I've Received a Request for Recognition on the "Neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi..." Blogroll
I don't normally get, hell, I've never gotten, requests to be included on the blogroll in the right column that I label "neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, Paleoconservative, Racist, White Separatist, anti-Government Sovereignty Activists and Related Links, as well as Their Enablers and Supporters" except for one last month from a blogger who goes by the username RVDH.
RVDH is some kind of virulently anti-American, anti-Semitic, "pan-anarchist, pan-secessionist" type who has huge wood for Thomas H. Naylor.
Once again, I kinda get ahead of myself.
You see, RVDH took lotsa umbrage with this post of mine and wrote this about the Vermont Secession blog,
"This guy really hates the Second Vermont Republic but you have to wonder why he keeps writing about Vermont secessionists even though no one seems to leave comments on any of his posts… Let’s give his some site traffic and maybe he’ll be kind enough to add Attack the System to his “neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, Paleoconservative, Racist, White Separatist, anti-Government, Sovereignty Activists, and Related Links, as well as Their Enablers and Supporters” blogroll section."Here's the thing; RVDH is one of a stable of hateful demi-misanthropes that opine at what is more of an aggregator website rather than one that provides original material, except about its "leader," a self-promoting e-anarchist by the name of Michael Preston. The website is called Attack the System. Pretty much nothing to get excited about unless you're a "pan-anarchist, pan-secessionist," self stroker.
What surprised me is that RVDH didn't ask that I include his own blog, occupysecession.com, on my “neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, Paleoconservative, Racist, White Separatist, anti-Government, Sovereignty Activists, and Related Links, as well as Their Enablers and Supporters” blogroll.
So here's the deal; I'm not going along with RVDH's request. For one, he hasn't followed my blog long enough to know that I rarely approve the comments that I get from seceshers since I can track them back to secesher websites - they've got their own platform and I'm not giving them another megaphone for their hatred. The other primary source of my comments are from tips about seceshers and I always ask for further permission before approving the comments, which invariably ends up with, "Nah, go for it."
But what's really interesting is that at RVDH's own website at occupysession.com the only comment that I can find that isn't a ping is from that flailing, ineffectual, white nationalist, secessionist, neo-Nazi bonehead, Sebastion Ernst Ronin, leader of the racist Renaissance Party of North America and secessionist associate of Thomas Naylor and Kirkpatrick Sale - they may disagree about the details but the results of their efforts are all in support of white nationalist secessionist states. Ronin's one word comment was, "Bravo!" Of course, RVDH's post was a reprint from the anti-Semitic, anti-gay (although possibly of the self-loathing sort), well known Holocaust denier, Victor Thorn.
Fact is that both websites are havens for bloggers who specialize in racist, anti-Semitic news aggregation. When I say anti-Semitic, I'm not alluding to some vague, amorphous "they just disagree with Israeli policy" crap. I'm referring to what is best outlined in the working definition of anti-Semitism published by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, now Fundamental Rights Agency:
"It provides contemporary examples of antisemitism, which include: promoting the harming of Jews in the name of an ideology or religion; promoting negative stereotypes of Jews; holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of an individual Jewish person or group; denying the Holocaust or accusing Jews or Israel of exaggerating it; and accusing Jews of dual loyalty or a greater allegiance to Israel than their own country."Therefore, in consideration of Ronald, er, RVDH's request, I'm going to tack on occupysecession.com to my “neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, Paleoconservative, Racist, White Separatist, anti-Government, Sovereignty Activists, and Related Links, as well as Their Enablers and Supporters” blogroll.
"It also states that ‘Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:"
- Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
- Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
- Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
- Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
- Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
And let me add,
(French version here.)
So please, don't stay in touch, RVDH. You may not be happy with the result.
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