahamAngle) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    Unfor­tu­nate­ly, 14 hap­pens to be a pop­u­lar ref­er­ence for white suprema­cists.

    Dog whis­tle: heard pic.twitter.com/yKmfKJxLIr
    — Park­er Mol­loy (@ParkerMolloy) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    That’s because the most pop­u­lar slo­gan for white suprema­cists hap­pens to be 14 words: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.” The phrase is wide­ly referred to as “14 Words” or “Four­teen Words” or just “14.” It was coined by David Lane, a mem­ber of the white suprema­cist ter­ror­ist group known as The Order.

    ...

    Coulter’s “14!” was over­whelm­ing­ly answered with “88,” a ref­er­ence to anoth­er one of Lane’s white suprema­cist terms. It stems from his “88 Pre­cepts,” a list of state­ments on what he calls “nat­ur­al law.”

    Accord­ing to the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter, 88 is often used among neo-Nazis, because H is the eighth let­ter of the alpha­bet and 88 stands for “Heil Hitler.”

    @AnnCoulter 88.
    — Glob­al­ist Tears ?? (@PreppyAltRight) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    @AnnCoulter 88.
    — EmoryM ??? (@EmoryMyers) Jan­u­ary 5, 2017

    Well, regard­less of whether it’s 14 or 15 days until Obama’s out of office, Ann Coul­ter sure knows how to rile peo­ple up ? even if it’s unin­ten­tion­al.

    ———-

    “Ann Coul­ter Clar­i­fies ‘14!’ Tweet Was Ref­er­ence To Obama’s Pres­i­den­cy End­ing” by Jen­na Amat­ul­li; The Huff­in­g­ton Post; 01/05/2017

    Coulter’s “14!” was over­whelm­ing­ly answered with “88,” a ref­er­ence to anoth­er one of Lane’s white suprema­cist terms. It stems from his “88 Pre­cepts,” a list of state­ments on what he calls “nat­ur­al law.””

    A “14!” shoutout and “88!” shout backs. Along with oth­er gen­er­al­ly sup­port­ive tweets from from Twit­ter users like “Prep­pyAl­tRight”. You can still see the many ‘Alt Right’ respons­es to her orig­i­nal tweet, although many respons­es have been delet­ed.

    That’s all part of the con­text of the White House­’s curi­ous tim­ing to bring flags back to full staff.

    Oh, and let’s not for­get that 8/8/2019 hap­pens to be the 50th anniver­sary of the mur­der of Sharon Tate by the Man­son fam­i­ly. Mur­ders intend­ed to set off “Hel­ter Skel­ter” and Man­son’s envi­sioned race war. So while 8/8 on any year is going to be spe­cial day to neo-Nazis, 8/8/2019 is an extra spe­cial neo-Nazis anniver­sary. Made all the more extra spe­cial thanks to the White House­’s ‘mis­take’. *win­kety wink wink wink*

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 8, 2019, 2:16 pm
  12. Posted by Dave Emory | August 8, 2019, 3:08 pm

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