Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hate literature: The Turner Diaries

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The Turner Diaries is a 1978 novel by William Luther Pierce (founder of the white nationalist organization National Alliance), published under the pseudonym "Andrew Macdonald".[1] The Turner Diaries depicts a violent revolution in the United States which leads to the overthrow of the federal governmentnuclear war, and, ultimately, a race war. All groups opposed by the author, such as Jewsgays, and non-whites, are exterminated.[2] The book was described as "explicitly racist and anti-Semitic" by The New York Times and has been labeled a "bible of the racist right" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[3][4]
As a cultural artifact, The Turner Diaries is political fiction that presents the means by which white nationalism (white separatismeugenics, etc.) can be established with a race war against the perceived non-white enemies of the nation.[5][6]


  • 1Plot summary
  • 2Editions
  • 3Political influence
  • 4See also
  • 5References


    Political influence[edit]

    The Anti-Defamation League identified The Turner Diaries as “probably the most widely-read book among far-right extremists; many [of them] have cited it as the inspiration behind their terrorist organizing and activity.”[8] Moreover, the Simon Wiesenthal Center calls it a "hate book".[9]
    Initially, The Turner Diaries was exclusively sold by mail order, and published in serial-chapter format in National Alliance publications. As of the year 2000, more than 500,000 copies of The Turner Diaries (1978) have been sold.[1][10] Politically, the Policy on the Classification of Hate Propaganda, Sedition and Treason of the Canada Border Services Agency has classified The Turner Diaries as hate-propaganda literature that cannot be imported to Canada.[11][12]
    • The Order (1983–84) was a white supremacist, terrorist organization who took their name from the political organizations discussed in The Turner Diaries (1978). Criminally, The Order murdered three people, including the talk-radio host Alan Berg, and committed a great highway robbery, and acts of violence in effort to provoke a race war in the United States.[13]
    • Timothy McVeigh, convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, was found after the attack with pages from The Turner Diaries. His attack closely resembled the bombing of FBI headquarters in the novel.[14]
    • John William King was convicted of dragging James Byrd, an African American, to his death in Jasper, Texas in 1998. As King shackled Byrd's legs to his truck, he was reported to have said, "We're going to start The Turner Diaries early."[15]
    • David Copeland, a British Neo-Nazi who killed three people in a bombing campaign against London's black, Asian, and gay communities in April 1999, quoted from The Turner Diaries while being interviewed by police.[16]
    • A copy of The Turner Diaries and other Neo-Nazi propaganda were found in the home of Jacob D. Robida, who attacked three men at a gay bar in New BedfordMassachusetts in 2006. Robida fled, killing a hostage and a police officer before committing suicide.[17]
    • A copy of The Turner Diaries and Neo-Nazi propaganda and items associated with white supremacy and Nazism were found in the house of Zack Davies, who was convicted of a racist murder attempt in Mold, Flintshire, UK, in September 2015.[18]
    • The National Socialist Underground used the Turner Tagebücher in forming at least part of their ideological basis.[19] Members Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos, and Beate Zschäpe murdered nine immigrants between 9 September 2000 and 25 April 2007. A copy of the Turner Tagebücher was found on the trio's scorched hard drive after Böhnhardt and Mundlos committed suicide and set fire to their van on 4 November 2011.[20][21] The Turner Tagebücher have been banned in Germany since April 2006.[22]