The National Policy Institute’s conference for 2015 just wrapped up, one of the most popular intellectual events for the white nationalist movement in the United States. NPI is run by youngish nationalist Richard Spencer, who encourages the movement to be hip and young. Out of the almost 175 attendees, a huge portion of them were millennials as they were given significant discounts off of the expensive ticket price. One person that was disinvited, according to associate Scott Terry and even Spencer himself, was the Traditionalist Youth Network’s Matthew Heimbach. Matt, who helped to found the Townson University White Student Union before forming Trad Youth, has made statements publicly about queer people infecting others with AIDs purposefully and that they need to be put in “re-education” camps to cure their “mental illness.” Because of these statements, Spencer decided that he should be banned from the NPI conference.
Our conferences will include people who hold many different views on religious, social, sexual, historical, and political matters. We do not exclude anyone for, say, being a Buddhist, Pagan, Catholic, or atheist, or for being passionate about gay issues or thinking that they are not important. We hope that such questions can be discussed respectfully at our conferences.
NPI will, however, exclude those who show reckless disregard with the media, or those who’ve made morally indefensible public statements. Such people make our movement look bad. We choose not to grant them a platform. It’s as simple as that.
This position from Spencer, which sounds more like liberal apologetics than the defenses of someone on the radical right, may sound surprising. It is less surprising when seeing the queer writer and advocate for “male tribalism,” Jack Donovan, is one of the NPI speakers. Donovan is well-known for his book Androphilia, where he advocated that “homosexual men” drop the gay identity because it is associated with effeminacy, leftist politics, and feminism. Today he is celebrated in Men’s Rights circles, talking about reclaiming masculinity and creating tribalism against capitalism and the state and in the recreation of hierarchies. Spencer himself has discussed queer issues with Donovan many times, where he thinks that gay marriage is a “non-issue” and that we should just move on about the conflict.