Scrutinising the religious and political right (Alan Matheson)

    Update : Please note that the ‘Jim Perren’ referred to in the text below is from Australia, and bears no relation to the Jim Perren who resides in the United Kingdom.

Alan Matheson, a retired Churches of Christ minister and occasional contributor to Online Opinion, has written an interesting article: Scrutinising the religious and political right (November 7, 2008). I know a little bit about the political (far) right — as Alan remarks, being one of, if not the only, bloggers in Australia to take note of British Nationalist Party fuehrer Nick Griffin’s planned tour of Australia in December — but I know less about its ‘religious’ dimensions, so Alan’s article makes for some interesting reading.

As Alan also notes, Griffin’s tour is being sponsored by the Australian Protectionist Party: a splinter from the Australia First Party, and formed in September, 2007. The APP has a tiny membership, and only a handful of prominent members. One of these is Darrin Hodges; others include Martin Fletcher (of Downunder Newslinks fame) and Mark Wilson. At which point, a few corrections are in order.

Darrin ‘Sleeping Dragon’ Hodges (& Co.)

According to Alan, “The APP’s Darrin Hodges… attends BNP conferences”. To the best of my knowledge, this is incorrect. In fact, a member of the APP — and former member of the BNP — did attend a recent BNP event, the ‘Red White & Blue Festival’, held in August 2008. His name is Mark Wilson. As noted previously:

Mark is a former comrade of Dr James Saleam who has since jumped ship for arch-rivals the APP. Mark reckons Whitey oughta jump up and down more on Australia Day, ANZAC Day, May Day and Eureka Day (December 3). “Tragically, these Days have been tailored to the agendas of multiculturalist, gender-bending, globalist ideology.” Mark is also sure that he hasn’t done anything to the Aborigines to apologise for, is a recent migrant from Britain, and wishes the Aborigines no harm… but would rather not live next door to them.

Regarding anti-Islamic sentiment, while the APP has certainly distributed leaflets that ask “Do you want your children to grow up in a Muslim Australia?” and claim that “Islam is a religion of Arabic race and culture and its way of life should not be pushed on Australia”, it’s worth noting that the party’s membership has expressed its hatred and contempt for Muslims (and others) in far more vicious terms. Thus Darrin Hodges has previously expressed some rather more straightforward opinions. These appeared on his blog — one which he has since sensibly closed:

“Australia was a beautiful place once, before it was flooded with third-world sewerage from African [sic] and Asia.” February 26

“The hide of foreign students demanding our secular universities re-arrange everything just to suit the[ir] filthy religion…” February 25

(On why Darrin supports Aboriginal land rights) “Kosovo belongs to Serbia, not the Mohammaden hordes who with the help of the United States, have stolen the land.” February 17

(On the Stolen Generations apology) “…Rudd has re-written Australian history today and condemned an entire generation of Australians to a fate worse then [sic] death, he has condemned a people to extinction…” February 13

“How stupid do they think we are? The whole Habib family should be deported, they are a blight on this country.” February 9

“They are traitors just by the very fact they are Muslim…” February 5

(On contradiction) “This is the future the establishment have been longing for since before 1966 when the criminal traitors in the parliament opened the flood gates to the “yellow hordes”. The establishment is not beyond learning from history and are “asianising” Australia from the top and the bottom, with White Australia being squeezed out of the middle. The Establishment view Australia as an economic entity not as a nation of people and it doesn’t matter to them if the labour is white or yellow.” February 3

In addition to being a former member of both the Australia First Party and the viciously anti-Semitic Stormfront, Darrin is a ‘former’ fan of Der Fueher: “I’m more interested in the purer form of fascism… and while I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘worship Hitler’ thing, his comments on multiculturalism and politics in general are still just as relevant today as they were 70-odd years ago” he wrote on Stormfront. On June 20, 2005, he added that “i cant say im into the whole national socialist thing – as far as im concerned, National Socialism died with it’s [sic] creator, not that i do not have any regard for his writings, indeed, they still have much relevance today – he laid a foundation that we should build on”. And just for good measure, a week later (June 26) Darrin further noted that “i have some good colour footage (no sound) of Adolf Hitler at The Berghoff. PM me if you want a copy of the footage”. (’darrinh’ joined the world’s premiere White supremacist website in June 2005.)

As for Martin Fletcher — who co-administers, with Darrin, the APP’s online discussion forum — his racism is absolutely rank. Along with his provision of a copy of the Muslim Massacre videogame, Martin provides hours of Yanqui infotainment on his ‘news’ site, including documentary videos on Barack Hussein Obama, Holocaust denial, David Duke, Stormfront and dead Nutzi Dr William Pierce (author of The Turner Diaries). Indeed, on Downunder Newslinks, The Turner Diaries, along with The Myth of the Six Million, The International Jew, Did Six Million Really Die? and The Protocols of Zion are all available to help White People interpret the Australian news. As visual aids, Martin also thoughtfully provides cartoons produced by Tom Metzger’s White Aryan Resistance. Here’s a sample:

In their online knuckle-dragging, Darrin and Martin are joined by Luke Connors (himself a former member of the ‘Patriotic Youth League’, a short-lived yoof wing of the Australia First Party), who employs the handle ‘casapound’ — so named in tribute to a violent neo-Fascist grouping in Rome, Italy (named, in turn, in tribute to Ezra Pound, the US poet and fascist lickspittle, 1885–1972).

APP versus AFP

To conclude, the APP’s formation was largely inspired by a desire to escape such straightforwardly fascist and neo-Nazi ideological attachments, especially as they inhered in the person of the convicted criminal Dr James Saleam. (Since his departure, Darrin has denounced AFP as the ‘Australian Faggot Party’, and described Dr. Saleam as a “criminal lunatic”, an “oily spiv”, a pathological liar, a “political gold digger”, and so on.) Saleam is currently fuehrer of the Australia First Party (NSW), and most recently distinguished himself by attending a neo-Nazi rally in Wellington… only to then be photographed fondling a childhood book which once belonged to a young Jewish anti-fascist — this photograph being published on a blog belonging to a neo-Nazi named Jim Perren, a member of Australia First from rural Queensland.

Race-hate campaigner unmasked
Greg Roberts
The Australian
August 22, 2005

THE man behind a race-hate campaign in southern Queensland has been identified as a professional kangaroo shooter from the Darling Downs town of Crows Nest.

Police are tracking the movements of Jim Perren, 38, after anti-racism campaigners contacted them to register concern about his activities.

Mr Perren has posted hundreds of race-hate messages on the internet under the pseudonym stug111 — a type of German assault gun.

Right-wing extremists attached to a neo-Nazi group called the White Pride Coalition [since transformed into the online forum 'Australian New Nation', administered by the Kiwi fascist Alex Fogerty -- another former Stormfronter] have targeted Toowoomba because 750 Sudanese refugees have been resettled in the Darling Downs city.

One family was forced to leave its home after being harassed, and refugees have been pelted with eggs and potatoes. Material being distributed includes brochures describing white women as the “world’s most endangered species”.

Inquiries by The Australian have established that Mr Perren is the White Pride Coalition’s chief operative in the region. He lives with his wife and two children on a rural property outside Crows Nest, 45km east of Toowoomba. When contacted by The Australian, Mr Perren did not deny his involvement in the race-hate campaign.

“If only it was that easy,” Mr Perren said. “I’ve got nothing to say.”

Mr Perren’s reluctance to be identified was confirmed by White Pride Coalition national spokesman Terry Davis, who said: “He wants to keep his head down.”

Mr Perren refers to Crows Nest in one of his internet postings: “Luck is on my side. I live in a small town that has two Asians and three coconuts. All the rest are white.”

In another posting, Mr Perren said Toowoomba had become a “staging point for the scum of the world to move into rural Queensland … they must be stopped”.

On the support of local churches for Sudanese refugees, he said: “When the muds they sponsor come and live here and start to rape and murder their grandchildren, maybe then they will wake up.”

Barking, the lot of ‘em.

To be continued?

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12 Responses to Scrutinising the religious and political right (Alan Matheson)

  1. Luke Connors says:

    Lickspittle hey?

    That’s a new one.

    You forgot to mention that he was locked up for more or less being insane.

    Nice that you have finally recognised that I am not an anti-Semite by the way, well by omission at least you have refrained from calling me a “Nazi” for a while.

    I knew honesty would be your downfall Andy. Have a nice day by the way I enjoy your site very much.

    Cheers.

    Luke Connors.

  2. @ndy says:

    “Lickspittle hey?

    That’s a new one.

    You forgot to mention that he was locked up for more or less being insane.”

    New? Perhaps. But accurate. His ‘line’ changed along with his master’s. As Marianne Korn notes: “To some extent Pound’s movement toward a doctrinaire anti-semitism may represent a desire to keep up with his beloved Duce. During the 1930s Mussolini fell more and more under the sway of Hitler, whom he had once regarded with contempt. As a consequence, official propaganda in Italy as well as in Germany increasingly described the Jews as the power behind both Bolshevism and what Hitler called “finanzcapital,” and a survey of Pound’s political writings in the last half of the 1930s suggests that he dutifully followed this shift in the fascist party line.”

    Obviously, the above post is not intended to be a biography of Pound. As such, I ‘forgot’ to mention a vast range of facts about the dead fascist. Many of these details can be found elsewhere, such as at the site dedicated to Modern American Poetry.

    Regarding his supposed insanity:

    Ezra Pound (declared incompetent, 1946)

    American poet Ezra Pound avoided being tried for treason when he was found incompetent to stand trial. The treason charges were based on his pro-Fascist broadcasts over Italian radio during World War II. Paid by the Italian government, he broadcast anti-American, anti-Semitic diatribes over the airwaves of Rome Radio on and off between 1941 and 1943, praising Mussolini and Hitler and referring to President Roosevelt as “that Jew in the White House.” He was indicted for treason by the U.S. government, and after Mussolini’s death, he was arrested and returned to the United States for trial.

    He was declared unfit for trial and committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a federal asylum, for the next 12 years. The controversial decision sparked years of criticism. Many literary historians believe that Pound was not at all insane, and that the insanity argument was concocted by his lawyer and accepted by the court in order to spare America the political embarrassment of having to execute one of its most famous literary figures. Others believe that he was truly mentally ill, and that his political rantings were a symptom of manic depression or a similar disorder.

    In 1958, the treason charges were dropped, and Pound was released from the institution. Shortly after his release, he returned to Italy, where he remained until his death in Venice in 1972.

    Regarding your own status as a ‘Nazi’, generally speaking, and with relatively few exceptions — feel free to point them out to me — I refer to contemporary advocates of the particular brand of ‘national socialism’ which derives from the political legacy of the NSDAP by their proper term: ‘neo-Nazis’. I refer to your own self on perhaps 20 or so occasions on my blog (which has just over 1,400 posts). In other words, a little over 1%. In these entries, I’ve made reference to your extolling the virtues of the Cronulla riot/uprising, involvement in the Patriotik Yoof League, attendance at the Sydney Forum, and membership of Stormfront. Like Darrin, your former membership of the latter forum suggests a strong affinity with anti-Semitism. This affinity has been effectively severed following yours (and his) abandonment of SF. For what it’s worth, I think you are probably genuine in your dismissal of the anti-Semitism which plagues the far right. Insofar as not being prey to such delusions is incompatible with what I will here refer to as ‘Hitlerism’, you are not, strictly speaking, a ‘neo-Nazi’. It does appear obvious to me, however, that you are a racist, and a fascist.

    Cheers and beers,

    @ndy.

  3. Luke Connors says:

    Pound was very much the sort of man who was drawn to powerful figures. Quite a few people were drawn to Il Duce in the 20s, including HG Wells and the founder of what was to become the ‘New Republic’ magazine. Lenin too for a while I believe.

    Pound was weak and quite clearly unhinged, a bit of a tragic figure really, losing his god and seeing pictures of the corpse tied up by his feet. A good advertisement to never trust a totalitarian personality cult really.

    You call me a fascist? It’s strange to me that you should do so. A fascist in my mind is someone who advocates totalitarian methods. In other words the use of the state to remake humanity in a more ‘perfect’ way led by an elite or a single godlike figure.

    Personally I feel that like communism the idea of fascism is faulty, the state is not the means to redeem anything, let alone itself. But I probably don’t need to tell you that.

    SF is quite clearly full of insane people and it’s an eternal embarrassment to myself that it took me so long to see through it. Sadly it will suck in more and more kids like it sucked me in, if I could DDOS it out of existence I would, it is a site that poisons well meaning people with genuine concerns and tries to turn them into David Duke style freaks.

    There is no great heritage passed down from the authoritarian regimes of the early 20th century, whether they wore black shirts or red it matters little. They all wanted to centralise all power into the hands of the state and dehumanise people while doing so.

    You call me a racist? Well Andy by your definition most of the people I have met, black white or Asian are racists. At the end of the day most people want to look after their own, sometimes the community they wish to defend is a class community, but not often, class do not have the same inspirational qualities as religion or culture or [gasp!] ethnicity.

    So no I don’t think it’s obvious that I am a racist or fascist, I have an affinity with the casapound group because of the way they squat in and refurbish old abandoned buildings, not really because of their love of ol’ baldy.

    But I was not bullshitting, you do have a very nice blog here and it’s obvious that you put a lot of work into it.

    Good luck for the future, but not too much obviously.

    Cheers and beers,

    Luke.

  4. @ndy says:

    “Pound was very much the sort of man who was drawn to powerful figures.”

    There’s a word for that.

    Lickspittle.

    “Quite a few people were drawn to Il Duce in the 20s, including HG Wells and the founder of what was to become the ‘New Republic’ magazine. Lenin too for a while I believe.”

    Yes. But unlike Pound, Wells didn’t travel to Italy or produce Fascist propaganda for the regime. Further, there was, in fact, widespread support for Fascism, Nazism and Franco’s regime among Western political elites and, to a lesser extent, Western peoples generally. Much of the reason for this was the manner in which these right-wing regimes opposed and subsequently crushed Bolshevism/Communism and, in the case of Spain, anarchism. In other words, given the widespread horror that the Bolshevik Revolution triggered among the British, European and North American ruling classes — in particular, at the possibility of proletarian revolution in their own countries — and given fascism’s apparent ability to crush radical left-wing parties and movements, fascist regimes were welcomed. On the other side of the equation, many radical left-wing movements were crushed under the weight of Communism: the Stalinist counter-revolution in Spain being a prime example, with antecedents in the Bolshevik regime’s counter-revolution in Russia.

    Regarding Lenin’s supposed admiration for Mussolini — perhaps. I don’t know. I can find one reference to it online, which appears in a note to Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy, Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, University of California Press, 1997. The claim is that ‘Lenin wrote “Mussolini? A great pity he is lost to us! He is a strong man, who would have led our party to victory”.’ The source given is Sarfatti’s The Life of Mussolini. The same note points out that another scholar, DeFelice, has stated that Lenin’s statement has never been documented. Meaning: its authenticity is questionable.

    On your fascism and racism, more later.

  5. Kadet says:

    “In other words the use of the state to remake humanity in a more ‘perfect’ way led by an elite or a single godlike figure.”

    -You’re trying to say the bigoted and highly Christian Darrin Hodges (leader of your APP) doesn’t exemplify this ideal?

    “Personally I feel that like communism the idea of fascism is faulty.”

    -This coming from the idiot that quotes Bakunin (a member of the First International where what differentiated the anarchists from the communists was the necessity of the state, not the economic concept of communism itself) and can’t even spell his name properly…

    “The state is not the means to redeem anything, let alone itself.”

    -Yet you advocate reformism in the form of party politics (APP) and claim you’re a national “anarchist”, what rot.

    “So no I don’t think it’s obvious that I am a racist or fascist.”

    -Trust me, you make it too easy.

  6. @ndy says:

    “You call me a fascist? It’s strange to me that you should do so. A fascist in my mind is someone who advocates totalitarian methods. In other words the use of the state to remake humanity in a more ‘perfect’ way led by an elite or a single godlike figure.

    Personally I feel that like communism the idea of fascism is faulty, the state is not the means to redeem anything, let alone itself. But I probably don’t need to tell you that.”

    “Fascist” according to the definitions provided by such scholars as Roger Griffin and Robert O. Paxton.

    Griffin:

    “[F]ascism is best defined as a revolutionary form of nationalism, one that sets out to be a political, social and ethical revolution, welding the ‘people’ into a dynamic national community under new elites infused with heroic values. The core myth that inspires this project is that only a populist, trans-class movement of purifying, cathartic national rebirth (palingenesis) can stem the tide of decadence.”

    “[Fascism is] a genuinely revolutionary, trans-class form of anti-liberal, and in the last analysis, anti-conservative nationalism. As such it is an ideology deeply bound up with modernization and modernity, one which has assumed a considerable variety of external forms to adapt itself to the particular historical and national context in which it appears, and has drawn from a wide range of cultural and intellectual currents, both left and right, anti-modern and pro-modern, to articulate itself as a body of ideas, slogans, and doctrine. In the inter-war period it manifested itself primarily in the form of an elite-led “armed party” which attempted, mostly unsuccessfully, to generate a populist mass movement through a liturgical style of politics and a programme of radical policies which promised to overcome a threat posed by international socialism, to end the degeneration affecting the nation under liberalism, and to bring about a radical renewal of its social, political and cultural life as part of what was widely imagined to be the new era being inaugurated in Western civilization. The core mobilizing myth of fascism which conditions its ideology, propaganda, style of politics and actions is the vision of the nation’s imminent rebirth from decadence.”

    “Fascism is a political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism.”

    The word “palingenetic” refers to notions of rebirth.

    See also : Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: An exegesis, by David Neiwert, August 30, 2003

    Paxton:

    “A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

    “The word fascism has its root in the Italian fascio, literally a bundle or sheaf. More remotely, the word recalled the Latin fasces, an axe encased in a bundle of rods that was carried before the magistrates in Roman public processions to signify the authority and unity of the state. Before 1914, the symbolism of the Roman fasces was usually appropriated by the Left. Marianne, symbol of the French Republic, was often portrayed in the nineteenth century carrying the fasces to represent the force of Republican solidarity against her aristocratic and clerical enemies. Fasces are prominently displayed on Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theater (1664-69) at Oxford University. They appeared on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington (1922) and on the United States quarter minted in 1932.

    Italian revolutionaries used the term fascio in the late nineteenth century to evoke the solidarity of committed militants. The peasants who rose against their landlords in Sicily in 1893-94 called themselves the Fasci Siciliani. When in late 1914 a group of left-wing nationalists, soon joined by the socialist outcast Benito Mussolini, sought to bring Italy into World War I on the Allied side, they chose a name designed to communicate both the fervor and the solidarity of their campaign: the Fascio Rivoluzionario d’Azione Interventista (Revolutionary League for Interventionist Action). At the end of World War I, Mussolini coined the term fascismo to describe the mood of the little band of nationalist ex-soldiers and pro-war syndicalist revolutionaries that he was gathering around himself. Even then, he had no monopoly on the word fascio, which remained in general use for activist groups of various political hues.

    Officially, Fascism was born in Milan on Sunday, March 23, 1919.

    That morning, somewhat more than a hundred persons, including war veterans, syndicalists who had supported the war, and Futurist intellectuals, plus some reporters and the merely curious, gathered in the meeting room of the Milan Industrial and Commercial Alliance, overlooking the Piazza San Sepolcro, to “declare war against socialism … because it has opposed nationalism.” Now Mussolini called his movement the Fasci di Combattimento, which means, very approximately, “fraternities of combat.”

    The Fascist program, issued two months later, was a curious mixture of veterans’ patriotism and radical social experiment, a kind of “national socialism.” On the national side, it called for fulfilling Italian expansionist aims in the Balkans and around the Mediterranean that had just been frustrated a few months before at the Paris Peace Conference. On the radical side, it proposed women’s suffrage and the vote at eighteen, abolition of the upper house, convocation of a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution for Italy (presumably without the monarchy), the eight hour workday, worker participation in “the technical management of industry,” the “partial expropriation of all kinds of wealth” by a heavy and progressive tax on capital, the seizure of certain Church properties, and the confiscation of 85 percent of war profits.

    Mussolini’s movement was not limited to nationalism and assaults on property. It boiled with the readiness for violent action, anti-intellectualism, rejection of compromise, and contempt for established society that marked the three groups who made up the bulk of his first followers: demobilized war veterans, pro-war syndicalists, and Futurist intellectuals.”

    On Fascism and Bolshevism (Communism), see: Otto Rühle, ‘The Struggle Against Fascism Begins with the Struggle Against Bolshevism’ (1939). An English translation appeared in the American Councillist journal Living Marxism (Vol. 4, No. 8, 1939). In 1981 it was reprinted as a pamphlet in the UK by Bratach Dubh editions. It seems to be based on a much longer text, part of which was published in French as “Fascisme Brun, Fascisme Rouge” by Spartacus in 1975 (Série B—No 63). This is part of a still longer text in German called “Weltkrieg—Weltfaschismus—Weltrevolution”.

    “SF is quite clearly full of insane people and it’s an eternal embarrassment to myself that it took me so long to see through it. Sadly it will suck in more and more kids like it sucked me in, if I could DDOS it out of existence I would, it is a site that poisons well meaning people with genuine concerns and tries to turn them into David Duke style freaks.

    There is no great heritage passed down from the authoritarian regimes of the early 20th century, whether they wore black shirts or red it matters little. They all wanted to centralise all power into the hands of the state and dehumanise people while doing so.”

    There are obviously some racist psychotics on SF. Others I would not characterise as insane (unless racism may be considered a mental pathology) simply ignorant and/or stupid. Others are simply racist (White supremacist) and SF functions as a global discussion forum for those committed to ‘White nationalism’ of one variety or another. Obviously, SF also functions as a propaganda vehicle for Don Black and David Duke, and serves to provide them with an audience and a market for their ideas. It will continue to attract alienated Whites, many of whom will then proceed to specialise their political concerns, while others will tire of the whole show. As it stands, your principal argument with SF is not its embrace of ‘White nationalism’ per se but anti-Semitism, and what you regard as the exaggerated emphasis placed upon Jewish influence over world affairs.

    Regarding the ‘heritage’ of various forms of twentieth-century fascism, you’re incorrect. Bolshevism, Fascism, Nazism and various other authoritarian ideologies, movements, parties and states have had profound impacts upon the course of world history, the effects of which are still being felt. I also disagree with regards the role of the totalitarian impulse on these various phenomena… but that’s another story.

    “You call me a racist? Well Andy by your definition most of the people I have met, black white or Asian are racists. At the end of the day most people want to look after their own, sometimes the community they wish to defend is a class community, but not often, class do not have the same inspirational qualities as religion or culture or [gasp!] ethnicity.”

    racism

    1) the belief that there are characteristics, abilities or qualities specific to each race
    2) discrimination against or antagonism towards other races

    By both these (standard) definitions of ‘racism’, you are a ‘racist’. Moreover, as I outlined above, this is not mere ‘opinion’, but a motivating force.

    As I stated to your comrade Darrin:

    Darrin Hodges, Feb 24th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    …Can you detail how I’m “extreme right wing” or not? It’s all very well to sling such phrases around, yet nobody wants to provide any sort of backing for them.

    @ndy, Feb 24th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    The term ‘right-wing’ is usually used to denote political conservatism; that is, the desire for society to remain largely as it is. (The left/right distinction derives from the French Revolution and the position of members in the Legislative Assembly. Left in the case of republicans, right in the case of monarchists.) Further, to term someone an ‘extremist’ or a ‘moderate’ is to place them on a spectrum of political opinion, whether nominally ‘left’, ‘right’, or according to some other measurement. The more ‘extreme’, the more deeply-held and broader-based the opinion. It’s also the case that the position an individual or group occupies on such a spectrum is measured across a range of different issues, and is usually understood as being a reflection of the individual or group’s position in general, rather than with regards each and every possible political position they may adopt.

    In the context of contemporary Australian politics, a racial conservative is someone who wishes to retain a White Australia. This, clearly, is your considered opinion. You express hostility towards homosexuality. This is partly a function of your support for the bourgeois family unit (mother, father, children) as constituting one of, if not the, cornerstones of Australian, or indeed perhaps any decent society. It is also, I think, the product of a much more visceral reaction to non-heterosexual expressions of sexuality in general, and a certain conception of the right and proper place of men and women in society. In other words, it is in part an expression of a conservative conception of gender politics. You express hostility to Islam, because you believe it to be hostile to the maintenance of a White (mono-racial), Christian (mono-religious), mono-cultural and mono-ethnic Australia. This is partly why you are member of a political party that has adopted the name ‘Protectionist’.

    In terms of political economy, you express hostility to ’socialism’, trade unions and ‘globalisation’, and wish the Australian state to play a more interventionist role in maintaining its racial and ethnic identity, as well as (re-)stablishing a manufacturing base, and imposing tariffs on imported goods and manufactures in order to ‘protect’ Australian manufacturing and rural industries.

    In all the above respects, your politics are in accord with an Australian political tradition, one which has usually been termed ‘conservatism’.

    “So no I don’t think it’s obvious that I am a racist or fascist, I have an affinity with the casapound group because of the way they squat in and refurbish old abandoned buildings, not really because of their love of ol’ baldy.”

    You’re being disingenuous. There are LOTS of squats: in Rome, in Italy, in Europe.

    You chose ‘casapound’.

  7. “In the context of contemporary Australian politics, a racial conservative is someone who wishes to retain a White Australia.”

    You cannot retain what no longer exists. It is the political left in this country that wishes to maintain the status quo – they are the reactionaries in all this.

  8. @ndy says:

    “You cannot retain what no longer exists.”

    True. But I suppose the question is how White must a White Australia be in order to be considered a White Australia. A problematic question given the fact that ‘White Australia has a Black History’. The first major step in reversing a century-old policy (both formal and informal) took place at the end of WWII…

    After the outbreak of hostilities with Japan, Prime Minister John Curtin reinforced the philosophy of the ‘White Australia’ policy, saying ‘this country shall remain forever the home of the descendants of those people who came here in peace in order to establish in the South Seas an outpost of the British race’.

    During World War II, many non-white refugees entered Australia. Most left voluntarily at the end of the war, but many had married Australians and wanted to stay. Arthur Calwell, the first immigration minister, sought to deport them, arousing much protest.

    Minister Holt’s decision in 1949 to allow 800 non-European refugees to stay, and Japanese war brides to be admitted, was the first step towards a non-discriminatory immigration policy.

    The next major step

    The next major step was in 1957 when non-Europeans with 15 years residence in Australia were allowed to become Australian citizens.

    The revised Migration Act of 1958 introduced a simpler system of entry permits and abolished the controversial dictation test.

    The revised Act avoided references to questions of race. Indeed, it was in this context that the Minister for Immigration, Sir Alexander Downer, stated that ‘distinguished and highly qualified Asians’ might immigrate.

    After a review of the non-European policy in March 1966, Immigration Minister Hubert Opperman announced applications for migration would be accepted from well-qualified people on the basis of their suitability as settlers, their ability to integrate readily and their possession of qualifications positively useful to Australia.

    At the same time, the government decided a number of ‘temporary resident’ non-Europeans, who were not required to leave Australia, could become permanent residents and citizens after five years (the same as for Europeans).

    The government also eased restrictions on immigration of non-Europeans. The criterion of ‘distinguished and highly qualified’ was replaced by the criterion of ‘well qualified’ non-Europeans, and the number of non-Europeans allowed to immigrate would be ‘somewhat greater than previously’.

    A watershed

    The March 1966 announcement was the watershed in abolishing the ‘White Australia’ policy, and non-European migration began to increase. Yearly non-European settler arrivals rose from 746 in 1966 to 2,696 in 1971, while yearly part-European settler arrivals rose from 1,498 to 6,054.

    In 1973 the Whitlam Labor government took three further steps in the gradual process to remove race as a factor in Australia’s immigration policies.

    These were to:

    * legislate that all migrants, of whatever origin, be eligible to obtain citizenship after three years of permanent residence
    * issue policy instructions to overseas posts to totally disregard race as a factor in the selection of migrants
    * ratify all international agreements relating to immigration and race.

    Because the Whitlam government reduced the overall immigration intake, the reform steps that it took had very little impact on the number of migrants from non-European countries.

    An increase in the number and percentage of migrants from non-European countries did not take place until after the Fraser government came into office in 1975.

    Continuing the trend

    In 1978 the government commissioned a comprehensive review of immigration in Australia. Far-reaching new policies and programs were adopted as a framework for Australia’s population development.

    They included three-year rolling programs to replace the annual immigration targets of the past, a renewed commitment to apply immigration policy without racial discrimination, a more consistent and structured approach to migrant selection, and an emphasis on attracting people who would represent a positive gain to Australia…

    In any case, let’s assume that the White Australia policy — insofar as it expressed official immigration policy — is dead and buried: a fairly safe assumption given that both major and minor parties accept this, and only those on the margins of the political life of the country wish to see it resurrected. If that’s the case, then assuming a standard definition of the term ‘reactionary’ — yourself and the APP are reactionary forces.

  9. Jim Perren says:

    Dear @ndy, I am Jim Perren based in the UK. I recently googled myself and found that Microsofts EntityCube has all of my details posted, along with this little snippet that they got from this page

    “Inquiries by The Australian have established that Mr Perren is the White Pride Coalition’s chief operative in the region. He lives with his wife and two children on a rural property outside Crows Nest”

    Would you be good enough to point out on your post that I am no relation (because I’m not) and I am in no way related to any white supremacist group. I’ve never even set foot in Oz, although I’d like to one day.

    Many Thanks
    Jim

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  11. Frank Van Arsadle says:

    I went to Mr.Metzger’s house in Fallbrook once when I was 15yrs old. I’m now 40yrs old. I was there to gather scrap metal from the yard and the shed. I was with my father and we were very interested in the literature that we ran across and i took a yellow soft cover book that showed how to identify the different races and i wanted to keep this book forever. I lent it to a real good friend and then they passed away so I have been looking for this book ever since with no luck. I live near Mike Jr. in Quail Valley and see him all the time in his yellow Hummer but don’t want to bother him. I used to ride with him and Jeremy MG a lot and went to school with MC from very little. I would love to get a copy of that yellow book if at all possible. I love the ideas and teachings in that book and the newspaper articles that i also saw boxes of in the shed. This was about 1989. Would someone please return my email with good news or bad? I would greatly appreciate anything on this subject. Thank you for your time sir. Frank.

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