Kerry Bolton

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Kerry Raymond Bolton (born 1956) is a writer and political activist.[1][2]. He is involved in several nationalist and fascist political groups in New Zealand.[3]

Political activism

In 1980, Bolton co-founded the New Zealand branch of the Church of Odin, a pro-Nazi organisation for "whites of non-Jewish descent".[3] He has published and edited several newsletters such as The Nexus and Western Destiny. He founded the national-socialist Order of the Left Hand Path (OLHP) in 1992,[2][3] following a quarrel with other members of the Temple of Set.[4][dubious ] Two years later it was renamed the Ordo Sinistra Vivendi ("Order of the Left Way"),and in the same year created the fascist Black Order.[2][5] It claimed to have a network of national lodges in six European countries plus Australia and the U.S.[2] It was intended to be an activist front promoting an "occult-fascist axis" by mobilising political groups and youth culture elements such as industrial music.[2] Bolton created and edited the Black Order newsletter, The Flaming Sword, and its successor,[discuss] The Nexus, a satanic-Nazi journal with special attention given to figures such as Savitri Devi, Julius Evola, and Ezra Pound, and which especially catered to the 'Black heavy-metal' movement.[discuss] It later changed its name to Western Destiny.[2]

Bolton was a co-founder of the Nationalist Workers' Party,[2] and was briefly secretary for the New Zealand Fascist Union in 1997,[6] in which he promoted the 'patriotic socialism' of 1930s Labour hero John A. Lee.[7] In 2004 he was the secretary of the New Zealand National Front[8][9][10] and spokesman[discuss] for the New Right group.[11][12] He was also involved with the New Zealand National Front but resigned because of disputes with neo-Nazi and white supremacist factions.[13]

Writings

He has been published on the websites of the politician Alfred Vierling and the holocaust denier Gerald Fredrick Töben.[3][14] Bolton's 2003 self-published book Thinkers of the Right was described by Paul Gottfried as one of the most enlightened he has read on the inter-war Right.[15]

In 2008, a masters thesis written about Bolton published by the Waikato University was temporarily pulled from the library pending investigation after Bolton complained to the vice-chancellor.[16][17][18] The thesis, titled "Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path; a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo Nazi Synthesis", dealt with the link between neo-Nazi and satanic beliefs in New Zealand.[16][18] It had been passed by the university, had been reviewed by senior academics from two other universities, and had received full class honors.[16][17] Professor Dov Bing, who supervised the thesis, called it a first-class piece of work.[16][17] Bolton claimed the thesis was "poorly researched" and was "a poorly contrived smear-document against a private individual, namely myself".[16][12] After criticism from the Tertiary Education Union,[19] Vice Chancellor Crawford issued a one-page letter stating that the thesis was sound because it had been externally examined by "two well qualified academics".[20]

In December 2009 Bolton filed a complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority concerning the Ideas program on Radio New Zealand National, which featured Marxist poet and sociologist Scott Hamilton. Hamilton had stated that Bolton was an avid "holocaust denier", had a "close relationship" with the revisionist Adelaide Institute, insinuated himself into the anti-war movement where he made anti-Semitic and "holocaust denial" statements, and exercised a bad political influence over "unwary youth". Bolton claimed that all of Hamilton's allegations were incorrect.[citation needed] The Broadcasting Standards Authority initially upheld Bolton's complaint on all grounds, and criticised Radio New Zealand for not having verified the accuracy of Hamilton's statements before airing the program,[21] but reversed this decision in December 2010 and declined to uphold any of Bolton's complaints.[22]

In December 2009 Bolton complained to the Press Council against a lengthy feature article run by The Press, Christchurch, "A Right Muddle" by John McCrone. Bolton stated that the article wrongly stated that Bolton was a "neo-Nazi Satanist", that he was associated with "white power" and "pseudo-fascist views", that he was the founder of New Right New Zealand, among other matters. The Press Council in a ruling dated for release as 26 March 2010, upheld parts of the complaint, determining that the article is "inaccurate and biased".[23]

Other activities

In 2014 he was involved in a campaign that sought unsuccessfully to save a young dog from euthanasia for allegedly nipping another dog on the hind leg in the course of play.[24][25] The dog was euthanised two days early after threats on Facebook of violence against council staff members.[26]

Published works

  • Revolution from Above (Arktos Media 2011)
  • Artists of the Right (Counter-Currents 2012)
  • The Parihaka Cult (Black House Publishing 2012)
  • Stalin: The Enduring Legacy (Black House Publishing 2012)
  • The Psychotic Left (Black House Publishing 2013)
  • The Banking Swindle (Black House Publishing 2013)
  • Babel Inc. (Black House Publishing 2013)
  • The occult and subversive movements: Tradition & counter-Tradition in the struggle for world power (Black House Publishing 2017)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Thesis on Neo-Nazism pulled by university". Waikato Times. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2002). Black sun: Aryan cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the politics of identity. New York: New York University Press. pp. 226–31. ISBN 0-8147-3124-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d van Leeuwen, W. R. (2008). Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo-Nazi Synthesis (PDF). 
  4. ^ Baddeley, Gavin (2000). Paul Woods, ed. Lucifer Rising: A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock 'n' Roll. Plexus Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 0-85965-280-7. 
  5. ^ Kaplan, Jeffrey; Weinberg, Leonard (1998). The emergence of a Euro-American radical right. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-8135-2564-0. 
  6. ^ "Case Number: 696 - K BOLTON AGAINST THE DOMINION". New Zealand Press Council. July 1998. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Fascists ask about people's training". Dominion. Wellington, New Zealand. 4 December 1997. 
  8. ^ "NZ National Front Responds to Anarchist PR" (Press release). New Zealand National Front. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2009.  Signed K R Bolton - National Secretary.
  9. ^ Wall, Tony (9 May 2004). "A picture of white supremacy". Sunday Star - Times. Wellington, New Zealand. p. A.11. 
  10. ^ "Case Number: 985 - K R BOLTON AGAINST SUNDAY STAR-TIMES". New Zealand Press Council. August 2004. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Hate posters in New Zealand". Papua - New Guinea Post - Courier. Port Moresby. 15 December 2005. p. 9. 
  12. ^ a b Broun, Britton (7 October 2008). "Controversial thesis taken off library shelves". The Dominion Post. 
  13. ^ John McCrone, 'A Right Muddle', The Press, 5 December 2009
  14. ^ Alfred Vierling - Start
  15. ^ Goad, Jim (2009-05-19). "Opening the Conservative Mind - Taki's Magazine". Takimag.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Brennan, Nicola (6 October 2008). "Thesis on Neo-Nazism pulled by university". Waikato Times. 
  17. ^ a b c Joshua Drummond. Waikato Uni pulls thesis after 'neo-Nazi Satanist' complaints Archived 26 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine., In Unison, 6 October 2008.
  18. ^ a b "Neo-Nazi thesis removed from university shelves". New Zealand Herald. 7 October 2008. 
  19. ^ "Leaked documents show discord over thesis". stuff.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011. Nexus today published a feature detailing at length the criticisms around the university's processes, including a letter from the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU). 
  20. ^ Brennan, Nicola (11 July 2009). "Thesis can't shake controversy". Waikato Times. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "RNZ and Bolton - 2009-097". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  22. ^ » Broadcasting Standards Authority
  23. ^ "Kerry Bolton Against The Press". Presscouncil.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  24. ^ "Kapiti News 02-07-14 by Local Newspapers". issuu. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  25. ^ "Kapiti News 03-12-14 by Local Newspapers". issuu. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  26. ^ Haxton, David (February 4, 2015). "'Why Beau was put down before last visit,'". Kapiti News. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 

External links

  • Kerry Bolton (Official Site)
  • Preface to Bolton's book Thinkers of the Right (2nd ed.)
  • Dreamers of the Dark - Exposed, by Bolton
  • "Kerry Bolton's Thoughts" at the Wayback Machine (archived 27 July 2008), on the Adelaide Institute site.
  • "Priestess of Hitlerism" at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 January 2008), Bolton's essay on Savitri Devi.
  • Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path; a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo Nazi Synthesis
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