Taylor Rose, the former vice-president of the far-right student group, Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) recently landed a job at World Net Daily (WND), a conspiracy-oriented right-wing newspaper. Rose’s first article for WND, where he is listed as a “staff reporter,” appeared about a month ago, on November 26, 2012.
Rose’s articles cover a range of right-wing issues from opposition to immigration to anti-Muslim conspiracy theories to secessionist movements in Europe and the United States. Rose is not the first former YWC activist to make the move over to WND. YWC’s founder, Kevin DeAnna, joined WND in early 2012 and also works as a “staff reporter” though his last article for the site was published over two months ago, on October 14, 2012.
In recent years, Rose spent most of his time in Europe, meeting and organizing with far-right organizations and political parties. He participated in a May 2011 rally "against the Islaminization of Europe" in Cologne, Germany. At the rally, Rose spoke alongside leaders of far-right xenophobic European parties, including the Vlaams Belang of Belgium, the Freedom Party of Austria, as well as smaller parties from France and Germany. More recently, in 2012, Rose published a book titled, Return of the Right: How the Political Right is Taking Back Western Civilization.
Rose’s move also casts more doubt over YWC’s perseverance. It appears that Rose, DeAnna and other YWC leaders did not have successors lined up to maintain the organization when the original core group graduated. YWC’s Web site is down and it appears the chapters are inactive. Although Rose seems to no longer be involved with YWC, his move to WND shows that he is still an active player on the right.
The one former YWC activist still making headway on campus is Matthew Heimbach at Towson University in Maryland. Heimbach was forced to disband YWC at the school in early 2012 when its faculty advisor quit after the group was involved in controversial activity. Heimbach is still attempting, however, to create a “white student union” at Towson. He invited white supremacists Jared Taylor and Merlin Miller, from the American Third Position party, to speak at the school during the fall 2012 semester.