US neo-Nazi movement said to be in decline

US neo-Nazi movement said to be in decline

Once the largest such group in the country, the National Alliance has suffered a ‘near-total collapse,’ ADL says

Illustrative photo of a neo-Nazi (CC BY-SA 3.0, by Froofroo, Wikimedia Commons)
Illustrative photo of a neo-Nazi (CC BY-SA 3.0, by Froofroo, Wikimedia Commons)

The neo-Nazi movement in the US is in decline, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

“The near-total collapse of the National Alliance indicates a significant change in the neo-Nazi movement in the US,” Marilyn Mayo, co-director of ADL’s Center on Extremism said, according to a press release. “The movement is not nearly as active; the groups do not have a substantial following and are not attracting many new members. Their leadership has been in decline, and so is the movement as a whole.

“While other extremist groups, particularly anti-government groups, continue to experience growth in the US, the neo-Nazi movement is at its lowest ebb since the 1970’s. The National Alliance is barely a shell of its former self,” she said.

The National Alliance, once dubbed by the ADL as the most dangerous organized hate group in the US, is suffering “flagging membership, reduced revenue streams and few remaining supporters,” according to the statement from the ADL, which monitors extremist groups and movements in the US.

Last month, National Alliance leader Erich Gliebe announced in a letter that the organization would be ending its membership program in favor of being supporter-based and asked all current members to convert their dues into donations.

Gliebe characterized the move as a “step forward for the organization and part of a creative new concept for the Alliance that would lead to a brighter future,” but evidence seems to point to the move as a face-saving tactic.

White supremacist Jim Ring, who resigned from the National Alliance in 2012, blamed Gliebe personally for the downfall of the Alliance, calling him incompetent and dishonest, according to the ADL statement.

In the early 2000s, under the leadership of founder William Pierce, the National Alliance was believed to have about 1,500 members, more than 35 active cells and an active presence in about 30 states.

However, since Gliebe took over leadership after Pierce’s death in 2002, the organization has splintered into various factions, stopped publishing magazines and ceased operations of the once-profitable Resistance Records. Gliebe has also put the National Alliance’s prop­erty in West Vir­ginia up for sale.

“Gliebe’s moves may well mark the endgame for the National Alliance,” the ADL wrote in an official blog post last week.

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