Both Steve McNallen of the AFA, and Joe Bloch from Jon Upsals Garden have responded to criticism, by myself and others, of McNallen’s now infamous freikorps comment:
Both of them are under the strange impression that I am criticizing the call for Germans to defend themselves. Allow me to clear that up here, loudly and publicly.
The recent attacks on German women are horrendous, it is my belief that all people regardless of creed, sex, or skin tone should and do have the right to defend themselves against violent assault.
No one I have talked to is upset that Steve called for Germans to defend themselves, because that isn’t what he did. What has tarnished the reputations of both Steve and his supporters is the invocation, and later whitewashing, of a band of murderous reactionary militants.
Joe labels me a Social Justice Warrior who is willing and happy to ignore the counterparts to the Freikorps, that being the equally violent murderers and terrorists who made up the communist militias. Steve appears to think that the criticism he has received is out of some “Political correctness” drive. My political background is irrelevant. However, what is relevant is the facts, which, so earnestly glossed over, speak for themselves.
- 3300 Latvian citizens murdered for suspected bolshivek sympathies.
- The extra judicial execution of 50-60 prisoners a day
- An attempted coups in the 1920’s
- Anti-Slavic Racism a recurring theme.
It wasn’t the Bolsheviks, Sandinistas, or the IRA that Steve waxed nostalgic for, it was the Freikorps. There was no need to criticize the atrocities of a leftist terror group, he called for one by name. In his most recent response to criticism he again brings up his work in Asia, specifically Tibet and Myanmar, and good for him. A man is his deeds and if he truly stood with the oppressed and downtrodden peoples of those countries that is a great deed, it does not render him immune from criticism, and certainly doesn’t validate his position on the Freikorps.
Here is what I think a modern Freikorps would look like. Germany currently has a population of about 82 million people. 9 million of those residents are immigrants.If we assume that about 1% of the population mobilized against the immigrants you end up with 82,000 people who are ready and willing to take up arms against a nebulous threat that hides amongst the population. 82,000 people with no one to hold them accountable, 82,000 people armed and angry.
What do you think that’s going to look like? Do you think this will go the way of the Bundy militia? A bunch of men sitting around in the cold showing impotent frustration against the government? I doubt it, as the issues in Germany are far more real than some affluent ranchers complaints about imagined tyranny. The Freikorps has a history of extreme violence; do you think the young men who clamor to that banner will be content to look scary? No, they will be itching for a fight (I’m surprised Steve ignores this as both a veteran and a former Mercenary he should be well acquainted with this simple reality). When that violence happens it would sweep across the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. Then there will be violence on three sides, for the state will have no choice but to intervene.
That’s what movements like the Freikorps invite: chaos, violence, and death. Not the gang violence of the inner city, but armed insurrection. These groups never remain pure to their twisted code of honor , the IRA, for example, sells drugs to keep its coffers full; the Sandinistas too. Every group engaged in insurrection eventually becomes a mangled mirror of the fear that inspired their formation. Perhaps worse though is the thought calling for this isn’t even a German citizen, it comes from an outlander.
Heathenry is tribal by nature. There is no AsaPope, no Dear Leader, but rather it is up to each tribe, kindred, Aett, and hearth to establish their own thew, its own way of doing things. We may do things similarly, but the individual tribal ways are sacred and unique to those tribes. It is up to each tribe to solve its own social, political, and religious troubles. I have seen McNallen make the argument that we, as outsiders, should let the Native Americans control their own destinies, and that Asatru should remain outside the over culture, separate from it in every meaningful way so that the “outsiders” will not have undue influence our ways. Yet for some reason Steve thinks that his opinion, as an outlander, on matters of internal German policy, has worth and merit. I have family in Germany, I have actually lived in Germany, and my dad lives there now. Yet my opinion on German policy is simply without worth because I am not German. Just like Steve, I am an outlander, and as such I should keep my opinions on the internal issues of Germany to myself.
But I am a Heathen. And as a Heathen, I feel the need, and have the right, to speak on topics of heathen interest. Some may state that as a private citizen, Steve has the right to express his opinion. Well, as a private citizen, he does have that right. But Steve is the leader of a national organization and looked to by people I have respect and admiration for. Steve doesn’t have the luxury of having a private opinion. The fact that I am having to respond to not only Steve, but also those who follow him only serves to underscore my point: Steve is a leader, and as a leader, needs to be careful of what he says. Steve also wishes to capitalize on that leadership position to be heard, not only to other heathens, but also as a broker for heathen values and a voice for heathen people to the greater culture. And, as heathens, we have the choice to be quiet and let Steve speak for us, or to stand up and say no, we don’t agree with this. Well, I don’t, and I know I speak not only for myself in this, but for the staff at Heathen Talk, that we believe your words were out of line.
Steve, let’s call this an open letter. I don’t want your apology, I want you to be honest and own your statements and words. I don’t want you to conform to my idea of heathenry. I have nothing against folkish heathenry. I want you to keep up with the rest of heathenry, learn with and from the rest of us. There are exciting things happening in heathenry right now, and a lot of growth is going on, so don’t miss it.
We have all heard from many sources about your time as a Soldier of Fortune, fighting for the Tibetans and the Karens, we get it. But that does not excuse your comments. You did not call for the defense of Germans by Germans. What you did was wax nostalgic for a group of men that provided One Hundred and Ten SS and SA officers, including Rudolf Hoes and Heinrich Himmler. You are too smart for that to have been a slip of the tongue. Call me P.C., call me a SJW if that makes you feel better, but only one of us is mourning the absence of the group that gave rise to Heinrich fucking Himmler.
Your words have have ruined the good will others bought for you with their own hard work. You took the positive influence you were in my own life, and tainted not only by your words but by the immaturity and viciousness of those who follow you and who can’t see the wrong in what you said. When I became a heathen, you were the first heathen leader I found, and I devoured everything you had published on the internet. You were partially responsible for waking up a fervor in me, one that drove me onward, to other sources and new ideas of what Heathenry is.. Your insistence that Asatru was the “native religion of the northern european people” kept me searching for more and more; for a better Heathenry, Because of you I found tribe, and am close to man who calls you friend. It is that same drive that made me speak up, that same drive that made your words intolerable. The drive to protect my folkway from the association with Nazism that you only strengthen when you say such ignorant things. The drive to protect my folk when you encourage the resurrection of a violent terrorist group. I do not want my baby sister growing in a Germany torn apart by sectarian violence, a Germany, left to the mercy of your precious freikorps, is what your words portend. So no Steve, I don’t want you to apologize, it wouldn’t do any good! Rather I want you to stop excusing your own ignorant words as some sort of passion for the defense of a people who are not your own!. For the sake of my family I want you and those like you to keep your ideologies off their shores. If there is a solution to Germany’s problems, it must come from Germans, not in the form of Americans idealizing a half remembered, historically irresponsible idea.
So, Steve. Here we are. Perhaps I misunderstood you. Perhaps I am wrong. Tell you what. Why don’t you come on the show, and discuss it with us. Just me and you, having a discussion on this topic. Consider this an open invitation.
Heathen Talk Founder.