After a few feverish hours on January 6, during which the fascists on social media platforms dared to utter the word “revolution”, they collapsed to reality – ruined and friendless hopes in the world after the deadly attack but ultimately unsuccessful against the United States Capitol. Now, as far-right groups feel cornered by the impending end of Trump’s presidency, the divisions between them become more palpable as a sense of failure grows and extremists nihilistically turn away discussions about a “political solution” and turn to white supremacist terror.
Cracks within the far right have already arisen on the eve of the Trump coup, when the outgoing president urged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill in an effort to intervene in the peaceful transition of power to the next democratically elected leader. . Just days before January 6, a story written by alt-right podcaster Erik Striker reignited an argument accusing the occult Satanist branch of fascism of being a front for the FBI, “a psychological operation intended to demoralize activists and cultivate whites ”. terrorists “they can march for greedy, anti-white media.” Not only was the satanic branch of fascism an unwitting tool, argued Striker, it was in fact a federal psyop.
The Striker article, which came primarily from a Scribd account attributed to Yahoo News, was based on what appeared to be an unclassified special analysis report from the FBI and the British National Counter Terrorism Center dated last November, which offered a summary of the order of fascist worship. of Nine Angles and its influence on terrorists. Specifically, the report called for raising awareness of the occult group – known to merge extremist tendencies of different religions into an ultraviolent syncretic form of fascist Satanism – and to help “disengage from terrorism-related activities.”
Of particular interest to Striker was the report’s mention of the “Siege Network,” a loose network of channels that broadcast fascist propaganda on the encrypted Telegram social network. According to a Daily Beast analysis of 20 leading channels that partner, share and engage in the Siege network (also known as “Terrorgram”), the total number of subscribers across all channels is over 120. 000, with a median follow-up of around 3,000 and the most popular channel with over 30,000 subscribers alone. The Siege network becomes important because it represents the legacy of recent fascist terrorists and their ideological adherence to satanic ideology.
Striker zoomed in on the report’s mention of earlier conflicts between the Order of the Nine Angles and the alternative right-wing anti-Semitic website Daily Stormer, in which the latter argued against the takeover of “Satanic end-of-the-world followers. In the terrorist group Atomwaffen Division. Although he did not openly take sides in his article, it was evident that he opposed satanic worship. The attacker also appeared to misinterpret the report’s observation that law enforcement could aid cultists’ “disengagement”, saying the federal government wanted to manipulate the cult into “a nefarious plan to use Satanism in dissident groups as a way to demoralize activists, dissident groups and get individuals to “disengage”. “
To say that the fascists of the Siege Network did not take Striker’s article particularly well would be an understatement. Accusations of collaboration between federal law enforcement echoed a number of prominent accounts within Terrorgram, as people attempting to develop political organizations were accused of providing a service to federal agents.
“We must completely destroy the GOP.“
Some on the far right initially took Striker’s article in stride. Brandon Martinez, the far-right Telegram personality, who publishes as Martinez Perspective, shared the article saying, “The Feds are more active than ever, infiltrating, spying, subverting. Their MO is to stir up drama / division in our ranks, playing on controversial themes like religion to do so.
Others fought back. Terrorgram anti-mask channel Corona Chan shared Martinez Perspective’s post with the aggressive comment: “Sure, religious infighting is bad, but Eric Striker is totally against extremism. It is [sic] a crook and a bad actor. Just like the face f ** ging streamers like you. The telegram is our domain. Here, it appears that Terrorgram provides a forum for fascists associated with satanic cults, reactionary Catholicism and other sects to come to an understanding, unless their fascist tendency is deemed sufficiently extremist.
The Catholic Nazi channel was among the dissidents opposed to “religious infighting” and also criticized Ron Unz – who runs the anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial magazine Unz – for syndicating the Striker article, highlighting a line on Unz’s Wikipedia page about his “Ukrainian- Origin of Jewish Immigrants”. The Nazi Catholic’s anti-Semitic tweet was shared by more fascist channels, such as Dixie Apocalypse and BreadPilled.
Although he agrees with anti-Semitism, Striker is not seen as extremist enough by his detractors, as he co-founded the new National Justice Party, which appears to be an effort to attract an extreme constituency. right among disillusioned Trumpists and far-left populists. on the promises of a National Socialist State. Such efforts have always been avoided by the Siege Network, which hopes to dismantle the political apparatus of representative parties in a democratic system through terrorist attacks and racial war.
“Here’s the point: there is no political solution.“
In another post shared by Breadpilled, Dixie Apocalypse dug even deeper, stating, “Eric Striker and other f ** s in the movement want you to join a public group to tear you away from you and other naive whites. … and when these naive whites get arrested for doing stupid public shit, Striker and the other queers of the hard movement put these naive whites to the curb without hesitation, thought or remorse for their own actions that got these people in trouble. naive whites. Think about it.
Even as far-right channels braced for January 6, the drama spilled over into a larger sectarian crisis when Terrorgram channels began to point fingers at Boogaloo Boys-related channels, a memetic trend of the far right to escalate the conflict within political society in order to accelerate what they see as an inevitable second civil war.
In response to Striker’s article, a Boogaloo channel called Boogaloo Intel Drop backed the charges against Order of Nine Angles. “Satanism in right-wing groups has always been recognized as a well-fed poisoning tactic,” the channel insisted, “and Seige [sic] has always been gay, hoping you’d swallow satanic shit just to hear someone admit there is no political solution.
In a rebuttal to the Boogaloos, Corona Chan hit back, “I called the channel / BMW / and ‘Boogaloo Intel Drop’ as presumably federal … we ban any discussion of guns, illegal shit or religious struggles. in the chat room. ”In no time, a chain appeared posing as Boogaloo Intel Drop, attempting to make xx one of the channel’s administrators and calling him“ BoogaJew Boys ”.
Amid infighting between the Third Positionists, the Siege Network, and Boogaloo Boys, Trump’s far-right supporters are increasingly turning to revolutionary and anti-government positions. As Proud Boys President Enrique Tarrio faces felony charge after police found two high-capacity magazines in his car in DC on January 4, the most aggressive street fighters in Trump’s coalition threaten violence not only against Washington, DC, but against a Republican. Gone that they feel betrayed. Following his arrest, a Telegram channel associated with Tarrio released an angry statement from white nationalist Vincent James Foxx: “We must destroy the GOP completely.”
Within the Proud Boys, their own third-positionist faction is growing, led by a Terrorgram promotion channel called Proud Boys: Uncensored, which denounced the GOP in a post on Friday that ended on a worrying note: “Here’s the point: There is no political solution. Terrorgram channels eagerly noted that the Proud Boys “are on the way to war” and widely shared a survey organized by Uncensored asking “Do you want all-out war?” following the failed putsch. At the time of writing, the survey had almost 9,000 responses, of which 77% answered “Yes”.
With the chorus of ‘no political solution’ spreading through the far right, even the cult of Trump’s seemingly solid leader, QAnon, seems shaken, as the right asks if Trump’s bizarre concession message was part of the ” plan”. Images of Trump, portraying the president as a Jewish person stabbing a MAGA soldier in the back, ricocheted through far-right social media as realization of the coup’s failure began to sink.
In the midst of this chaos, the white nationalist movement “Groyper”, named after a variation of the Pepe the Frog meme, has rushed to the center of the Trumpists’ efforts to overthrow the December election, using the moment to win. notoriety and legitimacy on the populist right. . At the heart of their effort is an effort to seize the brand “America First” for a leadership of white nationalists like Foxx, Patrick Casey and Nick Fuentes, who have joined what some call the Jan. 6 “siege” on Capitol Hill.
With America First members featured in so-called “Stop the Steal” efforts in DC and Atlanta, the Groypers are posing as the new ambassadors for the far right. Although Fuentes does not reject political violence or organization within political parties, he hates the police and generally calls for the building of a far-right “infrastructure”. But given the ongoing divisions and recent deformity of Fuentes’ streaming site Dlive, such efforts can prove to be an uphill struggle.
In the meantime, it seems, the broad rejection of the “political solution” and growing desperation have pushed disparate fascist and far-right groups into sectarian activism. From Jan.5 to Jan.8, just hours after news of Trump’s suspension from Twitter was announced, the 20 accounts Daily Beast tracked on Terrorgram grew an average of 5% – with the highest earnings going to the nihilist channel Blackpilled (33%) and the Proud Boys: uncensored (12%). Growth continued throughout the weekend, averaging 10% across all areas, as the rump of the revolutionary Trumpism faction continues to rebuild in the wake of its defeat, with new recruits s ‘arming and preparing to “ take back’ ‘the country.
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