The Right Stuff (blog)

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The Right Stuff is a white nationalist, Neo-Nazi blog founded by Mike Enoch that hosts several podcasts, including The Daily Shoah. The blog is best known for popularizing the use of "echoes", an antisemitic marker which uses triple parentheses around names used to identify Jews and people of the Jewish faith on social media.[1][2][3] It is part of the broader alt-right movement in the United States.[4][5]

Beliefs[edit]

The website supports white nationalism, and racialism, the belief that distinct races exist and that they have different strengths and advantages, including in intelligence, stemming from evolution. The website opposes miscegenation, along with favoring a return to a form of fascism or national socialism to preserve what they see as racial purity of the white race. In the past, the blog has voiced opposition to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, preferring for the United States to move to a white-only immigration policy, along with an ethnic cleansing, (peaceful or otherwise), to make the U.S. a white ethnic state. The website considers Jewish influence the main reason for social liberalism and decline of the white population in the United States. The site also supports white supremacism,[6] and Neo-Nazism.[7]

Blog and overview[edit]

In December 2012, The Right Stuff described itself as "a political and cultural blog" which aims to create a dialogue uniting the alternative right, as well as deliberately offending what they saw as the regressive left and political correctness.[8] It has been described as "a major hub for the dissemination of alt-right materials",[9] and according to owner Mike Enoch had a core principle of ethnic nationalism.[9] The blog also hosts and maintains a lexicon defining jargon used by its publications as well as the wider alt-right movement.[10]

The Right Stuff was one of the first websites to make use of the term "cuckservative", long before the epithet attracted mainstream attention.[11][12] In addition, the blog was an early proponent of propaganda film With Open Gates, a video which attacks multiculturalism and Middle Eastern refugees in Europe, and implies that Jewish organizations are responsible for both. The video was created by 8chan user Gex and was initially promoted primarily on neo-Nazi and white supremacist sites such as The Daily Stormer, Stormfront, American Renaissance and Vanguard News Network. After the conservative website Breitbart posted the video, it was subsequently promoted by other commentators as well, such as former Republican Representative Michele Bachmann and radio host and Washington Times columnist Steve Deace.[13]

Podcasts[edit]

Fash The Nation[edit]

Launched in August 2015, Fash The Nation ("fash" being an abbreviation for fascist and the name being a play on political talk show Face the Nation)[14] is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Jazzhands McFeels[15] and Marcus Halberstram.[14][16] The pair offer political commentary and extensive coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, as well as conducting interviews with controversial political figures such as journalist Chuck Johnson, congressional candidate Paul Nehlen and television personality Tila Tequila.[17] They also include a regular segment known as "The Europa Report", which comments on the European migrant crisis,[18] in addition to musician "White Hot Takes" singing popular songs with lyrics rewritten to contain white nationalist and white supremacist themes.[19] As of August 2016, Fash The Nation was the number one on the up-and-coming list of News & Politics podcast on SoundCloud.[20] Fash the Nation was banned from SoundCloud in October 2016.[21]

After the doxing of many prominent members of the network, Fash the Nation was shut down for a temporary period and its website taken offline, it has since returned online.[citation needed]

On the 147th episode of the Daily Shoah on April 16, 2017, the hosts of Fash the Nation announced a return in the near future, with a twice-weekly format.[22][third-party source needed]

The Daily Shoah[edit]

First broadcast in August 2014 and published semi-weekly,[23] The Daily Shoah (whose name is a parody of The Daily Show and mocks the Holocaust)[24] has addressed topics such as immigration, white nationalism, race relations, feminism, Zionism, anti-globalization and political correctness.[8] The podcast is widely credited with creating the triple parentheses meme, also known as (((echo))), an antisemitic symbol that has been used to highlight the names of individuals of a Jewish background or Jewish faith.[25] This originated in a Daily Shoah segment called The Merchant Minute, in which Jewish-sounding names were pronounced in a cartoonish voice to stand out from other names, as well as having an audial echo effect applied to them.[25] The Anti-Defamation League has listed the Echo on its database of hate symbols.[26][27]

In an e-mail interview with Mic, a TRS editor described the parentheses as symbolic:

The inner parenthesis represent the Jews' subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism.[1]

Doxing incident[edit]

Parts of the website briefly ceased operations on January 15, 2017 after information was leaked to media sources revealing the real name of website owner Mike Enoch, and that he was, at the time, married to a Jewish woman.[28] After the incident, some followers reacted angrily, including creating offensively edited images and leaving the website in response.[29]

After initially telling private members that he would be leaving the website, it was later announced that Enoch and his wife were separated, and that he would remain on The Daily Shoah and explain the situation from his perspective.[30]

Relationship with The Daily Stormer[edit]

The website has significant ties to Andrew Anglin's The Daily Stormer and the blog has collaborated extensively with it. During the doxing of several members of the site, it defended the website in significant ways.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online". Mic.com. June 1, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Joshua Eaton (June 6, 2016). "Secret Neo-Nazi Message on Social Media: (((Echoes))) - Anti-Semitism". Teen Vogue. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Anti-Zionist Chrome extension highlighted Jews for attack online". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Ewan (January 17, 2017). "Founder of Neo-Nazi blog quits after he was revealed to have Jewish wife". International Business Times UK. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ CNN, Sara Ganim and Chris Welch. "How white nationalists are losing faith in Trump". CNN. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "'Cuckservative' — the conservative insult of the month, explained". Washington Post. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Neo-Nazi blog struggles after founder's wife identified as Jewish". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "About Us". The Right Stuff. Archived from the original on August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Jason (August 23, 2016). "A sense that white identity is under attack': making sense of the alt-right". The Guardian. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Krieg, Gregory (August 25, 2016). "Clinton is attacking the 'Alt-Right' – What is it?". CNN. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Getting Cucky: A Brief Primer On The Radical Right's Newest 'Cuckservative' Meme | Southern Poverty Law Center". Splcenter.org. August 7, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Weigel, David (July 29, 2015). "'Cuckservative' — the conservative insult of the month, explained". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Mayo, Marilyn (November 23, 2015). ""With Open Gates": Racist Anti-Refugee Video Goes Viral". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  14. ^ a b Yablon, Alex (April 6, 2016). "The Trump-Loving 'Alt-Right' Turns to Guns to Piss People Off". Vice. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Krey, Patrick (August 17, 2016). "The GOP Factional Divide". The New American. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Team Members – Fash the Nation". Fashthenation.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Interviews – Fash the Nation". Fashthenation.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Europa Report – Fash the Nation". Fashthenation.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "White Hot Takes – Fash the Nation". Fashthenation.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  20. ^ "The most played in News & Politics on SoundCloud this week". 30 August 2016. Archived from the original (screenshot) on 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Jason (January 17, 2017). "Activists claim to unveil leader of 'alt-right' website the Right Stuff". The Guardian. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  22. ^ "'The Daily Shoah #147: Mother of All Blackpills'". 'The Right Stuff'. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  23. ^ Seventh Son (August 3, 2014). "The Daily Shoah! Episode 1". The Daily Shoah. The Right Stuff Radio. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  24. ^ "For the Alt-Right, the Message Is in the Punctuation". The New York Times. 
  25. ^ a b Fleishman, Cooper; Smith, Anthony (June 1, 2016). "(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online". Mic.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  26. ^ Anti-Defamation League. "Echo". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  27. ^ Fleishman, Cooper; Smith, Anthony (June 6, 2016). "The Neo-Nazi (((Echoes))) Symbol Is Officially Hate Speech". Mic.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  28. ^ "White supremacist outed for having Jewish wife". The Times of Israel. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Neo-Nazi blog struggles after founder's wife identified as Jewish". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  30. ^ Seventh Son (January 17, 2017). "The Sorta Shoah". The Right Stuff. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Beyond the Pale: Andrew Anglin's Newest Case for 'Purity Tests'". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 

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