Former members of the National Alliance (NA) are trying to resurrect the organization by claiming they are its rightful heirs. The demise of the NA, once the largest neo-Nazi group in the U.S., has spurred two different factions to revive the memory and “brand” of Alliance founder William Pierce. Both groups hope they can convince other white supremacists to join them in forming a revamped version of the NA.
One-time NA member Jim Ring emerged as the leader of one faction, the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG), which he founded in February 2014. Ring left the NA in October 2012, after running its Sacramento, California unit for 22 years. He announced this month that NARRG is pursuing a civil lawsuit against NA board members and Erich Gliebe, who has headed the NA since Pierce’s death. A statement on the NARRG website claims that the group is suing Gliebe and the others for financial damage done to the organization as well as “a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities.” Ring wants the NARRG to focus on creating Pierce’s vision of a “white living space,” an area in the U.S that would be purged of all nonwhites.
Also trying to revive the NA is Kevin Strom, a former leader of the group. Gliebe kicked Strom out of the NA in 2005. Strom then formed the National Vanguard, which lasted until authorities convicted him on child pornography charges in 2007. Strom and Will Williams, who once headed the NA’s North Carolina unit, claim to be building a new NA headquarters in the Appalachian Mountains. Strom has also re-launched American Dissident Voices (ADV), a shortwave radio show he and Pierce used to broadcast under the auspices of the NA, starting in the early 1990s. Strom’s most recent Internet radio ADV broadcast on February 8 was largely an updated rendition of Pierce’s anti-Semitic work, “Who Rules America?” which alleges that Jews control the media, government and financial industry in the U.S.
Both NARRG and Strom seem to be hoping for a nostalgic revival of an organization they belonged to in its prime. These groups no doubt would like to erase the last decade that led to the NA’s downfall. Since the death of Pierce in 2002, the organized neo-Nazi movement in the United States has been on the decline and shows no signs of rejuvenation.