Friday, 8 October 2010

Michael Moynihan's Seige Mentality

"Nihilists and buffoons are allergic to the slightest hint of significance"
Terry Eagleton, 'On Evil'

Photo: Jimmy Sime/Getty Images
Michael Moynihan (of Non, Blood Axis, Coup de Grace and Sleep Chamber, and a regular collaborator with other pro-Fascist musicians in the neo-folk, martial industrial and noise milieus) has miraculously acquired a reputation as something of a Fascist intellectual, as he is also a writer, editor and publisher of a range of books, magazines and journals. Moynihan was a member of the Abraxas foundation, which co-founder Boyd Rice hoped would attract "a new demographic of people who are into the occult, Fascism, and Social Darwinism". Along with Didrik Søderlind he authored the commercially successful Lords of Chaos:  The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, which glamorised the Norwegian Black Metal scene while analysing it within the framework of his own occult Fascist concerns. He is also an associate of Adam Parfrey, whose Feral Press has established itself as a major source of Fascist esoterica. Moynihan's journal, Tyr, promotes a range of Fascist thinkers as well as corresponding pagan and occult notions, publishing pseudo-scientific articles and clunky political, cultural and music reviews aimed largely at promoting the  works of his co-thinkers in the Fascist and pagan underground. Having read a fair amount of his work I think it's safe to say that Moynihan's reputation as an intellectual is more an index of the intellectual poverty of the radical right rather than proof of any substantial talent on his part.

Nevertheless it is perhaps not so surprising that Moynihan should posses at least the rudiments of literary and intellectual skills since he is the product of a wealthy Boston family that could afford to send him to the elite Buckingham Browne & Nichols private school then prop him up long enough for him to get a (similarly elite) Fulbright scholarship to fund his further 'research'. Perhaps he even belongs to one of those Boston Moynihan clans that have provided so many members of the American ruling class, including the current CEO of the Bank of America (and who are known about town as 'the Brahmins'). In any case Moynihan seems to be one of that species of budding aristo-Führers who offer themselves up as mentors to the mass of lumpen Nazis, offering them a veneer of 'posh' and gravitas while seeking to harness them to their own peculiar occult, racist and anti-democratic fantasies of power and violence ('Baron' Julius Evola was a similar type).

Confusion about what constitutes contemporary fascist ideology means that Moynihan and his friends have been able to fool some into thinking he is something other than a dyed-in-the-wool Fascist just because his ideas are eccentric and differ somewhat from historical National Socialism and Fascism: he has been variously described as an extreme Rightist, an extreme Leftist, a Nazi and an Anarchist. Moynihan has tried to sow such confusion himself, hoping it will obscure his real agenda. Despite this, at times he has also been disarmingly clear about his orientation; for instance, arguing against what he considers merely 'aesthetic fascism' (in an argument probably aimed at Boyd Rice, with whom he'd had a falling out around this time): "I'm sick of people saying they're 'not political' as I think this is a cop-out... If you're going to espouse fascist ideas, then I believe you have to accept some of the responsibility for their application in the real world; otherwise what is the point of espousing them in the first place?"1

(Cover of Black Sun Edition)
I'll write about some of Moynihan's other publishing and literary efforts in future. Here I want to focus on one book he has played a central role in bringing to the public's attention - Siege, by James Mason. While I think it's easy to show that Moynihan is indeed a fascist there's no reason why we shouldn't take time off from teasing away at the usual dreary existential question ("what does he really think?") and look instead at what he publishes, on the grounds that it's perfectly appropriate to judge someone by what they do as much as by what they say about it. Moynihan can argue what he likes about his own politics but what he chooses to publish speaks for itself: and in the case of James Mason it is difficult to understand why anyone would want to publish his work unless they sought to promote a particular type of racial and 'political' violence.

Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason collects together articles from the Nazi journal of the same name, written by Mason between 1980 and 1986. The collection was edited and first published in 1992 by Moynihan, who also wrote an introduction under the pseudonym Michael M. Jenkins, on his own 'Storm' imprint. It was reprinted and republished by Black Sun Press in 2003 without Moynihan's introduction but with a new preface by Mason and additional historical material in the appendices. Since I've only been able to find a copy of the later Black Sun edition online I don't know what Moynihan had to say in the original introduction, but the rest of the material, at least as far as Mason's essays are concerned, is identical. It seems reasonable to ask; who is James Mason, and why would Moynihan be prepared to spend his own time and money editing and publishing a deluxe edition of his collected ravings?

Mason posing at the site of 
Rockwell's 1967 murder
James Mason is maybe as close as anyone could get to being a genuine lifelong Nazi. Having started out as a teenage supporter of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and George Wallace, in 1966 his life changed forever when he was loaned a book about extremist politics (Extremism USA) and liked what he read there about the Nazis. At the age of only 14 he joined the miniscule American Nazi Party (ANP). Sometime after that, still aged only 16, he ran away from his home in Ohio to join the ANP headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. There he lived for a number of years, working alongside the Ku Klux Klan to organise attacks on leftists and civil rights and anti-war protesters as well as helping with the general running of America's main (albeit tiny) Fascist party. He was admitted into full membership of the party on his eighteenth birthday. Here it was too that he was introduced to the ideas of one of his great heroes, George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder and leader of the ANP who had defiantly spurned bourgeois opinion by openly embracing Nazism and the Swastika (thus, in Rockwell's words crossing "the threshold of anger"2). Shortly after renaming the party the National Socialist White People's Party (NSWPP) and adopting the slogan 'White Power', Rockwell was killed by a fellow Nazi in 1967 and the ANP was taken over by Matt Koehl, after which it splintered into a number of groups amidst of the usual welter of denunciations, accusations and counter-accusations familiar to any student of the extreme right.

Thus far Mason's career had been unremarkable for a hard-core Nazi of the time. Overflowing with racist hatred for Jews and Blacks, he worshiped Adolf Hitler as his ideal and saw in Rockwell a 'strong man' and potential Führer who could lead the American people into their racial utopia. Mason was from the beginning a super-militant Nazi. Regarding the Jews he seems almost disappointed at one point to find himself toeing the Nazi line on holocaust denial, being keener himself on an open policy of annihilation: "it was indeed a damnable shame that Hitler did not, in fact, kill at least six million Jews during the war. We... know what the Jews were and are all about and we can shed no tears for any of them"3. Mason's line from the mid-70s on was that such violence should be extended not only to Jews, Blacks and Socialists, but also to most of the rest of the American people, believing that "the masses... live only to produce and consume; to masticate and defecate. Wasted exercises in protoplasm. Here only to breathe the air and take up space. No really valid reason for living"4. And Mason doesn't leave much to the imagination when it comes to his preferred solution to this mess: "for the United States there will be no need for concentration camps of any kind, for not a single transgressor will survive long enough to make it to that kind of haven"5.

The acrimonious collapse of the NSWPP and the descent of the US Nazi movement into a nest of squabbling sects was a blow for Mason, but he soon found another strong man to look up to and admire in the form of Joseph Tommasi ("the first of a new breed. A hero and martyr to the cause"6). Like Mason, Tommasi was an ultra-radical NSWPP hothead. Both were close to senior NSWPP member William Pierce, who had personally encouraged and helped organise Mason's original flight from school to ANP headquarters. Pierce went on to write The Turner Diaries, a novel which imagines a successful Nazi revolution precipitated by a 'lone wolf' killer, and which has inspired a number of Nazi psychopaths over the years, including 'London Nail Bomber' David Copeland, who targeted the city's Black, Asian and Gay communities in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho respectively, killing 3 people and injuring 129.

Tommasi's contribution to the cause was to create a new, underground Nazi group, the National Socialist Liberation Front (NSLF). The NSLF was originally formed, with encouragement from Pierce, as the youth wing of the NSWPP, and set out to work on college campuses (one early recruit was a young student in Louisiana, David Duke, later to become Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan). From the start the NSLF represented a significant break with traditional US Nazism, which remained rooted in the social mores and attitudes (and even much of the Cold War, McCarthyite politics) of the 40s and 50s. Tommasi himself looked more like a drop-out than the kind of starched, collar-and-tie conservative favoured by the party leadership. He was concerned to bring National Socialism up to date by borrowing widely from the symbols, attitudes and language of the New Left so as to connect with a new generation. Thus the name of the group itself was borrowed from the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the name of the NSLF journal, Siege, later taken over by Mason, was also borrowed, this time from The Weathermen. The NSLF favoured the pop visual imagery, iconoclasm and sometimes even the actual ideas of the far left, adopting such typically Maoist slogans as 'Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun' and 'The Future Belongs to the Few of Us Willing to Get Our Hands Dirty. Political Terror: It's the Only Thing They Understand'. It is this modernising aspect of Tommasi's legacy, along with the fetishising of revolutionary violence, that explains his appeal to counter-cultural Fascists today.

The NSLF was not established as a separate organisation until Tommasi, despite years of personal loyalty, was expelled from the NSWPP in one of Koehl's episodic purges simply for smoking marijuana, drinking and 'entertaining women' in the party's offices. The inaugral meeting of the newly independent group took place on March 2nd 1974 in El Monte, California and attracted 43 supporters.  This formal break with the NSWPP radicalised Tommasi even further, or allowed his radicalism full expression, and the meeting adopted a set of theses which broke definitively with the 'mass strategy' of the Nazi mainstream in favour of armed revolution and 'leaderless resistance';

"No longer could we think in terms of obtaining political power through the electorate but, instead, of hurting the enemy through force and violence. We would build the armed struggle.
We have abandoned petit-bourgeois, bureaucratic hang-ups and have developed the idea that the ends justifies the means. What works is good.
We recognise the fact that the masses of Whites will never rally around radical parties... The Whites... don't have the guts to shed their bourgeois hang-ups.
We view armed struggle as the only effective means of forcing political change."7

Joseph Tommasi
Mason himself didn't join the NSLF, remaining a member of the NSWPP for sometime before finally tiring of it, and as a practical organisation the new grouping fell flat on it's face almost immediately: Tommasi was murdered only a year later by another Nazi in a brawl outside the NSWPP's LA offices, and his two key lieutenants were arrested shortly after for firearms violations. The NSLF underground effectively died with Tommasi except as a beacon to other ultra-radicals such as Mason. What is significant about Tommasi is not anything concrete he might have achieved (from a Fascist point of view) but simply the idea, which he is identified with, of finally breaking with overground political activity aimed at persuasion or acceptance of any kind (other than making propaganda in support of NSLF terrorism) in favour of amoral, unconstrained violence directed against 'racial enemies' (Jews and anyone not certifiably white, and especially mixed couples), leftists, anti-racists and civil rights campaigners of any description, the 'Zionist Occupation Government' (ZOG) and its servants (anyone with any kind of role or job with the state, from elected representatives and the police down to the lowliest of state employees; "from President to dogcatcher", as Mason put it8), drug users, homosexuals, perverts, feminists, deviants and so on (ie. anyone 'impure'). Tommasi has become a pinup boy for every Fascist who ever fantasised about unleashing their violence directly on their neighbours.

The NSLF represented to Mason the apotheosis of Fascist narcissism, its point of orgasm, allowing him psychically to unshackle his rage from any remaining grounding in political calculation or moral propriety, or any compunction or limitation at all, allowing it instead (in his mind, at least) to be applied without mediation: the only practical consideration from now on was trying to make sure you didn't get caught. In Mason's typically fascist-occult mind reality itself is a wasteland, fatally riddled with impurity, corruption and decay; the cities are "death zones" in which "the lowest common denominator genetic miasma has you badly outnumbered". He concludes; "Let the cities go to HELL, right where they came from! If the Russians don't get 'em and if crime, famine and disease don't get 'em, then WE'LL have to later on"9. He is even able to blithely consider the nuclear annihilation of the population; "If atomic warfare destroyed all human life on earth on earth but two Aryan specimens... we could begin again. I've often stated that the conditions... of [US cities] make a positively ATTRACTIVE case for atomic warfare"10.

Being of an essentially petit-bourgeois frame of mind himself Mason fetishises bourgeois morality by focussing obsessively on the need to overcome it. This idea runs like a mantra through his writing (basically, "anything is allowed"11). This ties Mason's ideology neatly to that of the contemporary esoteric-Fascism as practiced by Moynihan. The symmetry is expressed in a shared admiration for Anton LaVey and The Church of Satan. Mason's book reproduces the title page of his copy of LaVey's Satanic Bible, signed by the author, which he says he acquired in 1969 and "has cherished ever since"12. Mason strongly approves of LaVey's rejection of 'moralism' in favour of unbridled self-interest (a pseudo-philosophy LaVey defends in turn with a lot of pseudo-science based on Social Darwinism and 'the survival of the fittest'). While Mason has never been a Satanist (he considers himself an atheist; but then LaVey's Hollywood Satanism was itself essentially a-theistic) he shares with LaVey a tedious petit-bourgeois contempt for 'the masses' and a philosophy which says it is acceptable to treat them as you like as long as you can get away with it. Michael Moynihan, of course, was for a while a leading member of the Church of Satan before aligning himself instead with racist Paganism. Despite minor theological differences Moynihan and Mason share a common approach which prioritises (their) racist instincts above any truth or reality. Their victims are simply worthless, disposable matter. While Moynihan argues in his book on Black Metal that the racist killer is a Beserker channeling the Pagan Divinity woven into the genes of all Aryans, Mason emphasises genetic, animal irrationality directly: "No one has got his feet on the ground if he is not tuned into himself, if he cannot or will not... allow his brain to accept and articulate his animal instincts"13. In the end, though, this comes down to the same conflation of divinity and animality as in Moynihan; "In talking with people I use terms like 'Spiritual' but, more precisely, I mean gut INSTINCT as dictated by millions of years of genetic development... being in abidance with one's true Gods would also come under this heading. Noble thoughts and ideals. Irrational as Hell"14. It may be worth noting in passing that it is remarkable how the Fascist mentality, which loves to boast of it's 'spiritual ideals', actually bases this spirituality on the most banal kind of biological materialism (genetic determinism).

Unable even to begin to grasp the social and political complexity of the unfolding capitalist system the occult mind sees everything instead in terms of a rigid dualism in which it pits itself (as unsullied 'spirit' / genetic racial purity) against the filthy occult forces of materialism, cosmopolitanism and sedition - aka the Jews who work eternally to pollute and overwhelm the forces of order. In Mason's formulation practically everyone beyond a tiny circle of armed Nazi activists is actively or passively helping to sustain a hellish, corrupt 'Jew System', and he therefore sees practically everyone as a legitimate target. Mason increasingly regarded violence against 'the System' and everyone involved in it as his summum bonum - so much so that he began to adopt some unusual positions for a Nazi. Not only was he ceasing to care much about who the violence was directed against, he became increasingly catholic about who could legitimately inflict it. For example, while traditional Nazis bemoaned 'Black Crime' and 'Communist Sedition' in their headlines Mason eventually welcomed both, arguing that "If a bunch of Black Nationalists rob a Brinks truck, if they kill some System Pigs, WHO CARES??!!.. Any Pig killed by a Black or Communist Revolutionary is one Pig you may be sure will not come after YOU one night with a nice, neat Federal warrant. It's a dirty, rotten shame that it has to be left up to the likes of Blacks and bow-legged Jewish agitators to hit the Pig System but, damn it, SOMEBODY'S GOT TO DO IT! So wish 'em lots o' luck... twenty years of bitter experience has shown that all the piety and all the law and order bullshit of the past has gotten us nowhere"15. This tactical acceptance of any and all violence against a common enemy ('the System') is all that lies behind Mason's talk of having transcended the traditional political division between 'Left' and 'Right' ("classic notions of 'Left' and 'Right'... certainly are by now obsolete and meaningless"16). This does not make either Mason or Moynihan, who makes similar noises, any less of a Fascist. On the contrary, it merely makes manifest the essence of Fascism as an ideology that attempts to unleash a bad infinity of destruction.

This, however, is all a little too abstract, dealing as it does with only the general form and structure of Mason's attitude to violence. In theory Mason may be an equal opportunity sociopath, but when it comes to the praxis of actual killings and mayhem his clear preference is for the racist murderers who are treated as heroes throughout his book. The clear winner in this regard is Joseph Franklin, another of William Pierce's neophytes back when he was a member of the NSWPP, who robbed a series of banks and went on a private killing spree in which he murdered as many as 20 people, most of them Jews or Blacks killed at random, though his preferred targets were mixed race couples. Other racists celebrated in the book include Frank Spisak, the 'Cleveland University Killer', a cross-dressing Nazi who in 1982 made attempts on the lives of five 'racial enemies', killing three of them (and who later in court blamed his own transvestism on Jews who had 'taken over his mind'); Michael Pearch, who shot seven Black men at random in Wheaton, Maryland in 1975, killing two of them; and Joseph Christopher, who killed three Blacks at random and wounded at least another four. All of these, and more in the same vein, are held up as people to be admired and, more alarming still, models to be imitated.

After Tommasi's death the NSLF continued low key operations for a while and even built local cells in a number of areas (being well aware that the Nazi movement is riddled with informers and police agents the NSLF adopted a cell structure in which no one knows any members of the group other than the two or three individuals in their own unit). But after a few years of this, during which time he edited Siege as an NSLF publication, Mason began to develop a new infatuation and new ideas that would eventually gift him his brand identity as a Nazi so extreme that even most Fascists began to consider him untouchable. Typically for Mason his new direction turned around the discovery of another 'strong' man he could look up to and adore. This is how he introduces his ultimate hero;

"There is a great leader / philosopher in our midst, alive and involved today... with a name and a reputation world renowned and a following of his own"17

"He is a product of the American heartland... Personally gifted, selfless, fearless - both morally and physically - and absolutely dedicated to Life, to Earth and to Truth"18

Manson 2009
Even if you have followed the argument about Mason this far you may still be a little surprised to discover that he is talking here about Charles Manson, the leader of the cult responsible for the Tate-La Bianca killings in LA in 1969. Manson, of course, is already something of a counter-cultural success story, being seen by some as the epitome of the romantic outsider; a shaman and magician, beyond Good and Evil - a more condensed and extreme version of a Brian Jones or Jim Morrison, perhaps. Mason is able to shoehorn Manson into his scheme of things because the latter shared something of the Nazi world-view, also believing that America was headed for an apocalyptic race war. Manson may have been unorthodox in thinking that the Blacks would win this war (though he anticipated that they would soon invite him and his accomplices to take over when they realised they were incapable of running society themselves, the Family having spent the meantime hiding out in a cave in Death Valley waiting for the storm to blow over), but predictably Mason was prepared to cut Charlie some slack and overlook his small-time heterodoxy as long as the core belief in the use of fear and unconstrained violence was kept intact - which, in Manson's case, it certainly was.

Having found his new avatar, in around 1982 Mason split amicably from the remnants of the NSLF in a deal that saw him keep control of Siege as the mouthpiece for his new, pro-Manson organisation, The Universal Order, while Karl Hand retained control of the rest of the NSLF's assets. For Mason the justification for choosing Charles Manson as the true leader of American Nazism had several components. First, as already mentioned, Manson shared something of the Nazi outlook on race. Second, his actual killings could all be justified even though they didn't primarily target Blacks: the Manson victims were 'drug dealers' and 'perverts', etc. (though Mason conspicuously overlooks the fact that so too were the Manson Family). Even the murder of Sharon Tate's unborn baby was perfectly acceptable as far as Mason is concerned, "it was, after all, a Jew"19. And finally, Manson's interest in environmentalism (expressed through his organisation 'Air, Trees, Water and Animals' - ATWA), fitted in neatly with the Nazi's own obsession with cleanliness and 'the natural life' (an extension of their mania for 'purity'). But the key reason's for Mason's conversion were twofold. First, he believed that Manson embodied a new and higher level of social alienation, which invited a corresponding extremism; "Manson represents the great divide between those persons who imagine there still are choices to be made casually on the basis of Establishment mores and those who have a profound, individual sense of 'no going back'"20. In other words, his significance is symbolic: just as Rockwell was a hero for crossing the "threshold of anger" when he adopted the Swastika, Manson in turn represents "the threshold of alienation"21, and identifying with him means crossing the line that takes you beyond any moral compunction.

The final reason for Mason's attachment to Manson is particularly interesting. Essentially he thinks that Manson is hip and appeals to the young, and so can rally people to Fascism in a way that would be impossible for previous Nazi leaders, with their crew cuts and corny shoes (Tomassi aside). And Manson doesn't have the disadvantage of being associated in the first instance with Nazism. In Mason's mind (and, I'm prepared to bet, Moynihan's too) Manson works as a kind of 'gateway Fascist' that might draw new layers of (primarily) young people to the cause;  

"From direct personal experience I tell you that the name of Manson can be used for the same purposes the name of Hitler can be used... MINUS 90% of the usual hassles which immediately follow due to the huge job of conditioning that the Jews have done on people over the last forty or fifty years. Most of you in the Movement have not considered the way Manson is at first taken by average people. Young, wild, American, anti-establishment, and finally, yes, a criminal type but certainly not of the order of what they have whipped up regarding Hitler. Manson scares people but he does so in the way that they LIKE to be scared... After a time, once people have been brought sufficiently around, you may introduce them to Hitler without much risk of losing them"22.

Manson symbolises for Mason an ideal combination of distilled amorality and perfected alienation, plus brand recognition among young people looking for nihilistic thrills. His hope is that such people might eventually find in Fascism and racism an ideology that responds to their own sense of social alienation, confirms their narcissistic sense of innate superiority and provides them with obvious targets and easy solutions. In that case, James Mason will have made another recruit.

But what's in it for Michael Moynihan? Why would he work so hard to put this sort of material in front of the public? The simplest explanation is that he simply agrees with and approves of it: certainly it concords with most of what we know about his own approach and his stated positions. Just like Mason Moynihan is drawn to sensational immorality, and just like him he has the lowest possible opinion of most of humanity. Crucially though, also like Mason Moynihan is a racist and a Fascist, and he believes that creating a culture accepting of Manson's nihilism is half way to making it also amenable to Fascism. The publication of this book seems clearly intended as a contribution to the creation of such a culture.

Jeffrey Kaplan (ed), 2000, Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook of the Radical, Racist Right, Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
Jeffrey Kaplan and Heléne Lööw (eds), 2002, The Cultic Milieu: Oppositional Subcultures in the Age of Globalisation, Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
James Mason, 2010, Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason, edited by Michael M. Jenkins (Michael Moynihan), introduction by Ryan Schuster, Black Sun Publications, Bozeman, MT.

01. Michael Moynihan, Interview, Momentum Magazine
02. George Rockwell, quoted in Mason, 2010, p310
03. ibid, p326 
04. ibid, p258 
05. ibid, p57 
06. ibid, p20 
07. Joseph Tommasi, Strategy for Revolution, 1974, in Mason,ibid, p379 
08. ibid, p115
09. ibid, p76
10. ibid, p140
11. ibid, p276
12. ibid, p362
13. ibid, p363
14. ibid, p234
15. ibid, p164
16. ibid, p333
17. ibid, p312
18. ibid, p310
19. ibid, p328
20. ibid, p234
21. ibid, p233 
22. ibid, p344


  1. Only a fascist creep would want to republish James Mason's writing, the main purpose of which is clearly to encourage so called "zebra killings" (the random murder of mixed race couples). So I agree with you completely about Michael Moynihan being a dyed-in-the-wool fascist tog-rag. I've heard fanboys attempting to justify the Nazi interests of those involved with parts of the industrial and neo-folk subcultures on the grounds that they aren't violent and their interest is 'aesthetic', unlike the Blood & Honour scene. Actually this isn't true, and your blog documents the way people like Moynihan are fanning the flames of violent and murderous hate crime. The likes of Tony Wakeford who've you've dealt with in previous posts were in the 1980s vicious Nazi street thugs. Keep the blogs coming. There are a lot of us watching this space....

  2. The idiot you're writing about, Michael Moynihan, provides yet another demonstration of the fact that the term 'fascist intellectual' is an oxymoron. Likewise, there is more than enough here to demonstrate that Michael Moynihan himself is simply a moron.

  3. Moynihan also republished material from Nazi apologists the Institute for Historical Review in his Coup De Grace "Year 4" booklet in 1987.

    Like the NF, he distributed Gaddaffi's "Green Book" in the 90s.

  4. Interesting comment by abc, since the Institute for Historical Review was set up by among others Dave McCalden. In the seventies McCalden was the ally and worked closely with Richard Lawson in the National Front and together they upped the level of anti-Semitism in British fascist propaganda of that time. This can be seen by examining the "Britain First" paper which they edited together.

    Lawson was the eminence grise behind the take over of the National Front by the political soldiers in the 1980s (the fascist faction from which neo-folk emerged), and the best man of Moynihan's musical and political collaborator Tony Wakeford at Wakeford's wedding a decade ago. Lawson is one of the key fascist ideological guiding hands directing the neo-folk scene to this day. Lawson is particularly close to Moynihan's collaborator Tony Wakeford, and has been so since the early 1980s.

  5. In the early nineties Boyd Rice, James Mason and Michael Moynihan appeared on evangelical shock jock Bob Larson's radio show.

    Larson describes Moynihan as a “representative of the Universal Order” on two occasions. Moynihan doesn't contradict this and refers to them as “great people”. (Around the 19:30 mark).

    So it seems clear why Moynihan published "Siege" - the book is simply the collected writings of the founder of the organisation he "represented".

    Moynihan and Rice also manage to achieve the near impossible feat of lowering themselves in my eyes during the show. Whilst defending Charles Manson they mock Doris Tate who had telephoned the show to talk about the murder of her daughter Sharon.

    The mp3 is on Boyd Rice's website.

  6. Raumpatrouille Orion18 Nov 2010, 00:44:00

    "Lawson was ... the best man at Wakeford's wedding a decade ago. Lawson is one of the key fascist ideological guiding hands directing the neo-folk scene to this day."

    Why print lies? Was this "anti-semite" Lawson the best man at "anti-semite" Wakeford's wedding to his JEWISH wife? What a bunch of pricks you are! Besides, Lawson hasn't been anywhere near neo-folk for ten years now and has had nothing to do with any kind of politics for over twice as long. Maybe you'd like to post an Mp3 of you scraping the barrel. But this isn't even a real barrel, is it? The only people who are keeping fascist neo-folk alive are YOURSELVES! I suggest you go outside into the street and throw bricks through your own windows. Or post dog shit through your own letterbox. Maybe then you'll feel justice has been done.

  7. "Was this "anti-semite" Lawson the best man at "anti-semite" Wakeford's wedding to his JEWISH wife?"

    Now you are getting there: Wakeford's defenders use the fact that he has a Jewish wife to argue that he has broken with Fascism. But that argument is rather spoiled once you know that he asked a notorious Fascist and anti-Semite (Lawson) to be his best man.

    And what's all this about trying to distance Lawson from Fascism? In his book, Peter Webb has Wakeford and Lawson collaborating on Flux Europa as recently as 2007.

  8. Raumpatrouille Orion20 Nov 2010, 02:29:00

    Flux Europa officially ended in 2005, but had pretty much wound down to almost nothing by 2001. I've met Lawson a few times, and have quizzed him about his past (in a friendly fashion, as I have no problem with his early political activities) and it's clear that he's been well out of it for many years. I've met Wakeford too, and he's so anti-fascist it's frankly embarrassing. You fellows (Home et al) must know this too, which only serves to underline the suspicion that you have ignoble and ulterior motives in establishing this website, which seems to exist to attack only two or three individuals.

  9. You are right that the site has focussed to date on a small number of individuals.That happened partly because they have been relatively influential, at least within the neo-folk and power electronics, etc., scenes, and partly since, because of this, their history is relatively well documented - and I wanted to capture that documentation and history here as a starting point. Future posts should move on to cover other bands and individuals (though if anything new comes to light concerning 'the usual suspects' I will of course mention it here). Perhaps people reading this might like to contact me if they can help by writing for the blog or just sharing information.

  10. Gnostic Neville20 Nov 2010, 20:05:00

    You could have read what Moynihan had said in his original 1992 edition of Siege if you'd got to Porcupine Bookshop in time to buy it (for a tenner) after Mr Trippy had unloaded his stash of political porn there in 1996. You could have picked up mint copies of William Joyce's Twilight Over England and Rosenberg's Myth of the Twentieth Century while you were at it. I'd like to know which book of Trippy's it was that required Mason's book for "research", unless our Stewie was merely selling stuff on behalf of some of his one-time pals. I don't read Home's stuff, so I don't know if William Pierce or the Racial Preservation Society (from Sussex) ended up in one of his potboilers either.

    I'll not mention this bloody bookshop again, which will be a relief to us all.

  11. @ Gnostic Neville. You need to get over your creepy sexual infatuations and get a life instead.

    Obsession is a noun meaning:

    1. Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
    2. A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

  12. Raumpatrouille Orion said: "I've met Wakeford too, and he's so anti-fascist it's frankly embarrassing."

    This is meaningless without context. When did RO meet Wakeford? If it was in the 1970s when Wakeford was in the SWP and using Rock Against Racism to establish a very minor music career then this is hardly surprising. That didn't stop Wakeford joining the fascist National Front at some point in the early 1980s. If it was more recently then why is this "anti-fascism" not visible in Wakeford's public activities? Wakeford's pathetic expression of 'regret' for his NF activities (he seems to regret the hassle they've caused him, not the impact they had on other people) has been dealt with elsewhere in comments on this blog.

    As for Lawson, has he issued a recantation of his former political beliefs and activities? If so please point readers of this site to it. But then of course the likes of Troy Southgate also come on this blog to proclaim they are not fascists. Yeah, right - as in far-Right or fascist as far as Southgate is concerned!

    Perhaps RO has been taken for a ride or is trying to take us for a ride. Who knows? To even start to be convincing they'd need to tell us who they actually are and the circumstances in which they met Lawson and Wakeford. But that would just be a start; it wouldn't necessarily prove the issue. Their post-fascist claims reference nothing other than their personal impressions and these can carry no weight if they hide behind a silly name. They might carry some weight (or might not) if RO provides a context for them.

  13. @Gnostic Neville: this is getting silly.Are you simply assuming that anything Fascist in Porcupine at that time must have come from Home? Do you know for a fact that those books (Joyce, Mason, Rosenberg) were sold by him? It would indeed seem obsessional and paranoid to assume that Home must be the source of all the Nazi books in Porcupine at a certain point. Once again though it would hardly prove anything - I've read the Mason book (obviously) and Rosenberg too. I may sell them one day, but that wouldn't make me a fellow traveller.

    As for Lawson, if he has given up being a Fascist figure in public it is not because of any political conversion I know of. I heard he'd simply been ill for a while.

  14. Raumpatrouille Orion21 Nov 2010, 20:56:00

    @Bruce Kelly: Strewth Bruce! With your heartfelt questions you almost had me thinking you were genuinely interested in establishing the truth about Wakeford and Lawson's credentials! What "this blog" has actually established is that those that operate it have no interest whatsoever in establishing "the truth" if it conflicts with their muck-raking vendetta. It is almost amusing that for sheer evasiveness and dishonesty, Who Makes The Nazis and its fellow-travellers knock the Occult Nazi Brigade into a cocked jackboot.

  15. Raumpatrouille Orion (several comments back) after quoting from my comment rants: "Why print lies? Was this "anti-semite" Lawson the best man at "anti-semite" Wakeford's wedding to his JEWISH wife?"

    I don't think there is any doubt that Lawson is a notorious anti-Semite, go and check back issues of Searchlight and you'll find they documented and said what I'm saying 30 odd years ago as well as more recently. The same source will confirm what I have to say about Lawson and Dave McCalden.

    I didn't actually say Wakeford was anti-Semitic, as far as I can tell his racism is directed most strongly against those who might be identified as African and in particular Afro-Caribbeans. This isn't to say Wakeford isn't anti-Semitic, and as has been pointed out when this issue was raised elsewhere on the comments on this blog (do some reading before you rant), it isn't unknown for fascists (and you can read into that anti-Semitic fascists) to take Jewish lovers and marriage partners.

    You claim in the comment in question (several back): "Lawson hasn't been anywhere near neo-folk for ten years now and has had nothing to do with any kind of politics for over twice as long."

    What you are saying is that Lawson ended his political involvements in the 1980s (twice more than 10 years = more than 20 years ago; more than 20 years subtracted from 2010 when your comment was posted = before 1990, i.e. the 1980s).

    Leaving aside the fact that Flux-Europa was clearly a continuation of Lawson's long term involvement in a 'far-Right war of cultural position' that can be traced back to his National Front and related fascist activism (and by your own unreliable reckoning in a later comment this was closed down only 5 years ago), old issues of Searchlight document plenty of fascist activities in which Lawson involved himself in the 1990s.

    Your claim that Lawson hasn't involved himself in politics for more than 20 years is a blatant lie. Lawson's 1990s political activities include Scorpion and Iona fascist congresses in the early part of that decade (and these featured plenty of hardcore Nazis as well as so called 'new rightists'), moved through his key role in Trans-Europa and Perspectives (and Flux-Europa is an offshoot of this), and also encompassed link-ups with the eco-fascism of Richard Hunt and Alternative Green.

  16. It is curious the way that Raumpatrouille Orion's defence of Lawson, which falls down pathetically when the lie it is built upon is exposed (we know Lawson didn't end his political activities in the 1980s), echoes Wakeford's own statement about his National Front activism in which he hides behind his wife and says of his NF membership: "I have no connection with, sympathy for, or interest in those ideas nor have I had for around 20 years."

    These false defences seem to be written from a script and the point of the script is to repeat the lie the ex-National Front member in question (be it Wakeford or Lawson) has had no involvement in politics since the disintegration of the official National Front in the late-eighties. Lawson's post-National Front activism is well documented, as is pointed out above.

    Those defending neo-folk and these ex-National Front bully boys really do sound like stuck records. No matter how many times their lies and evasions are exposed they just come back and post the same nonsense on a new thread.

    Strelnikov said in reply to comments defending Wakeford on a different thread (and much of this can just be reapplied to the defence of Lawson here): "What's your problem: you can't read? or is it just that you can't be bothered to think? As has been pointed out many times before, here and elsewhere, Wakeford's statement is not good enough by a clear mile, because it is simply a way of trying to obscure the continuity of his ideas, and his toying with Fascist motifs, long after he ended his NF membership. He has never given an account of his time in the NF but he has continued to pursue the ideas he learned there. I note with interest, for example, that when one of his fans sent him a picture of the Italian Fascist Julius Evola on his Facebook account, Wakeford replies jokingly, with a nod and a wink ("How did you know I liked Leonard Cohen ;-)"). Fans like that understand what Wakeford's game is, and so do we. You, on the other hand, are happy to shamelessly parade your gullibility and stupidity in public.

    "Quite apart from that there's the fact that his arguments in his own defence are largely irrelevant. Eg., "A number of friends and musicians whom I work with (including my wife of 8 years)... would be at best discriminated against or at worse dead if a far-right party took power". Mussolini's lover, Margherita Sarfatti, was Jewish: do idiot's like yourself really believe that Mussolini therefore can't have been a Fascist? If you want to defend TW you are going to have to do a lot better than this old crap. If you can't be bothered to find out even the most basic facts about Fascism and its ideology you are probably better off not getting into the game of defending its followers

    "Doesn't anyone else find it at least extremely distasteful the way that Wakeford will use even his wife to provide cover for himself while still spouting the same old pap about 'Europa' and all the other guff he learned from the radical Right, who remain as anti-Semitic as ever?"

  17. The irony of this article is that Michael Jenkins (i.e. Moynihan) gives two specific reasons for publishing Siege in its introduction. The first is that it provides a clear guide to the world of political extremism for those who are uninitiated. The second is the hope that it will be used as a tool by ALL political revolutionaries to use against the System. I see no reason to doubt that these are genuine reasons for publishing the book.

  18. cp: the methods outlined by Mason are of no use to anyone except fascists. You can't use fascist means toward liberatory ends.

  19. "the methods outlined by Mason are of no use to anyone except fascists" This may or may not be true, but both Mason and Moynihan both explicitly state that the methodology outlined by Mason SHOULD be followed by ALL revolutionary groups, and this point is worth noting.
    "You can't use fascist means toward liberatory ends" I am not at all clear what "fascist means" means in this context. If you are using "fascist" as synonymous with "violent" then it would be clearer if you just used the word "violent". Mason's cheif contribution to NS thought is his insistence on revolutionary techniques, and the abandonment of conventional politics. It is pretty clear that this, somewhat anarchistic, approach is what appeals to Moynihan.

  20. Strelnikov said...

    "You can't use fascist means toward liberatory ends."

    Look at the pot calling the kettle black.

  21. cp - Mason's tactics of "leaderless resistance" and random acts of terrorist violence can only ever achieve reactionary ends.

    Have a look at these:

    The issue is not with violence per se but with the specific form of violence which is being suggested as a tactic.

  22. Personally, I thought James Mason was a damn fine actor - I saw him just the other week in "Georgy Girl" - and he was pretty good in "Lolita" too - I think it sad that some upstart steal his name, and by his actions, drag it into disrepute - sadly - unlike the actor, this no-mark still lives.

    And if I may, ABC, I also care not for my name to be taken in vain, either..
    have a care...

  23. Just Another Comment13 Jun 2011, 09:05:00

    Mason appeared alongside Moynihan and Boyd Rice on the goofy bob Larson radio show in the 1990's, where the three of them spoke of the need for 'order' in America and blabbered about how great Charles Manson is. (Yeah, praising 'order' while at the same time praising a criminal. These people are utterly without sense.)

    Mason said some pretty disgusting anti semitic things. Another guest on the show was the mother of Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by the Manson cult. Rice, Mason, and Moynihan openly mocked and insulted her. If anyone could find a recording of this and make it, or a transcript, available then it would be just another revealing document when it comes to what these people really think and how they behave.

  24. Just Another Comment13 Jun 2011, 09:23:00

    Actually, a quick google search shows that this radio segment is on Rice's website. Look under the audio files, and the interviews. It is under the Bob Larson section, interview #5.

    As if this was not all blatantly obvious already...Moynihan appeared AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GROUP MASON LEADS. Not as some 'apolitical' guy simply exposing 'extreme' material for whatever reason. Moynihan is appearing as an advocate of this filth.

  25. Unfortunately my previous comment on this post appears not to have been published. I am fairly certain that I pressed all the right buttons. Regardless, I thought to share this video, apparently of Charlie boy waxing lyrical about Messrs Rice and Moynihan.

    1. hmmmnn.... Manson is as crazily elliptical in his speech as he always was - seems he doesn't like Moynihan or Rice that much....

      That is about all I can understand....

      It is a sad condemnation of this day and age that we bother listening or taking heed of stupid, nasty fucks like Manson - but at least in this case he may have taken back some of the kudos that that cretinous pair of idiots got from being the sad old mans prison visitor.

      Oh, and 'Rock Stars' they are not - goons with affectations and mental aberrations they are.

  26. Michael is not a racist.... he just likes to yank the whole world's chain....and is very successful at it...

  27. James Mason and Michael Moynihan are both pedophiles. But James Mason has been arrested quite a few times and has been known to have victims as young as 7 years old. You can check his record or look in a book called "art that kills" where he brags about having sex with and taking kiddie pornographer pictures of kids. Why do people still buy his book?!?! Makes me sick!!


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