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The Innovia Foundation’s former president has finally won his three-year battle to stop the organization from donating to a racist website – Pacific…

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Last week, Innovia Foundation CEO Shelly O'Quinn initially refused to say whether the foundation would stop contributing to the alt-right website VDare.

There's one thing the Innovia Foundation can never say: That it hadn't been told.

Mark Hurtubise, the outgoing president of the foundation then known as the Inland Northwest Community Foundation was first alerted by his grants department in late January of 2017 that his organization was being used as a middleman to help fund VDare, a racist alt-right website.

So way back in February of 2017, Hurtubise says, he sent a six-page letter to the foundation's board members, warning them that the institution's integrity was at stake, and laying out a number of noxious statements that had been published on VDare.

There were articles accusing black people and immigrants of having lower IQs, arguing that America was founded explicitly as a "white nation, for white people," blaming Jews for "weakening America's historic white majority," and a quote, from VDare's founder, that "Hispanics do specialize in rape, particularly of children."

A wealthy donor wanted to use the "donor-advised fund" he'd set up with the community foundation to donate thousands of dollars to VDare.

Legally, the ultimate destination of his money was solely controlled by the community foundation. But the foundation's board chair at the time, Bob Bishopp, argued that they had "no legal basis" to not send the money to the hate group, although he also noted that, in the near future, the board should revisit the issue, and potentially rewrite their policies.

Hurtubise refused to sign the check, but the board which included community figures like Patricia McCrae, president of KHQ, Inc., and Sandi Bloem, former mayor of Coeur d'Alene went forward with the donation anyway.

For the next three years, Hurtubise repeatedly pleaded with the foundation's leadership to officially commit to no longer funding hate groups. But records suggest that Hurtubise was rebuffed, accused of trying to hurt the foundation and told he might need to consider getting a lawyer, all while Innovia continued lavishing increasingly large sums upon VDare.

Since Hurtubise stepped down as the foundation's president in June of 2017, the group has sent an additional $34,500 in donor-advised funds to VDare.

"I had concluded there was no empathy, no real concern for people who were being affected by these grants," Hurtubise says. "It's not moral."

But last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate group, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a white paper on how charities contribute to hate groups. It starred Innovia under a section titled "Donor Recommends a Grant to a White Nationalist Organization."

Within six days, Innovia announced that they would no longer support VDare, and that a new anti-hate policy would be passed next month to ensure they "never again provide grant funds to organizations that promote hate."

Innovia says that they'd spent years laying the groundwork for the new policy.

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Betsy Wilkerson, recently appointed to the Spokane City Council, rejoined the Innovia board in 2018.

"The community has taken the foundation out behind the woodshed and we got spanked. We did," acknowledges Spokane City Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson, a black woman who rejoined the Innovia Foundation board in 2018. "We were slow in responding. But we had to work through the process."

TRUTH OR VDARE

Named after "Virginia Dare," supposedly the first white child to be born in America, VDare's mission goes beyond the rhetoric of a typical anti-immigration group and into claims that changing the country's racial balance threatens the very survival of America's identity.

"VDare.com also regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites," notes the Southern Poverty Law Center in an article labeling VDare a "hate group."

Conservatives often reflexively dismiss the SPLC, accusing them of tarring even mainstream conservative groups by calling them bigots. But many of those conservative groups also accuse VDare of bigotry. Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, for instance, calls VDare a "white supremacist" website. In 2018, the Trump administration fired speechwriter Darren Beattie just for speaking at a panel with the founder of VDare.

And when conservative outlets exile a right-wing figure as too beyond-the-pale for their views to be even published, VDare welcomes them with open arms. The conservative National Review magazine fired John Derbyshire for writing a piece for another publication urging parents to tell their children to avoid "events likely to draw a lot of blacks."

But he found a home at VDare, where he quickly wrote that "white supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements history has come up with."

The conservative Canadian outlet Rebel Media fired commenter Faith Goldy after she celebrated a "rising white racial consciousness" at the infamous 2017 alt-right rally in Charlottesville and then appeared on a neo-Nazi Daily Stormer podcast. Today, Goldy publishes podcasts with titles like "Whites Have Rights: It's Time to Get Serious About Secession" on VDare.

While VDare founder Peter Brimelow denies he's a white nationalist he's said that his "heart is with civic nationalism," but his "head is with racial nationalism" he's repeatedly celebrated the fact that VDare publishes white nationalists. Fifteen years ago, Brimelow was publishing a far-right figure named Jared Taylor, praising him as "the most brilliant and accomplished figure among white nationalists."

The month before the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, one of the organizers had penned a VDare article titled, "Yes Virginia (Dare), There Is Such a Thing as a White Genocide." When a woman was killed by a white supremacist in the rally, even the online payment service PayPal refused to process donations to VDare.

But for two and a half years after Charlottesville, donor-advised funds continued to support VDare. In 2018, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation spent $90,000 and held numerous meetings with around 50 different stakeholders to rebrand itself as "Innovia," but continued to shell out increasing amounts of funding to VDare on behalf of its mystery donor.

Their tax records released that year show that during the first year of the foundation's new CEO, former County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn, donor-advised grants to VDare cracked the $5,000 threshold for the first time.

In June of 2018, Hurtubise wrote about his frustrations in Alliance, a magazine about the philanthropic world: "In my long career," he wrote, without naming Innovia, "I believe passive racism was ratified over my objection when the board unanimously favored the biases of a wealthy donor instead of supporting the advancement of all races."

In September of 2018, he sent a letter to the board and O'Quinn. He cited the Alliance article and pleaded with them to explicitly guarantee that foundation funding would not be used to support "racist/and or discriminatory endeavors."

But Innovia quadrupled down. Between the summer of 2018 and the summer of 2019, it quietly channeled $22,000 more in donor-advised funding to VDare. Hurtubise had no idea it was that much. But he kept pestering the board to change their policies.

"I even said to the board, 'I'm assuming most of you are Christian,'" Hurtubise says. "'It's easy to say that you're a Christian if you've never had to be one.'"

By June of 2019, legal action was being discussed.

"As I am reading through emails you have sent to others over the past six months, including this weekend, I have to ask: What is your motivation?" O'Quinn wrote to Hurtubise. "Is it to: Destroy the foundation? Indict certain board members? Right a perceived wrong? If this is the case, then perhaps we both need to 'weigh seeking legal counsel.'"

In the email, O'Quinn stressed that she didn't want to get lawyers involved, but also that she refused to discuss what happened in the past.

Today, O'Quinn tells the Inlander that Hurtubise first raised the prospect of legal counsel and that she'd invited him to work with Innovia to change their donor-advised fund policy.

Hurtubise disputes that characterization and says O'Quinn's email was the final straw. In August of 2019, he sat down at a symposium about nonprofits funding hate groups that included the Southern Poverty Law Center and shared his story.

Still, the Innovia spigot continued flowing to VDare, with Innovia donating an additional $7,500 between September and November of last year. It was only this week that Innovia was willing to say they'd no longer fund VDare.

O'Quinn, however, claims the board hadn't been ignoring the issue. Instead, she says they'd been on a "journey over the last two and a half years" to change the board's policies.

"We did take action. It was not as fast as I would have liked," O'Quinn says. "It's not as simple as simply adopting an anti-hate statement."

NEVER AGAIN

But Hurtubise says it was as simple as telling the donor "no."

For wealthy donors, donor-advised funds offer an appealing deal: They can donate assets including money, stocks and land to a community organization, get a big, immediate tax write-off for it, and get to suggest how the funds should be spent. The catch? According to the IRS, the community organizations "must have the ultimate authority over how the assets in the funds are invested and distributed."

But O'Quinn says that, in the case of the donor recommending Innovia donate to VDare, he had the "expectation" that Innovia would donate to whatever 501(c)(3) nonprofit he recommended. O'Quinn argues Innovia had to consider issues like avoiding potential litigation. (Some donor-advised fund providers have been sued by donors who accused them of breaking promises.)

Hurtubise, however, notes that the attorney's law firm for the foundation was also the attorney's law firm for the donor.

"There's obviously an appearance of a conflict of interest," Hurtubise says.

But it's complicated, O'Quinn says. During her half-hour interview with the Inlander on Monday, O'Quinn uses the phrase "legal complexities" or "legally complex" nine times.

"Do you realize that of the 750-plus community foundations in the country, there's only a handful that actually developed anti-hate policy statements and we are going to be among them?" O'Quinn says. "Most of them have not, because it is not a simple issue."

Indeed, in a 2019 article in Sludge, a left-leaning journalistic website, investigative reporter Alex Kotch calculated that two of the largest donor-advised fund providers, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Vanguard Charitable, donated a combined $46,100 to VDare over a three-year period.

And as Kotch argues, these foundations aren't just giving the donors the right to donate to controversial organizations, they're giving them the power of anonymity. The IRS doesn't know who the donor is sending his money to VDare through Innovia. Even VDare doesn't know.

"The new white hood is the anonymity that is provided by foundations to facilitate the awarding of millions of dollars going to hate organizations," Hurtubise says.

For all his brashness, even Hurtubise isn't willing to identify the name of the donor, feeling bound by his fiduciary duty to the organization he just led.

But, increasingly, nonprofits are pushing back against the issue. Last year, the Amalgamated Foundation launched a "Hate Is Not Charitable" campaign to urge nonprofits to promise to no longer allow donor-advised funds to go toward hate groups.

And, next month, Innovia will officially be making that promise, part of what Wilkerson and O'Quinn characterize as their larger commitment to diversity and racial equity.

Hurtubise says that, at least, is a cause for celebration.

"It can be a model for what other community foundations can do," he says. "This is exactly what I thought the foundation should have done back in January of 2017."

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Young Knives announce first new album in seven years ‘Barbarians’ – DIY Magazine

Announcing their first full-length album since 2013s Sick Octave, Young Knives will release their fifth album Barbarians on 4th September.

As with every Young Knives album, me and House always need a good reason to make it, Henry explains. We often start with some high concept that we feel passionate about and use it like a framework to build lyrics and motifs around. As confirmed but self-aware nihilistic miserabilists we often have to dig our way out of a spiralling bleak world view that would make for a super depressing listen. This album is no different. But I think thats the point of the records we make: how can we turn the worse aspects of humanity into something really fucking entertaining? Obviously there was a lot going on around the world at the time we were writing the record, with the rise of the alt-right and politics designed to divide us. All this fed into a sense that humans are always going to have this battle between our collective existence and the existence of the individual, some days we give and some days we take.

I read Straw Dogs [2002 book by philosopher John Gray] after having put it off for years because of the hype. Its something you cant un-read. Its key point is that no matter what scientific progress we have made, what advances we have made in our understanding of how the universe works, we have not become better humans, we are no less barbaric. I just thought that it was such an undeniable point; we are obsessed with self and social improvement, but we dont get any better as human beings. What if cruelty to others is just part of who we are? How do we live with that?

Sharing raucous lead track Sheep Tick, accompanied by a weird AF video, Henry adds, Music videos are awful and we wanted to lean into that. The idea behind this one was to make a video that you couldnt have pitched. We just started shooting without knowing what it was, our goal to make it as baffling and entertaining as possible. Weirdly, the great thing is that some of the video started to make sense with the song after we had finished it: Houses goblin character is the voice inside that tells you how worthless you are, and you have to make peace with him. Most of it doesnt make any sense though.

Check it out below.

'Barbarians' Tracklisting:

1. Swarm

2. Society for Cutting Up Men

3. Jenny Haniver

4. Red Cherries

5. I Am Awake

6. Holy Name 68

7. Barbarians

8. Sheep Tick

9. Only a God

10. What I Saw

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Young Knives announce first new album in seven years 'Barbarians' - DIY Magazine

How Kevin DeAnna Orchestrated the Alt-Right’s Approach to Conservative Institutions – Southern Poverty Law Center

When WorldNetDaily (WND) named Trump Man of the Year in an unbylined article penned by DeAnna that he sent to his then-girlfriend Katie McHugh with the subject line My Tribute to the God-Emperor, the future president wrote in a Jan. 1, 2016, tweet: Thank you so much to WND.com for naming me the 2015 Man of the Year. This is indeed a great honor for me!

The God-Emperor as some on the alt-right called Trump had honored DeAnna with a digital homage.

President Donald Trump was named WorldNetDaily's "Man of the Year" in 2016, inspiring Kevin DeAnna to refer to him as "the God-Emperor." (Screenshot via WorldNetDaily.)

DeAnna, a longtime white nationalist activist and blogger who had kept his more extremist affiliations veiled to hold down his job at WND, boosted then-candidate Trump from the safety of various pseudonyms.

As Gregory Hood, DeAnna contributed to a variety of sites that would become crucial to the alt-rights rise, including the National Policy Institutes Radix Journal, Counter-Currents, and American Renaissance; meanwhile, as James Kirkpatrick, DeAnna served as a frequent contributor to the white nationalist, anti-immigration site VDARE. His connections to these pen names were unveiled by a trove of emails from former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh who also dated DeAnna from 2013 to 2016, and, again, briefly in 2017 that were leaked to Hatewatch. (McHugh, once a part of this world, has since denounced her ties to white nationalism.) Throughout the course of their relationship, DeAnna often asked McHugh to edit his essays under the Kirkpatrick and Hood bylines, as well as sent her links to published articles.

DeAnna was an earlier Trump booster under both pen names as well. Writing as Gregory Hood for white nationalist publicationRadix Journal in July 2015, he implored his fellow extremists to support Trump, arguing that the future leader had shifted the Overton window in the movements favor.

But Trumps tweet was important for another reason: it was evidence that DeAnna, a longtime white nationalist, had managed to hide in plain sight. DeAnnas political cleverness permitted him to cycle between extremist movements and his various positions within the conservative mainstream. This allowed him to form a youth movement, the Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), that would provide the basis for the budding alt-right and radicalize some of its most prominent leaders while nestled safely in the conservative machine.

DeAnnas own career trajectory which has led him from one of the most powerful right-wing political institutions into the belly of the alt-right illuminates how devout white nationalists creep into some of the same institutions that pride themselves on the myth that William F. Buckley and other conservative stalwarts purged antisemites and racists from the conservative movement.

Neither DeAnna nor his various editors and coworkers throughout the years including American Renaissances Jared Taylor, WorldNetDailys Joseph Farah, the National Policy Institutes Richard Spencer and Counter-Currents Gregory Johnson responded to repeated requests for comment via email.

DeAnnas career as one of the most prominent, pseudonymous thinkers on the alt-right was no accident. In fact, it fits with his previous work as a youth organizer. He plunged into the world of far-right organizing in the early 2000s while a student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

DeAnnas foray into campus activism began with his involvement with the libertarian-leaning student paper, The Remnant, in 2001. He and fellow student Marcus Epstein served as managing editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, in 2003 using their platform to bring far-right academic Paul Gottfried to campus for a speech slamming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was sponsored by the Rockford Institute, an ultra-conservative institution founded in 1976. For decades, it was best known for publishing the conservative magazineChronicles, which featured writing from an array of far-right figures, including Pat Buchanan, as well as white nationalist-connected essayist Sam Francis and The Social Contract editor Wayne Lutton.

Epstein wasnt the only person DeAnna found through campus activities who became involved with YWC. In 2005, DeAnna met Craig Burgers after he started blogging for the website Smash Left-Wing Scum. Burgers and DeAnna were affiliated with their schools respective branches of the right-wing, libertarian-leaning Young Americans for Freedom DeAnna as a group leader on his campus and Burgers as a member at Michigan State University.

After graduation, DeAnna was hired at the right-wing Leadership Institute (LI) as a field representative. The institute, founded in 1979, has been home to a number of prominent politicians and activists on the American right, including Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and conservative provocateur James OKeefe.

YWC was founded shortly thereafter in 2006. Whether LI staff were aware of DeAnnas views is unclear. When Hatewatch first reported on the connections between LI and DeAnnas activities with the YWC in 2011, the Leadership Institute declined to comment. LI founder Morton C. Blackwell told NBC News in a report published May 12, 2011, There is no formal connection between the two groups, emphasizing that it was one of the smallest of the more than 1,400 conservative campus groups that receive organizational help and training from the institute.

The Leadership Institute did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

But DeAnna, at least, seemed to view the two as connected. A satirical autobiography, which DeAnna told McHugh he wrote while he was at the institute in 2010, sent to her by DeAnna in 2014, illustrated how he viewed his role.

April 10, 2014, 2:26 PM: DeAnna . . . was told he must travel to the capitol of the Empire, a land of marble and Negroes. There he would form an alliance with the Conservative Movement a mighty force that had harnessed all those who still cared about the fate of their nation into a great political coalition. . . .

Upon arriving, he found that he was enlisted in a far different enterprise than he had once thought. He found that the movement only had three goals tax cuts for millionaires, cheap labor for corporations, and never ending warfare on behalf of a far away land known as Zion. . . .

He grew in wisdom and experience each word let [sic] to another word, each deed to another deed. Soon, he found he could lead these students in greater causes. No campus was safe from the beauty of his words and the power of his charisma, no idiotic conservative idea could not be co-opted, no homely female college Republican chair could resist his patented technique of getting her really drunk and bragging he had a free hotel room. Comrades came and went, many betrayed and many proved their loyalty. In time, a movement began to be formed.

In the completely logical location of Lynchburg, VA, a small group of Odinic warriors adopted the half breed German into their midst. . . . DeAnna proclaimed the birth of a new organization, Youth for Western Civilization, which would realize the lost promise of the conservative movement and reclaim Vinland once and for all. Under the banner of the warhammer, YWC forces spread out across the content [sic], lacking in weapons but mighty in willpower. Sure of his destiny, but not of how he would pay the rent, DeAnna fights every day to achieve his destiny of total Aryan victory and somehow getting out of debt.

DeAnnas declaration that his goal of total Aryan victory contradicted his efforts in articles published by NBC News and elsewhere to downplay YWCs racialist overtones.

DeAnna spoke to McHugh candidly about how he believed the more mainstream conservatives at the institute perceived his politics. Writing to McHugh in September 2017, a few weeks after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, he expressed surprise that LI employees had been dismayed by McHughs anti-Muslim tweets. These same tweets resulted in McHughs firing from Breitbart in May 2017.

McHugh, Sept. 8, 2017, 4:26 pm: LI staffers were furious at me over some tweets about Muslim immigration after I gave a speech there. . . .

DeAnna, Sept. 8, 2017, 4:40 pm: Thats utterly bizarre. I was just talking to LI staff[.] I jokingly said I was Alt Right before there was an Alt Right, they all did the old oh, thats our Kevin laugh and then we talked about campus programming and they said how good it was to see me. . . . What did they do, send an email saying you arent welcome? I dont think they are even allowed to ban you from programs. Maybe as faculty, but for Gods sake, even Matt Heimbach is a YLS [Youth Leadership School a two-day training for young activists sponsored by LI] graduate.

Tim Dionisopoulos, former Youth for Western Civilization member. (Photo via Facebook)

DeAnna wasnt the only YWC member to settle at LI. Tim Dionisopoulos, the groups former Providence-based headof the regions unofficial YWC chapter, wrote for LIs Campus Reform blog until he left for a job at the conservative Media Research Center in early 2014. Likewise, as Hatewatch reported in 2011, Epstein also allegedly held an internship at the institute. Others including Heimbach, who founded YWCs Towson University chapter, and Devin Saucier took part in institute training.

They trained this entire next generation of white nationalists, Heimbach toldLuke OBrien at HuffPost in 2016.

DeAnnas position at the institute gave him time to take part in other far-right activities. In 2006, Epstein and DeAnna co-founded the ultra-conservative discussion group, the Robert A. Taft Club, alongside Richard Spencer, then an editor at The American Conservative. The club served as a discussion group for like-minded far-right personalities, and it featured a plethora of speakers throughout the years including more mainstream figures such as Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. It also provided a space for extremists to gather, socialize and strategize in a manner that was publicly frowned upon by the conservative mainstream.

But LI was far from the only mainstream conservative institution that made YWCs growth possible. The groups presence at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, provided it with a large platform.

In 2011, DeAnna came to CPAC for a panel called Will Immigration Kill the GOP? Jared Taylor, head of the white nationalist think tank American Renaissance, praised the event as one of the most pointed discussions of immigration at an event that often tried to avoid the subject.

The same April 2011 issue of American Renaissances now-defunct print newsletter that included Taylors report on CPAC contained an appeal to subscribers to donate to YWC. DeAnna, Taylor wrote, was an eloquent and distinguished young man who knows how important our cultural identity is. Despite YWCs almost studious avoidance of describing the Western civilization that it sought to protect as a white one, Taylors reference to our cultural identity clearly had one group in mind: white Americans.

DeAnnas departure from the YWC to, in his words, move onto different things coincided with his blossoming career as a pseudonymous white nationalist blogger under the pen names Gregory Hood and James Kirkpatrick. He also took a new job at Joseph Farahs ultra-conservative online publication, WorldNetDaily.

WND was one of the primary conduits for conservative conspiracy theories, including the birther theorythat President Obama was not born in the United States. Its unclear whether WND was aware of DeAnnas side gig as a blogger for several white nationalist websites. Recent reportingon Paul Kersey, aka WND marketing coordinator Michael Thompson, demonstrates he was not the only one. On May 25, 2012, WND published a lengthy response to an article in the SPLCs Intelligence Report on the 30 most prominent activistsin the radical right. Titled 4 from WND on Most Dangerous List,the piece highlighted DeAnna and Farah, among others, for their presence on the list.

In emails, Farahs relationship with DeAnna seems amicable and Farah seems either unaware or willing to overlook some of DeAnnas more radical connections perhaps because DeAnna attracted minimal attention otherwise. Most of his contributions to the site where he worked from 2012 to sometime in 2018, with a brief break starting in late 2013 and extending into part of 2014 lacked a byline, and articles he wrote under his own name up until 2013 were par for the course for WND. Among them was an interview with an authorwho called conspiracies around the Bilderberg Group a reality; an op-ed that posited without evidencethat mass Islamic immigration is transforming the Western character of [Europe]; and a defense of Russias crackdownon the dissident punk rock group Pussy Riot.

According to a BuzzFeed profile on McHugh published in May 2019, DeAnna and McHugh started dating in 2013, after the two met at a party in Virginia. A few months later, in December 2013, DeAnna made a reference to McHugh that he had ended his employment with WND. He tried to continue contributing to the website on at least one occasion. Im not sure why WND wont publish me anymore. Probably because I up and quit, DeAnna wrote to McHugh on Dec. 30, 2013, attaching a column on Duck Dynasty that he hoped the Daily Caller then McHughs employer could publish.

That same year, DeAnna began to push forward on a plan to join the U.S. Marine Corps. While living in Lynchburg, Virginia, DeAnna used his newfound free time to prepare for boot camp.

DeAnna, Jan. 16, 2014, 4:30 pm: When I came to Lynchburg, all I wanted was quiet training to get ready for the USMC, not a million things and new commitments. Once I get a ship date in stone I may just have to tell everyone in politics to shut up and leave me alone, as the USMC comes first.

Writing again to McHugh in early June 2014 not long before he was supposed to head to boot camp he noted:

I already have the kind of Prince of the Alt Right type life as a backup the USMC is a way for me to break into the mainstream at least somewhat, which has greater returns, at least economically.

But in the end, it was DeAnnas Prince of the Alt Right life that won out. The specifics of DeAnna and what happened with the Marines are unclear.

His work with Farahs site, combined with his growing responsibilities as a freelancer for several white nationalist publications, took a toll. Between salvaging VDARE crap, WND articles, and actually trying to fit in some important work, he wrote in a Jan. 12, 2016, email to McHugh.

Still, working at WND had its perks.

DeAnna could push his white nationalist work into the mainstream. In a March 15, 2016, email, American Renaissances Jared Taylor implored WND and Breitbart to boost an updated version of his organizations Color of Crime report:

We are about to release the updated Color of Crime and I thought you might want to look at an advanced copy. . . [I]t would, of course, be great if WND or Breitbart could mention it.

This is all based on very sober analysis of government statistics, and I think the data and conclusions are bullet proof. The report is by New Century Foundation and doesnt say AmRen on it anywhere, though the link to us is easy to find.

I think its damn good and I just wish it could break into the mainstream.

Alongside McHugh and DeAnna, Taylor messaged DeAnnas WND coworker, Michael Thompson, who worked in marketing. Thompson had been writing for American Renaissance and other white nationalist publications under the pseudonym Paul Kersey.

One of DeAnnas biggest successes at WNDaside from getting the God-Emperors attention, of coursewas publishing a nearly-100-page report on the dangers of anti-fascism. The unbylined report, titled Antifa: What Americans Need to Know About the Alt-Left, was released Sept. 25, 2017. DeAnna sent excerpts of an early draft for friends, including McHugh, to review.

The introduction painted antifascists as members of Americas most dangerous domestic terrorist group. DeAnna argued that Antifa didnt arise in opposition to the fascists; rather, it was there first.

Antifa arent the real fascists or the real racists. They arent militant Hillary Clinton supporters or Nazis in disguise. Nor are they anything new. They are simply the same leftists who have drowned the world in blood under the cover of egalitarian slogans since the days of Lenin.

To understand what happened in Charlottesville, whats happening in the United States today, and what is going to happen to our country in the near future, its time for all Americans to see these violent extremists as they really are, in their own words.

While none of these talking points were out of step with the conservative machines hyperbolic coverage of left-wing activism, DeAnna made at least one goal clear in a Sept. 1, 2017, email to McHugh:

Incidentally, I pretty much defend fascism in chapter 3. But then again, so did [Austrian economist Ludwig von] Mises.

DeAnnas invocation of Mises likely refers to the thinkers proclamation in 1927 six years before Hitler seized control of the Reichstag that it cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization.

DeAnna boosted his own work under the safety of his pseudonyms. Writing as James Kirkpatrick, he reviewed the report for VDARE, observing that the book oddly lists no author. Furthermore, Kirkpatrick contended, Antifa demonstrates that anti-fascism is not merely Left Totalitarianism, but now [also] deeply anti-white.

The fact that such a report, Kirkpatrick concluded, was published by WND demonstrates that mainstream conservatives are finally waking up to the terrifying reality of the American Lefts paramilitaries.

Most works focused on the rise of the alt-right have zeroed in on the work of far-right academic Paul Gottfried, whose 2008 address at the H.L. Mencken Clubs first annual meeting lay out an early vision for the alternative right. Gottfrieds vision of a conservative movement distinct from the hegemony of the neoconservative establishment was, in some ways, actualized in YWC long before he emerged on the scene.

Kevin DeAnna speaks at a 2009 conference of the H.L. Mencken Club. (Photo via Facebook)

Gottfried arguedthat the new right that the H.L. Mencken Club sought to embolden had youth and exuberance on our side. These youthful post-paleos were well-educated young professionals, who consider themselves to be on the right, but not of the current conservative movement. But while Gottfried argued in favor of seizing control of conservative institutions, he did not elaborate on how these young professionals ought to interact with the conservative establishment in detail.

YWC, which arguably represented the most viable option for bridging the chasm between the extreme, white nationalist right and the mainstream, officially disintegrated in 2013, and its members took various paths. Some, such as Heimbach, leaning into accusations that YWCs racial chauvinism was too extreme. As journalist Vegas Tenold documented in his book "Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America," Heimbach, who met DeAnna in 2010 at CPAC, was almost instantly engrossed by the latters project. YWC served as the basis for Heimbachs White Student Union at Towson University and, later, his Traditionalist Youth Network, which was explicit in its white nationalist tendencies.

But others, such as DeAnna, sought refuge in the conservative establishment while keeping their white nationalist views veiled.

DeAnna, for example, did not take kindly to Heimbachs grandiose displays. Writing to McHugh on Feb. 26, 2015, he referred to Heimbach, then head of TYN, as an anti-activist the sort of person who self-discredits all his own ideas.

Unlike Heimbach, DeAnna and his peers traveled in both circles. YWCs ties to the mainstream conservative world had prepared its most active participants well for these dual identities. As DeAnna observed in a 2009 Takis Magazine articletitled The Alternative Right, YWC was not outside of the mainstream it just took what the GOP was saying to its natural conclusion. YWC, he wrote, merely echo[ed] standard conservative rhetoric on immigration, multiculturalism, and American identity. The main distinction between YWC and the mainstream GOP, he continued, was that we actually back it up.

And this extended to their personal lives. As Rosie Gray observedin BuzzFeeds May 2019 profile of McHugh, the circle she and DeAnna ran in was seemingly unremarkable. Surrounding McHugh was a tight, insular group of friends . . . living and working in DC one not dissimilar to other groups of 20- and 30-somethings in media and politics,Gray continued, except [that] some of them were committed extremists. Their friendships served as networks of trust. After all, extremist groups are insular.

Still, those within DeAnnas social circle were not simply extremists, they were white nationalists with years of experience organizing from within the conservative movement.

Former Daily Caller editor Scott Greer. (Photo via Facebook)

One thread from 2014 about CPAC between former YWCers Dionisopoulos, Burgers, Saucier, and DeAnna and then-Daily Caller editor Scott Greer, sheds light on this connection. Not only does it show just how comfortable some members of the the alt-right were in navigating mainstream conservative circles in its early days, but it also demonstrates how these friendships shaped the trajectory of the movement by building networks of trust and cooperation.

Burgers, Feb. 17, 2014, 12:08 pm: What are your plans, if any, for CPAC? I assume DeAnna will be manning the Heathens for Economic Freedom booth, but other than that? . . .

Dionisopoulos, Feb. 17, 2014, 12:16 pm: Ill be there for the MRC [Media Research Center], but no concrete plans as to what Im actually asked with doing. I think its sort of a wander around the media area and hang out type of thing . . .

Burgers, Feb. 20, 2014, 8:41 pm: Alright, I guess I will plan on attending as well then. I assume Katie, Tim, and Scott are covered by work, but are you registering[,] Devin and Kevin? I have to figure out whether or not I should.

Also, I found out today Chulski [of Americans for Prosperity] will be hosting a well-funded open bar party on behalf of Michigan AFP. Well have VIP treatment there should we choose to attend.

Saucier, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:25 pm: I probably wont register, but will be there to help Richard.

Saucier appears to be referring to Richard Spencer. Another email from Saucier on March 6, 2014 the first day of CPAC alerted the group that Jared, presumably Jared Taylor, would be at the conference.

Amid innocuous dinner plans and vineyard excursions, the group organized a gaggle of invite-only white nationalist gatherings in the heart of D.C. Epstein hosted one series, known as the Alt-Right Toastmasters, that brought together journalists, open white nationalists, anti-immigrant stalwarts and a former DHS official for discussions related to the far right. The meetings, which have been reported on by The Atlantic, BuzzFeed and Splinter, served as a vehicle for bringing together the broader D.C. circle DeAnna was a part of. Though Epstein usually blind-copied all participants, the list of invitees to a June 6, 2016, get-together discussing, among other things, The Pros and Cons of Anonymity, includes an array of extremists.

At times, their affiliations were barely veiled. A July 2015 email from Saucier introduces the prospect of inviting Evan Osnos, a reporter for The New Yorker who first reported on the alt-rights loose coalition for Trump in 2015, to a private gathering. Osnos would be wearing a conspicuous name tag and had sworn not to give away any names or specific details about each person, wrote Saucier. While Saucier noted he intended to be conscientious of attendees security concerns, inviting an outsider in would, he continued, be a good opportunity to give this guy an impression of who we are.

Their shared beliefs and mutual concerns about expressing their more radical views held DeAnnas circle together after the collapse of YWC. Without the aura of respectability provided by YWC, however, group members scattered.

We want to have people spread as widely as possible, DeAnna wrote on a March 14, 2016, thread. Of those on the thread which included Epstein, Thompson, McHugh, Dionisopoulos, Greer and Saucier only two, DeAnna and Thompson, worked at the same organization at that time.

Having white nationalists spread across the Beltway wasnt just pragmatic in the sense that it allowed the movement to establish connections with as many institutions as possible it was practical for everyone involved. Said DeAnna in one email: Its a kind of insurance policy for each other.

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Review: Going Dark The Secret Social Lives of Extremists by Julia Ebner – PoliticsHome.com

Julia Ebner was deservedly praised for her first book, The Rage The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism, which shone a light on the interdependence of apparently viscerally opposed groups. Thus one groups actions justify the others narrative of victimhood that then provokes them to act in response, which in turn further reinforces the first groups sense of grievance leading them to take yet more extreme action and so on.

But for her second book, Going Dark The Secret Social Lives of Extremists, Julia Ebner deserves a medal a medal for bravery. In it she describes her experiences going undercover to join a series of extremist groupings, such as Trad Wives and MuslimTec, attending neo-Nazi rock festivals, and participating in closed online forums plotting ISIS cyberattacks on American infrastructure and orchestrating the extreme-right presence at Charlottesville.

In doing so, she exposes how extremist thinking whether alt-right or Islamist is propagated, how neophytes are drawn in and how ideology is turned into violent action. The attitudes she describes within the groups she infiltrated are scary not least in the medieval attitudes to women that were displayed.

The approach in all of the groups she penetrated was similar: create a social bubble where those participating feel secure, where the most extreme ideologies can be normalised and where those within the groups can be emboldened to spread the word or take direct action outside.

All of the groups were skilled in the use of social media to get their messages out not only to each other but more widely. Their aim is to spread divisive content to such an extent that the mainstream media (a term of abuse used by both the extreme right and the extreme left to undermine traditional journalism) has no choice but to cover it. They want to provoke and to polarise: no-one can sit on the fence, they have to take sides. The prize is to shift the Overton Window the range of ideas that are deemed acceptable in public discourse so that ideas that were once regarded as extreme and unacceptable become apparently reasonable points of view.

Julia Ebners descriptions of life within the groups she visited under a string of aliases are chilling. However, what is even more disturbing is to watch the techniques they promote surfacing in the wider political world. She writes about the 4Ds tactic: DISMISS the opponent; DISTORT the facts; DISTRACT from the central issue; and DISMAY the audience. If we look around, we see these tactics being deployed within mainstream politics.

Just the last few weeks have seen an advisor appointed to Downing Street who had espoused eugenics and racist theories of intelligence. He has since resigned, but his views were not initially repudiated, suggesting that the Overton Window has indeed been moved so as to include such ideology in the realm of the normal and acceptable.

Julia Ebners investigations show that what is going on within the extremist bubbles must be taken seriously. The groups have a sophisticated grasp of how to use propaganda and how to manipulate social media and the internet to promote their ideas. They have access to advanced hacking skills and are happy to contemplate using those skills to wreak havoc on the systems that underpin our critical infrastructure. And they already use their networks to plot and coordinate violent attacks and disorder.

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FIVE PIECES OF PAPER Set For Matrix Theatre On Holocaust Remembrance Day – Broadway World

Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day, writer/performer Moti Buchboot brings his solo show Five Pieces of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused to Tell Me and Other Family Tales to the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 7, at 8pm. The show received its world premiere (directed by Buchboot and Martha Gehman) in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Five Pieces of Paper is set to return for five performances in the 2020 HFF this coming June.

The creation of Five Pieces of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused to Tell Me and Other Family Tales was a direct reaction to the 2017 Charlottesville riots at the University of Virginia at which neo-Nazis, alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other racist groups marched and attacked counter-protesters. It is a show about countering hate and intolerance, hope and love, remembering the horrors of the not-so-distant past, and giving the audience an emotional multi-sensory experience along the way.

Moti Buchboot is an Israeli artist who moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s. The grandson of a Holocaust survivor, he shares lessons learned from his Hungarian grandmother who began her life's journey in a Hungarian village, survived the Holocaust, and eventually settled in a small town in Israel. Told as a personal love narrative, this emotional rollercoaster unfolds through acting, Yiddish song, puppetry, storytelling, and on-stage baking. This spiritual ritual is meant to reveal and heal the trauma of a horrifying past.

Buchboot was featured in the role of Giant Blunderbore in Jack and the Beanstalk, the Panto at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre. He has also been seen in Pieces of Eight at the Met Theatre (directed by Martha Gehman). He co-created Dialogos at the Unknown Theater and created and directed Love, Loss, Lust, and a Tango at the Barnsdall Theatre. He has toured the world teaching and performing Argentine Tango. He has appeared in national TV commercials as well as on the History Channel, PBS, and MTV. He wrote, directed, and starred in Soul Dance, a short film that made the independent film festival circuit. He is also an author and a photographer. Current projects include Money, the Musical directed by Michael Pollock at Second City Hollywood and Word, a puppet show directed by Roberto Ferreira at the LGBT Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre. He also has two short films in post-production.

Tickets are $20 may be obtained online at http://www.fivepieces.org. The Matrix Theatre is located at 7657 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90038.

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Knowingly or Unknowingly, CIS Newsletters Promote the Work of White Nationalist Kevin DeAnna – Southern Poverty Law Center

But Hatewatchs analysis of CISs weekly email newsletters shows that for nearly a decade the centerhas been promoting material from Kevin DeAnna, one of the alt-rights most prolific propagandists. CIS newsletters from 2012 to present show the center has circulated at least 83 articles by DeAnna, former Youth for Western Civilization founder and current American Renaissance staff writer. A Hatewatch investigation revealed that DeAnna wrote for VDARE, a white nationalist website run by Peter Brimelow, beginning in 2011, under the pseudonym James Kirkpatrick. CIS circulated Kirkpatrick articles from The Social Contract, a journal established by CISs founder, John Tanton, in 1990. CIS cited Kirkpatricks work at both VDARE and The Social Contract.

Hatewatch reached out to both DeAnna and CIS for comment. DeAnna didnt respond, and CIS declined to comment.

Kevin DeAnna speaks at a 2010 conference of The Social Contract Press. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Hatewatch first detailed the proliferation of VDARE linksin CISs weekly newsletters in 2017, concluding that the anti-immigrant think tank had circulated over 1,700 VDARE articles over the course of 10 years. Krikorian arguedin The Washington Post in March 2017 that such findings were trivial. The center, he contended, linked to immigration commentary (from all sides) in its weekly email roundups; hence, it should come as no shock that some of the authors occasionally . . . turned out to be cranks.

In Kirkpatricks case however, the inclusion of material authored by DeAnna under a pseudonym bolsters already-existing evidence of the centers boosting of white nationalist talking points. DeAnna, under the pseudonym Gregory Hood, was a frequent and prolific contributor to a range of white nationalist sites, beginning in 2008.

CIS began including Kirkpatricks work in the think tanks newsletters in 2012. The number of times Kirkpatrick was cited rose, corresponding to DeAnnas growing involvement with Brimelows site, where he worked as both a writer and an editor. Hatewatch found CIS linked to Kirkpatricks stories three times in 2012; eight times in 2013; 11 times in 2014; 16 times in 2015; 11 times in 2016; eight times in 2017; 10 times in 2018; seven times in 2019; and at least twice in 2020. While most of these articles were focused on matters of immigration, Kirkpatricks role as a white nationalist scribe is barely veiled.

Many of the Kirkpatrick articles in CIS newsletters were riddled with common white nationalist tropes. Perhaps the most common theme involved the conspiracy of the great replacement. The concept originatedwith French far-right thinker Renaud Camus racist book of the same name, published in 2010. Though the term has, at times, been painted as a pseudo-intellectual version of the theory of white genocide, it has nevertheless inspired the same degree of racist violence, including at Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in 2019.

A 2018 English adaptation of Camuss original text titled You Will Not Replace Us referred to an ongoing genocide by substitution in both Europe and America. As an article in The Nationon Camus and the great replacement observed, Camus portrayed the so-called replacists that is, proponents of multiculturalism and immigration as soon to be devored [sic] by the replacees they invite in.

CIS linked to numerous pieces from Kirkpatrick that pushed replacement theory. At times, the articles named the racist conspiracy outright. One Sept. 7, 2015, newsletter links to an article titled The Great Replacement Is Killing The EU Long Live a Europe Of Nations! In it, Kirkpatrick refers to the ongoing immigrant invasion in Europe, implying that the continued existence of the European Union has made the replacement of European peoples possible.

In other places, Kirkpatricks references to replacement theory were subtler. CISs Feb. 13, 2016, newsletter promoted an article that blasted then-presidential candidate Marco Rubio for not being sufficiently anti-immigrant. DeAnna, writing as Kirkpatrick, bemoaned the sweeping demographic changes in Europe and the allegedly disastrous effect it would have on Western civilization. Another article, included in CISs Nov. 15, 2018, newsletter, penned by Kirkpatrick for Social Contract press referred to migration as punishment inflicted by a cadre of global elites.

On July 28, 2019, CIS linked to an article titled Say It, GOP! Or Just Give It Up: Open Borders Is TREASON! The Left Is ANTI-WHITE! In the piece, Kirkpatrick claimed the left had ensured that anyone who didnt want whites replaced in their own countries would be tarnished as far right. Furthermore, he noted, assertions that Native Americans or any other indigenous minority in Europe had a right to the land led to the logical conclusion that Westerners needed to be dispossessed. That sort of thinking culminates in genocide, Kirkpatrick told readers, implying the possibility of what white nationalists refer to as a white genocide.

Most of Kirkpatricks articles in CISs newsletter, however, focused on pushing the right to embrace more draconian restrictions on immigration. Like many other authors at VDARE, he lamented the power of what the site often referred as Conservatism, Inc. a stand-in for the right-wing media, think tank, and political establishment and blasted insufficiently anti-immigrant Republicans as traitors.

The first Kirkpatrick piece CIS linked to in its Jan. 27, 2012, newsletter titled South Carolina Shambles: Slippery Newt Massacres Milquetoast Mitt Agonizes Immigration Patriots blasted Newt Gingrich. In addition to supporting sanctions against apartheid South Africa during the Reagan years, Kirkpatrick contended that the Republican presidential candidate and former speaker of the Houses biggest moral failing was betraying whites.

Perhaps more than any other person in this country, Kirkpatrick argued, Newt Gingrich is responsible for the astonishing conservative retreat on racial preferences and the continued existence of an anti-white racial spoils system in jobs and education. Kirkpatricks rant linked to a 2011 VDARE article referring to affirmative action as anti-white quotas.

Another CIS newsletter from July 8, 2016, linked to a Kirkpatrick article, which referred to anti-Trump Republicans as RATs and traitors to the party. The conservative opposition to Trump, Kirkpatrick opined, were deserving of such a title due to their cooperation with the Lying Press. The term, as Kirkpatrick observed in a VDARE article from June 2016, is an English translation of the German term Lgenpresse, which has become popular among certain circles of the so-called alt-right. Though the term itself originated as a rhetorical cudgel in the mid-19th-century,the Nazis further popularized it.

While CIS executive director Mark Krikorian attempted to distance himself and the center from the extreme, racist far-right, he has, as recently as last February, asserted the importance of bringing pieces published on those sites to the attention of readers.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies speaks at the Budapest Summit on Migration in March 2019. (Photo by Elekes Andor via Wikimedia Commons)

When asked by a caller on CSPANs Washington Journal about the continued inclusion of content from VDARE, Krikorian defended the decision.

We send out a weekly roundup of immigration commentary from all sides, including people we dont agree with, Krikorian told CSPAN, citing The New York Times editorials on immigration as an example. Though he acknowledged that the center linked to some sites that publish other material that he viewed as objectionable, he posited that such links were needed: If theyre important sites of immigration news, we include them because the whole point is [to] see the broad spectrum of views and judge for yourself.

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Billy Porter will play a powerful genderless fairy godmother in Cinderella and the alt-right must be shaking – PinkNews

Billy Porter's tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano. (Christian Siriano/Twitter)

Billy Porter is set to play a genderless version of the fairy godmother in an upcoming live-action remake of Cinderella, due for release in 2021.

Speaking to CBS News, Porter said it is a profound feeling to be playing the iconic character of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.

Magic has no gender, he said.

We are presenting this character as genderless at least thats how Im playing it. And its really powerful.

The Pose actor added: This is a classic fairytale for a new generation, and I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready. Its the grown-ups that are slowing stuff down.

Porter shared the interview on Twitter and wrote: This Cinderella is a classic fairytale for a new generation. To be able to play this genderless, fabulous fairy godmother what a gift.

The upcoming Cinderella is being made by Sony and will also star pop star Camila Cabello and is directed by Key Cannon. The project is being described as a romantic musical comedy.

We are presenting this character as genderless at least thats how Im playing it. And its really powerful.

It will also star Idina Menzel of Wicked fame as the evil stepmother and Pierce Brosnan as the king. We can only hope he gets an opportunity to show off his incredible singing voice once again.

Porter has become a powerhouse in the LGBT+ community for his groundbreaking role on FX series Pose as well as for his incredible red-carpet looks.

The actor has also fought anti-LGBT+ discrimination at every turn. He recently faced backlash after it was announced that he would be guest starring on the upcoming season of Sesame Street in his iconic tuxedo dress.

Conservative Christian group One Million Moms started a petition to have his guest appearance cancelled, and Porter responded in the best possible way.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the actor said his slot on Sesame Street was one of the highlights of his life.

The emails, DMs, and messages of good will I received that day (and continue to receive) from parents and their children who have been bullied all over the world and desperately need to see someone like me, being their authentic selves on mainstream media, is far more important than anything #onemillionmoms could ever say.

Friendship, kindness and inclusivity shall triumph. And often, it simply starts by saying hi, he added.

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Darwinism, Jews, and White Nationalists – Discovery Institute

A right-wing Polish member of parliament, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, recently made waves with the astonishing claim that pogroms have been good for the Jewish people, allegedly because they acted as what biologists call selective pressure in the Darwinian struggle for existence. In common parlance, this means the pogroms weeded out the weak Jews, leaving the strong and robust ones to survive and reproduce.

The context for his remarks, incidentally, was a discussion of the coronavirus, which Korwin-Mikke also sees as a good thing, because he thinks it will help promote evolutionary progress by killing off the weak, leaving the superior specimens to propagate the species.

All of this may sound bizarre, but recently I have been learning that it is common today for white nationalists to rely on such Darwinian explanations to promote their racist, anti-Semitic perspective. In the past few months I have been working on a chapter (in a book on Darwinian Racism in the Nazi Worldview) on the Darwinian racism of white nationalists. Korwin-Mikkes comments are unfortunately not uncommon in those circles.

Indeed the evolutionary psychologist Kevin MacDonald, an emeritus professor at California State University, Long Beach, has published a trilogy of scholarly books that purportedly explains the behavior of Jews and anti-Semites as evolutionary strategies in the Darwinian struggle for existence. MacDonald is a member of the white nationalist or alt-right movement, and he is widely cited by other white nationalists. Darwinian racism and evolutionary psychology are both de rigueur among white nationalists today.

MacDonald is so committed to Darwinian explanations for human behavior, in fact, that he has popularized (at least among fellow white nationalists) the claim that opposition to Darwinism is a Jewish plot to subvert the white race. When the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed came out over a decade ago, MacDonald explained that Ben Stein participated in order to further the interests of the Jews. Of course, just like most conspiracy theorists, MacDonald ignores many inconvenient facts, such as that most anti-Darwinists in the world are not Jews, and most Jews, especially secular Jews, accept Darwinism with alacrity.

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English Professor Publishes Book of Critical Essays with Slavoj Zizek – Seton Hall University News & Events

Professor Russell Sbriglia (left) and Slavoj Zizek (right), co-authors ofSubject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism.

Professor Russell Sbriglia has published a new book with internationally renowned academic Slavoj Zizek. Titled Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism, the book, which Sbriglia co-edited with Zizek, assembles the work of a number of scholars at the forefront of philosophical and literary theory, their own included.

Sbriglia is an assistant professor of English and director of Undergraduate Literature Studies at Seton Hall. He is also the editor of the book Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Zizek.Slavoj Zizek is the author of more than 50 books. Foreign Policy not only describes him as "a celebrity philosopher," but has also named him one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers." In addition, The Chronicle of Higher Education has dubbed him "the Elvis of cultural theory," and VICE has proclaimed him "the most dangerous philosopher in the West."

Northwestern University Press, the publisher of Subject Lessons, notes that

the contributors to this volume many of whom stand at the forefront of contemporary Hegel and Lacan scholarship agree with neovitalist thinkers that material reality is ontologically incomplete, in a state of perpetual becoming, yet they do so with one crucial difference: they maintain that this is the case not in spite of but rather because of the subject.

Brown University Professor Joan Copjec, a prominent American Lacanian psychoanalytic theorist, says of Subject Lessons:

A band of new materialists has come after the subject, knives drawn. In what ways do these thinkers differ from materialists past? From each other? What do they mean when they speak of materialism, of objects, or subjects? By confronting these basic questions directly, the essays in this collection cut through the babble of confused debate to offer clear accounts of the issues at stake.

Sbriglia and Zizek are scheduled to appear at a launch party for the book on the evening of Friday, April 24at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, co-sponsored by the English Department of Princeton University.

Zizek will appear on campus at Seton Hall the evening prior onThursday, April 23to present a public talk titled "The Rise of Obscene Masters," and again on the morning of April24to lead a faculty seminar for the College of Arts and Sciences'Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere (CHIPS) on "The Apocalypse of a Wired Brain."

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So Listen: The alt-right is not the right – The Post

The alternative right is undeniably damaging and toxic to American politics. Anytime intolerance presents itself in a culture it creates a fear and disturbs the constructive political conversation that is otherwise likely held. Unfortunately, because the alt-right makes use of the word right, many people group this small sect of people with actual Republicans and conservatives. That is not the case. The definition of the alt-right doesnt fall close to what a Republican is or stands for.

The term alternative-right, or alt-right, was coined by Richard Spencer by his webzine in 2010. Spencer is a well known white supremacist who used his platform to advocate for an America free of minorities.

The Southern Poverty Law Center defined the alt-right as:

"A set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that 'white identity' is under attack by multicultural forces using 'political correctness' and 'social justice' to undermine white people and 'their' civilization."

Alternative right stands to give hateful and racist people a means to organize. They believe in small government and limiting taxes, but that is where the similarities with the actual right end. Thats why they use the word alternative; they cant be a part of the real right.

In his farewell address to America, Senator John McCain discussed the issues that the alt-right and racist extremist groups pose to our country:

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been, he wrote.

The majority of Republicans despise and denounce the alt-right. They dont have real political ideologies or opinions. Theyre just racist populists who pretend that they care about political issues other than race to try and legitimize themselves.

Aligning the alt-right with the actual right not only hurts the right, but it legitimizes white supremacy. It is up to not only Republicans, but every ideology of the political spectrum to denounce the alt-right as not a part of the Republican party.

Mikayla Rochelle is a junior studying strategic communication at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those ofThe Post. What are your thoughts? Tell Mikayla by tweeting her at @mikayla_roch.

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My double life among the alt-Right: Taking a punch was something that I mentally prepared for’ – Telegraph.co.uk

The far-Right can be funny, in their way. Julia Ebner remembers when she pretended to be one of them. The first time she attended a meeting, it was in Mayfair, at a little pub called Ye Grapes. As she walked into the back room, the group were chatting about holidays in Hungary (I only give my money to free nations) and having to hide their political views (You get fired here if youre a Nazi). The food at Ye Grapes is Thai.

There were so many surreal moments, Ebner says about the two years she spent undercover, infiltrating a range of extremist movements both online and in the flesh. It was hard, because I would sometimes think they were joking, but they were serious about things where it seemed too absurd to be true.

Ebner has written about her experiences in a new book, Going Dark. By day, she works at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, an anti-extremism think-tank. By night, she was doing what she calls completely separate work. (As she puts it in the book: During my working hours I was the cat, but in my spare time I joined the mice.)

The ironies, she found, were exquisite. After the Mayfair event, Generation Identity invited her to a meeting in Brixton, not an area known for hostility to multicultural life. (They holed up in an Airbnb.) Over coffee in Vienna with their regional leader, Edwin Hintsteiner, she raised suspicions by asking for soy milk only to learn that at a party that night, the far-Right Freedom Party of Austria would be serving Club-Mate, a trendy energy drink from Berlin.

Online, where the absurdities of conspiracy theories such as QAnon or Pizzagate hold sway, the hypocrisycould be similarly complex. For example, Ebner says, take the vetting procedures in some of the neo-Nazi channels. You have to submit a genetic test. But people come back of course! with results showing a small percentage of non-white background. Which opens up a discussion about the Jews controlling them.

Ebner wasnt trained to enter these spheres. Her work was unsanctioned by the ISD. She was moving in the domain of intelligence officers or investigative journalists, who spend years learning how to work in the field. There are moments in the book, she admits, where you can tell that Im a complete amateur. That I didnt go through any kind of MI5 training, or any investigative journalism training.

And there were definitely moments where I thought: Maybe Ive gone too far, maybe I shouldnt have come here. At one point at the Brixton meeting, she drops a bank card that bears her real name. By chance, the woman who hands it back doesnt look at it. These are not mistakes that a professional would likely make.

I did have an exit plan for all the events I went to, Ebner says. In my phone, I had people who were prepared to come to the Airbnb in Brixton if something happened. In that case, she wasnt scared. With Generation Identity, I knew that their reputations would be at stake, so they wouldnt do anything.

Not all her investigations felt so safe. In the German town of Ostritz, for instance, Ebner attended Schild & Schwert (Shield and Sword), a neo-Nazi rock festival held on Hitlers birthday, April 20.

There, she recalls, I knew that some people had criminal records. Everyone was checked by the police on entering. And these people could potentially use violence. Once again, her faade had cracks. She wore black Adidas trainers, but New Balance is the alt-Right fashion; she didnt know how to dance to neo-Nazi hardcore rock. This time, it would have been harder to laugh and walk away.

I thought: OK, in the worst-case scenario, Im going to take a punch. I didnt think anyone was going to kill me, even if they found out who I was. But taking a punch was something that I mentally prepared for.

Before long, one neo-Nazi accosted her and refused to leave her alone. She pretended to be 23, and feigned what she calls a bogus naivety but he was bemused by her lack of knowledge. She didnt know, for example, about how Helmut Kohl and Mikhail Gorbachev sold out the German race. This time she needed her exit plan someone waiting outside with a car and had to escape.

Going Dark is impressive in moments like this, when Ebner is less offended or angry than disappointed in those she meets. Even her harasser is portrayed as he was: calmly described, no caricature. This, she says, was a conscious choice.

Its counterproductive to denounce them as individuals. We can denounce the ideologies, or conspiracy theories. But it doesnt help with getting people back from the radical fringes if we humiliate them or denounce them on an individual level, or attack them personally.

She even felt sad, when embedded in Generation Identity. There were some very young individuals in that movement. You could see that Generation Identity made an effort to bring that into their media campaigns which would also make it impossible for them to leave any more. There were moments where I wanted to say, Please leave now.

And yet, she never did. In part, Ebner admits, it was a cold strategic choice: preserve her cover, or save a soul.

There were moments when I did want to debunk conspiracy theories, or tell someone to leave. I could have done that. But I thought it was more valuable to stay there, collect all the information I could, then hopefully inform a bigger intervention programme with a wider scope.

Nor, she points out, was she trained in deradicalisation any more than she was in undercover work. Id prefer to leave that task to professionally trained psychologists and intervention providers. I saw my role as that of a researcher. Thats what Ive done at Quilliam and the ISD.

It was during her time at Quilliam, the think-tank where she worked until 2017, that Ebner was dragged into the news. In May that year, she wrote a piece for The Guardian in which she connected Tommy Robinson and the phrase white supremacist movements. Robinson declared on video that he was going to confront her, and he did. Entering Quilliams building, he found Ebner, a scuffle broke out with security, and he was thrown out, camera in hand, exactly as he wished.

Ebner had the data to prove that as she told Quilliam CEO Haras Rafiq afterwards Robinsons support base overlaps with that of white supremacist movements. Quilliam wanted the hostilities to go away. Ebner stood by her position, and wouldnt sell The Guardian out. The next day, she was fired.

Robinson, as he likes to say, is a campaigner for freedom of speech. Yesterday, he joined Toby Youngs Freedom of Speech Union, and Young says hes welcome there. It exemplifies another of the ironies Ebner found: those with the strongest positions are often papering over their cognitive dissonance.

She takes the example of free-speech warriors online. On the one hand they say that theyre being shut down, that theyre the victims of infringement of freedom of speech but on the other hand, theyre launching intimidation campaigns that are meant to silence their political opponents.

These things, she says wryly, are a bit like going to a Thai restaurant to speak about the Great Replacement, or going to Brixton for a Generation Identity meeting. Not impossible, just moral hypocrisy.

All Ebners undercover work involved what she calls an ethical line. She drew it at anything that would help them expand their reach or get recruits, and this put an expiry date on each of her attempts.

For example, I wouldnt have helped with running any campaigns, or reaching out to people during recruitment. Even when they asked me whether I could translate some materials, some campaign materials from German to English, I wouldnt have done that.

Her ethics also killed some of her budding plans. Not all of the groups I tried are in the book. In some of them, I was kicked out too early to get any deeper insights, because I refused to do certain things. For example, creating my own racist memes, or attacking a political opponent on Twitter with vile messages.

Even so, I wonder, was that ethical line ever perfectly firm? Ebner pauses, and picks her words. I think there are always grey zones. Even laughing at a joke, or nodding at a statement even if you dont say anything, simple approval or applause can confirm peoples views and make them more willing to show off.

Thats the problem on some of these messaging boards they have a big audience who glorify them. I wouldnt say that at any point I glorified anyone. But they do play to their audience. Not every user on these platforms is participating, but even by passively giving their confirmation or approval, they play into the radicalisation engine.

Ebner wants us to practice civil courage, and not assume that the intelligence services will handle extremism on our behalf. Everyone has the responsibility to protect themselves and people in their surroundings from being lured into these networks.

We often have civil courage on the Tube if someone gets attacked, someone steps in but we dont often see it in online spaces when someones being attacked. Not yet.

Working undercover, she concedes, has changed her. She felt close to being seduced, having seeds planted that might be hard to uproot. Infiltrating a trad wives group online the Red Pill Women she found female misogynists who ranged from ultra-conservative women and to be fair, its everyones right to hold those views all the way to endorsing domestic violence.

Ebner, who calls herself a feminist, was primed to disagree all the way. These women talked about womens sexual value to men; the need to be docile and marketable. And yet: Ebner, who had just emerged from a break-up, felt unsettled by some of their other claims about the burdens that women face in todays modern world, or about hook-up culture and online dating apps.

Mostly, she remembers, it felt like they were speaking about topics so close to my own worries and my own frustrations. Id never been able to identify with the topics talked about in jihadist groups or in neo-Nazi groups there were no topics there that touched me on a deeper emotional level.

Nobody, she tells me again and again, is immune to being radicalised. It isnt a problem for other peoples minds, and you dont always see the angle from which it comes. Ebner relied on a safety net: an informal debriefing process with colleagues at the ISD. There were counter-extremism experts who would have been able to spot the signs if I were going in that direction.

After two years of undercover work, Going Dark is the end of Ebners shadow-career. Even during that period, she grew liable to be unmasked. After the real name of Jennifer Mayer was revealed, Generation Identity sent Ebner a glacial message saying they hope it was at least interesting for her to meet them.

Today, she says, in the English- and German-speaking world, its virtually impossible for me to go undercover offline unless I wear a full-face mask.

And Im not sure I would want to do that work any more. Nor, she adds, would she ask others to follow her lead. I wouldnt recommend doing it offline.I dont think everyone needs or wants to take that risk the risk of having their face out there.

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‘You’re Scumbags’: We Went to the GOP’s Annual Confab and Had a Nice Chat With Seb Gorka – VICE

FORT WASHINGTON, Maryland Scary myths of socialists parading around as living, breathing Democrats may be the focus of this years Conservative Political Action Conference (aka CPAC), but the real monster here is the mainstream media. Thats all thanks to President Trump, whos spent years fanning the flames of conspiracy theories large and small.

The birtherism Trump peddled back when Barack Obama occupied the White House gave way to accusations of a deep state of unelected bureaucrats implanted inside the federal government. Conspiracies like that and worse are now commonplace within formerly traditional conservative circles.

But even conservatism itself seems to have been sacrificed at the altar of Trump.

Go to hell, Seb Gorka a mere former deputy assistant to President Trump and alt-right provocateur said, cutting me off as I approached. You work for VICE? Go to hell.

Why? I asked.

Go to hell, the former low-level White House official shot back from his podcast booth in the CPAC hall.

Because we're bad? I replied.

Because you're scumbags, Gorka yelled. Youre not journalists, and you can quote me.

While he doesnt have a basic understanding of the First Amendment which allows journalists to ask questions, just as it allows ex-White House workers with oversized egos to yell at reporters he does have an audience for his America First podcast.

And hes only one of thousands of has-beens and fringe-right pundits whove made their way into the mainstream. At CPAC, Gorka, along with the likes of James O'Keefe of dubious (at best) Project Veritas fame, Islamophilic British commentator Katie Hopkins, alt-right whisperer Andy Ngo, and even Diamond and Silk (I dont know what they do, and they might not either), is a hero.

Far-right conservatism from radical to insanely conspiratorial now counts as the mainstream of GOP politics. That includes the president himself, along with some of the top advisers hes poached from Fox News and even Breitbart, who have echoed and amplified Trumps signature fake news soundbite. His meme-driven politics, though routinely mocked by comedians, pundits, and even journalists, are now mimicked by a fleet of conservatives who are more trusted by hundreds of thousands of Americans than the nations traditional journalists.

Thats why, to a lot of Republicans, the press is now the enemy, or at least not to be believed.

I think everybody's seeing it now, according to Ben Bergquam, whose social media posts go out under the banner of Americas Voice News (I had to look it up: They boast about making the internet interactive for their conservative hosts). Hes a self-described social conservative who says he believes abortion is murder, homosexuality is sin, and transgenderism is insane. And he says his viewership has gone up under Trump.

A supporter of President Trump poses for a photo next to a figure during Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

You can't deny the fact that there is a paradigm shift, not just in media but also in culture in America, Bergquam said. Conservatives used to always accept the idea that we had to compromise. And now we say, No, we can win.

Conservatives used to always accept the idea that we had to compromise. And now we say, No, we can win.

But being king of the Hill isnt easy. So now Trumps even drawing criticism from some of those fringe-right pundits who enabled his stealthy rise.

Trump knew on Day One the power of the grassroots the power of populism, Alex Jones of conspiracy theory-peddling InfoWars, told VICE News while surrounded by an entourage. They certainly know that grassroots media is where the real power is, but I think they knew the power of it four years ago.

Jones is still fully in Trumps corner, but he says the president has lost his bearings now that hes in the White House. He says Trump owes his former political allies a lifeline that only the president of the United States can throw.

Trump's biggest failing is that he told Julian Assange or whoever had the WikiLeaks, to release it, and now he hasn't gotten Julian Assange out of prison, Jones said. I feel like that I've been gang-raped by the fact that he's not stood up for Julian Assange. He's not stood up yet for General Flynn. He better pardon Roger Stone. I mean, these are political prisoners.

But even Alex Jones is fringe at CPAC at least for now, because the gathering continues to move rightward, along with Trump and GOP lawmakers who've sipped his Kool-Aid. To most Republicans, the media gave the Obama administration a pass, and its time for revenge.

There was no middle ground, and then you had a candidate that understood the media, and he called it out. So he brought the attention to the media, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) - a member of the House Freedom Caucus known for extreme views told VICE News of Trump. That's the difference: Somebody had a spine to actually call it out.

There was no middle ground, and then you had a candidate that understood the media, and he called it out."

The congressman says he mostly wont even do interviews with his largest local publication, the Arizona Republic.

When they want a request, I dont really honor it. Ill do something for Cronkite News, Gosar said of Arizonas PBS station.

On Thursday at CPAC, Gosar also did interviews with Epoch Times (a fringe-right rag read by millions), Town Hall (a conservative publication owned by the right-wing radio broadcaster Salem Media), and Daily Signal (the Heritage Foundations news site). And while Gosar was mic-hopping, other conservative lawmakers were likewise bypassing much of the mainstream or as they say, lamestream media.

Now we do our own media, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) told VICE News.

"Now we do our own media."

We've just tried to go around them because and I hate to say this but who's reading the newspaper anymore? Perry continued. As long as, unfortunately, as news can't be relied upon to be factual, the spectrum is going to be wide open. Right? We're going to shop for our news either what we believe in or think or we're going to multi-source it and try and figure out where the truth is between the two or the 10, whatever.

Cover: Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka speaks at the 2018 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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4chan Thinks It Is so Smart, but Its Plan to Mess up the Democratic Primary Is Actually Incredibly Stupid. – Mother Jones

In 2008, Rush Limbaugh hatched a plan. By March, John McCain had locked down the Republicans nomination, and while Barack Obama held a lead in delegates, he and Hillary Clinton were still duking it out in the Democratic primaries. If their fight could be prolonged, surely the winner would be too bloodied to pose as much of a threat to McCain in November, Limbaugh surmised. Dubbing his plan Operation Chaos, the conservative radio host urged his listeners to show up in open primary states, most notably Indiana, and vote for Clinton in an effort to lengthen the race.

For the last several weeks, right-wingers on the message board 4chan and in r/The_Donald, a subsection of Reddit made up of some of the presidents most toxic online supporters, have talked about encouraging their members to take part in a new operation chaos, starting in South Carolina, the first open primary of the 2020 election cycle. While there have been dozens of posts discussing the prospect, no singular coordinated effort seems to have taken hold, and it is unlikely that even an organized campaign to troll the Democratic primaries would have much effect.

The Left is totally devouring itself and its a Glorious sight to see. Gulag Bernie Bros have so much hate for Pocahontas.. we should Vote for Warren in any open primaries and keep her going, one Trump fan on Reddit wrote in a post that picked up over 1,000 upvotes, likely making it to the large subreddits homepage.

Im voting Bloomberg in the dem primaries. I think all republicans should vote in them for the weakest or most moderate D candidate, a poster wrote in 4chans /pol/ board, the sites politics focused board that has long been a nest of alt-right trolling. My state has an open primary, so I will vote for Yang just to fuck with the DNC, another wrote prior to Andrew Yang dropping out of the race.

Other boards on 4chan have encouraged people to vote for Sanders, reasoning that he is the candidate most likely to bring about a collapse of the United States current order and political systems. (Other users have accused anonymous posters advocating for this accelerationist approach as disingenuous pro-Bernie shills.) Some have encouraged voting for weaker performing candidates like Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg to help sustain their campaigns and drag out the competitive primary season.

While Limbaugh initially called his 2008 campaign a success, when he has touted it recently he has done so in less certain terms.Actually, it may have worked in Indiana, Limbaugh said on his show in January, before saying that the plots real value was how it got inside Democrats headsa claim thats virtually impossible to measure. At any rate, the Democrats were made paranoid by it, he claimed last month.Theyve never gotten over it.

Clinton did win Indiana over Obama, but her victory was in with what polls at the time suggested how that primary would play out and with results in other states with similar demographics. Democrats and other political observers were skeptical Limbaughs sabotage plan made a difference, and academic research since has found that his efforts were a wash.

In separate studies, Frank Stephenson, an economics professor at Barry College, and Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University, both concluded that Limbaughs Operation Chaos in 2008 had little to no impact on the race.

Analysis of exit poll data from 38 states suggests that Republicans may have been voting strategically in Democratic primaries, but there is little evidence that March 4th was unusual in the scope of strategic behavior, Donovan explains in the abstract of his paper. Stephenson, who looked at voting in four states, reached a similar conclusion.

Getting voters to turn out for candidates they actually like is already a difficult proposition. Getting voters to do it for candidates they dont like, even as an act of sabotage, is even harder.

Theres a collective action problem, Stephenson told Mother Jones. People like to talk about monkeying around in other parties elections, but it usually doesnt translate into anything in the real world. Many people dont even show up to vote for candidates that they already support.

According to Donovan, theres a fundamental problem for tricksters like Limbaugh who push such plots. Even if they were to lengthen the contest, evidence suggests that longer, drawn-out primaries dont hurt winning candidates when November comes. Studies have looked into if a contested, long nomination process has an effect on general. The conclusions are that it doesnt, Donovan said.

In a 2015 paper, Robert Hogan of Louisiana State University found that if combative primaries did have an effect, it was one in the opposite direction than anticipated by observers who assume they leave the winner weakened.

Greater divisiveness in a candidates primary leads to a higher vote share in the general election, Hogan concluded. The presence of a primary challenge is found to exert a substantial positive influence for a candidate in the general election, particularly in open seat contests.

Hogan chalks this up to the fact that primaries can help expose voters to far more information about the winning candidate than they would get in a shorter election. The finding suggests that even in cutthroat races, almost any exposure becomes good exposure by the time of the general election. In this way, Hogans analysis suggests that even if Limbaughs intervention had the effect he sought, it would have backfired.

If Limbaugh, one of the rights largest media figures who has a cult of personality and a near-fanatical base of millions of listeners, failed to have a measurable effect in 2008, its hard to believe that aninformal piece-mealed plot launched on fringe internet communities willmake a dent this year.

But 2020 is not 2008, and theres a chance key differences could make such trolling easier and more effective.

As Donovan noted, unlike in 2008, Republicans dont have a competitive election to vote in, potentially giving them more time and energy to raid Democratic elections. But he said he was still skeptical this would actually happen. (South Carolina Republicans canceled their presidential primary this yearprimaries for lower offices wont take place until June.)

Stephenson also pointed out that political movements are formed and shaped differently now than in 2008, with the proliferation of social media. Groups can raise and activate campaigns in diffuse and often little-noticed ways that were only just starting to take shape over a decade ago.

If theres a change, if this year is going to be different somehow, it could happen because of it being a social media environment, he said. Instead of Limbaugh instigating it, people on social media might do it. At the end of the day though, people still have to show up to votewhich is hard.

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Heres how a conspiracy theorist banned from Twitter made the journey from the alt-right fringe to a GOP congressional candidate – AlterNet

Far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer, known for her anti-Muslim posts on social media and claims that mass shootings are false flag operations, is so extreme that she has even been banned from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But that isnt preventing the 26-year-old Loomer from seeking the Republican nomination in South Floridas 21st Congressional District, where she is hoping to run against incumbent Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in 2020s general election. And Amanda Carpenter takes a look at Loomers journey from the alt-right fringe to congressional candidate in a February 28 article for The Bulwark.

Carpenter, who is a CNN contributor in addition to her work for The Bulwark, is no liberal: she formerly served as communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz and a speechwriter for Sen. Jim DeMint. But Loomer, as Carpenter explains, is not a run-of-the-mill conservative other Republicans shunned her in the past, and she has been banned from social media platforms ranging from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram.

As a candidate, Carpenter notes, Loomers plan is to present herself as a politically incorrect social media martyr and she has reached out to President Donald Trump for help, declaring herself to be a staunch Trumpista.

Whereas Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Lyft, Venmo, GoFundMe, Medium, Uber and UberEats have standards of behavior for members, the United States Congress does not, Carpenter asserts. Member of Congress is one of the few jobs where Loomers anti-Muslim tweets, musings that mass shootings are false flag operations and outlandish protests arent automatic disqualifications. In fact, those positions will probably help her attract a committed, albeit nutty, base of support.

In May 2019, Carpenter recalls, Loomer appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones show where she sounded like a woman on the brink and wailed like a teenager after her inflammatory posts got her banned from Instagram and Facebook. But now that shes running for Congress, Carpenter laments, Loomers claim that she is a political martyr seems to be working. Loomer has transformed from a fringe member of the alt-right internet to someone embraced by people in the highest levels of GOP leadership.

Carpenter goes on to list some of the Republicans who are now supporting Loomers campaign including Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago resort is in her district.

President Trump has tweeted supportively of her race, his presidential campaign is renting out her e-mail list and Trumps 2016 Florida director, Karen Giorno, is managing her campaign, Carpenter reports. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan appears to have rented out her list too. And Loomer claims endorsements from high-profile personalities and friends of Trump, including Roger Stone, Jeanine Pirro, Bo Snerdly and Michelle Malkin.

Moreover, Carpenter adds, Republican Joe Gruters (a Florida state senator and chairman of the Florida Republican Party) held a press conference with her (in January) to promote legislation that he said was inspired by Loomer. The bill, Stop Social Media Censorship Act, would allow people such as Loomer to sue Twitter for damages if their speech is censored or deleted. Its commonly known as Loomers Law.

According to Carpenter, Loomers campaign has raised more than $350,000 and had $115,000 cash on hand.

Take Laura Loomers name out of the picture here, Carpenter laments, and you have what appears to be a well-connected, establishment campaign designed for a rising party star.

The good news is that if Loomer does win the GOP nomination, her chances of defeating Frankel in the general election are slim: Floridas 21st Congressional District, Carpenter points out, is safely Democratic and in 2016s presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried that district by 19%. Had the entire state of Florida voted like the 21st Congressional District in 2016, Clinton would have won Floridas electoral votes hands down.

But Loomers longshot campaign, Carpenter stresses, is a publicity stunt and her chances of actually defeating Frankel should she win the nomination are almost beside the point. Plus, Trump now claims Florida, not New York City, as his primary residence and can vote in Florida elections.

If the president of the United States votes for her in 2020, Carpenter asks, what further validation does she need?

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The Travesty of Comparing Jordan Peterson to Hitler – Merion West

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Not only ought Gabriel Andrade resist implying there are parallels to be found by Peterson and Hitler, but he also should keep in mind how many lives have been positively changed thanks to his ideas.

In a recent Merion Westarticle, Dr. Gabriel Andrade asserts that Jordan Peterson needs to think harder about the detrimental effects of his Nietzschean/Randian-inspired philosophy and must try harder to disavow some of the tendentious readings that people make of his words. Andrade depicts Ayn Rand as a substandard philosopher and Peterson as an inferior version of Randmore aptly a self help motivational coach, whose ideas resonate with young males and also some of the worst individuals in society, such as members of the alt-right.

Although Andrade wonders what all the hand-wringing surrounding [Peterson] is all about and may prefer the Cliffnotes version of his ideas, many fans view the Canadian psychologist as a modern-day hero. This is something Andrade seems to recognize when he contends that Peterson has seized the mantle as the new right-wing intellectual guru. In doing so, Peterson, according to Andrade, is filling the rights thirty year intellectual vacuum that has been in place since the death of Ayn Rand.

Unlike some of his peers, Andrade is very careful in how he structures his arguments. Although he never directly compares Peterson to Adolf Hitler, his assertions are fraught with innuendo as he leaps from one unsubstantiated claim to another. He points out that Nietzsche was not guilty of the way his philosophy was abused by the Nazis but that he gives credence to the thesis that his ideas did sow the seeds of totalitarianism. Andrade is also concerned that underneath all the talk about responsibility, order, and anti-political correctness, there may be something more sinister going on with Peterson, presumably given the fact that some members of the alt-right and Men Going Their Own Way are counted among Petersons supporters.

Most unfair of all, however, is when Andrade suggests Peterson might be encouraging thinking along the lines of: If you worry so much about being a Superman, then ultimately it is not so hard to conclude that weaklings must simply disappear from the face of the Earth. As such, Andrade engages in the very tactic some commentators, including Conrad Hamilton, have accused Peterson of: suggesting various implications about a writers work, while allowing enough distance to disavow said implications if they are explicitly suggested by readers.

Attempting to invalidate anothers position on the basis of direct or indirect insinuations that there is a comparison to be found with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party makes for an exercise in one of the least excusable of the logical fallacies: Reductio ad Hitlerum. Rachel Maddow, for instance, was one of the mainstream journalists to most notably turn Nazi comparisons into a political strategy. In her effort to equate Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign with the advent of a well organized national fascist party in America, she asserted that fascism was not just a word or a way to insult one with whom you disagree with. Maddow continued, it is a specific thinga specific form of far-right politics that involves a sort of narcissistic cult of superman action around the party.

In contrast, Princeton Professor Gianni Riotta warned in a January, 2016 Atlantic piece that though xenophobic rhetoric, demagoguery, and populist appeals certainly borrow from the fascist playbook, there is no fascism without a rational plan to obliterate democracy via a military coup. Riotta said that the fascists who marched on Rome in 1922 were relentlessly, violently focused on a clear goal: to kill democracy and install a dictatorship, which was clearly not a part of the Trump presidential campaign.

Moreover, the frivolous use of the word fascism, not only belittles past tragedies but also obscured future dangers. Since Maddows prime time codification of the newest iteration of Reductio ad Hitlerum in 2015, it has become a favorite tactic of many on the left. Politicians such asAlexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Beto ORourke, and Tom Steyers willy-nilly Hitler references are a terrible insult to the actual victims of Nazi genocide, yet they have recently been joined by entertainerssuch as Linda Ronstadt. They have done it to Trump, and now they do it to Peterson, the latter of whom evendevoted many of his own lectures to explaining how the evil of Hitler was truly unparalleled.

Not only ought Gabriel Andrade resist implying there are parallels to be found by Peterson and Hitler, but he also should keep in mind how many lives have been positively changed thanks to his ideas. For Andrade, who argues that Peterson, still has time to avoid going down the path of Ayn Rand and that his unchecked views may be promoting a world that few sensible people would want, I would counter that Andrade still has ample time toavoid going down the path of individuals whose negative fixations on Peterson have resulted in substandard scholarship.

Maybe, instead of belaboring a perceived failure of Peterson to disavow certain subsets of his readers, Andrade should disavow the absurd comparisons of thinkers one disagrees with (or disagrees in part with) to Hitler. So, Andrade writes that, many, many contemporary intellectuals who have far more interesting things to say than Peterson. Yet, after reading Andrades tired indulgence of a lazy logical fallacy,I am afraid that I can now say the same about Gabriel Andrade.

There is something Andrade can do to regain the credibility that he has lost in his latest article. It is to give Peterson the respect he deserves as a scholar and refrain from writing articles that reflect the very unhealthy conspiratorial thinking that Andradeclaims to oppose. Otherwise, Andrade risks continuing the collectivist drift of his thinking and accepting his destiny as a contributing author toEveryone I Dont Like Is Hitler: a Childrens Guide to Online Political Discussion.

But Andrade is correct about one thing; Peterson is someone truly resonating with people, and in turn, he is making some people very upset. All things considered, it is not Petersonthe person himselfthat causes many of his detractors to feel such revulsion and anger but, rather, the ideas he promotes, ideas that are a repudiation of the identity politics of the left.

It is not so much the messenger as it is the message. Peterson offers an alternative means of understanding the world for so many, thus diminishing the power of many on the left as a result. I believe that there is a faction within the left that supports a type of authoritarian progressivism as nefarious in all aspects as the kind that Peterson is accused of supporting. The left might not own the means of production, but it greatly controls much of the discourse in cultural institutions, the academic world, and the mass media. Anyone interfering with that process would be attacked similarly.

Free speech is just one of the ideas that Peterson and his detractors disagree on. It is an ironic twist of fate that Peterson is now the preeminent spokesperson for todays Free Speech Movement, which had its origins within the counterculture of the Left. Mario Savio was in many ways the Jordan Peterson of his era. He is considered to have been the voice of the Free Speech Movement, and, at one time, he wasunder investigation by the FBI.

In an address given at Sproul Hall, University of California in 1964, Savio asserted that:

Despite the protestations of those such as Andrade, for many (in the United States and around the world), the idea of the heroic protagonist is intrinsic to our identity. For those of us who strive to uphold the principles of individualism, Peterson is a genuine hero, a paragon of virtue, and a man of great moral courage. We are indebted to Peterson for drawing his line in the sandand doing what needed to be done in his effort to stop the machine. Little wonder that all his detractors have in response are the pettiest of cheap shots.

Tony D. Senatore graduated from Columbia University in 2017, at the age of 55. He is a well-known bassist and musician and can be reached attds2123@columbia.edu.

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Rose McGowan on Weinstein Verdict: "I Can Breathe for the First Time in Years" – Hollywood Reporter

The actress, filmmaker and activist, one of the first "silence breakers" to share her story, claiming that the mogul sexually assaulted her in a Park City hotel room in 1997, says: "Hopefully now this will be the first day of the rest of my life."

I'm currently sitting on my bed and I have my arm around my puppy Pearl Kali, a Havanese from Cuba named Kali after the warrior goddess. A therapist told me that I needed a puppy for chronic PTSD and so, here we are. I'm looking at her while staring at a horizon that I haven't seen since I was raped in 1997. I haven't had a free moment from this man since then.

God bless the women who testified: Annabella Sciorra, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Dawn Dunning and Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young. I can imagine what it felt like for them to be on that stand because, essentially, its like standing there naked in front of the world, allowing people to put tiny pinpricks in you as they try to pull the skin off. Death by a thousand cuts during a trial that was reality versus gaslighting. Its brutal and harrowing but they were brave. Donna Rotunno, Harveys lawyer, came at them with this kind of wink to the incel movement and by using the same trigger words as the alt-right dudes. These women had to literally look at the belly of the beast while the beast that hurt them is standing behind the beast. It was a Herculean effort and there aren't enough words to describe how I feel for them or what I feel for them.

Justice is a privilege and thats a really twisted thing to say. Justice should be the norm, not a 2 percent conviction rate on rape cases. Most women, men, boys, girls or anybody who has ever been hurt myself included will never have that moment where they can sit across from the person who hurt them and point at them and say, That was the person who hurt me. Thats a privilege and thats a sick privilege to have. I wonder how long it would have taken if wed all been black or Latina? I have so many thoughts about the cultural aspect of it all, but theres also a personal aspect. It's two separate things for me and I haven't had as much opportunity to process the personal of it until now, until tonight, when I feel like I have the weight of a thousand boots off my back.

I can breathe now. Obviously, I breathe a minimal amount to stay alive but I've gotten used to living with such a weight on me. Now I feel that I can breathe for the first time in years. The weirdest part is I feel connected to the girl who walked in that hotel room that morning for a meeting, and I have not felt her for a long, long time. I mean, I know her because shes frozen in time in a few of the movies I made, but when I see pictures of myself from around that time, Im like, damn, she was a baby. Now, it feels like she and I are high-fiving. [Rose pauses and starts crying.] These are happy tears. I'm crying tears of relief for the first time.

It can be an extremely hard push as an activist or global re-educator, whatever you want to call it, trying to unwire millennia of tradition brought on a certain subject and yet being a trauma survivor myself who has to do the work that triggers an act of trauma. Gee, no wonder I short-circuit sometimes? But if somebody were to ask, is Rose more angry with Harvey or the complicity machine? I would definitely say the complicity machine because I do believe there's something deeply wrong with him that he'll never fix in his head.

Hopefully, now this will be the first day of the rest of my life as I attempt to see what life would have been like without someone trying to kill me or paint me as an insane person. I had an entire career before. I do a fuck ton of creative things besides talk about stupid Harvey Weinstein. Thats what I find exciting about this moment. I understand that people are terrified of me out there and I don't know what to do about them. I cant hold onto that because while I had to help take down their cult leader, its OK to not be in a cult, you know? I should know, I was in one. Its actually OK to say this is fucked up and I dont need someone like him in my life. What if its time for someone else to just come in and make amazing movies? I just feel, energy-wise, that the planet would be better off if he wasnt on it. Thats my hippie answer.

What I do know is that tonight, a predator is off the streets. Recently, Ive been watching new TV shows and movies and Ill see an actress and say to myself, Wow, he would have raped her. Thats totally his type. Now, I get to hope to God that these women will get to live their lives, have careers and do everything they want to do and achieve what they want to achieve. And I get to be centered and free. That's my gift.

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This Researcher Juggled Five Different Identities to Go Undercover With Far-Right and Islamist Extremists. Here’s What She Found – TIME

Wearing a blond wig and walking through the streets of central Vienna in October 2017, Julia Ebner reminded herself of her new identity: Jennifer Mayer, an Austrian philosophy student currently studying abroad in London. It was one of five different identities that Ebner, an Austrian researcher specialized in online radicalization and cumulative extremism, adopted in order to infiltrate far-right/Islamist extremist networks. That day in October, she met a local recruiter for Generation Identity (GI), the European equivalent of the American alt right, which is mostly an online political group that rejects mainstream politics and espouses ideas of white nationalism. GI is the main proponent of the Great Replacement Theory, the baseless idea that white populations are being deliberately replaced through migration and the growth of minority communities. The theory has inspired several recent extremist attacks, including the murder of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand last March, and the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas last August, which left 22 people dead.

The meeting with GIs local leader proved to be significant. Ebner learned about how important the group considered social media for their strategy to expand and recruit members in schools, public baths and other public venues that young people visit. She found out that GI were planning to launch an App, Patriotic Peer, that would connect a silent majority (in the words of the leader), which was funded by donations from around the world.

Securing the meeting wasnt easy. It took several months of setting up credible accounts within the various GI networks online and a couple of weeks of messaging with GI members. But it was necessary for Ebners research: the 28-year-old is a resident research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think-tank that develops responses to all forms of hate and extremism. She has advised the U.N., parliamentary working groups, frontline workers and tech firms on issues around radicalization, and her first book, The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism, was published in 2017.

Two years ago, Ebner started to feel like she had reached the limits of her insights into the world of extremism. She wanted to find out how extremists recruit members, how they mobilize them to commit violence, and why people join and stay in the movements. Ebner believed she could only get her answers by being a part of these groups. Over the past two years, she has spent much of her spare time talking to people on online forums. They include the Discord group, used by the alt-right to coordinate the violent Charlottesville rally in August 2017, the Tradwives (short for Traditional Wives), which is a network of some 30,000 far-right women, who perceive gender roles in terms of a market place where women are sellers and men buyers of sex, and an online trolling army, Reconquista Germanica, which were active in the 2017 German federal election.

Ebner, whose new book Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists is published Feb. 20, spoke with TIME about what she discovered. The conversation below has been edited for length and clarity.

Ebner: My first attempt of creating and maintaining a credible profile didnt work. I was kicked out of a group and had to start all over again.

I found switching between different identities stressful and confusing. Remembering exactly what I had said in my online profiles, previous chats and real-life conversations in these various roles could get challenging. Sometimes staying in my role and not being able to talk back as my real self was also difficult. There were many moments when I wanted to debunk a crazy conspiracy theory, or say youre not funny! instead of laughing at a racist joke, or convince younger members to cease their involvement with a group.

As youd imagine, I made made plenty of stupid mistakes. Dropping my real credit card was only one of them. Once I even signed an email with Julia instead of Jenni. Im not a professional MI5 agent, I did acting in high school but going undercover didnt come naturally to me.

I received some tips from a friend who has done undercover investigations himself and also trained people to infiltrate dangerous groups. I probably did appear nervous but I imagine most people who go to a first recruitment meeting with a white nationalist group leader probably would be, so I didnt think that it would be too suspicious.

In many cases, they offer an escape from loneliness and a solution to grievances or fears. A lot of the time it was a fear of a relative loss of status, which the networks blamed on migration and changing demographics. They offered easy explanations oversimplified rationalizations to complex social and political issues.

The networks also offered support, consolation and counselling. They can turn into a kind of family. Some people spend so much time online that I doubt they socialize in the real world.

On the surface, there was no clear profile. Users were from different age groups, social classes, educational backgrounds and depending on the group different ethnic backgrounds. The lowest common denominator was people who were in a moment of crisis. The recruiters did a good job of tailoring their propaganda to pick up vulnerable individuals. The Tradwives reached women who had relationship grievances, Islamist extremists recruited alienated Muslims whod experienced discrimination, and white supremacists exploited people who had security concerns.

It was a major part of the recruiters strategy. White supremacist networks, like the European far right, have a clear step-by-step radicalization manual, which they call recruiting strategies. The Tradwives, for example, made themselves seem like a self help group and I think thats what attracted even women from different ideological backgrounds, and even those who dont subscribe to traditional gender roles.

Some groups, the European Trolling Army for instance, had tightly-organized hierarchical structures. Neo-Nazi groups often have military-like structures, positions in the groups are even named after military ranks, and a person could rise to the top by running hate campaigns against political opponents.

Other networks, like the ones used by the perpetrator of Christchurch and the attack in Halle, Germany last October, had looser structures. They would get together on an opportunistic basis when they saw that something could be gained by cross-border cooperation. They use their own vocabulary and insider references when they decide to collaborate on a campaign or a media stunt. The Matrix is one of many internet culture references from Japanese anime to Taylor Swift. And they would be very effective at advancing these operations.

Far right groups have undergone a rebranding and have reframed the ideas held by traditional neo-Nazis. Generation Identity use euphemisms like ethno pluralism instead of racial segregation or apartheid, and combine video game language with racial slurs, creating their own satirical language.

Not only are extremist groups better at spreading their real ideologies behind satirical memes, theyre also being given a platform by politicians. Language which mirrors that used by proponents of conspiracy theories like the Great Replacement are retweeted by politicians and repeated in their campaigns. This is likely to become more prevalent in the next few months in the run up to the U.S. presidential election. The 2016 U.S. election proved to be one of the key turning points in uniting far right groups globally.

Trans-Atlantic cooperation between the far right in Europe and the alt right in the U.S. has been growing. Some of the ideologies that inspired the GI and other far right groups have been propagated by leading far right figures in the U.S. And the European far right have adopted some of the strategies of gamification and propaganda used by the Americans alt right. They both see themselves as fighters in a war against white genocide or the Great Replacement and there is loyalty between them that makes the idea of ultra nationalism obsolete.

One of the biggest problems is in the infrastructure of social media and tech companies. Algorithms give priority to content that maximises our attention and to content that causes anger and indignation. Its like handing a megaphone to extremists. Its allowed fringe views to get a much bigger audience. Developments in deepfakes, cyber warfare and hacking campaigns are likely to help extremists to refine their strategies.

Firstly, we need a global legal framework that forces all the tech companies not just the big ones but also the fringe networks, like 8chan and 4chan to remove content that could inspire terrorism. After the shootings in Christchurch and Halle, the documents the manifestos left behind by perpetrators were translated into several languages and shared on the fringe corners of the internet. We need a global approach because people can always find a way to circumvent national laws.

But content removal alone wont work. In my book I suggest 10 solutions for 2020; this includes more digital literacy programs in education settings, which can enhance critical thinking skills, help Internet users to spot manipulation and ultimately weaken extremists. We also need more deradicalization projects that use social media analyses to identify and engage with radicalized individuals. Counter-disinformation initiatives with the help of fact checkers and social media campaigners could be formed, as they have done in the Baltics, to debunk online manipulation.

Technology and society are intertwined. So, our response has to be integrated. We need an alliance across not only politicians and tech firms, but civil society and social workers.

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White supremacists spread propaganda in the Lehigh Valley in 2019, ADL reports – lehighvalleylive.com

Last year was the first year in recent memory with credible reports of white supremacist groups spreading propaganda around the Lehigh Valley and Warren County, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL this month announced that distribution of white supremacist literature including racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ fliers, stickers and posters increased across the nation in 2019 with 2,713 cases, up from 1,214 the year before.

There were five documented instances of such literature locally from so-called alt-right groups.

The group Patriot Front was reportedly behind two instances last October in Allentown, including one reported on the Muhlenberg College campus. Two other occurrences in Bethlehem and Mansfield Township were from the New Jersey European Heritage Association, which the ADL says is trying to expand beyond the Garden State. Fliers with the logo of Identity Evropa, now known as the American Identity Movement or AIM, were seen in Hackettstown.

The ADL began tracking such propaganda in 2016. Similar fliers may have appeared in the Lehigh Valley before 2019 but the ADL may not have received a credible report before, according to spokesman Jake Hyman.

The organization tracks propaganda and other extremist activity on its HEAT Map, which stands for hate, extremism, anti-Semitism and terrorism. The map also documents anti-Semitic incidents in the Lehigh Valley since 2016 there were four reported in 2019, even with the two prior years and down from five in 2017.

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The NY Post Published 12 AOC Stories In One Day – BuzzFeed News

AOC clapped back on Twitter.

Posted on February 23, 2020, at 10:42 a.m. ET

It's safe to say she has their attention.

The New York Post published an astonishing 12 separate stories about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday.

"AOC is clothes-minded in luxe designer dress on The View," read the first story published by the New York City tabloid.

Ten stories later, the final headline read, "AOC says Thomas Jefferson 'was a progressive' president."

In between, there were stories on her singing along to Bon Jovi while on a road trip, criticizing Fox News and Hillary Clinton, and reviewing Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

A review of the Post's tag for the liberal lawmaker shows they usually write one AOC story every few days, so the sheer volume on Saturday stood out.

The tabloid's Twitter account, @nypost, tweeted them out one by one in just a matter of hours something that caught the eye of many observers online.

People wondered why the newspaper was so obsessed with AOC.

The prevalence of AOC stories and content across media and social media is not a new phenomenon. A BuzzFeed News analysis found more than 40,000 posts about her on Gab, a favored platform for the alt-right.

The liberal lawmaker has also been compared to Trump with respect to how she uses social media in order to dominate the mainstream media conversation.

New York Post Editor-in-Chief Stephen Lynch didn't respond to a request for comment, nor did reporter Jon Levine, who wrote the vast majority of the AOC stories on Saturday.

But the reason for the large volume of Post stories on Saturday appeared to be quite simple: Levine watched several old Facebook Live videos AOC had made several years ago and chose to write 10 individual small stories, rather than one large one, so they could each travel separately with their own headlines.

Hours after the stories were published online and caught people's attention, staff at the New York Post changed the headlines of Levine's posts to brand them as "The AOC Tapes," presumably to make clear that they were part of a series.

One story not by Levine and which was ratioed to high hell on Twitter criticized the democratic socialist for wearing a dress by designer Rickie Freeman that was selling at Saks Fifth Avenue for $232, marked down from $580.

Many of the replies castigated the paper for their fashion critique.

Others wondered if male politicians deserve the same scrutiny for their sartorial choices.

But others still subscribed to the Post's assessment that AOC was being hypocritical.

Seeking to clarify things and dunk on the Post, AOC wrote on Twitter that she doesn't buy most of her clothes outright.

She also criticized the double standard when it comes to the clothes worn by male politicians.

After her tweets, the Post updated their story to make clear AOC had rented the dress.

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Documentary that examines recent rise of anti-Semitism in U.S. and globally will open in NYC on Friday – amNY

A new documentary explores the rising rates of anti-Semitism in recent years, both in the U.S. and across the globe, comparing the hate to a virus that can have different forms and spread anywhere.

Viral: Antisemitism In Four Mutations, directed by filmmaker Andrew Goldberg, opens in New York City on Feb. 21 at Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Ave.

The film opens with a narration by actress Julianna Margulies, saying that anti-Semitism started a long time ago, and is based on lies about Jews being evil, conspiring and enemies of God. The lie evolved and spread like a virus, and still does, Margulies says.

The first section focuses on the far right in America, including the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people. The film takes a quick look at the history of anti-Semitism in America, before discussing the recent rise of incidents since the 2016 presidential campaign and Donald Trumps rise to power.

Survivors of the Tree of Life shooting are interviewed, and describe the horror of that day. A former white supremacist says that people frustrated with their lives can be the best targets for recruitment.

Former president Bill Clinton is also interviewed, noting that hate can spread on the internet and economic stagnation and a feeling of powerlessness can make people vulnerable to hateful ideologies. When a group is needed to be blamed, it often falls on the Jewish people, noted several people interviewed, including journalist Fareed Zakaria and commentator George Will.

The rise of Donald Trump and nationalism was important for the alt-right, who were previously in the distance and without encouragement, according to Jonathan Weisman, author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump.

They saw in the rise of American nationalism and in the rise of Donald trump a kindred spirit, says Weisman in the film.

The films other sections look at anti-Semitism in Hungary, with the nationalist government waging a campaign of blame and hate against investor and philanthropist George Soros; the far left in the United Kingdom, where there were widespread charges of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn; and Islamic radicalism in France, which has a high rate of anti-Semitic incidents, including a shooting at a kosher supermarket in Paris in 2015 where four victims were killed.

Despite different circumstances in each location, director Andrew Goldberg said they all shared some common themes of conspiracies such as Jewish people being in power behind the scenes. We had these four very specific examples where we felt it worked well, theyre so different yet they share so many of the same ideas, Goldberg told amNewYork Metro.

Goldberg said that some of the anti-Semitic movements can seem like abstract ideas, but it had an impact when he went to Hungary and saw all of the signs against George Soros and the extent of the propaganda campaign against him. You realize how enormous it is, Goldberg said. That was really eye-opening for us.

He said the situation in France, including the supermarket shooting, was entirely heartbreaking, and that everyone in the crew was upset during the interview with Valerie Braham, who walked through the ongoing pain of her husband Philippe Braham being killed in the supermarket attack. That was a very emotional interview, Goldberg said.

In terms of the global waves of anti-Semitism, Goldberg said, It has to get worse before it gets better.

He said he was asked if he would include recent waves of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City, where he lives, but the film had already been completed. Thats another example of the mutation of this virus, Goldberg said, and added that the film could have included 400 mutations but chose to focus on four.

When first putting the film together, Goldberg said he thought that ideas might emerge about how to combat the rise of anti-Semitism, but he quickly realized, thats beyond our capabilities to come up with something usable, he said. We like to think an informed population is the best first step.

More information about the documentary can be found at viralthefilm.com.

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