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Drawn from his forthcoming book, Robert Tsai unearths and discusses a recent exercise in constitution writing – by American Nazis.
Just a few years ago, several leaders of the Aryan movement – some of whom are spending time in federal prison – participated in an e-convention. In the aftermath of the Aryan Nations’ collapse, these figures developed a draft constitution for a proposed “Pacific Northwest Homeland,” by which they cast themselves as the “authentic heirs” of the American political tradition and interwove European history with American constitutionalism.
Their collective effort to adopt a constitutional framework and imagine a “Northwest American Republic” represents a new wrinkle in the movement’s self-presentations and tactics, which include more mainstream outreach and political organizing, as well as appropriation of regionally popular ideas and images. Yet the contemporary movement still seeks to “liberate America from multiculturalism and feminism” and challenges the authority of the Constitution and its sovereign proclamation, “We the People of the United States.”
Joining the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies and the Journal of Hate Studies to co-sponsor this event are the Gonzaga School of Law and the Alliance for Social Justice. For information contact email@example.com or call 509-313-3665.