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The National Socialist Movement

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) is currently the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States. This is due primarily to setbacks experienced by other major neo-Nazi groups in the country between 2002 and 2007. Nonetheless, despite the stability of having the same leader for nearly two decades, the group has not managed to attract a large following. It has consistently maintained a membership of several hundred members.

In 2009, the group eschewed its Nazi-style brown shirts and uniforms in favor of black fatigue-like clothing with NSM insignia. At rallies, the members, dressed in black pants and shirts, often carry banners or shields bearing the group’s insignia, which includes a swastika and the NSM logo.

While the NSM movement has members in every region of the United States, the Northeast currently has the most local units. This is a departure from the group’s historically Midwestern and Southern membership.

Leader: Jeff Schoep

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan

Founded: 1974 by Robert Brannen and Clifford Herrington

Business ventures: NSM88 Records, videogames and CDs

Publications: N.S.M. Magazine, local chapter bulletins

Other activities: Literature distributions, conferences and rallies, Internet forums and blogs

Ideology: Neo-Nazi; NSM calls for a “greater America” that would deny citizenship to Jews, non-whites, and homosexuals.

Composition: Mostly young, including racist skinheads.

Affiliations: Ties with various Klan groups, racist skinheads and other neo-Nazi organizations

Significance: One of the most explicitly “Nazi-like” neo-Nazi groups, which emulates the Third Reich. It has a vaguely paramilitary structure, with military ranks for its members.

The NSM promotes its virulently anti-Semitic and racist ideology at rallies throughout the country. Between 2009 and 2011, the group’s rallies have focused mainly on immigration. The group also promotes its message through the group's Website, a white power music company and videogames.

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