From 2003 to 2006, Ian Jobling worked for prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor in Taylor’s home office in Oakton, Va. Jobling was an unlikely racist; his parents were liberal academics and Jobling had attended the best schools in Louisville, Ky. He was pursuing a Ph.D. at State University of New York, Buffalo, in the late 1990s, when he was first attracted to racial theories about IQ. While working for Taylor, Jobling turned Taylor’s website, amren.com, into a powerhouse of white nationalism, in particular by creating a popular daily news roundup that brought thousands of viewers to the site. Jobling also served as an editor and a writer for Taylor’s race and IQ journal, American Renaissance. Jobling’s concerns about Taylor’s politics came to a head in 2006, when several prominent neo-Nazis attended one of Taylor’s biannual conferences. Jewish white nationalists who were there objected to the anti-Semites also attending the event and a full-throttle debate over anti-Semitism in the white nationalist scene erupted. Jobling, who had never countenanced anti-Semitism, pushed for the expulsion of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers from Taylor’s conferences, helping draft an open letter to Taylor to that effect. His views became problematic for Taylor, who, while not personally anti-Semitic, was willing to accept anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers in an attempt to build a larger movement. Troubling as the anti-Semites were, Jobling came to see even more danger from white nationalist ideology, eventually concluding that it had more in common with Hitler’s genocidal views than what had seemed like a mild-mannered, scientific discussion about race and IQ.
The New York Times, which many years ago (when I came to America as a young man) was known as the Grey Lady of political and cultural conservatism, has more recently become an icon of progressive virtues. Its coverage of events dealing with homosexuality is extensive, possibly compulsive. One may expect, sometime between Labor Day and November 6, an issue of the newspaper with two equally large headlines on page one - “Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities” and “American Samoa legalizes same-sex marriage”. (The exact date of this issue may depend on when the Mossad concludes that the election will be won by Obama, whose concern for Israel (or so the Mossad thinks) may equal his concern for the fate of Hosni Mubarak.)
On July 7, 2012, the Times contained two stories with homosexual relevance. The longer story, the lead in the section on national affairs, concerned a rift in Exodus International, a network of Evangelically inspired ministries with the aim of “curing” individuals with homosexual proclivities. Founded in 1976, the mission statement of the organization describes it as “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality”. The statement goes on to affirming the Bible, both Old and New Testament, as the “final authority for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction for right living”. The method to accomplish the desired “correction” - from a homosexual to a heterosexual way of life—is to be “reparative therapy—a holistic, counseling approach”. I have not explored the details of this procedure, but I gather that it is a very directive psychotherapy coupled with intense spiritual practices. There have been a number of studies about the outcome. The results vary considerably. “Success”, as measured by a real change of sexual orientation, varies between 15% and 29%, not exactly a staggering result (though a more moderate form of “success”, with also less than impressive percentages, is defined as a new lifestyle of celibacy).
For anyone moderately familiar with Ron Paul’s record, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a litany of racists, anti-Semites, conspiracy-theorists, and militia members back his presidential campaign. Paul, after all, has spent decades cultivating the support of the far-right, not least by publishing for years a newsletter steeped in bigotry. (Read my 2008 article “Angry White Man,” for ample evidence.) Much more disconcerting is the fact that so many prominent liberals have been eagerly lining up behind Paul’s candidacy. Unfortunately, this isn’t an aberration, but a telling indication of the skewed political priorities of many on the left.
The consumer advocate and sometime presidential candidate Ralph Nader was one of the first prominent liberals to offer Paul support, telling The American Conservative in September that there exists a “foundational convergence” between progressives and libertarians like Paul. “Ron Paul has always been anti-corporate, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-big banks, anti-bailouts,” Nader said. He has since been joined by others on the left, including the editor and publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel. “I have big problems w/Ron Paul on many issues. But on ending preemptive wars & on challenging bipartisan elite consensus on FP, good he’s in,” she tweeted on December 30.
But it’s not just prominent progressive writers who are neglecting to grapple with Paul’s record and ideas. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted in Iowa a week after the media drew renewed attention to his bigoted newsletters found that Paul’s favorability rating among Democrats increased from an already surprisingly high 59 percent to 70 percent. The same poll found that Paul enjoyed a remarkable 68 percent favorable rating from voters who identify as “very liberal.” Indeed, among all Iowans, it was the “very liberal” voters with whom Paul was most popular. Not bad for a man who wants to eliminate Medicare and Social Security, opposes the 1964 Civil Rights Act, has warned of “a coming race war,” and believes that legalized abortion is unconstitutional.
They exist in the margins of the Pacific Northwest.
Some are white supremacists. Some are anti-Semites. Some are anti-government. Many are all of the above.
Sometimes their margins are literal, as they live in small towns near the vast forests that dominate this region. Almost always their margins are social, as many are unemployed, or underemployed, and live alone.
Every now and then, one breaks from the margins and creates a public spectacle.
The latest incident occurred last week as a house in Washougal, Wash., burned to the ground while someone inside shot at firefighters to keep them away. The homeowner has been identified as a self-proclaimed white separatist.
It was one of numerous incidents this year in which extremists of various kinds made news in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
The crimes involved a white supremacist couple charged in a three-state killing spree; an attempted bombing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane; and a former militia member who opened fire on deputies in Montana and vanished into a forest.
To be sure, the perpetrators are by no means representative of the broader, law-abiding population in the Pacific Northwest. But they are part of a trend that has seen extremist activity on the rise nationally. The region has also been the base for some of the highest-profile ones, including the Aryan Nations and the Militia of Montana.
Travis McAdam of the Montana Human Rights Network said the reasons for the trend include the election of a black president, growing distrust with the federal government, the downturn in the economy and the continued growth of minority groups in the population.
“All of this has created a perfect storm of anger, fear, and resentment that white supremacists are trying to tap into and capitalize upon,” McAdam said.
Travis McAdam, executive director of the Montana Human Rights Network, said the Flathead Valley’s white supremacist and anti-government movements have been reinvigorated by drawing nationally recognized members who actively recruit others to the region.
“The Flathead is one of the places where we have seen a real increase in activity over the past couple of years, and one of the reasons is that you have quite a few people with status and profile in the national movements,” he said.
McAdam was the recent recipient of a letter written by local white supremacist Karl Gharst, who says he intends to convene a citizens’ grand jury in Kalispell to indict members of the Montana Human Rights Network, which he characterized as “a Jewish criminal organization” and an “enemy of the state of Montana.”
“It can be proven that this organization, often using the acronym ‘MHRN,’ is a Jewish Defamation Organization and operates within the Jewish terrorist networks,” Gharst wrote.
McAdam said he was initially dismissive of Gharst’s letter, but notified state and federal law enforcement after considering the man’s reputation.
“The claims are so ridiculous they would be funny if we weren’t dealing with someone like Karl Gharst,” McAdam said.
Gharst has identified himself with a group called Kalispell Pioneer Little Europe, which is dedicated to encouraging white nationalists to move to the Flathead because of its high concentration of Caucasians. Members of the group post job openings and housing information on the white nationalist website, stormfront.org, in hopes of enticing others to the valley.
One of the most prominent members of the movement is Kalispell resident April Gaede, who uses her blogs and other Internet forums to promote “the immigration of racially conscious whites who want to leave multicultural areas (known as white flight) into NW Montana,” according to one recent post.
Gaede has also recently posted demographic reports showing Kalispell’s high Caucasian population, and a photograph of white bodies sunbathing on a local beach. The caption reads, “This is how white our beaches are, and I am not talking sand.”
…The phrase refers to a kind of “political correctness” on steroids — a covert assault on the American way of life that allegedly has been developed by the left over the course of the last 70 years. Those who are pushing the “cultural Marxism” scenario aren’t merely poking fun at the PC excesses of the “People’s Republic of Berkeley,” or the couple of American cities whose leaders renamed manholes “person-holes” in a bid to root out sexist thought.
Right-wing ideologues, racists and other extremists have jazzed up political correctness and repackaged it — in its most virulent form, as an anti-Semitic theory that identifies Jews in general and several Jewish intellectuals in particular as nefarious, communistic destroyers. These supposed originators of “cultural Marxism” are seen as conspiratorial plotters intent on making Americans feel guilty and thus subverting their Christian culture.
In a nutshell, the theory posits that a tiny group of Jewish philosophers who fled Germany in the 1930s and set up shop at Columbia University in New York City devised an unorthodox form of “Marxism” that took aim at American society’s culture, rather than its economic system.
The theory holds that these self-interested Jews — the so-called “Frankfurt School” of philosophers — planned to try to convince mainstream Americans that white ethnic pride is bad, that sexual liberation is good, and that supposedly traditional American values — Christianity, “family values,” and so on — are reactionary and bigoted. With their core values thus subverted, the theory goes, Americans would be quick to sign on to the ideas of the far left.
March 19, 2003
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
Rather than offer a cogent argument against a war with Iraq, Justin Raimondo presents the age-old conspiracy scenario of “blame it on Israel” or blame it on the Jews. (“War Is Not in U.S. Interest” Mar. 18)
Raimondo’s argument reflects an age-old predilection to point the finger at Jews for nefarious plotting at world domination, for pursuing their own interests to the detriment of the rest of the world. Indeed, in Raimondo’s twisted view, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Powell and National Security Advisor Rice have no real problem with Iraq. Indeed, these opinion-less leaders are only preparing for war against Iraq because they have been directed by their Israeli or Jewish masters to do so.
As in any democracy, tough questions that challenge the decision to go to war, and the consequences and implications stemming from such conflict, are legitimate. Yet Raimondo’s paper-thin thesis that U.S. foreign policy is dictated by what is best for the State of Israel is nothing more than fodder for conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites.
Abraham H. Foxman
Leaders of the Nation of Islam are in Tampa to mark the 15th anniversary of the Million Man March.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, organizer of that march, is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tampa Convention Center’s east hall, which holds up to 8,000 people.
Farrakhan, 77, known as a fiery orator, has been a polarizing leader, alienating many with statements considered racist toward whites and Jews.
…Nation of Islam leaders have had ties with Scientology recently, but Muhammad would not say if they were meeting with Scientologists in this area.
“We are studying the Dianetics as a technology that can help members of our community,” he said.
No mention of alien spaceships being invited to the party.
This article points out that 5 out of 6 National tea party groups are tied to extremists, something you’ve been reading about at LGF since pre-election. (see past 2007- 2009 posts and comments on Ron Paul, Tea Party, & far right etc. by Charles, KT, me, and many others.)
It’s easy to see these ties when the organizers of many of the tea party meetings and tea party groups are Constitution party theocrats, Council of Conservative Citizens supremacists, John Birch Society paranoid kooks, Bloody Randall Terry types, and other fringers who have been welcomed back into the GOP with open arms when post-Goldwater GOP policy had been to hide them just outside the tent flaps. This particular broadening is due to the GOP’s desperation over the shrinking demographic of voters willing to accept the hard social conservative tripe of the religious right base. Over the short run it could help them in the mid-terms, but over the longer run it will cost them.
The only legitimately non extremist tea party group out there is just the old Texas Bush/Delay/Rove machine rebranded now as “Tea Party Express” and led by Dick Armey.
Also note that this is another Human Rights org that brands Pam Geller as an extremist:
Burghart identified Pamela Geller, part of ResistNet group, as an Islamophobe and Birther. Geller has said there’s no such thing as a “good” Muslim and that Obama may be the illegitimate son of Malcolm X.
“Most of us would say that’s insane, but she has a national platform and gets on television,” Burghart said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, David Barton, a self-described historian promoted by Fox News’ Glenn Beck, has twice spoken to groups affiliated with the racist and anti-Semitic Christian Identity movement. Beck himself has promoted the work and ideas of anti-Semites.
ADL: Barton has twice addressed groups affiliated with Christian Identity movement
ADL: “Barton has delivered his revisionist presentation in the meeting halls of the racist and anti-Semitic extreme right.” In the 1994 book, The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance & Pluralism in America, the Anti-Defamation League wrote that Barton “purveys a slick, cut-and-paste revisionist history of the United States and the Constitution.” ADL further stated that Barton spoke at events hosted by the Christian Identity movement, which “asserts that Jews are ‘the synagogue of Satan’; that Blacks and other people of color are subhuman; and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the ‘chosen people’ of scriptural prophesy.”
ADL: Pete Peters “has compiled a substantial record of anti-Jewish sentiment.” The ADL states that Pete Peters, who convened the July 1991 Christian Identity meeting that Barton attended, has “a substantial record of anti-Jewish sentiment”…
Beck has praised and promoted Barton
Beck: Barton “is one of the most important people in America to save America today.” Barton appeared on the June 25 edition of Beck’s Fox News show, during which Beck said:
BECK: We’re back with David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders. He is a — he is an amazing guy because you can — you know, when I get on and I say, you know, here’s what I think is going on. You can dispute that all you want because that’s my opinion. But when we talk about history and you can produce the documents — and that’s why I really believe David Barton is one of the most important people in America to save America today because he didn’t give you his opinion, but he’ll produce the document to show you the fact. [via Nexis]
Beck himself has promoted the work of racists and anti-Semites
Beck promoted racist anti-Semite Elizabeth Dilling. On the June 4 edition of his radio program, Beck promoted The Red Network by Elizabeth Dilling, which is a book that contains numerous passages espousing anti-Semitism and racism. At various points throughout the book, Dilling attacked “racial inter-mixture” as a communist plot, referred to “un-Christianized” “colored people” as “savages,” called Hinduism and Islam “debasing and degrading,” and blamed Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitism on “revolutionary Russian Jews.” Furthermore, Dilling was a Nazi sympathizer who visited Germany in the late 1930s, attended Nazi party meetings, and praised Adolf Hitler’s leadership. Dilling also spoke at rallies hosted by the leading U.S. Nazi organization, the German-American Bund
Dilling’s history of anti-Semitism includes calling President Eisenhower “Ike the Kike” and labeling President Kennedy’s New Frontier program the “Jew frontier.” British Professors Christopher Partridge and Ron Geaves wrote that Dilling was a “pro-Nazi anti-Semite” who disseminated the anti-Semitic hoax, Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Furthermore, Dilling’s work has been promoted by David Duke and the Women for Aryan Unity group.