Monday, November 28, 2016

Alt-Right Watch: Your Local Neo-Nazi Book Club

One of the first websites I've perused in my horrifying quest through the muck is the Daily Stormer, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi "news" website. It's a baffling mess of creepy memes and way too many jokes about castration and Hitler that's going to take some time to get used to. I do not recommend checking it out yourself. But if you really want, here is an archived version from yesterday so you don't give them any traffic.

As I mentioned in my last post, it's not easy to determine what is and is not supposed to be a "joke" in this site's "articles." I'm sure the declaration of the intent to elect "literal Hitler" in 2024 is a "joke," but they do not seem to be joking when claiming that most if not all of the reports of hate crimes following Trump's election are hoaxes. This is a pattern I've observed on Tumblr "anti-sjw" blogs as well - anything inconvenient to their narrative is a hoax.

However, one very serious thing that I want to bring to everyone's attention is the organization of Daily Stormer "book clubs." These are actual IRL (in real life) meet-ups for neo-Nazis happening all over the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and other white-dominated areas. Canada appears to have the biggest neo-pest problem. You can see all the locations and how much activity each area has using this other archived version of the site.

In my area of Seattle, it looks like they've had trouble getting together enough scattered neo-Nazis for a meeting, though it appears that they may have switched to a more private form of communication with one another to organize. In the book report section, you can see "reports" of how past meetings went. According to this, the Seattle Nazis have had multiple meetings.

This may be a disturbing but necessary eye-opener for people who don't believe that there is neo-Nazi activity near them. These "clubs" may appear small, but remember that this is only one platform of organization for them through one site. I'll be keeping an eye on this to see if activity increases.

Popular meeting locations appear to be local libraries, bars, and shooting ranges. As usual, steer clear of groups of white men in khaki shorts.

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