RICHARD SPENCER’S RACIST GROUP HAS A NEW LEADER
THE INFAMOUS WHITE nationalist Richard Spencer occupied his fair share of the spotlight at the “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month. As the far-right rally turned deadly — with 19 injured and 32-year-old Heather Heyer killed when a man rammed a crowd of counterprotesters — Spencer appeared shirtless on a livestream talking about how he was pepper-sprayed. Later, he held a brief press conference. As usual, Spencer had foisted himself into the center of attention.
Quietly attending the rally alongside Spencer, however, was the new executive director of the right-wing leader’s nonprofit, the National Policy Institute. Evan McLaren had seemingly come out of nowhere: a far-right figure of little note, with little more than a history of online postings that espoused his white nationalist beliefs and a trail of older postings revealing the path that brought him to his worldview. In Charlottesville, McLaren didn’t attract the same attention as Spencer, but he was there nonetheless, taunting journalists on social media before the event kicked off, and tweeting out slogans of white pride after its bloody conclusion.
“Brothers and sisters across the alt-right — this is a taste of how it feels to be the tip of the spear entering our civilizational crisis,” McLaren tweeted the day after the Charlottesville bloodshed.
In an interview with The Intercept, McLaren relished the chance to capitalize on the chaos and controversy of the Charlottesville rally. “I’m actually happy to be arriving at somewhat of a crisis moment, because it has given me the opportunity to show that I’m not just here to take a paycheck and play pretend ‘alt-right’ person,” he said.
On July 27, McClaren became executive director at the National Policy Institute, a group that rose to infamy after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election when Spencer led a hall of fellow white supremacists – a title McLaren disputes, at least for himself – in Nazi salutes and chants of “Heil Trump.” McLaren claims the role is largely administrative, but there can be little doubt about his ideological commitments to the white nationalism that underpin it.
His journey to get here was a long one — his first public forays were not explicitly racist — and along the way, McLaren worked as a clerk for a federal judge, at a Social Security disability determination office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and at a district attorney’s office with a record that suggests discriminatory practices.
McLaren’s rise to head of the National Policy Institute, however, seemed unlikely just a few years ago, something he readily admits. He publicly expressed doubt about white nationalism’s role on the right. Over time, he developed the “grammar or vocabulary” to express his white nationalist beliefs, he said.
His intellectual journey is a case study in the evolution of right-wing politics that has coincided with the rise of Trump and the far-right movement that largely backed his presidential run. The growing movement and Trump — as we saw in the aftermath of Charlottesville — remain locked in a flirtation where their energy feeds each other. At the center of this vortex is the “alt-right,” unafraid of public backlash, with nativist, white nationalist, and white supremacist views at its core.
Nearly a month before a car driven by an alleged neo-Nazi plowed into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, white supremacists planning the “Unite the Right” rally joked about using vehicles to run over their opponents.
…Evan McLaren, executive director of Richard Spencer’s white supremacist National Policy Institute, argued in an interview that what he characterized as “irreverent banter” was “not relevant to what happened” and did not spur the violence in Charlottesville.
There was some noise by Av Gutman via Huffpo opposing Evan’s right to practice law in Pennsylvania:
In late July, 1,301 law school graduates took the Pennsylvania Bar Examination to get a license to practice law in the State of Pennsylvania. Of those, almost 1,000 passed and are one step closer to call themselves esquires. Each one of these lawyers has a different dream. Some took the bar exam to join the corporate world, while others to become public defenders or prosecutors.
One man, Evan McLaren, took the bar exam to become the “legal warrior” of the White Nationalist movement, and the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners should reject his admission.
According to Board’s Admission Rules, admission to the bar is dependent on an “absence of prior conduct by the applicant which in the opinion of the Board indicates character and general qualifications (other than scholastic) incompatible with the standards expected to be observed by members of the bar of this Commonwealth.”
State bars usually reject applicants due to a criminal record, untreated mental illness and substance abuse, lack of candor, or financial irresponsibility. Almost 40 states have reciprocity with Pennsylvania, which allows other states to admit lawyers from Pennsylvania after a period of time.
The Pennsylvania Bar recently rejected Parthiv Patel, seemingly for his status as an undocumented immigrant and grantee of former Pres. Obama’s DACA program. (The ACLU of Pennsylvania is helping Patel with his case, which is currently pending.)
If the Pennsylvania Bar accepts McLaren, it sends the message that a man like Mr. Patel is somehow “worse” than him because of immigration status alone.
McLaren, who graduated this year from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, describes himself as being “dedicated to the preservation of white heritage and identity.” He insists that Jews do not fit the definition of “white,” claims that rap music is the “cesspool where black music has been festering for about twenty-five years now,” and recently retweeted a tweet implying that transgender people are “dogs.” When McLaren found out he passed the bar exam, he stated that “I passed the Pennsylvania bar exam. Hail victory!” ― using the English translation of the famous Nazi rallying chant, “Sieg heil!” A Twitter user congratulated him and added “we need more legal warriors,” to which McLaren responded, “yes we do.”
If that was not enough to cause alarm, McLaren spends his days as Richard Spencer’s right-hand-man. He is the executive director of Spencer’s white nationalist “think-tank.” This is the same Richard Spencer who led 200 people in chanting “hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory” while performing a Nazi salute, was described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “kind of professional racist in khakis,” and co-organized a white supremacists’ torch march on Charlottesville. Heather Hayer was killed in that march after a white supremacist hit her with his car, but McLaren expressed denial, insisting that Heyer was not even in the collision.
Fulcrum of the moral universe, thy name is Heather Heyer.
Apparently Richard Spencer recently embarrassed Sargon of Akkad, a popular podcaster, in debate, a blow for something called the “skeptic” community:
Akkad’s performance suggests if Shakespeare had only known, he would have written “first, we kill all the libertarians.”
Luke: My questions for Evan:
* How did you get red-pilled?
* Did you join the Bar?
* How did getting red-pilled affect your relationships with friends and family? Your dating life?
* Tell me about the guys on Alt Right Politics podcast.
* Do Jews have a role to play in the Alt Right?
* What have you learned from your dealing with the media and watching Richard deal with them?
* Have you managed to stay out of feuds?
* What’s your racial background?
* What’s your religious background?
* Question to Evan McLaren. Has he ever met a high IQ or well read nazi/neonazi?
* Do Jewish Ultra Zionists and people like Luke Ford belong in the AltRight?
* Homos and the Alt Right?
How urgent is the demographic & political crisis in America? How long do you think ya’ll have before you miss the window and doom is inevitable?
One of the tropes or platitudes of the alt-right critique of things is that Jews push for multiculturalism while maintaining an ethnic nation-state. But, Israel is quite young, historically – and Jews seemed to advocate for multiculturalism even before Israel was theirs… are they onto something? Maybe whites could simply band together within various multicultural nation-states, the way Jews have, and survive the ravages of time that way? –making the ethno-state unnecessary.
What do you think of the Civil Rights Legislation that forces businesses to cater to people in a non-discriminatory way? Is that a violation of the right to voluntary association? Are all-white private clubs like Augusta National Golf Course (until 1990) illegal?
Why/how do you think public education became so implicitly globalist & explicitly multiculturalist?
Richard Spencer seems to try to avoid or dodge questions about what the standards of the white ethnostate might be… he’s not particularly religious, and neither are most of the alt-right figureheads. But what will white morality be based on, if not “Judeo-Christian” traditionalism? For instance, whites have led the whole world in liberalizing sexual morality, yet many in the alt-right fantasize about reversing same-sex marriage and similar progressive sex stuff… but why would you think whites will ever do that? Muslims, yes—but whites?
Sargon embarrassed himself, and I can’t stand Jordan Peterson’s talk about “the individual,” but at bottom, there is some deep – even “identitarian” – part of me that wants to reserve the right to dissent. Spencer, bravely perhaps, has favored more communitarian forms of governing… and as a weirdo contrarian, I need to know that I’ll be allowed to dispute damn near everything once I’m stuck in the ethno-state.
* This week’s Torah portion is Va’era and it tells the story of the first seven plagues against Egypt.