Troy Southgate

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Troy Southgate
Born Troy Southgate
(1965-07-22) 22 July 1965 (age 51)
London, England
Education University of Kent at Canterbury (1994–97)
Occupation Far-right activist and publisher
Years active 1984–present
Website national-anarchist.net

Troy Southgate (born 22 July 1965) is a British far-right political activist and a self-described National-Anarchist. He has been affiliated with far-right and fascist groups, such as National Front (UK) and International Third Position, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Black Front Press, a publisher of neo-Nazi works.[1] Southgate's movement has been described as working to "exploit a burgeoning counter culture of industrial heavy metal music, paganism, esotericism, occultism and Satanism that, it believes, holds the key to the spiritual reinvigoration of western society ready for an essentially Evolian revolt against the culturally and racially enervating forces of American global capitalism."[2]

Far-right activism[edit]

Southgate has a degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in history and theology with religious issues, awarded in 1997.[citation needed]

Southgate joined the National Front in 1984 and began writing for publications such as National Front News and Nationalism Today.[citation needed] According to Searchlight magazine, in 1987 he joined the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).[3]

In 1998, he and other ENM members founded the National Revolutionary Faction.[citation needed] In 2001, Southgate and the NRF were the subject of a Sunday Telegraph article, in which the NRF was accused of being a neo-Nazi organisation infiltrating animal rights groups to spread fascism.[4]

Southgate's National-Anarchism ideology has been described as an opportunistic appropriation of aspects of leftist counter-culture in the service of a racist, right-wing ideology.[2] In 2010, Southgate launched Black Front Press as a publisher of neo-Nazi texts.[5]

Views[edit]

Southgate, who, in 1997, became a history and theology graduate at the University of Kent in Canterbury, comes from a non-religious background, although he converted to Catholicism in 1987 and was in that same year, according to Searchlight, associated with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).[3] Southgate later joined the International Third Position (ITP), believing it to be ‘the legitimate heir to the National Revolutionary Movement in Britain’, though he eventually broke with it in 1992, accusing its membership of gross financial impropriety, hypocrisy, racial miscegenation and of practising a ‘bourgeois’ form of reactionary ultra-Catholic fascism incompatible with the ‘revolutionary’ nationalism that, he claimed, they had betrayed.[2]

According to Searchlight,[3] in 1998 Southgate was partly the subject of a smear piece by former colleagues in the ITP, in the booklet Satanism and its Allies – The Nationalist Movement Under Attack, published by Final Conflict, and linking him and others that left the ITP to Satanism, with which he has never been involved.[6] Graham D. Macklin refers to this slander as an "attack" due to leaving the "staunchly Catholic ITP" although he points out that it was only later, after the original publication of the booklet, that the ITP decided for some reason to produce an update that "singled out Southgate as a ‘Satanist’ and ‘pro-faggot’".[2]

Southgate, to further his ideology of "revolutionary nationalism", subsequently formed the English National movement, which denounced Hitler and Mussolini as "reactionary charlatans" whilst praising fascists he felt had represented the Third Position more sincerely, such as Otto Strasser, Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, and José Antonio Primo de Rivera.[2] Around this time he began to justify British ethnic homogeneity, which he claimed was "not racist", by recourse to the European New Right concept of Ethnopluralism.[2]

Southgate rejected Catholicism in 1997, and gravitated towards the extreme right interpretation of traditionalism espoused by Julius Evola, particularly Evola's "spiritual racism", and synthesized this with Carl Jung's notion of the collective unconscious in order to push the idea of a "primeval Aryan psyche".[2] The multiplicity of his influences led to his espousing an idiosyncratic form of Palingenetic ultranationalism that divorced itself from the "artificial" concept of the nation-state.[2]

Southgate subsequently incorporated green-anarchism into his perspective in order to counter the 'corrosive influence of urbanism and decay', and embraced neo-pagan and heathen groups.[2] Along with like-minded musicians, he sought to diffuse the ideals of Mithraic paganism and Nordic folk myths into music-orientated youth cultures.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nigel Copsey, John E. Richardson (eds). Cultures of Post-War British Fascism
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Graham D. Macklin. Co-opting the Counter Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction. Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 39, No. 3, September 2005.
  3. ^ a b c Adam Carter, "Troy Southgate – A Timeline", Searchlight, January 2012, pages 7 – 8.
  4. ^ Daniel Foggo, "Neo-nazis join animal rights groups", Sunday Telegraph, 16 June 2001
  5. ^ Adam Carter,"Packaging hate – the New Right publishing networks", Searchlight, 1 March 2012
  6. ^ http://www.academia.edu/2326694/Far-Right_Music_and_the_Use_of_Internet_Final_Conflict_and_the_British_National_Party_Compared