Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad

The aftermath of the Reclaim Australia (RA)/United Patriots Front (UPF) rallies of July 18/19 has produced some interesting results.

• To begin with, the President of the UPF, Shermon Burgess (AKA ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’), has declared that the boys will be rallying again in Cronulla in a few months. How NSW authorities and especially Cronulla locals react to this news will be fascinating to watch. Burgess himself has previously boasted of his attendance at the ‘riot’/’White Civil Uprising’ in Cronulla. See also : Cronulla Anniversary: A Kiwi Perspective (December 27, 2006) | Communists on Cronulla (December 3, 2006).

• Somewhat remarkably, a few days after July 18, Burgess published a video confessing to having engaged in a group assault upon a group of ‘anti-fascists’ in Melbourne. An edited version of the video is below:

Given the intense media scrutiny surrounding the weekend’s events — and the considerable criticism to which police have been subject — it seems possible that police may be compelled to take a closer look at the alleged incident Burgess refers to in the video: time will tell.

• It’s also remarkable that Burgess has chosen to promote a song perfomed by defunct Belgian reich ‘n’ rollers Kill Baby Kill. KBK were a neo-Nazi band that split following the suicide of its lead singer, Dieter Samoy. His decision to kill himself apparently occurred after he learned that he would be forced to abandon his teaching career after being convicted of a racist assault. The band toured Australia several years ago in a tour organised by local neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour and the (Southern Cross) Hammerskins. The Hammerskins gained some small notoriety in 2012 after one of its members, Wade Michael Page, shot dead worshippers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. See also : Dieter Samoy : Still Dead Baby, Dead (January 15, 2012) | Dieter Samoy : Dead Baby Dead (January 20, 2010) | Wade Michael Page and the (Southern Cross) Hammerskins (August 15, 2012).


• A few articles of interest:

Inside the strange dynamic of Reclaim Australia’s rallies, Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper, July 25, 2015.

Trainspotters note: “At the top was a thick picket line of counter-protesters – largely a mix of anarchists and Socialist Alliance members, but not restricted to them.” A majority of socialists present were members/supporters of Socialist Alternative and the Socialist Party (though members of the Alliance were undoubtedly present).

Reclaim Australia: ‘concerned mums and dads’ or a Trojan horse for extremists?, Joshua Robertson, The Guardian, July 24, 2015.

Comment: Robertson’s article includes extensive quotes from John Oliver, described as an ‘RA spokesman’. Unmentioned is his role as the sometime President of the ‘Patriots Defence League of Australia’, a handful of whose members were present on July 18 in Melbourne. Several months ago, Oliver established a GoFundMe campaign in an attempt to obtain my d0x:


(Note that ‘Australians Against Islam’ is described as a splinter group from RA in Brisbane, est following the July 19 rally.) ‘Concerned dad’ John — whose staunch opposition to racism, fascism, neo-Nazism and to the intimate involvement of his patriotik comrades in neo-Nazi and fascist politics can surely never be questioned — also expressed the view that I should be hunted down like a dog, have my testicles removed and then attached to my forehead:


Top bloke, John.

As for the PDLA, its ‘Eastern Victoria Charter’ was present on July 18, or at least its President, Damien Kourevellis, and its Vice-President, Some Other Bloke, were. (On Kourevellis, see also : Court told violent man not detained, Steve Butcher, The Age, March 26, 2009.) Here they are: a) pictured walking down an alley and; b) having a yarn with neo-Nazi Glenn Anderson:

pdlajul18 [Above img via Wardenclyffe Photography.]


Reclaim Australia re-energises radical nationalism, Troy Whitford, The Conversation, July 24, 2015.

Trainspotters note: “Reclaim Australia’s position is probably best articulated through the propaganda arm, The Nationalist Alternative, which was established last year. It argues that the agenda of Australian nationalism is to promote Australia as ‘… an organic nation founded upon Western/European ideals, and created by it’s [sic] descendants primarily the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic ethnicity as well as fellow Europeans from northern, central, southern and eastern Europe.'”

While RA’s position may arguably be best expressed by or thru Nationalist Alternative (NAlt), it is not RA’s propaganda arm, nor was it established in 2014. Rather, NAlt was founded in 2008/9 in anti-mosque agitation in Williamstown. Further, from the time of the emergence of both RA and Burgess adopting ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ persona, the principal propaganda arm for RA has been ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ AKA ‘European Australian Civil Rights League’ AKA Melbourne-based neo-Nazi (and criminal anti-Semite) Neil Erikson. Erikson left the group last year, but not before he and some of his comrades outed Mark Hootsen as NAlt’s leader. See also : Nationalist Alternative throw their former Führer under the bus #antifa (December 14, 2014) | Nationalist Alternative : “just a bunch of students from Melbourne” (July 8, 2009).

ReclaimWhat on Facebook maintains a close watch on the various shenanigans of RA and the UPF.

• Later today I’ll republish some of the comments of UPF leader Blair Cottrell on the subject of Jews, politics, Jews, nationalism and Jews.

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7 Responses to Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad

  1. ablokeimet says:

    Martin McKenzie-Murray says in The Saturday Paper: “But where the left say that silence emboldens the racists, as I watched I wondered if the opposite wasn’t true – if this theatre of barely suppressed violence was animating them. An ego such as Burgess’s cannot sustain in a vacuum. Its grandeur is nourished by the thought of battle – the state and his enemies arrayed against him. It is the stuff of heroic purpose.”

    It’s a typical piece of liberal thinking – ignore the Fascists and they’ll go away. The only exceptional aspect to his stance is that he makes a relatively sustained attempt to argue for it – which is at least a step forward from the usual liberal approach of making the unsubstantiated assertion.

    Something else that is missing from McKenzie-Murray’s analysis, however, is indicated by the paragraph I quoted. He puts himself in Shermon Burgess’ shoes – “the state and his enemies arrayed against him”. On the day, though, we can see that the State was far from arrayed against the soi-disant “Great Aussie Patriot”. In fact, the State deployed the organised violence of 400 coppers, including the liberal use of pepper spray, in his service.

    While it’s true that the Fascists, in their early days, often like to imagine themselves as victims of the State, the reality is very different. It’s concerning, therefore, that Martin McKenzie-Murray doesn’t spot the significance of this discrepancy.

  2. samfrancis716 says:

    As the science of genetics advances, the evidence for race differences in IQ and in other behaviors mounts. In about 5 years time, it will be untenable to argue that there is no genetic gap in intelligence between black and white Americans. That’s a frightening thought — for you.

    The conversation has already conceded that genes explain most of the variation in academic achievement:

    Leftism has an expiry date of about 10 years. How can it possibly survive these findings?

    The likes of UPF and Reclaim Australia are totally ignorant of these results. They still think that Islam is a wining issue. Boy, wait till they learn about race and IQ. They will actually be able to appear on QANDA and win. Scared?

    It’s very easy to win when your enemies are uneducated skinheads. But don’t expect your suite of easy victories to last much longer. A new far-right is emerging. A far-right that is informed about history, science and culture. We know about race and IQ. We can therefore argue scientifically that it is correct to keep Australia white, predominately Anglo-Celtic. Your days of pointing and sputtering at the dumb skinhead are coming to an end. You can’t point and sputter at tables of statistical data, lest you look like an anti-science fool — a creationist.

    Your worldview is not controversial. It’s not radical. It’s not “revolutionary”. You are the establishment. We are the radicals, and we will stage street demonstrations. We will be suppressed by the state for airing our views (it’s illegal in NSW and a civil violation nationally[18c]). But we will fight you because we know we will win eventually. Truth wins over untruth, justice over injustice.

  3. fishmerised says:

    @samfrancis716 The article linked in your comment says absolutely nothing about race and intelligence. It basically says that intelligence is an inherited trait but “We had also found that heritability of GCSE exam results involves the joint contribution of many other factors, including children’s self-efficacy, or pupil’s belief in his/her abilities, behavioural problems, personality traits, well-being, and their perceptions of school environment – as well as their intelligence.”

    I do agree with your self assessment that “we are the radicals” but conversely your comments attest that you are the “anti-scientific fool”.

  4. fishmerised says:

    @samfrancis716 A study that shows academic results have little to do with real world success. This contradicts your comment, “We can therefore argue scientifically that it is correct to keep Australia white, predominately Anglo-Celtic.” I think we could argue scientifically that the Malthusian-Darwinian economic model is based on socio/economic class rather than race or intelligence.

  5. John says:

    @samfrancis716, you need to be able to interpret science (and what you read) before you can use it to argue scientifically; that article says nothing about race.

    Indeed it seems that your belief that white people are more intelligent than others may have given you an over inflated view of your own intelligence.

    In fact you appear to have invented a new genre of xenophobia based on intelligence; I’m not racist but… only people as intelligent as us should be able to come here.

  6. ablokeimet says:

    Fishmerised: “It basically says that intelligence is an inherited trait …”

    An interesting term that is, “inherited trait”. May I suggest that there has been a contribution from another “inherited” trait – wealth?

    * It is WEALTH that can buy an exclusive private school education.

    * It is WEALTH that can buy a sense of expectation of achievement.

    * It is WEALTH that can buy remedies to the various illnesses and setbacks to which children are vulnerable.

    Average heights have increased many centimetres in advanced industrial countries in the last century. This has not been caused by changes at the level of the genome, but by increasing living standards leading to better health and a change in the expression of the same genes that children inherited from their parents. Wealth has CAUSED an increase in heights. If there is any link between IQ and inheritance, it is likely to be similar – it is not that smarter people get richer, but that richer people get smarter. If capitalism had emerged in Africa instead of England, the same “scientific” racist theories would be arguing for the genetic superiority of black people.

  7. Andrew Callinan says:

    Wealth can gain a person comfort and inheritance but it cannot buy you ‘smarts.’ How many dumb bastards have you met from a wealthy family?
    Right wing/Left wing, let’s blow it all up, think of something new and start over. Let all these muppets destroy themselves while the machine rolls on. I’ll set up a nice banana lounge with my esky full of beverages beside it and watch the show. Good luck to you all!

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