Kerry Bolton

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Kerry Bolton
Born1956 (age 65–66)
NationalityNew Zealand
Known forEstablishing nationalist and fascist political groups in New Zealand, Neo-nazism, holocaust denial.
MovementChurch of Odin

Kerry Raymond Bolton (born 1956) is a white supremacist and holocaust denier,[1][2] and a published author and political activist on those subjects.[3][4] He is involved in several nationalist and fascist political groups in New Zealand.[5]

Political activism[edit]

In 1980, Bolton co-founded the New Zealand branch of the Church of Odin, a pro-Nazi organisation for "whites of non-Jewish descent".[5] He has published and edited newsletters such as The Watcher, The Flaming Sword, The Heretic, The Nexus, Ab Aeterno (assistant editor) and Western Destiny. He founded the national-socialist Order of the Left Hand Path (OLHP) in 1992,[4][5] following a quarrel with other members of the Temple of Set.[6][dubious ] Two years later it was renamed the Ordo Sinistra Vivendi ("Order of the Left Way"), and in the same year created the fascist Black Order.[4][7][8] It claimed to have a network of national lodges in six European countries plus Australia and the U.S.[4] It was intended to be an activist front promoting an "occult-fascist axis" by mobilising political groups and youth culture elements such as industrial music.[4] Bolton created and edited the Black Order newsletter, The Flaming Sword, and its successor,[discuss] The Nexus, a satanic-Nazi journal with special attention given to figures such as Savitri Devi, Julius Evola, and Ezra Pound, and which especially catered to the black metal movement.[discuss] It later changed its name to Western Destiny.[4] In 1996, Bolton formed The Thelemic Society which blended rightist politics with the teachings of the English occultist Aleister Crowley and the philosophy of the German thinker Friedrich Nietzsche.[9]

Bolton was a co-founder of the Nationalist Workers' Party,[4] and was briefly secretary for the New Zealand Fascist Union in 1997,[10] in which he promoted the 'patriotic socialism' of 1930s Labour hero John A. Lee.[11] In 2004 he was the secretary of the New Zealand National Front[12][13][14] and spokesman[discuss] for the New Right group.[15][16] He was also involved with the New Zealand National Front but resigned because of disputes with neo-Nazi and white supremacist factions.[17] In 2021, the University of Otago student magazine Critic Te Ārohi reported that Bolton is in regular contact with the white supremacist organisation Action Zealandia.[18][19]


In 2008, a masters thesis written about Bolton published by the Waikato University was temporarily pulled from the library pending investigation after Bolton complained to the vice-chancellor.[20][21][22] The thesis, titled "Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path; a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo Nazi Synthesis", dealt with the link between neo-Nazi and satanic beliefs in New Zealand.[20][22] It had been passed by the university, had been reviewed by senior academics from two other universities, and had received full class honors.[20][21] Professor Dov Bing, who supervised the thesis, called it a first-class piece of work.[20][21] Bolton claimed the thesis was "poorly researched" and was "a poorly contrived smear-document against a private individual, namely myself".[20][16] After criticism from the Tertiary Education Union,[23] Vice Chancellor Crawford issued a one-page letter stating that the thesis was sound because it had been externally examined by "two well qualified academics".[24]

In December 2009, Bolton filed a complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority concerning the Ideas programme on Radio New Zealand National, which featured Marxist poet and sociologist Scott Hamilton. Hamilton had stated that Bolton was an avid "holocaust denier", had a "close relationship" with the revisionist Adelaide Institute, insinuated himself into the anti-war movement where he made anti-Semitic and "holocaust denial" statements, and exercised a bad political influence over "unwary youth". Bolton claimed that all of Hamilton's allegations were incorrect.[citation needed] The Broadcasting Standards Authority initially upheld Bolton's complaint on all grounds, and criticised Radio New Zealand for not having verified the accuracy of Hamilton's statements before broadcasting the programme,[25] but reversed this decision in December 2010 and declined to uphold any of Bolton's complaints.[26]

In December 2009, Bolton complained to the Press Council against a lengthy feature article run by The Press, Christchurch, "A Right Muddle" by John McCrone. Bolton stated that the article wrongly stated that Bolton was a "neo-Nazi Satanist", that he was associated with "white power" and "pseudo-fascist views", that he was the founder of New Right New Zealand, among other matters. The Press Council in a ruling dated for release as 26 March 2010, upheld parts of the complaint, determining that the article is "inaccurate and biased".[27]

In a revised preface to Phoenix Rising: The Epic Saga of James H. Madole republished in 2006, Bolton wrote about his past involvement in the occult and was critical of occultism, writing that "it is clear that Madole was waylaid by a belief in Theosophy and other occult paths which influenced the doctrines and policy of the NRP... I merely want to offer testimony that Jesus Christ is the central figure of Western civilisation, and Christianity its basis...the fight for the West is the fight for Christ".

Other activities[edit]

In 2014, Bolton was involved in a campaign seeking (unsuccessfully) to save a young dog from euthanasia for allegedly nipping another dog on the hind leg in the course of play.[28][29] The dog was euthanised two days early after threats on Facebook of violence against council staff members.[30]

In 2019, he appeared in court for breaching the name suppression of a sexual assault victim in 2018 on a radio show.[31] Bolton was discharged without conviction by Porirua District Court judge Ian Mill on Thursday said the discharge was conditional on him paying reparation of $1500 to the victim within a month. Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Macky said it was inconceivable that he did not know about the suppression.[32]

Published works[edit]

  • Dietrich Eckart: Hitler's Occult Mentor (Renaissance Press, 1995)
  • Lovecraft's Fascism: The Political Views of H.P. Lovecraft (Renaissance Press, 1995)
  • Phoenix Rising: The Epic Saga of James H. Madole (Renaissance Press, 1996)
  • Aleister Crowley and the Conservative Revolution: Social and Political Thoughts of the Great Beast (Renaissance Press, 1996)
  • Thelema Invictus (Renaissance Press, 1996)
  • The Warrior Mage: General J.F.C. Fuller (Renaissance Press, 1996)
  • Origins & Varieties of Fascism: A Pictorial History (Renaissance Press, 1997)
  • Rudolf Steiner & the Mystique of Blood & Soil (Renaissance Press, 1999)
  • The Holocaust Myth: A Sceptical Enquiry (Spectrum, 2000)
  • The Kosher Connection: Drugs, Israel, Gangsters & Zionism (Renaissance Press, 2002)
  • Thinkers of the Right: Fascism, Nationalism & Elitism Amongst the Literati (Luton Publications, 2002)
  • Portraits & Principles of World Fascism (Renaissance Press, 2003)
  • Mel Gibson & the Pharisees (Renaissance Press, 2003)
  • Nazism?: An Answer to the Smear-Mongers (Renaissance Press, 2005)
  • The Faith of Europe (Spectrum Press, 2009)
  • Otto Strasser's "New Europe" (Renaissance Press, 2011)
  • Revolution from Above (Arktos Media, 2011)
  • Artists of the Right (Counter-Currents, 2012)
  • The Parihaka Cult (Black House Publishing, 2012)
  • Stalin: The Enduring Legacy (Black House Publishing, 2012)
  • Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific (Black House Publishing, 2013)
  • The Psychotic Left: From Jacobin France to the Occupy Movement (Black House Publishing, 2013)
  • The Banking Swindle (Black House Publishing, 2013)
  • Babel Inc. (Black House Publishing, 2013)
  • Perón and Perónism (Black House Publishing, 2014)
  • Zionism, Islam and the West (Black House Publishing, 2015)
  • Religion, Mysticism and the Myth of the "Occult Reich" (Inconvenient History, 2015)
  • Opposing the Money Lenders: The Struggle to Abolish Interest Slavery (Black House Publishing, 2016)
  • The Occult and Subversive Movements: Tradition & Counter-Tradition in the Struggle for World Power (Black House Publishing, 2017)
  • The Decline and Fall of Civilisations (Black House Publishing, 2017)
  • More Artists of the Right (Counter-Currents, 2017)
  • Russia and the Fight Against Globalisation (Black House Publishing, 2018)
  • The Perversion of Normality: From the Marquis de Sade to Cyborgs (Arktos Media Ltd, 2021)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BSA rules against man accused of denying Holocaust". 31 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Stephen Mitford Goodson: In Memoriam – Kerry Bolton".
  3. ^ "Thesis on Neo-Nazism pulled by university". Waikato Times. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2002). Black sun: Aryan cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the politics of identity. New York: New York University Press. pp. 226–31. ISBN 0-8147-3124-4.
  5. ^ a b c van Leeuwen, W. R. (2008). Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo-Nazi Synthesis (PDF).
  6. ^ Baddeley, Gavin (2000). Paul Woods (ed.). Lucifer Rising: A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock 'n' Roll. Plexus Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 0-85965-280-7.
  7. ^ Kaplan, Jeffrey; Weinberg, Leonard (1998). The emergence of a Euro-American radical right. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-8135-2564-0.
  8. ^ Final Conflict. Satanism and its Allies: The Nationalist Movement Under Attack (London 1998)
  9. ^ Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2002) Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, New York University Press, pp. 228-229
  10. ^ "Case Number: 696 - K BOLTON AGAINST THE DOMINION". New Zealand Press Council. July 1998. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008.
  11. ^ "Fascists ask about people's training". Dominion. Wellington, New Zealand. 4 December 1997.
  12. ^ "NZ National Front Responds to Anarchist PR" (Press release). New Zealand National Front. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2009. Signed K R Bolton - National Secretary.
  13. ^ Wall, Tony (9 May 2004). "A picture of white supremacy". Sunday Star - Times. Wellington, New Zealand. p. A.11.
  14. ^ "Case Number: 985 - K R BOLTON AGAINST SUNDAY STAR-TIMES". New Zealand Press Council. August 2004. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008.
  15. ^ "Hate posters in New Zealand". Papua - New Guinea Post - Courier. Port Moresby. 15 December 2005. p. 9.
  16. ^ a b Broun, Britton (7 October 2008). "Controversial thesis taken off library shelves". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013.
  17. ^ John McCrone, 'A Right Muddle', The Press, 5 December 2009
  18. ^ "Fascism 2.0: Lessons from six months in New Zealand's largest white supremacist group". Critic - Te Arohi. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Action Zealandia, NZ's largest neo-Nazi group, on the hunt for new recruits". NZ Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  20. ^ a b c d e Brennan, Nicola (6 October 2008). "Thesis on Neo-Nazism pulled by university". Waikato Times. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013.
  21. ^ a b c Joshua Drummond. Waikato Uni pulls thesis after 'neo-Nazi Satanist' complaints Archived 26 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine, In Unison, 6 October 2008.
  22. ^ a b "Neo-Nazi thesis removed from university shelves". The New Zealand Herald. 7 October 2008.
  23. ^ "Leaked documents show discord over thesis". 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011. Nexus today published a feature detailing at length the criticisms around the university's processes, including a letter from the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU).
  24. ^ Brennan, Nicola (11 July 2009). "Thesis can't shake controversy". Waikato Times. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  25. ^ "RNZ and Bolton - 2009-097". Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  26. ^ "» Broadcasting Standards Authority". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  27. ^ "Kerry Bolton Against The Press". Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Kapiti News 02-07-14 by Local Newspapers". issuu. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Kapiti News 03-12-14 by Local Newspapers". issuu. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  30. ^ Haxton, David (4 February 2015). "Why Beau was put down before last visit". Kapiti News. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  31. ^ "Kāpiti councillor's supporter: Naming complainant was 'slip of the tongue'". Radio New Zealand. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  32. ^ "Kerry Bolton discharged without conviction for naming a sex attack victim on radio". 21 March 2019.