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Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald maintains ties to racist organizations, writes articles for racist publications, has published with racist publishing houses, and has appeared in an anti-immigrant movie and on the cable television and radio shows of well-known anti-Semites. In addition, a wide range of extremists, racists, and anti-Semites quote and praise MacDonald.  The degree to which he is revered by some extremists is probably best illustrated by an April 2007 comment made on Stormfront, the world’s largest Internet forum for white supremacists and anti-Semites, which said, “To me, Dr MacDonald is much more than a psychology professor at California State University. He is the leader of White people today. He should be the president of a nation, our nation, not a prof [sic].”

Involvement with racist organizations and publications

In 2008, MacDonald contributed an article “‘Stalin’s Willing Executioners?” to Persecution, Privilege, & Power, a book edited by Mark Green, a California-based anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. The article is a book review that originally appeared in The Occidental Quarterly, a racist publication. In the review, MacDonald argued that Jews were a ruling elite in the Soviet Union and primarily responsible for that regime’s crimes.

In 2007, MacDonald contributed the foreword to Tomisav Sunic’s book, Homo Americanus. Sunic is a former Croatian diplomat who has spoken at a meeting of the Pacifica Forum, an anti-Semitic group in Oregon, and at a meeting of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group. He also attended a conference sponsored by American Renaissance , a white supremacist publication. In the foreword, MacDonald repeated his assertion that Jews created deliberately deceptive intellectual movements in the 20th century, such as Freudian psychoanalysis, in order to advance Jewish interests at the expense of non-Jews.

In 2006, the last year for which records are available, MacDonald was a “director” of the Charles Martel Society, a group founded in 2001. The Charles Martel Society publishes The Occidental Quarterly, a racist scholarly journal on whose editorial advisory board MacDonald sits. MacDonald also received a $10,000 “Jack London Literary Prize” from the society in 2004 for work that “is intended to promote the timeless values of Western civilization.” At the banquet dinner for the event, MacDonald presented his essay “Can the Jewish Model Help the West Survive?” in which he argued that “the best way to preserve ethnic interests is to defend an ethnostate,” and outlined a litany of anti-Semitic charges against Jews. Other directors of the Charles Martel Society are well-known intellectual racists, including Jared Taylor, the editor of American Renaissance and Sam Dickson, a racist writer.

Also in 2006, MacDonald contributed an essay, “Jews, Blacks, and Race” to the book Race and the American Prospect, edited by Sam Francis, a now-deceased intellectual racist whose death MacDonald called “an enormous loss for the intellectual vitality of American conservatism.”  The Occidental Press published the book, as well as a collection of MacDonald’s writings, entitled Cultural Insurrections, in 2008.

At least until September 2005, MacDonald was a member of the advisory committee of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a racist “think tank.” NPI is probably best known for its 2007 report, “The State of White America.” In January 2006, MacDonald contributed an article to NPI’s Web site that urged readers to take an “implicit association test” to see if they “unconsciously, and involuntarily, react differently to different races.”

MacDonald has also contributed essays to The Occidental Quarterly, including some that were later published collectively as a book titled Understanding Jewish Influence. Washington Summit Publishers, a prolific publisher of racist books in America today, published that book in 2004 .

Since 2003 and continuing into 2008, MacDonald has also regularly contributed essays to VDare, a racist Website that maintains an archive of his contributions.

Appearances on racist radio shows, in movie and at trial

  • In November 2008, Peter Schaenk, who runs the anti-Semitic Web site ShankRadio interviewed MacDonald on the “Voice of Reason” radio show. During the interview, MacDonald said, among other things, “If you want to criticize Jewish power you can go after the Israel lobby” and “Israel is basically a racialist, apartheid state.”
  • Also, in November 2008, MacDonald appeared on “Radio Free Mississippi,” a show hosted by Jim Giles, an anti-Semite and a racist. Giles favors racial segregation and an end to U.S. relations with Israel. On his Web site, he refers to his political platform as “Pro-White and Anti-Zionist” and he has called the war in Iraq a “war for Jews” and said that “…Jews run our country for the most part.” During the interview, MacDonald rehashed many of his standard themes: that Jews are responsible for heightened non-white immigration, that they control American policy toward Israel, and that they prevent whites from organizing ethnically.
  • In February 2007, white supremacist James Edwards interviewed MacDonald on his radio show, The Political Cesspool, which frequently offers a platform to neo-Nazis and other extremists. Edwards is now a board member of The Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist group. On the show, MacDonald agreed that he was “in good company” with Edwards. He also said that he derived his views on neoconservatives “just from reading the paper” and that it was “absolutely right” that “Capitol Hill is Israeli occupied territory.” He added, “It’s like we almost live in the Soviet Union -- only sort of a soft version where you don’t go to the gulag” and that “a lot of smart, honest people are understanding that there’s something wrong here when the foreign policy of this country is basically being driven by the agenda of a different country and a different people.”
  • MacDonald prominently appears in the anti-immigrant movie “The Line in the Sand,” which was produced in 2005. In the film, he argues that the change in America’s immigration policy in the 1960s, which eliminated a quota system that favored countries like Britain and France, was a Jewish project designed to limit the power of ethnic Europeans. Alex Linder, a neo-Nazi leader who also appeared in the movie, called it “excellent” and said it was the “FIRST and ONLY documentary that points out that JEWS are responsible for turning America into Mexico.”
  • In September 2005, Hesham Tillawi, an anti-Semitic Arab-American, interviewed MacDonald on his weekly cable television show, Current Issues. Tillawi frequently hosts Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists on his show. During the show, MacDonald repeated his argument, first stated in his books Separation and Its Discontents and The Culture of Critique, that anti-Semitism is a “rational” response to Judaism and that Jews have created intellectual movements like Freudian psychoanalysis in order to turn “any expression of white interests” into a “pathology.” MacDonald also argued at length that white Americans are the lone ethnic group in the country unable to promote their ethnic interests.
  • In 2003 and 2004, Mark Green, a California- based anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, interviewed MacDonald on his cable television show, Flashpoint. During the 2004 show, MacDonald argued that during the 20th century “there was a sort of waxing and waning of Jewish support for the left depending on how it was perceived as satisfying specific Jewish interests.” (In February 2008, Green also accused “Jewish thought police” of trying to “destroy” and “censure” MacDonald in an article that was posted to Rense, a Web site that frequently publishes anti-Semitic views.)
  • In September 2000, Glenn Spencer interviewed MacDonald on American Patrol Report, an Arizona-based radio show. Spencer is the leader of American Border Patrol, a virulently anti-Hispanic group that monitors the border between the United States and Mexico.
  • In 1999, MacDonald testified on behalf of David Irving, a well-known Holocaust denier, during a 1999 libel suit Irving brought against historian Deborah Lipstadt. In his testimony, MacDonald portrayed Lipstadt as part of a Jewish effort to discredit Irving because Jews saw his “dissent” as a “danger.”

Reverence from white supremacists and anti-Semites

  • The Vanguard News Network, an anti-Semitic Website run by neo-Nazi Alex Linder, hosts a collection of 18 posts related to MacDonald dating back to October 2007 on its home page under the tag “Kevin MacDonald.” The first comment on the Web site about MacDonald urges readers to tell their neighbors that “they are being subjected to genocidal extermination by a race of alien parasites who surreptitiously invaded America, but remain invisible to almost everyone….Then tell them [Kevin MacDonald’s] scholarly books will go far to verify and explain the reasons for that intent and who is behind it.”
  • David Duke, an anti-Semite, former Klan leader, and author of the book Jewish Supremacism, has posted MacDonald’s writings to his Website. Duke posted the essay, “Can the Jewish Model Help the West Survive?” in 2005, introducing it by writing that it provides “a deeper intellectual understanding of the nature of Jewish supremacism and its implications for European Americans.” Duke also encouraged his supporters to read MacDonald’s books on Jews and Judaism, which he described as “groundbreaking.” Since that time, Duke has posted entries from MacDonald’s blog and video of MacDonald to his Website and has frequently mentioned MacDonald’s views as support for his own anti-Semitic beliefs.
  • National Vanguard Books, a company owned and run by the neo-Nazi National Alliance, sells MacDonald’s books on Jews as part of its “repository of knowledge and inspiration for our people” alongside works like Hunter and The Turner Diaries (both by deceased neo-Nazi William Pierce), which have long inspired extremists.

Attention from anti-Semitic and racist press

  • Kevin Strom, a neo-Nazi released from prison in September 2008  after serving time on child pornography charges, named MacDonald among a handful of sources to whom readers of Resistance, a neo-Nazi publication, could consult for “the facts they need to make intelligent decisions.”
  • In the National Vanguard, a National Alliance publication, Erich Gliebe, the chairman of the Alliance, promoted MacDonald’s book, A People That Shall Dwell Alone as proof that “Jews are active in almost every single movement that seeks to destroy the very same America that gave them sanctuary.”
  • The Nationalist Times, an anti-immigrant and racist newsletter, has cited MacDonald's work as justification for its anti-immigration views and once offered one of MacDonald’s books as a free gift to supporters who donated more than $100.
  • MacDonald’s arguments regarding the supposedly biological basis of European individualism have been quoted approvingly in American Renaissance, a racist publication edited by Jared Taylor.
  • In The Aryan Alternative, a white supremacist publication, one writer credited MacDonald’s book The Culture of Critique with providing him with the proofs he needed to counter the view that “all these claims of jewish [sic] control must be ‘canards’ of ‘conspiracy nuts.’”
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