Again, pardon my forgetfulness.
In this episode, Daniel tells me about the so-called ‘godfather of the alt-right’ and Richard Spencer’s claimed “mentor”, Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, one of the most important and idiosyncratic influences on today’s resurgent US white supremacism.
Episode 18 additions:
Jared Taylor and American Renaissance:
“While always a staunch conservative, Francis’s views radicalized over time. He began describing himself as a “paleoconservative” focused heavily on racial issues and ended up writing for racist publications like the Council of Conservative Citizens’ (CCC) newsletter, Citizens Informer. (The CCC, which had from the late 1980s until the late 1990s dozens of state legislators and other politicians in its ranks, is a white supremacist group that focuses on issues like support for the Confederate battle flag and opposition to non-white immigration, school busing and affirmative action. The group was built using the mailing lists of the White Citizens Councils, organizations formed to fight school desegregation in the South.)
Francis’ definitive break with more mainstream conservatism came with his 1995 firing from The Washington Times. The newspaper acted after conservative author Dinesh D’Souza quoted a Francis speech to a 1994 conference put on by the white supremacist and race science journal, American Renaissance. D’Souza wrote that Francis’ comments embodied the “new spirit of white bigotry.” “
“A schism over anti-Semitism threatens a key ‘white nationalist’ group. The outcome could be critical to the radical right.” https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2006/schism-over-anti-semitism-divides-key-white-nationalist-group-american-renaissance
“HERNDON, Va. — For a gathering of people devoted to denouncing the inferiority of blacks and sounding the alarm about civilization-threatening Muslims, the biannual conferences thrown by the New Century Foundation, publisher of the racist newsletter American Renaissance, are decidedly genteel affairs. Men dress in suits and ties, women in formal business attire, and there are no uniformed skinheads or Klansmen to be seen. Large plasma television screens, Starbucks coffee spreads and fancy linens adorn the hotel meeting hall. Epithets have no place here.
Or at least they didn’t. At the latest edition of the conferences that began in 1994, held this February at the Hyatt Dulles hotel, a nasty spat broke out that upset the gathering’s decorum — and may even shape the future of the radical right.
It began when David Duke, the former Klan leader and author of Jewish Supremacism, strode to a microphone after French author Guillaume Faye wrapped up a talk vilifying Muslims entitled “The Threat to the West.” Duke thanked Faye for remarks that “touched my genes.” But then he went one further.
“There is a power in the world that dominates our media, influences our government and that has led to the internal destruction of our will and spirit,” Duke said, according to an undisputed account in The Forward newspaper.…