National Review’s John O’Sullivan: On the Board of Directors of a White Nationalist Group

Sat on board while VDare provided start-up funding for the extreme white nationalist website, Alternative Right
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Documents obtained from Guidestar reveal that John O’Sullivan — former editor and current staff writer and “editor-at-large” for National Review — is listed on the board of directors for the white nationalist organization Lexington Research Institute Limited (aka The VDare Foundation) most commonly known as VDare.

Form 990s obtained from Guidestar reveal he was on their board from 2009 to 2010 with the overview report indicating him on the board of VDare from the 2006 to 2010 (Fiscal year ending on December 31, 2010).

John O’SullivanOn March 15, 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that white nationalist Richard B. Spencer of Taki’s magazine (see John Derbyshire firing) began a venture with Peter Brimelow, et al, to create a new online white nationalist magazine, Alternative Right.

Form 990 from that same year, 2010, reaveals a $35,000 grant from VDare to Alternative Right located in Whitefish, Montana. The group behind Alternative Right is the National Policy Institute which had their first conference in 2011 entitled, “Towards a New Nationalism.” Alex Knepper of Frum Forum described Richard Spencer “a white nationalist, a bully, and an intellectual coward” in his piece, “Alternative Right’s Ugly Racism”.

With backing from the white nationalist organization VDare in 2010 — at which time NRO’s John O’Sullivan was on the board of directors — Alternative Right has quickly become known for its promotion of racism, white supremacism or nationalism, and race realism, or what many consider “scientific racism.”

With a tone reminiscent of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik’s manifesto, some of their recent topics include:

  • Equality as Evil
  • Negro Fascism
  • White Nationalism 2.0
  • White America’s Last Bender
  • White Nationalism is Not Enough

Most recently, Alternative Right published a now deleted piece by Alternative Right contributing editor Colin Liddell entitled “Is Black Genocide Right?”:

With Europeans and some Asians having much less children, most of the population growth leading to this future crisis is projected to come from Africans. This is the race that history and the present example of South Africa proves is least able to take care of itself; a race that has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization and which even shows little inclination to stay within the bounds of that civilization; a race that also seems to harbor a potent inferiority complex and savage hatred towards the creators of that civilization; and a race that votes to keep the ANC in power, the very party that helps power their increasingly genocidal attitude towards Whites.

[…]

The basic habits, ideas, and practices that help civilization to survive and prosper in other parts of the world seem largely absent among large elements of South Africa’s Black population, and it seems that it is only a matter of time before the country sinks to the level of poverty and savagery endemic in most of the rest of Africa and places like Haiti and Detroit. If this is the case, then, rather than the question of White Genocide, shouldn’t the debate really be focused on whether Black Genocide is something worth considering?

What others have said about Alternative Right:

[The] far-right-wingers at Alternative Right represent the ugly – and yes racist – underbelly of ‘alt’ conservatism. This is white nationalism, folks, dressed up in faux-intellectualism.
Richard Spencer and the ugly white nationalism of the Alternative Right — E.D. Kain, True/Slant

[They’re] going to be white nationalists, but, by God, they’re going to be a little fancy about it.
The ‘New’ Racist Right — Tim Mak, Frum Forum

John O’Sullivan’s role in the creation of Alternative Right is yet unknown, as is his current position with VDare. What is known: according to records obtained from Guidestar, National Review’s John O’Sullivan sat on the board of directors for the white nationalist organization VDare from 2006 to 2010.

During that time, VDare was instrumental in the formation of Alternative Right which included that $35,000 grant. It should be noted that during a previous purge of extremists at National Review, John O’Sullivan was removed as editor. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mr. O’Sullivan “encouraged” the work of white nationalist Peter Brimelow:

In many ways, the evolution of William F. Buckley, which is covered extensively in White Protestant Nation, parallels the conservative movement’s shift away from extremism in the past few decades. In the 1950s, Buckley’s National Review supported segregation and notions of black inferiority. Over time, racist and other anti-pluralist ideas were ditched. In 1997, National Review even took a stand against anti-immigrant extremism, cashiering out Peter Brimelow, who wrote the virulently anti-immigrant book, Alien Nation (Brimelow, who still writes for The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, would shortly thereafter set up his own anti-immigrant hate site, vdare.com), and John O’Sullivan, the editor who encouraged Brimelow’s work.

Also of note from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

From Courting Conservatives
By Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director

Brimelow helped Tanton widen his own circle, introducing him to John O’Sullivan, the editor of the National Review in the 1990s, while Brimelow was still a contributor there. Since then, Tanton has written and visited with O’Sullivan frequently. On Sept. 10, 1999, he thanked O’Sullivan for writing about “infamous immigrants,” in particular Charles Ponzi, the Italian immigrant who created the notorious “Ponzi scheme” pyramid swindle. Earlier, Tanton had suggested that O’Sullivan offer National Review readers copies of The Camp of the Saints, a racist French nativist novel republished by Tanton in 1995.

O’Sullivan, who is now the executive editor of Radio Free Europe, did not respond to requests for comment. Neither did Tanton or Brimelow.

Brimelow also introduced Tanton to white nationalist Pat Buchanan, a political commentator for MSNBC and three-time presidential candidate. Tanton sent Buchanan a political contribution and later, on Feb. 2, 1997, visited him at his home. The two went on to become friends, with Buchanan, who also declined comment, contributing essays to Tanton’s racist journal, The Social Contract.

Form 990 Indicating John O’Sullivan as director of VDare in 2010

Form 990 Indicating $35,000 grant from VDare to Alternative Right

VDare at the Splcenter:

Founded: 1999
Location: Washington, Conn.
Profiled Leadership:
Peter Brimelow

Ideology: White Nationalist

Originally established in 1999 by the Center for American Unity, a Virginia-based nonprofit foundation started by English immigrant Peter Brimelow, vdare.com is an anti-immigration hate website “dedicated to preserving our historical unity as Americans into the 21st Century.” Now run by the VDARE Foundation, the site is a place where relatively intellectually inclined leaders of the anti-immigrant movement share their opinions. vdare.com also regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites.

In Its Own Words

“America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely.”
Sam Francis, VDARE.com, July 21, 2003

“Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as an elaborate and highly successful group competitive strategy directed against neighboring peoples and host societies. The objective has been control of economic resources and political power. One example: overwhelming Jewish support for non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority.”
Kevin MacDonald, VDARE.com, Nov. 14, 2006

“What race realists find most infuriating about the liberalism of the last half century is not just that it has lost its instinctive appreciation for the culture and people of the West but actively, viciously attacks them. Whites are doing something no other people have ever done in human history. Our rulers and elites welcome replacement by aliens, they vilify our ancestors and their own, they sacrifice our interests to those of favored minorities, and they treat the entire history of the West as if it were a global plague of rapine and exploitation. This is a disease that is killing us, and we must fight it head on.”
Jared Taylor, VDARE.com, July 4, 2008

Alternative Right’s Richard Spencer also interviewed American Third Position Party (A3P) candidate Merlin Miller:

During the 2000s, Miller began to take on an increasingly white nationalist political stance. He also became harshly critical of Hollywood, claiming that it “surreptitiously seeks to destroy our European-American heritage and our Christian-based traditional values, and replace them with values that debase these traditional values and elevate minorities as paragons of virtue and wisdom….Today’s motion pictures, in concert with other forms of mass media entertainment, are the greatest enemies to the well-being of our progeny and the future of our country.” Miller has also accused Hollywood of being under “Jewish-Zionist control”; he cites Kevin B. MacDonald as influencing this view. He has attacked celebrities such as Quentin Tarantino and Madonna, saying that they are “dysfunctional” and “come from traditional Christian or European-American backgrounds but are notorious for spurning those values.” He has cited Mel Gibson and his self-marketed movie The Passion of the Christ as inspirations.

There are several unanswered questions here, such as what influence National Review’s John O’Sullivan had in the $35,000 grant from VDare for the start up of the extremist white nationalist website, Alternative Right. But many facts are clear. John O’Sullivan has had a long standing relationship with Peter Brimelow who despite his re-branding of white nationalism into some kind of “heritage foundation” remains a steadfast white nationalist. Mr. O’Sullivan also encouraged Peter Brimelow’s work at National Review.

Peter Brimelow was eventually fired from his position at National Review by William F. Buckley. Mr. O’Sullivan was also “demoted” by Mr. Buckley at the same time. John O’Sullivan has been in the board of directors seat of VDare for at least 4 years. During that time, VDare was instrumental in starting the white nationalist website Alternative Right who gladly promotes the likes of white nationalist and antisemite, Merlin Miller. Alternative Right is a child of VDare, and John O’Sullivan’s name is on the very document in which this was revealed.

(h/t: Goddard.)

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