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It’s time to fight the alt-right but not by actually fighting in the street – Salon

This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate the rally from its original location around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people.

To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, as Bob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy.

By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening.

As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore.

As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away.

This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said. I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets.

Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time.

When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said.

Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating.

Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis?

One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community.

So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them.

This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public, cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties.

Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. As Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects.

If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them.

Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT To Release ‘To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond’ Compilation Later In August – Metal Forces (blog)

BLACKMORES NIGHT To Release To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond Compilation Later In August August 8th, 2017

English-American Renaissance folk rock group Blackmores Night issue compilation album To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond on August 18th, 2017 through Minstral Hall.

To The Moon And Back includes three new tracks; Ghost Of John which introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the six-year-old daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the conclusion of the song, Blackmores Land Of Hope And Glory (a reworking of British patriotic anthem Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1, written n 1902 by Edward Elgar), and a cover of the Rainbow composition I Surrender with Night providing vocals.

In addition, featured are re-recorded versions of the tracks Moonlight Shadow, Somewhere Over The Sea, Coming Home, and Writing On The Wall.

The track listing is as follows;

CD1

01. Shadow Of The Moon 02. Spirit Of The Sea 03. Renaissance Faire 04. Play Minstrel Play 05. Under A Violet Moon 06. Spanish Nights 07. Fires At Midnight 08. Ghost Of A Rose 09. Cartouche 10. Village Lanterne 11. The Circle 12. 25 Years 13. Dandelion Wine 14. Home Again (live)

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01. I Surrender (bonus track) 02. Moonlight Shadow (2017 version) 03. Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version) 04. Writing On The Wall (2017 version) 05. Coming Home (2017 version) 06. Ghost Of John (bonus track) 07. Minstrel Hall 08. Possum Goes To Prague 09. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus 10. Nur eine Minute 11. Village Dance 12. Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version) 13. Bonus Video

Blackmores Nights current line-up is as follows;

Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy) Candice Night (vocals, bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, among others) Earl Grey (bass and rhythm guitar) Troubadour Of Aberdeen (percussion) Bard David (keyboards and backing vocals) Scarlet Fiddler (violins) Lady Lynn (shawms and backing vocals)

Tenth studio record All Our Yesterdays was released in September 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano

So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house.

So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside.

We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house.

Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp.

As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening.

On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker.

FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker.

This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen.

In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside.

This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive.

We welcome Victorville Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American’s belief that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing achievements.

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Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City.

But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic.

The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense.

The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned.

The Guardians coverageclaims that:

It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference.

Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end.

When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues.

As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit.

This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant.

It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message.

Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt.

The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation.

On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008.

Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report.

Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail.

In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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American Renaissance 2017 a Triumph – counter-currents.com

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Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008.

Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old.

Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.)

Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting.

The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.)

It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups.

I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt.

The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate.

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections.

Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them.

Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate.

The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift.

Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights.

Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House.

Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures.

Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation.

WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested.

The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right.

Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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Analysis: The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – Norwich Bulletin

Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post

The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: The liberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such as President Donald Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leaders in Europe preached an even more xenophobic message.

But in the chaotic months since Trump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda proved something of a muddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics – the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration – that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racks up historically low approval ratings.

And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash. It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wing purges has held onto his post.

“I think Trump was a legitimatizer,” said William Regnery II, a secretive funder of a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.”

Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race to the prospect of fashioning some chunk of America into a whites-only “ethno-state.”

Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylor said, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.”

A similar argument is made by considerably more powerful people in Europe. Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speech in a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event – far-right website Breitbart was an exception, gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.”

This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge of Muslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the EU refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader.

Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of an existential threat facing the West and appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such as democracy and the rule of law.)

The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said.

He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros.

“In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans’ continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orban said. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.”

Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying to challenge the efforts of NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania.

British journalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe in The Washington Post’s Global Opinion section:

“The group is known for its publicity stunts and creepy promotional videos showing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasn’t just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small – around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany – they’ve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. They’ve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK head David Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.”

Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trump during last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, are more coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And although the effect of months of bludgeoning is still hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politicians in Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee – and Washington.

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‘Young white guys are hopping mad’: confidence grows at far-right gathering – The Guardian

Jared Taylor addressed the crowd at the American Renaissance conference. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images

We are soldiers in this war, Jared Taylor told an overwhelmingly male and entirely white audience of around 300 late on Saturday. And we will win.

The founder and editor of American Renaissance, once a print magazine and now the internets premier race-realist site, no longer thinks whites can have America to themselves. But he wants an all-white ethnostate, carved out of US territory.

This weekend, American Renaissance held its annual conference at a venue in Montgomery Bell state park, an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees and speakers clearly felt a growing confidence. They have seen appreciable growth in membership of established and emerging far-right groups. They have also seen the election as president of Donald Trump.

Speakers at the event addressed subjects including Race realism and race denialism and Has the white man turned the corner? One considered The Trump report card so far.

When Taylor spoke, his audience was generationally diverse. Some, well into middle age or beyond, had heard it all before. But when he asked who was attending for the first time, the great majority raised their hands.

Many were millennials. Though all attendees wore conference dress code jacket and tie more than a few younger men sported the fashy haircut, short back and sides with a severe parting, which has become a signature of the so-called alt-right.

Many such young men lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute thinktank who has achieved fame since greeting the election result with a cry of Hail Trump.

Others browsed vendor tables, buying books from Counter-Currents the white nationalist publisher behind Towards the White Republic and In Defense of Prejudice or picking up flyers from Identity Evropa, a group that markets white supremacy to millennials.

Taylor said such men were flooding to his group because they were hopping mad. These young white guys, he told the Guardian, they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.

It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Speaker after speaker addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up. A common theme was the supposed propensity of non-whites to crimes like rape.

Using color-coded maps, graphs and pictures of human brains, some speakers strove to give racism the kind of scientific respectability it has not claimed since the second world war.

Attendees were also told a lot about Trump. Taylor said the billionaire had provided a great deal of excitement when he was elected, but was now viewed with some skepticism.

Questioned by the Guardian, Spencer said Trumps policy on Syria and the healthcare debacle were distractions from the only thing this crowd was interested in: immigration.

I give him a C, he said.

Taylor spoke of war, but acknowledged that he wanted only an ideological battle. Speakers urged the audience not to engage with antifascist protesters gathered outside the venue. One conference attendee nonetheless ended the night, Taylor said, in hospital and under arrest. State police confirmed two arrests on the day.

Organized under the banner Oppose the Hate, about 150 protesters spread out from the sidewalk, up a set of stairs and on to a grassy hill overlooking the venue.

While more militant activists picketed the front door and took photos of attendees, on the hill there were speakers and a picnic. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended. So did anti-gun groups.

The Rev Brian Merritt, pastor at Renaissance Presbyterian church in Chattanooga, gestured towards the conference centre. Whats going on in there is sin, he said. White supremacy is sin. Theyre on the wrong side of justice.

Groups like American Renaissance were attracted to Tennessee and the south by its politeness and hospitality, he said. But he added: Well-mannered Christianity is going away. The church is not going to be told every time it stands up for justice that that is politics. That is bullshit. It is not political to stand up for justice, especially under this racist administration.

Marisa Richmond, from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, said it was important to show up against all forms of bigotry. Its been an annual event for six years, and I think this is the biggest here yet. Theyre feeling empowered.

For a long time, explicitly racial views such those propagated by Taylor were marginalized by the culture at large and by mainstream conservatives. Speaking to the Guardian, Taylor said he himself had thought he was just making a racket. But now, he saw himself as part of a rising movement.

We are in a state-run facility, he said of the venue for his conference, because most hotels would not withstand pressure [from protesters] of this kind.

It was a record crowd, he said. It could have been 150 more.

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The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: Theliberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such asPresident Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leadersin Europe preached an even more xenophobic message.

But in thechaotic months sinceTrump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda provedsomething of amuddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racksup historically low approval ratings.

And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash.It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wingpurges has held onto his post.

“I think Trump was a legitimatizer,”said William Regnery II, a secretive funderof a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.”

Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race tothe prospect of fashioning some chunk of America intoa whites-only “ethno-state.”

Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylorsaid, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.”

A similar argument ismade by considerably more powerful people in Europe.Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speechin a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event far-right website Breitbartwas an exception,gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.”

This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge ofMuslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the E.U. refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader.

Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of anexistential threat facing the Westand appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such asdemocracy and the rule of law.)

The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said.

He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros.

“In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orbansaid. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.”

Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying tochallengethe efforts of NGOs such asDoctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania.

Britishjournalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe inThe Washington Post’s Global Opinion section:

“The group is known for its publicity stunts andcreepy promotional videosshowing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasnt just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany theyve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. Theyve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK headDavid Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.”

Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trumpduring last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, aremore coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And althoughthe effect of months of bludgeoning isstill hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politiciansin Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee and Washington.

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It’s time to fight the alt-right but not by actually fighting in the street – Salon

This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate the rally from its original location around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people. To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, as Bob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy. By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening. As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore. As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away. This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said. I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets. Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time. When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said. Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating. Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis? One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community. So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them. This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public, cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties. Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. As Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects. If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them. Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT To Release ‘To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond’ Compilation Later In August – Metal Forces (blog)

BLACKMORES NIGHT To Release To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond Compilation Later In August August 8th, 2017 English-American Renaissance folk rock group Blackmores Night issue compilation album To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond on August 18th, 2017 through Minstral Hall. To The Moon And Back includes three new tracks; Ghost Of John which introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the six-year-old daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the conclusion of the song, Blackmores Land Of Hope And Glory (a reworking of British patriotic anthem Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1, written n 1902 by Edward Elgar), and a cover of the Rainbow composition I Surrender with Night providing vocals. In addition, featured are re-recorded versions of the tracks Moonlight Shadow, Somewhere Over The Sea, Coming Home, and Writing On The Wall. The track listing is as follows; CD1 01. Shadow Of The Moon 02. Spirit Of The Sea 03. Renaissance Faire 04. Play Minstrel Play 05. Under A Violet Moon 06. Spanish Nights 07. Fires At Midnight 08. Ghost Of A Rose 09. Cartouche 10. Village Lanterne 11. The Circle 12. 25 Years 13. Dandelion Wine 14. Home Again (live) CD2 01. I Surrender (bonus track) 02. Moonlight Shadow (2017 version) 03. Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version) 04. Writing On The Wall (2017 version) 05. Coming Home (2017 version) 06. Ghost Of John (bonus track) 07. Minstrel Hall 08. Possum Goes To Prague 09. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus 10. Nur eine Minute 11. Village Dance 12. Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version) 13. Bonus Video Blackmores Nights current line-up is as follows; Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy) Candice Night (vocals, bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, among others) Earl Grey (bass and rhythm guitar) Troubadour Of Aberdeen (percussion) Bard David (keyboards and backing vocals) Scarlet Fiddler (violins) Lady Lynn (shawms and backing vocals) Tenth studio record All Our Yesterdays was released in September 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house. So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside. We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house. Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp. As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening. On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker. FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker. This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen. In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside. This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive. We welcome Victorville Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American’s belief that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing achievements.

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The 2017 American Renaissance Conference | Counter-Currents …

1,291 words Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City. But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic. The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense. The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned. The Guardians coverageclaims that: It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end. When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues. As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit. This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant. It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message. Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt. The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation. On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008. Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report. Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail. In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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American Renaissance 2017 a Triumph – counter-currents.com

454 words Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008. Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old. Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.) Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting. The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.) It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups. I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt. The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections. Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them. Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate. The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift. Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights. Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House. Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures. Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation. WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested. The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right. Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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Analysis: The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – Norwich Bulletin

Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: The liberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such as President Donald Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leaders in Europe preached an even more xenophobic message. But in the chaotic months since Trump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda proved something of a muddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics – the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration – that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racks up historically low approval ratings. And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash. It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wing purges has held onto his post. “I think Trump was a legitimatizer,” said William Regnery II, a secretive funder of a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.” Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race to the prospect of fashioning some chunk of America into a whites-only “ethno-state.” Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylor said, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.” A similar argument is made by considerably more powerful people in Europe. Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speech in a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event – far-right website Breitbart was an exception, gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.” This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge of Muslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the EU refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader. Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of an existential threat facing the West and appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such as democracy and the rule of law.) The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said. He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros. “In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans’ continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orban said. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.” Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying to challenge the efforts of NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania. British journalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe in The Washington Post’s Global Opinion section: “The group is known for its publicity stunts and creepy promotional videos showing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasn’t just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small – around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany – they’ve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. They’ve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK head David Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.” Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trump during last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, are more coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And although the effect of months of bludgeoning is still hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politicians in Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee – and Washington.

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‘Young white guys are hopping mad’: confidence grows at far-right gathering – The Guardian

Jared Taylor addressed the crowd at the American Renaissance conference. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images We are soldiers in this war, Jared Taylor told an overwhelmingly male and entirely white audience of around 300 late on Saturday. And we will win. The founder and editor of American Renaissance, once a print magazine and now the internets premier race-realist site, no longer thinks whites can have America to themselves. But he wants an all-white ethnostate, carved out of US territory. This weekend, American Renaissance held its annual conference at a venue in Montgomery Bell state park, an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees and speakers clearly felt a growing confidence. They have seen appreciable growth in membership of established and emerging far-right groups. They have also seen the election as president of Donald Trump. Speakers at the event addressed subjects including Race realism and race denialism and Has the white man turned the corner? One considered The Trump report card so far. When Taylor spoke, his audience was generationally diverse. Some, well into middle age or beyond, had heard it all before. But when he asked who was attending for the first time, the great majority raised their hands. Many were millennials. Though all attendees wore conference dress code jacket and tie more than a few younger men sported the fashy haircut, short back and sides with a severe parting, which has become a signature of the so-called alt-right. Many such young men lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute thinktank who has achieved fame since greeting the election result with a cry of Hail Trump. Others browsed vendor tables, buying books from Counter-Currents the white nationalist publisher behind Towards the White Republic and In Defense of Prejudice or picking up flyers from Identity Evropa, a group that markets white supremacy to millennials. Taylor said such men were flooding to his group because they were hopping mad. These young white guys, he told the Guardian, they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand. It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Speaker after speaker addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up. A common theme was the supposed propensity of non-whites to crimes like rape. Using color-coded maps, graphs and pictures of human brains, some speakers strove to give racism the kind of scientific respectability it has not claimed since the second world war. Attendees were also told a lot about Trump. Taylor said the billionaire had provided a great deal of excitement when he was elected, but was now viewed with some skepticism. Questioned by the Guardian, Spencer said Trumps policy on Syria and the healthcare debacle were distractions from the only thing this crowd was interested in: immigration. I give him a C, he said. Taylor spoke of war, but acknowledged that he wanted only an ideological battle. Speakers urged the audience not to engage with antifascist protesters gathered outside the venue. One conference attendee nonetheless ended the night, Taylor said, in hospital and under arrest. State police confirmed two arrests on the day. Organized under the banner Oppose the Hate, about 150 protesters spread out from the sidewalk, up a set of stairs and on to a grassy hill overlooking the venue. While more militant activists picketed the front door and took photos of attendees, on the hill there were speakers and a picnic. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended. So did anti-gun groups. The Rev Brian Merritt, pastor at Renaissance Presbyterian church in Chattanooga, gestured towards the conference centre. Whats going on in there is sin, he said. White supremacy is sin. Theyre on the wrong side of justice. Groups like American Renaissance were attracted to Tennessee and the south by its politeness and hospitality, he said. But he added: Well-mannered Christianity is going away. The church is not going to be told every time it stands up for justice that that is politics. That is bullshit. It is not political to stand up for justice, especially under this racist administration. Marisa Richmond, from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, said it was important to show up against all forms of bigotry. Its been an annual event for six years, and I think this is the biggest here yet. Theyre feeling empowered. For a long time, explicitly racial views such those propagated by Taylor were marginalized by the culture at large and by mainstream conservatives. Speaking to the Guardian, Taylor said he himself had thought he was just making a racket. But now, he saw himself as part of a rising movement. We are in a state-run facility, he said of the venue for his conference, because most hotels would not withstand pressure [from protesters] of this kind. It was a record crowd, he said. It could have been 150 more.

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The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – The … – Washington Post

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: Theliberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such asPresident Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leadersin Europe preached an even more xenophobic message. But in thechaotic months sinceTrump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda provedsomething of amuddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racksup historically low approval ratings. And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash.It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wingpurges has held onto his post. “I think Trump was a legitimatizer,”said William Regnery II, a secretive funderof a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.” Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race tothe prospect of fashioning some chunk of America intoa whites-only “ethno-state.” Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylorsaid, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.” A similar argument ismade by considerably more powerful people in Europe.Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speechin a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event far-right website Breitbartwas an exception,gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.” This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge ofMuslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the E.U. refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader. Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of anexistential threat facing the Westand appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such asdemocracy and the rule of law.) The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said. He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros. “In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orbansaid. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.” Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying tochallengethe efforts of NGOs such asDoctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania. Britishjournalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe inThe Washington Post’s Global Opinion section: “The group is known for its publicity stunts andcreepy promotional videosshowing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasnt just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany theyve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. Theyve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK headDavid Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.” Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trumpduring last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, aremore coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And althoughthe effect of months of bludgeoning isstill hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politiciansin Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee and Washington. Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter.

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