Geller Corps Speaks in Europe
YWC: just another youth group in the panoply of the SIOE*/SIOA / crazy Pam Geller/Robert Spencer Muslim hate nexus. In practice “Youth for Western Civilization” translates to “Youth for European descended Christian fundamentalists.” Like the Yobs, Neo Nazis, and soccer hooligans in the English Defense League, and Vlaams Belang’s youth groups, they never met a muslim that they liked.
Last weekend, several hundred right-wing political activists gathered for a rally in the German city of Cologne to protest the “Islamization” of the West and immigration policies that they contend threaten the “Western culture.”
They included representatives of Vlaams Belang, a Belgian organization that changed its name and liberalized some of its positions after it was convicted of racism in 2004 by a Belgian court; the Freedom Party of Austria, a right-wing party formerly led by the late Jörg Haider, who was often denounced for seeming to praise some Nazi policies; and the National Democratic Party of Germany, which is classified by the Bavarian government as a right-wing extremist institution.
Also represented was a small but growing nonprofit U.S. organization called Youth for Western Civilization. The group, which bills itself as “America’s right-wing youth movement,” bannered a photo of the Cologne rally on its website this week, accompanying an account that declared that “we will not falter nor fail in our attempt for the defense of the Western homeland.”
Similar to other Neo Fascist and New Right youth groups they are networked together and support each other. Some of this includes going to summer camps together**, (a different location each year) and participating in things like Ijzerwake and other thinly veiled gatherings of the far right.
Some wonder as to why they must network across the water, but that answer is simple. As haters and followers of extreme right ideology they are a miniscule minority. To achieve an effective critical mass of like-minded individuals whether on the net or at demonstrations they have to gang together between countries.
That’s why fascist groups willing to network between countries are so extreme, and sometimes dangerous. That’s also why groups like YWC are essentially unAmerican at their roots: because blood, soil, and tribe don’t cut it here — that’s a Euro thing.
* SIOA is a listed hate group at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
** The far right youth group leaders are gathering in Croatia this summer.