Richard B. Spencer

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Richard Bertrand Spencer
Born (1978-05-11) May 11, 1978 (age 37)
Boston, Massachusetts
Residence United States
Alma mater University of Virginia, St. Mark's School of Texas
Occupation author, publisher, activist
Known for President of The National Policy Institute, political activism

Richard Bertrand Spencer (born May 11, 1978) is an American writer, publisher, and activist known for promoting white supremacist views.[1][2] He is president of The National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank, and Washington Summit Publishers, an independent publishing firm. Both institutions have issued studies of culture, society, nationalism, eugenics, and the study of race and intelligence.

Spencer advocates for an Aryan homeland for a "dispossessed white race" and calls for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to halt the “deconstruction” of European culture.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Richard Spencer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas. In 2001, he received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and, in 2003, a M.A. from the University of Chicago. Between 2005 and 2007, he was a doctoral student in history at Duke University.[4] Spencer has been an assistant editor at The American Conservative magazine and Editor of Taki's Magazine. In 2010, he founded Alternative Right, a webzine that he edited until 2012. Spencer has been published at Right Now!, The American Conservative, American Renaissance,, The Occidental Observer, and other publications.

In 2012, he founded Radix Journal[5] as biannual publication of Washington Summit Publishers. Contributors included Kevin B. MacDonald, Alex Kurtagic, Samuel T. Francis, Andy Nowicki, Derek Turner, and others. He also hosts a weekly podcast, Vanguard Radio (a successor to AltRight Radio).

Spencer has been a guest speaker at Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Property and Freedom Society,[6] The Traditional Britain Group,[7][8] American Renaissance,[9] and the HL Mencken Club.[10]


Greg Johnson, then-editor of The Occidental Quarterly, stressed how Spencer's concept of the "AltRight" was about bringing together a wide variety of perspectives that are outside the purview of the American Conservative movement:[11]

[Alternative Right] will attract the brightest 'young' conservatives and libertarians and expose them to far broader intellectual horizons, including race realism, White Nationalism, the European New Right, the Conservative Revolution, Traditionalism, neo-paganism, agrarianism, Third Positionism, anti-feminism, and right-wing anti-capitalists, ecologists, bioregionalists, and small-is-beautiful types.

Spencer advocates a non-interventionist foreign policy and has criticized both neoconservatism and humanitarian interventionism. In July 2012 Richard Spencer was interviewed by the Russian-based television network RT about the situation in Libya and harshly criticized US policies.[12]

The Anti-Defamation League reports:

Spencer has become a leader in white supremacist circles that envision a 'new' right that will openly embrace 'white racial consciousness'. . . . Although Spencer began his career The American Conservative, he has since rejected conservatism. He believes that conservatives can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.

In 2013, Spencer spoke at the American Renaissance conference and advocated that nationalists reject immigration and focus on the long-term goal of establishing a "White ethno-state in the North American continent.[13]


  1. ^ "White Flight". Slate. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Here’s How A White Supremacist Set The GOP’s Immigration Policy". 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Richard Bertrand Spencer". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  4. ^, "NPI's Leadership," (retrieved July 23rd, 2013)
  5. ^, "Radix Journal," (retrieved July 23rd, 2013).
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  11. ^ The Occidental Quarterly, "Richard Spencer Launches Alternative Right," by Greg Johnson (March 2nd, 2010 - retrieved on May 27th, 2011).
  12. ^ RT, "Thugs, Islamists & chaos' - welcome to New Libya?. Russia Today. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2013-08-06.".
  13. ^, "Richard Spencer: A Symbol of the New White Supremacy," (retrieved July 23rd, 2013)