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Subject: Paranoia as Patriotism:  Wm. Pierce and _The Turner Diaries_

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          William L. Pierce and _The Turner Diaries_

_The Turner Diaries_, a novel written and published in 1978 by
William Pierce, leader of the neo-nazi National Alliance,
under the pseudonym "Andrew Macdonald," is a fictional account
of the activities of a racist, anti-Semitic underground which,
through a series of violent acts during the 1990s, gains power
in the U.S. and eventually the world. The book describes the
bombing of FBI headquarters in Washington, a mortar attack on
the Capital building, the destruction of public utilities and
communication systems, and the "liberation" of the nation
after atomic bombs have been dropped on several East Coast

The book then relates how this new regime, having secured
domestic victory, launches another nuclear attack - against
Tel Aviv. In the end, the U.S. population is reduced to 50
million "Aryans." Jews throughout the world are killed, in
accord with the vow of the narrator: "If the Organization
survives this contest, no Jew will - anywhere. Well [sic] go
to the utmost ends of the earth to hunt down the last of
Satan's spawn." In this vein, the book refers to Adolf Hitler
as "the Great One."

Author Pierce, who holds a Ph.D. in physics and is a former
college instructor in Oregon, has long held racist and
anti-Semitic views. In the 1960s he was assistant to George
Lincoln Rockwell, founder and head of the American Nazi Party.
In the 1980s he was the mentor of Robert Mathews, founder of
The Order, who used _The Turner Diaries_ as a blueprint for
the group's "revolutionary" criminal activities. Pierce also
heads a pseudo-religious entity, the anti-Semitic "Cosmotheist
Church" in West Virginia.

After the Oklahoma City bombing, Pierce acknowledged that
"someone may have read the book" (_The Turner Diaries_), which
he termed a possible "inspiration." He also predicted that
there would be further acts like this, but that what happended
in Oklahoma made little political sense because it was not
sustained. "One day," Pierce said, "there will be real,
organized terrorism - aimed at bringing down the government."

Pierce wrote another pro-Nazi novel, _Hunter_, whose hero
murders interracial couples, Jews and other minorities.
(Anti-Defamation League, 28)

                       Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. [Special Report] Paranoia as Patriotism:
Far-Right Influences on the Militia Movement. 1995.

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