These Fascist 'Diaries' Keep Inspiring Jan. 6 Rioters - 2021-07-07

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F375.png These Fascist 'Diaries' Keep Inspiring Jan. 6 Rioters July 7, 2021, Daily Beast

In 1978, an American neo-Nazi published The Turner Diaries, an infamous race-war novel that went on to inspire so many far-right and violent extremists in the subsequent decades. So it wasn't a huge shock when anti-democratic rioters showed up at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, casually recommending that people read the atrociously racist book.

"Please don't go buy this book. The money can still go back to white power groups, if you do," Kathleen Belew, a University of Chicago assistant professor of history, tells hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng on this week's episode of the Fever Dreams podcast. "It's the book that's very important to Timothy McVeigh before the Oklahoma City bombing. And it's come back up around January 6th. We have footage of Proud Boys instructing journalists to go read The Turner Diaries."

Belew, an author and professor who Sommer dubs "one of the sharpest minds out there on white supremacists and political violence in the United States," sees other parallels between the fascist novel and the horrible day in January. She points out that the noose and makeshift gallows erected outside the Capitol during the pro-Trump riot is a possible "reference to The Turner Diaries, which has this thing called 'The Day of the Rope.'" And, Belew adds, "notably in The Turner Diaries, there is an attack on the U.S. Capitol."

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