This Week in Fascism #7: Alt-Right As Gender Supremacists

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Welcome, fellow antifascists! First off, we want to send our condolences to each and every person affected by the deadly alt-right attack that took place at the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. The 19 year old suspect, John T Earnest, posted on 8chan before starting the shooting and also boasted to setting fire to a mosque the month prior. Earnest, in his online manifesto, claimed he was inspired by another alt-right mass murderer, Robert Gregory Bowers, who carried out a mass killing at another synagogue exactly 6 months ago in Pittsburgh. Also, several antifascists were arrested this weekend in Southern California, please support them here.

This week, we’ve got a look at how the alt-right sees gender, more #IdentifyEvropa doxxes, neo-Nazi Jovi Val losing his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and a massive list of May Day events you can join in to meet some IRL comrades. Let’s get to it!

Explainer: Anti-Feminism and the Alt-Right

In the last month, #IdentifyEvropa doxxes have brought us Matthew Warner, a participant in the anti-feminist #Gamergate campaign who rose to become Chief-of-Staff for Identity Evropa, one of the largest white nationalist organizations in the US. White nationalist Daniel McMahon, aka “Jack Corbin,” proclaimed in early April that he would run for President in 2024 by courting the incel vote stating, “[t]he Left Wing Whore will finally be useful to the world… to provide sexual relief to all oppressed White Males.”

He dismissed concerns about mass murders perpetrated by incels – resulting in at least 30 killings since 2014 – writing, “I do not think this is the fault of the incel, rather, this is the fault of the White Left Wing Attractive Female Traitor who has denied them their rightfully owed sex, because of Communist Feminist Terrorist Mindsets caused by Jewish brainwashing.”

As independent researcher Matthew Lyons notes in the introduction to his 2018 book, Insurgent Supremacists: The US far-right’s challenge to state and empire, “[b]ecause alt-rightists were explicitly white nationalist, many observers didn’t notice that they also promoted a misogyny so extreme that even many neonazis criticized it.”

So what’s the deal with gender and the alt-right? Aren’t they all about race?

Not quite. They’re all about hierarchies, and organize alongside other identitarian groups that also believe in hierarchies, even if these aren’t the same hierarchies. Race is only one of those hierarchies around which they can organize.

And alt-light groups, such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, which may not openly promote white nationalism– but are open about their misogyny, transphobia, and Islamophobia– often organize alongside open white nationalists.

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes implored his followers to “choke a tr*nny, get your fingers around the windpipe” in a clip often ignored by the mainstream media. Yet when the people present at the October 12, 2018 Proud Boy attacks on protesters outside the Metropolitan Republican Club were identified by NYC Antifa, they included not just Proud Boys, but also far-right skinheads Joe Bola and Dennis Davila, members of the 211 Bootboys.

Rose City Antifa covered the links between the #HimToo movement founded by Patriot Prayer associate Haley Adams and the open white nationalists often found at Patriot Prayer’s events. (Adams’ campaign seeks to attack the credibility of survivors of sexual assault by claiming that false allegations of sexual assault are much more prominent than they actually are.)

And as The Cut noted in 2016, the list of alt-right YouTube media personalities who began as “Men’s Rights Activists” stretches longer than your arm.

There’s Roosh V, a former “pickup artist” and #GamerGate participant who, despite not being white (he is of Iranian and Armenian descent), approvingly reviewed antisemite Kevin MacDonald’s The Culture of Critique in 2015 and expressed his support for white nationalist Richard Spencer in the fall of 2016.

As Roosh himself explained it, “Donald Trump has not advocated for a white ethnostate, but the alt-right felt that his immigration policies would bring that one step closer to fruition, while I supported Trump because I believed his policies would be beneficial to heterosexual men, regardless of their race.” And by the fall of 2018, Roosh was appearing on white nationalist YouTube channel Red Ice TV.

Similarly, Milo Yiannopoulos acted as an early go-between for the disgruntled misogynists of #GamerGate and the burgeoning alt-right in 2014, when he published a leaked mailing list of of games journalists in Breitbart, titling the article “Exposed: The secret mailing list of the gaming journalism elite.”

Yiannopoulos would go on to a series of college speaking gigs, where he sought to expose trans and undocumented students – ultimately stymied by anti-fascist protesters – then becoming the Vice President of the Proud Boys (before their transition to their current Council of Elders leadership structure), and attempting to intimidate Jewish journalist Talia Levin by sending her a PayPal payment for $14.88. (“1488” is alphanumeric code often used by the far-right, signifying David Lane’s “14 Words” – “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” – and “88,” “H” being the eighth letter of the alphabet, standing for “Heil Hitler.”)

British YouTuber Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad, who first attracted attention with a series of anti-feminist #GamerGate videos, spoke at the May 2018 “Day for Freedom” rally alongside Yiannopoulos and anti-Muslim activist (and former member of the fascist British National Party) Tommy Robinson.

YouTube pundit Stefan Molyneux, who appeared at A Voice for Men’s 2014 MRA conference, began discussing white genocide conspiracy theories– the idea that white people are being displaced in formerly majority-white countries, which inspired the recent mass murder of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand– in 2018, as well as advocating for pseudo-scientific theories of racial intelligence on Twitter.

In a September 2018 whitepaper, “Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the reactionary right on YouTube,” Data & Society researcher Becca Lewis outlined the short pathways connecting reactionary pundits such as Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, and Mike Cernovich to open white nationalists like Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch.

Lewis describes the pathways from anti-feminism to white nationalism as follows: “For example, in one possible pathway, they may start by rejecting the mainstream media and ‘PC culture’; then embrace anti-feminist ideas; then embrace scientific racism or the idea that racial oppression is not real; and then finally, the idea that Jewish people wield positions of influence and harbor malicious intents against white people.”

And it’s not just ideologies, personalities, and media spheres that link anti-feminists to the alt-right – it’s tactics, too.

Extremism researcher Samantha Kutner has adopted the acronym “DARVO” – deny, attack, reverse victim and offender – from the field of intimate partner violence to describe, in a series of videos, how alt-right groups like the Proud Boys respond to criticism.

As a graduate student and ethnographic researcher studying Proud Boys, Kutner emailed a question about the group’s far-right associations to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who responded by threatening to sue her in a rambling article for Proud Boy magazine, calling her an “immoral human being who is fundamentally incurious.”

McInnes portrays himself, a multimillionaire media magnate and TV host, as the victim, and Kutner, a graduate student who sent him an email, as a relentless inquisitor, smearing her with ad hominem attacks and threats to sue.

While the alt-right’s obsession with race cannot be underscored strongly enough, if you’re not also looking at their obsession with gender – and their embrace of abusive tactics as a rhetorical style – you’re missing an essential part of the story.

Doxxes

Monday, April 22, 2019

On Monday, Asheville AntiRacism led the week with a dox of Identity Evropa member Joshua Keith Williams of Cheraw, South Carolina. Williams is not only a dues-paying member of the hate group, recently rebranded as the American Identity Movement, but also identifies with the white nationalist Asatru Folk Assembly. He hosted an IE podcast, a from the leaked Discord chats, appears to have taken an active role in recruiting and onboarding new members for the group.

Williams works as an Industrial Mechanic at INA Bearing. You can contact them by calling 803-548-8500 or by emailing info.us@schaeffler.com.

Panic! in the Discord doxxed Identity Evropa’s DairyMaxx, real name Sean Michael Miner of Oceanside, California. Miner is the brother of Courtney Piercy, another member of Identity Evropa doxxed by Panic! in the Discord. In the leaked Discord chats, Miner revealed that he attended the infamous tiki torch march at the 2017 Unite the Right rally, where participants screamed, “Jews will not replace us!”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

On Tuesday, Rose City Antifa doxxed Kristopher Foster, a Patriot Prayer associate in Canby, Oregon. Foster began his political engagement as a Trump supporter attending Patriot Prayer events in the Pacific Northwest, but in late 2017, began to interact with the white nationalist organizers at Patriot Prayer’s rallies and in their social media ecosystem. Foster’s Facebooks posts in October 2018 show him embracing full-blown antisemitism, commenting “Nazi pride” on a status about the Hitler’s genocide of the Jewish people being payback for Jews killing Jesus Christ.

Foster is the owner-operator of S and K Delivery, a furniture-moving service in Canby, Oregon. If you would like to let his potential customers know about his political leanings, the business’ Facebook page is here and the Yelp page is here.

Thursday, April 24, 2019

On Thursday, Asheville AntiRacism followed up their article on Joshua Keith Williams by doxxing his wife, Identity Evropa member Nicole Ritz Williams, of Cheraw, South Carolina. As a member of Identity Evropa, Williams used the alias MaryJuneVoss – SC in the leaked Discord chats, she expressed her vacation preferences by writing, “dArkeees don’t like the mountains. That is exactly why I prefer mountains vs beach.”

Williams is currently a nurse at Embrace Hospice in Bennettsville, South Carolina. If you would like to let them know about her membership in a white nationalist organization, you can reach them via their website contact page or by calling 843-479-1110.

Panic! in the Discord identified Identity Evropa member NuclearReactionary as San Jose, California junior high teacher Kyle Aaron Scheuerlein. Shortly after being doxxed, Scheuerlein was indefinitely suspended by his employer, Valley Christian High School.

Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists doxxed Proud Boy associate Louis Zachary Huey, host of the Major League Liberty podcast. You can access the Facebook page of his company, Huey Construction, here.

Saturday, April 26, 2019

On Saturday, Haleyville Anti-Rapist Action doxxed a local rapist and abuser, Dale Spain. Dale is currently a General Manager at Premiere Mantles, Inc., in Florence, Alabama. You can let them know about Dale via their online contact page, or by calling (256) 767-0195.

Knoxville Radical Alliance revealed the employer of Kynan Dutton, a neo-Nazi who joined Craig Cobb’s 2013 bid to take over Leith, North Dakota, and transform the town into a white supremacist haven. After being arrested for threatening local residents with a gun, Dutton pled the charges down to a series of misdemeanors in exchange for offering to testify against Cobb. In 2018, Dutton was again arrested for attacking an attendee at Knox Pridefest.

Dutton currently works at Vanhooseco, a concrete supplier in Loudon, Tennessee. You can tweet them at @Vanhooseco, or by commenting on their Facebook page.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Queer Crimer doxxed Identity Evropa member horticult as being Norfolk, Virginia horticulturist Perry-Lee West. Besides being a dues-paying member of a white nationalist organization, West is employed as a horticulturist at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

You can contact his employer on Twitter @NorfolkBotanical, via their contact page, or by calling 757-441-5830.

Deplatforms

The Huffington Post reports that a total of 11 members of the military are under investigation, following being exposed as members of Identity Evropa by anti-fascist researchers.

Illinois social studies teacher Kevin Pummill resigned following being revealed as a member of Identity Evropa by WANaziWatch.

Following his celebration of Hitler’s birthday, featuring a ketchup swastika squirted onto a plate of diner eggs, Jovi Val was finally removed from both Twitter and Instagram, leaving him with only YouTube and Gab.

Jovi’s YouTube channel is here, if you would like to find reportable videos and strand him on the hellsite that is Gab.com.

Call to Action

It’s time to get off the couch! Here at This Week in Fascism, we’ve typically issued calls to action that can be completed from your living room – sending an email, calling a fascist’s employer, etc.

But this week is May Day, the biggest anarchist holiday of the year. So it’s time put aside the easy stuff, like confronting fascism head-on, and find a bigger challenge – organizing IRL with strangers.

The folks here at It’s Going Down have compiled a massive list of May Day actions across the country. Check them out and find an event to go to and meet some like-minded comrades!

And if you’ve got an event you’d like to list before Wednesday, email info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] org.


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This Week in Fascism
A weekly roundup of the latest and greatest happenings in the anti-fascist world. Each column will feature an “Explainer,” delineating some new fascist trend, a roundup of the doxxes and the deplatformings, and feature the calls to action, ways that you can help your local anti-fascist crews beat back the rising tide of fascism worldwide.