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Andrew Anglin (born July 27, 1984) is an American neo-Nazi, white supremacist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, and editor of ''The Daily Stormer''. Anglin founded the website as a replacement for his other website ''Total Fascism'', where he posted his essays on fascism, race, and antisemitic conspiracy theories. The website borrows elements from Nazi doctrine and combines them with internet memes originating from 4chan to attract a younger audience.


Life and career


Anglin was born in 1984, and grew up near Columbus, Ohio. According to both Anglin and his childhood classmates, he was liberal as a youth. He attended the Linworth Alternative Program and the Worthington Kilbourne High School from 1999 to 2003, where he was remembered as a JNCOs-wearing dreadlocked vegan who often wore a hoodie with a "fuck racism" patch. His friends in high school report that his behavior changed during his sophomore year at Linworth, where he exhibited self-harming behavior, and began promoting conspiracy theories. After high school, Anglin took classes at Columbus State Community College in 2003, and studied English at Ohio State University for one semester in 2004. In 2006, Anglin launched a conspiracy theory website, ''Outlaw Journalism'', which he claims was modeled after the works of Alex Jones and Hunter S. Thompson, whom Anglin admired. He left the United States in 2007 and moved to Asia, which he described as an "awesome" experience where he developed "affinity for the Asian races":
As I became more involved in conspiracies, I began to feel more and more alienated, and at 23, left America to go live in Asia, where I worked teaching English and observed the culture. During this period, I developed an affinity for the Asian races, which is still with me now. I believe that they are a civilized, non-aggressive and industrious people. During my mid-twenties, while still residing in Asia (and thus having easy access to cheap book-printing), I became an adherent of Jacques Ellul, Jean Baudrillard and Julius Evola, among other traditionalist, anti-modernist and transcendentalist philosophical thinkers, and began to explore the idea of “primitivism” – that is, the idea that a much simpler mode of living better served the human being, spiritually and socially. At this point, I went to spend time with various primitive tribes in the lesser-developed nations of Southeast Asia.
In 2008, after posting on ''Outlaw Journalism'' that the only way for humanity to survive was to return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, Anglin began traveling around Southeast Asia, eventually ending up in Davao City. In 2011, he spent several weeks with a Tboli village in southern Mindanao, where he initially intended to stay permanently, selling some of his possessions to raise money for a dowry to marry two local Muslim women. In 2012, Anglin wrote that he found the locals to be "a civilized, non-aggressive and industrious people" but he eventually came to consider them too "primitive", became lonely and only wanted to associate with members of his own race, and "By the Grace of God, I found Adolf Hitler." In 2012, Anglin launched another website, ''Adventure Quest 2012'', which discussed conspiracy theories such as the existence of reptilian humanoids. He described the aim of the site as seeking to "mend the wounds produced by modern society ... and elpthe reader transcend these physical bonds and reach total ascendancy. To mend these wounds, the world must learn to embrace diversity and color". Later in 2012, he launched his first neo-Nazi website, ''Total Fascism''. Feeling that ''Total Fascism'' was not appealing to a younger demographic and had articles that were too long, Anglin launched ''The Daily Stormer'' on July 4, 2013, with shorter articles and a more provocative style.


Conversion to Nazism


In 2014, he stated that although he agreed with the central tenets of Nazism, he had reservations over reintroducing all aspects of Hitler's regime. A self-proclaimed "troll", Anglin stated that he was introduced to Nazism on the online imageboard 4chan.


Views


Anglin has stated: "The goal is to ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government. Many people also believe that the Jews should be exterminated". Anglin also uses ''The Daily Stormer'' as a platform to promote misogynistic conspiracy theories, claiming that politically active "white women across the Western world" are pushing for liberal immigration policies "to ensure an endless supply of Black and Arab men to satisfy their depraved sexual desires". In July 2018, Anglin summarized his misogynistic views, writing: "Look, I hate women. I think they deserve to be beaten, raped and locked in cages." Anglin is also a Holocaust denier. Although he has espoused neo-Nazi views, he has attempted to rebrand his ideology as "American Nationalism".


Criticism


Anglin has received criticism from some other white nationalist organizations, such as the website ''Counter-Currents'', who deem ''The Daily Stormer'' lowbrow and do not like its troll-heavy approach. The Anti-Defamation League says that Anglin is controversial among white supremacists for his past relationships with Asian and Filipino women, and for his misogyny, including towards white women.


References


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