Update — 10/06/14: On October 3, Hungarian police arrested National Policy Institute (NPI) head Richard Spencer for not having identification papers with him at an informal gathering of people who had planned to attend NPI’s conference in Budapest. Jared Taylor, working with others, held an NPI meeting at a restaurant in Budapest where he and Tom Sunic spoke to about 75 people. Spencer is expected to be deported from Hungary today.
Richard Spencer, the head of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank based in Whitefish, Montana, asserts that his group will still hold a meeting in Budapest on October 3-5, despite the Hungarian government’s ban on the conference. In addition, the venue in Hungary where the conference was to be held has reportedly cancelled its contract with NPI organizers.
Perversely invoking the civil rights anthem, “We shall overcome,” Spencer declared to supporters in an email that NPI would persevere and that people planning to attend would still be able to meet and exchange ideas. Spencer usually holds NPI conferences in Washington, DC where he regularly invites European and American racists to share their ideas about white nationalism in Europe and the U.S.
Spencer, 36, is the new face of white supremacy who oversees a number of projects in addition to NPI. He created an online journal Radix, which features the work of intellectual racists and runs Washington Summit Publishers, which publishes racist tracts. Prior to openly embracing white nationalism in 2009, he worked at the American Spectator, a mainstream conservative magazine. In 2010, he founded Alternative Right, a white supremacist online journal, which curtailed operations in December 2013.
In a 2011 interview, Spencer said, “By 2009, I was much more willing to express heretical views on race and egalitarianism, as well as write more forthrightly on culture.” Spencer has advocated for a white ethno-state in the U.S. In 2011, he became the head of NPI and his annual conferences have attracted dozens of attending, including a number of young people.
The conference in Hungary was scheduled to feature a number of other Americans including Jared Taylor, head of the white supremacist journal American Renaissance and John Morgan, an American who heads Arktos Media, based in Budapest. Arktos, a co-sponsor of the NPI conference, publishes books that promote the Identitarian movement in Europe. Identitarian groups are pro-white, anti-immigrant and stress racial/ethnic identity. Tom Sunic, who is Croatian and a leader in American Freedom Party (formerly known as American Third Position), was also scheduled to address the NPI gathering. The American Freedom Party is a white supremacist political party that runs extremist candidates in the U.S. Other speakers included Marton Gyongyosi, a leader in the ultranationalist Hungarian party Jobbik, who has since reportedly bowed out of the NPI event and Alexander Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist ideologue.
The conference would build further ties between American and European racists and nationalists and exploit rising ultranationalist sentiment in Hungary as evidenced by Jobbik’s electoral gains in the April 2014 elections.