A member of the Young Liberal Executive Team has resigned in disgust, saying the party has “completely betrayed its core principles”. Marguerite Iliescu, 28, has written a frank assessment of the party’s failings in a resignation letter sent on December 1 to the Liberal Party’s Victorian division, criticising its lack of loyalty, its treatment of young people and abandonment of its core principles.
Although not mentioned by name, in her letter Iliescu appears to be referring to the plight of neo-Nazi turned Young Liberal Scott Harrison when she writes that:
… the manner in which you have treated both candidates and party members that have come to media attention has been absolutely appalling and shameful. Any principled organisation must show loyalty to its members.
I have no interest in being associated with a party that doesn’t stick by some of its people when they are unfairly attacked by the media and throws people under a bus for short term political gain.
I believe in second chances, and we know from history that some of the greatest advocates for liberty and freedom have been converts from other unpleasant ideologies. Those who have come to liberalism from repugnant ideologies should be praised and used as advocates for de-radicalisation, not shunned and banished from the party.
In which context, a few things:
1. Obviously, Harrison is not the first person to have junked neo-Nazism or White supremacism for some other ideology, in his case the curious amalgam of conservatism and liberalism that is the Liberal Party. That said, it’s unclear why Harrison’s case merits special pleading, especially given that he lied to Fairfax about the nature and extent of his participation in neo-Nazi and White supremacist activism: “When contacted by Fairfax Media, Mr Harrison acknowledged his six-year involvement in the neo-Nazi movement but said it had ceased in 2010 and that he now repudiated his former beliefs.” This is untrue and demonstrably so: Harrison’s last post on Stormfront was in November 2011. Further, according to his former comrades in the Creativity Alliance (formerly known as the White Crusaders of the RAHOWA or WCOTR (where RAHOWA means RAcial HOly WAr)):
Former Reverend Scott Harrison – having joined at age 13 – left the Church of Creativity of his own accord in 2012 at age 21, and went “underground” in an attempt to pursue an education and career. Through 2013 he continued to claim Ministerial Status as an Independent Creator. As of 2014, Mr Harrison’s Ministerial Status has been revoked and he has been forever expelled from the Church of Creativity and affiliated organisations.
2. As detailed elsewhere, Harrison’s commitment to neo-Nazi politics was extensive, beginning in late 2005/early 2006 and extending right through until (at least) 2013. Moreover, it only came to a close upon his public exposure in November this year: the first occasion upon which Harrison made any public indication that he no longer advocates neo-Nazism and White supremacism. During this 8 or perhaps 9 year ‘phase’, Harrison made approximately 1200 posts on the Stormfront website — few of which (presumably) would be considered kosher by other Liberal party hacks, current or former.
3. Iliescu and Harrison have a personal connection through both the Young Liberals and ‘Liberty On The Rocks Australia – a project of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, and part of the international Liberty On The Rocks network’, in which Iliescu serves as the Melbourne organiser and Harrison as the Geelong organiser.
To begin with, the photograph which accompanies the story is of a very young Scott, but his commitment to neo-Nazism extended into more recent years via his involvement, inter alia, with neo-Nazi skinhead gangs Blood & Honour and the Hammerskins. This photograph is of an older Scott in attendance at the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig in Melbourne in 2010:
To start at the beginning:
In late 2005/early 2006, inspired by Cronulla (and the gift of a copy of the film Romper Stomper), Scott initially joined both Stormfront and a short-lived group called WAFF, or ‘Worldwide Aryan Freedom Fighters’, one of countless far-right projects that emerge and then, just as frequently, disappear. Several years later, as well as having become a Creatard (a follower of the White supremacist Creativity religion), Scott also fancied himself something of an ‘anarchist’ — a ‘national anarchist’ — under the stewardship of Sydney-based fascist Welf Herfurth, designated by the SPLC as one of the leaders of the neo-Nazi Volksfront gang. During this period, Scott used the handle ‘anarchonation’.
While at high school, Scott described himself as a racial soldier, claimed to have been in “race wars” at school, and to have bashed a “Red”. Much of the material Scott produced during this period — ie, before he became a ‘Reverend’ in the Creativity Alliance/Movement — has since disappeared online (and/or I couldn’t be bothered tracking it down), but the following are some of the virtual locations he used to propagate his views:
Scott on White Revolution: http://www.whiterevolution.com/forum/search.php?searchid=61958
Scott’s blog: http://www.wnblog.org/Eratic/
Another blog: http://patriotsforwhitepride.blogspot.com/
Scott also had accounts on rahowa.net (‘rahowa’ = ‘RAcial HOly WAr”) and on Stormfront, where he employed several handles, initially ‘Eratic Industries’ (join date: January 2005; 80+ posts). On ‘Eratic Industries’, Scott wrote that: “Eratic Industries was the name of an underground freedom of speech outfit I ran at school, we provided information on making all sorts of things. When I first joined Stormfront I was not a true white nationalist yet, just experimenting so I used Eratic Industries as it was what I was using everywhere else on the net.” Here he describes his plans for the future:
Later, Scott adopted the handle ‘Skalped For Pride’ (join date: January 2006; 300+ posts), and offered these handy tips on fighting:
After abandoning this handle, Scott adopted ‘NoCrusties’ in November 2006, under which title he posted over 500 comments on SF. It was as ‘NoCrusties’ that Scott made some highly objectionable comments, including one in which he joked about photos published in 2007 of Nazi concentration camp guards thusly: “They are celebrating the girls graduation from Jewish strangulation school? Haha, jokes, haha!”. Finally, Scott employed the handle ‘HatemongerCA’ (join date: February 2009; 300+ posts, last entry late 2011). The following blog post on SF outlines Scott’s racial philosophy in some detail:
For a Whiter and Brighter World!
Posted 10-15-2010 at 01:33 AM by HatemongerCA
Updated 10-25-2010 at 10:04 AM by HatemongerCA
After six thousand years of recorded history, our people finally have a religion of, for, and by, them. CREATIVITY is that religion. It is established for the Survival, Expansion, and Advancement of our White Race exclusively. Indeed, we believe that what is good for the White Race is the highest virtue, and what is bad for the White Race is the ultimate sin.
We have come to hold these views by observing the Eternal Laws of Nature, by studying History, and by using the Logic and Common Sense everyone is born with: the highest Law of Nature is the survival of one’s own kind; history has shown us that the White Race is responsible for all that which we call progress on this earth; and that it is therefore logical and sensible to place supreme importance upon Race and to reject all ideas which fail to do so. No species on earth besides the currently misguided White people willingly aid other species at its own expense.
Our people have faced threats throughout history, but never before have our people faced as grave a threat as it is facing today. Today, our people’s very continued biological existence on this planet is in doubt. In 1920 for example, one out of every three people on this planet were White. Today, only one out of every twelve are White. If present trends continue, one can only imagine what the complexion of the world will be like in another one hundred years.
How did this calamity come about? It came about because of our people’s skewed thinking. Our people have thus far been concerned with every issue besides the issue of their own survival. We have subsidized those not of our own kind at our expense, causing their numbers to soar, while at the same time, White people have scaled back the size of their families, either out of selfishness or because of low-paying salaries and exorbitant taxes. We have divided ourselves into all kinds of organizations and causes, none of whom address the most basic issue: Will White children have a future? With CREATIVITY, this is the issue, and all other issues revolve around it.
Our people everywhere are beginning to embrace the dynamic and inspiring creed and program of CREATIVITY. White people everywhere are beginning to put aside their past differences and divisions and are coming together as one people for their best interests. More and more of our people are beginning to realize that if White people do not look out for their own future, no other people will. As a result, our churches are sprouting up all over the world, our ministers preaching the word of White unity and our members zealously spreading the word to you, our fellow White people. We hope that after reading this, you will decide to obtain more information, will consequently decide to become a Creator, and will decide to join us in this historic struggle.
I call upon you to join with us today, to do what is right for your family and for your extended family – your Race. If you act, you will be ensuring a future of beauty and happiness; if you do not, there will be a future of darkness and sadness. We have the capability to make sure that every child has a smile on his or her face.
Let’s not miss the moment. Generations yet unborn are counting on you.
Precisely when Scott decided to abandon fascism and white supremacy (if indeed he did) is unclear. Thus, all the items on the creativityvic site are now credited to ‘Rev C Magyar’. An examination of the site’s archive reveals that the same articles were previously credited to ‘Rev Scott Harrison’; the *latest* entry on the creativityvic site is dated August 26, 2012, ie, *less than one year* before Scott says he joined the Young Liberals (July 2013). His last posts on SF date from October November 2011.
If Scott has indeed junked his previous political commitments that’s a good thing. But until today — perhaps — this remained an open question. In any event, Scott’s case does raise some other interesting questions regarding what, if any, vetting processes apply to those seeking to become leading Young Liberals, and why Scott’s not-inconsiderable activism on behalf of fascism and white supremacy was apparently not discovered by those responsible for overseeing such processes. Of course, it could also be the case that Scott has not fundamentally shifted in his political perspective and simply decided that the Young Liberals is/was a more appropriate vehicle for promoting reactionary politics. Who knows?
Over in New Zealand/Aotearoa Kyle Chapman, leader of the neo-Nazi skinhead group ‘Right Wing Resistance New Zealand’ (RWRNZ), is busy capitalising on the publicity surrounding the group’s latest propaganda campaign, one which centres on the distribution of flyers calling on members of the public to ‘Stop the Asian Invasion’ and to join RWRNZ.
In other words, Kyle is continuing to engage in the same brand of political activism he was pursuing when he was a member of the New Zealand Hammerskins in the late 1980s and 1990s. Indeed, the two groups bare an uncanny resemblance to one another, both in terms of their political perspective but also size, shape and organisation. Of course, Kyle has played a leading role in other far right political formations in-between his leadership of these two gangs, most prominently the ‘New Zealand National Front’ (NZNF) (now under the leadership of Colin Ansell). Note that prior to RWRNZ Kyle, a Mormon, got married, and made a public break with his many years of fascist organising, promising his new wife to dedicate his life to religion not politics. The fact that Kyle was unable to keep his promise suggests that his attachment to fascist politics borders on the pathological.
Speaking of pathology…
Back in Melbourne Patrick O’Sullivan (above), the leader of an even tinier neo-Nazi religious cult known as Creativity, has once again had his indefatigable attempts to cover the suburbs of Melbourne with stickers promoting his wacky beliefs rewarded, this time by the ABC.
Previously, local newspapers reported that the stickers had appeared on the entry to a Salvation Army office in Lilydale. In fact, Patrick has been putting stickers up around town for years, his commitment to doing so only interrupted by a short spell in prison (convicted in August 2002 of a “cowardly” and “violent” assault upon another bonehead in May 1999, Patrick was sentenced to 33 months). Given Torquay’s proximity to Geelong, a likely culprit might otherwise be Deakin University student Scott Harrison, another nutty ‘Reverend’ in the White supremacist cult: the fact that Scott belongs to a rival faction of Creatards, however, suggests this is unlikely.
In any case, congratulations to both Kyle and Patrick for subverting The Controlled Media. RAcial HOly WAr is surely just a t-shirt sale away…
Eventually, in 2007, one group of former WCOTC members formed an alternative organization called the Creativity Alliance. The Creativity Alliance viewed Klassen as its founder, to be sure, but eschewed the goal of a future race war and also decided that “it is in the best interests of Creativity for us to adopt a policy of non-participation in the ‘White Power’ social scene.” Still, the Creativity Alliance, which remains active today with eight chapters in seven states, does not seem far removed from its origins. One article on its website rants about “niggers” and “the hideous Jews” and ends with “White man fight!”
The Creativity Alliance’s declaration of non-participation in the movement — whatever that may really suggest — does not mean that more active Creators have gone away. On the contrary, they are showing definite signs of life.
A tiny movement, in Australia, the cult is split three ways between: a) old school Creator Patrick O’Sullivan in Melbourne; b) members of the Creativity Alliance (CA) in Geelong (Victoria), Adelaide (South Australia) and Queensland and; c) a bloke in Sydney (NSW). Until recently, the bloke in Sydney was a member of the CA but got kicked out because he’s also a member of another neo-Nazi group named Volksfront (VF) Australia. The other Alliance members support VF’s rivals in Blood & Honour and the Southern Cross Hammerskins.
‘Diversity’ by Belgian reich ‘n’ rollers Kill Baby Kill. The band toured Australia in 2008; Dieter Samoy, the lead shouter, committed suicide in January after being sentenced to several years jail for assault. Blood & Honour and the Hammerskins, the neo-Nazi networks responsible for organising the tour, will be presenting some more foreign bands this weekend in Melbourne. The site on which the vid was originally produced was known as podblanc.com: the site’s creator, Craig Cobb, is a Creatard, and was last year deported from Estonia to the US…
Anti-Racist Canada reports that the subject of the newly-launched ‘Combat 18’-aligned neo-Nazi skinhead network ‘Blood & Honour’ has generated some rather heated disco on Stormfront of late, with Canadian moderator Dan Martin (‘OdinPatrick’) coming down firmly on the other side of the dispute; that is, the Hammerskin- (and Volksfront-) aligned B&H. According to Martin and other Jew-hatin’ critics, C18 is a terrorist group, and its actions damage the White nationalist cause. Sadly, Martin fails to explain how he reconciles this claim with the fact that Stormfront is owned by a convicted terrorist named Don Black.
The Canadian B&H/C18 has as its fuehrer a meathead called John Marleau, previously the fuehrer of another mob called the Aryan Guard (AG). One of the few groups to take up the call by Australian White supremacists to celebrate the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racism’ (March 21) as ‘White Pride World Wide’ (WPWW) Day, the AG had a few brief moments in the spotlight before falling apart in a bout of internecine warfare. The AG was also one of many fascist groups supported by Canadian Holocaust denialist Paul Fromm, currently meant to be on tour in Australia.
The ‘debate’ in Canada follows the sentencing last month of B&H/C18 Australia member Bradley Trappitt for crimes arising from his involvement in a shooting incident at a Perth mosque. Like Trappitt, Stormfront Down Under moderator Paul Innes (‘Steelcap Boot’) is from Perth. An attempt by the West Australian branch of B&H to organise a gig on ANZAC Day last year was unsuccessful as one of the bands — Indigenous Hate — decided to throw its weight behind B&H/C18. The angry Aryan pop group, like C18, appears to have disbanded, but it’s likely only a matter of time before something similar re-emerges.
The Hammerskin and Volksfront franchises in Australia appear to be fairly stable, with the former group organising a gig in Melbourne on Grand Final Day. Elsewhere, Mário Machado, the leader of the Portuguese Hammerskins, was last month sentenced to seven years and two months jail for the crimes of coercion, robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of weapons, while a member of Volksfront in the US, Corey J. Miller, got into some minor trouble in July; in May, one of his kameraden, John Edward Grogan, got sentenced to 5 years jail for defacing a synagogue (in April 2009).
Melbourne-based Patrick O’Sullivan — who, posting as ‘RAHOWA NOW’, leaps to the defence of C18 — is the contact point for ‘The Creativity Movement’ in Australia. O’Sullivan has few followers aside from the homeless yoof he periodically recruits, but a coupla pinheads were spotted recently distroing his agitprop in Wellington (Aotearoa/New Zealand). In this case, supply could easily said to be exceeding demand. Nevertheless, last year, a rival faction of Creatards emerged in Victoria when Scott Harrison, the racist teenybopper, and former friend of O’Sullivan, decided to swap his ‘anarchist’ label for an openly and unapologetically White supremacist one. Based in Geelong, and studying at Deakin University, it’s likely that Harrison’s current infatuation will be replaced by another before too long. In Sydney, the teenybopper’s former leader Welf Herfurth — aka ‘New Right Australia & New Zealand’ — has been busy helping to develop the local franchise of Volksfront. His main ally in this endeavour is Chris Smith, who represents the interests of the Creatards in New South Wales, and is formally allied with Harrison.
Elsewhere, boneheads belonging to ‘Right Wing Resistance New Zealand’ have been complaining about police harassment. Although the reasons why remain unspecified, if they’re anything like other fascist vigilantes, it’ll likely be as a result of either: a) drugs; b) domestic violence or; c) public violence. Kyle Chapman, the leader of RWRNZ, was featured on Kiwi TV recently (Marc Ellis’ How the Other Half Lives), in his role as leader of another mob called ‘Survive Club’, a Whites-only group preparing for the coming Armageddon. By mutual agreement, the episode made no reference to Chapman’s decades-long involvement in far right politics.
As well as being fueher of the ‘New Zealand National Front’ (NZNF), Chapman was also, briefly, a signatory to an accord with the ‘Australia First Party’, whose annual conference took place this weekend in Sydney. Among those speaking at the event was the Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm, a Holocaust denialist who participated in AG events in Canada and who is currently running for Mayor of Mississauga.
The 2010 Sydney Forum done come and gone, with relatively little fanfare. Presumably, things went swimmingly for da fash, while Sydney-based businessman, Volksfront organiser, and Master of Race Ceremonies Welf Herfurth ran a friendly but tight ship. Nevertheless, some Sydney-siders did apparently decide to hold some kinda rally in opposition to the Forum on the Sunday, across the road from the venue @ The Bunker:
In his 10th straight year at university but flush with his dead father’s cash, Jim Saleam bought a house at 725 Princes Highway, Tempe, for $90,000. It was 1983 and this grim little terrace, along the main trucking route to Port Botany and just beyond Sydney airport’s runways, has been the Australian headquarters for hate politics ever since.
Happily, the NSW police were kind enough to provide a security detail for the event, one which also apparently outnumbered protesters, who were noticeable largely by their absence. (Or rather, I had difficulty spotting them from my helicopter.) Police were also kept active in Newtown as “Newtown square/The Hub was occupied … by anarchists, anti-authoritarians, antifascists and people in solidarity to make a demonstration against the Sydney Fascist Forum happening this weekend in Tempe” (Anti-fascist Occupation of Newtown Square, Indymedia Australia, September 19, 2010).
On October 9, anti-Muslim fanatics have declared that they’ll be assembling at the Sydney Opera House for a special performance of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen — or, possibly, to mill about complaining about all them Mooselems dey tuk er jerbs. The rally is being organised by the ‘Australian Defence League’, whose previous attempt to organise a rally in Melbourne in April was truly farcical. “Australia or Islamania? It’s Our Choice!” is the winning slogan for October 9, and if more than a handful of whinging Poms choo-choose to rock up @ the tourist attraction in Sydney it will be considered, presumably, a triumph.
Neo-Nazi MMA fighter Niko Puhakka successfully invaded Poland’s KSW XIV over the weekend. Puhakka defeated Danny van Bergen in his first match, and Borys Mańkowski in his second. As a result of his wins, the bonehead will invade Poland again for KSW XV. Puhakka has changed his MySpace page to ‘Private’ in recent months, so precisely which other Übermensch he’s mates with, and how he’s coping with the demise of ‘Kill Baby Kill’, is unknown, but he continues to wear both a Life Rune and B&H tattoo on his chest and therefore, it would seem, his Nazi heart on his sleeve.