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The author of the book: William Luther Pierce
Edition: Barricade Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1978
ISBN: 1569800863
ISBN 13: 9781569800867
Language: English
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An acquaintance of mine was late to work one day, running several minutes behind on the way to his 9-to-5 office gig. He never got in trouble for it though, because he worked in the Murrah building and at 9:02 AM April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh blew it up with a truck bomb, shearing the structure's southern face off, exposing its blasted north half as a crumbling cross-section.

Although in the U.S. the term "terrorist" has come to be applied exclusively to radical Islamists, the majority of terrorist acts committed here have been by right-wing extremists. Sure, Al-Qaeda pulled off a far more spectacular, destructive, and sophisticated attack--media-ready with a built-in re-run for the cameras--but the likes of Timothy McVeigh win when it comes to number of events. Why do the two receive such different attention--in tone and amount--by the media and government? It is interesting how some of the ideas and values of both so neatly dovetail: naturally both are enemies of the United States federal government; both believe Jews pull all the strings of oppression everywhere; both have very traditional ideas about the role of women. Both believe their cause is sanctioned by a deity and both are somewhat unfriendly to gay people.

As an admitted dilettante my promiscuous reading has included a lot of extremist nutjob propaganda, but I only recently realized I had not read much propagandistic fiction, or at least that which calls itself such, to put it inelegantly. This: I've never read a novel whose purpose was to propagandize a radical cause. Then I went, oh wait, there's Ayn Rand, Upton Sinclair, George Orwell, Jack London, Harriet Beecher Stowe and more and more, the more you broaden how you define "propagandize" (any author seeks to convince the audience of something) and "radical" (like the abolitionists once were) and "cause" (there's how things are versus how they should be implicit in any moral conflict).

But that kind of stuff isn't exactly what I mean. I'm talking about books like The Turner Diaries, the book Timothy McVeigh pressed on his friends, sent excerpts of to his sister, and was supposedly caught with when he was arrested after the explosion. The author of the Turner Diaries was not attempting to write literary fiction, define himself as an artist, nor appeal to as wide and inclusive an audience as possible. Quite the opposite: its audience is quite exclusive. It harbors specific fears, frustrations, and fantasies, and this book is calculated to inflame them before proposing such an outlandish, elaborately grandiose, and inhumane resolution that it is difficult to imagine it is not a satire.

As it turns out, it's not propaganda either! It assumes the reader is past any need for that. This novel is for converts. The author skips over any dramatization of the grievances behind the hatred; it is presumed the reader shares them.

The Turner Diaries is one of those "found" accounts, a journal kept by one Earl Turner. It is introduced by a writer one-hundred years in the future beyond the events of the book, which occur in the 1990's. The introduction's author leaves a few clues as to what life is like in his time, as he interrupts the diaries to explain things that future readers would not be familiar with, like sit-coms, Judaism, feminism, and inches. Apparently in this New Era (our years have been converted to number backward from BNE--before the New Era) the former U.S. has adopted the metric system. This is curious because the metric system was furiously resisted by paranoid members of the U.S. far right who believed that the metric system was a U.N. plot to standardize things globally for the coming One World Government. Interestingly their hatred for the United Nations does not prevent them from a flattering estimation of that organization's competence.

This book is full of similarly amusing contradictions. Perhaps amusing is the wrong word.

The diary opens with a jarring fusion of two telling fears: roving gangs of scary black men, operating as government functionaries, are invading homes to search for guns, working from a list of those whose registered arms were not turned in as ordered by law in the very Jewish-sounding Cohen Act. Look. It's all right there. The book then oscillates between action and loads of info-dumping heaped on us with no attempt at narrative integration. This book is against integration.

It is also against characterization, peopled by names who do stuff. With zero courting or romance, Earl hooks up with a co-revolutionary, the former semi-liberal Katherine: "She had none of the bigotry, none of the guilt and self-hatred that it takes to make a really committed, full-time liberal." This is what passes for characterization in a book that only has room for plotting and preaching.

But the preaching is all howled at the choir: "Why didn't we rebel 35 years ago, when they took our schools away from us and began converting them into racially mixed jungles? Why didn't we throw them all out of the country 50 years ago, instead of letting them use us as canon fodder in their war to subjugate Europe?"

If you were just tripped up on who was trying to subjugate Europe, you are not a member of this choir. A following passage clarifies: "Why didn't we rise up in righteous fury and drag these arrogant aliens into the streets and cut their throats then? Why didn't we roast them over bonfires on every streetcorner in America?"

He means Jews, y'all. This arrogant alien humbly wonders how a mind comes to be like this.

Given these attitudes, the sympathetic reader will not be chilled by the missions against "The System" that Earl and his cell perform for "The Organization." These include truck-bombing the basement of FBI headquarters to disable its all-knowing computer and kill lots of employees, grenading The Washington Post for all their biased and unfair emphasis on the death and suffering caused by the previous escapade, driving to a Post editor's home for a face-to-face execution, and murdering anyone who resists their attempts to take over radio stations and play propaganda tapes (whose content is left vague).

When the leader of one cell refuses an order to assassinate a priest and rabbi who together were campaigning for tax breaks for racially mixed marriages (!), he is called to account for his insubordination. It is then revealed that this self-described "conservative" only supports frightening "The System" into a more correct small-government model, rather than destroying it entirely. It is up to Earl to execute him for this heresy. He does, and experiences qualms for one sentence: "I was very very depressed."

Poor guy. Then there are other government- and media-targeted bombings, culminating in a mortar attack on the Federal Capitol Building during a presidential address to congress calling for extended lattitude in using this rebellion as a pretext for cracking down on civil liberties.

In a warning to like-minded rebels, a major plot point turns on Earl's attempt to reach out to other counter-cultural types also angry at The System. One of them informs on him and after a siege on his cell's hideout, Earl Turner ends up hospitalized in FBI custody. He is cruelly interrogated by the very same evil Jew who sadistically tortured false testimony out of Nazi officers and even Eichmann himself! A similar propagandistic "show trial" is in the works for Earl after he buckles and tells them everything. He is relieved, however, to then enjoy solitary confinement in a military facility: "I needed some time alone to straighten myself out again. And, of course, it was nice not to have to worry about Blacks..." This is a silver-lining, glass half-full kind of guy.

While he's incarcerated he hears about the biggest revolutionary strike yet: a munitions ship full of explosives destined for Israel is detonated at a port in Houston in 1992 on September 11 (!). The revolution escalates before he and 442 other political prisoners are freed from Fort Belvoir by rescuers who commandeered one of the Fort's tanks in an operation needing no explanation but story necessity.

Safehoused with a new identity, he now must answer for his crime of compromising Organization security when he approached outsiders; he must face the Organization's elite leadership order, called "The Order," into which he had been inducted just before his capture, on a limited trial basis. He's ordered to prove his worth by accepting a future suicide mission, revealing yet another similarity to the sort of terrorists who most make the news today. His robotic acceptance is unsurprising as any reflection would have been an uncharacteristic complexity.

The characters' lack of complexity, paradoxically, introduces other complexities, unintentionally. Earl Turner is ostensibly a tough, independent, clear-thinking man who sees through the lies that most other people believe because they are all either stupid barbarous criminals or blindly obedient sheep. The complexity accrues when he acts on his beliefs by committing barbarous crimes just because he's ordered to by distant commanders of an ill-defined "Organization." Even when he thinks he shouldn't, he obeys.

This points to a quandary the author finds himself in, one that expresses the repressed paradox of an oppressed "superior race" (how could they be dominated by inferiors?). The author needs to have a "regular guy" protagonist who is also superior, and he needs this man's personal story of persecution and triumph to follow an analogous arc with a larger movement as whites who can no longer endure the burden of enforced racial equality start a revolution. He has to be powerful and individualistic even as he's swept along by forces he has no power over and to which he submits as one disposable particle. He has to be superior to those he hates, but his default setting is aggrieved victim of theirs. His true superiority has to manifest somehow, but it can't be with brute force or the Scary Black Man could not function as a threat, and it can't be with intelligence because he neither says nor does anything clever, ever, although with that last aspect we're likely moving into the area of authorial limitations.

Junking up mission descriptions with ordnance and materiel specifics adds no sense of smarts to schemes that are bumbling and hare-brained, and this is compounded by a hilarious lack of self-awareness as when the narrator complains about how government incompetence plagues them with intermittent electricity (that they are stealing) to run the workshop where they prepare further attacks on the country's infrastructure, damage which they are sometimes dismayed to learn is speedily repaired. Again, you'd think it was satire.

Then it graduates from unintentional satire to grotesque genocidal wet-dream fantasy. Thousands of members of "The Organization" are sent to Southern California for a big concerted action that includes taking over radio stations, burning down government buildings, attacking police stations, destroying infrastructure, and to prevent on-the-ground resistance, the bombing of all highway overpasses (which are, a few pages later, then used without incident to expel all blacks into surrounding areas). With no electricity, water, or food, white people turn to looting while blacks turn to cannibalism, hunting white neighborhoods for female teens and girls to butcher and eat. These actions coincide with an intra-military civil war which keeps them conveniently tied up. The blacks are deported, the Jews marched to their deaths in a canyon, and white women married to or living with non-white men are strung up by the thousands from lamp posts, power poles, and trees, labeled with placards reading "I defiled my race."

It gets worse.

After some eye-rolling escalation several American cities end up nuked, because an all-white chunk of North America is worth the price of the rest of it being radioactive rubble. How all this then triggers spontaneous anti-Jewish pogroms in most other predominantly white countries is not explained, but by now this is no surprise. Nor is the giddy machismo with which Earl portrays the fellows he is going on his suicide mission with:
"These were real men, White men, who were now one with me in spirit and consciousness as well as in blood."

That's super, because they have to tote a nuke to the Pentagon and blow it, and themselves, to smithereens.

In the epilogue we learn that Europe and Russia purge themselves of non-whites, which leaves the problem that China is still full of, well, Chinese people. "Therefore, the Organization resorted to a combination of chemical, biological, and radiological means, on an enormous scale, to deal with the problem." And that's that.

There is no mention of Latin America, Africa, the Asian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands.

If you have read about this nonsense this far, I hope it has supplanted any urge to read the book. I read it so you don't have to! I hope you at least got a chuckle from it. I know I'll think of it every time I hear alarmed cries about ambitions for the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in its old territories: Oh, that's nothing.

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Ebook The Turner Diaries read Online! American white separatist, mostly known for his novel The Turner Diaries, which he wrote under the nom de plume Andrew MacDonald.

In 1966, he joined the American Nazi Party and was a member until 1970. One of the reasons he left was he disliked the Nazi uniform image.

In 1970, Pierce became the chairman of the National Youth Alliance, which later became the National Alliance.

In 2002, he died of cancer.

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