Jim Ring notes that some people were fearful that the National Alliance wouldn’t survive the death of Dr. Pierce. The fact that it did and went on to continue to survive some of the greatest challenges in its history all the while continuing to convey its message of hope to White Americans proved that Dr. Pierce indeed was on the proper road to the ultimate victory of what he called "Our Cause".
But "surviving" and "thriving" are two different things. On the same day, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a hit piece in which they claim that the National Alliance is on its deathbed. Entitled "Ten years after founder's death, key neo-Nazi movement 'a joke'" and intended for publication in their upcoming Intelligence Report to be published in August, the SPLC decided to jump the gun and publish it on July 23rd, the anniversary of Dr. Pierce's death. The timing cannot be considered accidental; the intent is clearly to trample upon Dr. Pierce's grave on the date of his demise.
Like other SPLC material, it contains a mishmash of facts and legend. Here are some pertinent excerpts:
Ten years ago, the Alliance had 1,400 carefully selected and clean-cut members, a paid national staff of 17, and great respect in radical-right circles in America and abroad. Its publications, including a newsletter and a journal, set the standard on the extreme right, and its leaders regularly met with their counterparts in Europe. In Florida, it bought radio time and billboard ads. Between dues and income from its white-power music label, it was bringing in almost $1 million a year.
Today, the National Alliance is widely viewed as a joke...Remarkably, Pierce's handpicked successor, Erich Gliebe, has managed over the last 10 years to hold on to power through a series of internal revolts, splits and personal attacks on him for his extremely weak leadership. But he has also taken the Alliance to a place where it has a membership of fewer than 75 people, has not published a magazine in recent memory, and is in desperate need of funds.
Things came to something of a head in 2010, when Willis Carto, a longtime anti-Semite who had feuded with 1960s ally William Pierce for decades, was invited to one of the Alliance’s leadership conferences. Carto gave a speech sharply criticizing Gliebe and arguing the Alliance was failing because of his leadership. Members who were there describe Gliebe as almost paralyzed during the attack and say he did not respond or try to defend himself. Instead, Jim Ring, a longtime member who some see as the group’s real leader, took Carto aside later and ordered him and his entourage off the group’s West Virginia compound. Many were shocked Gliebe had even invited Carto, who is not an Alliance member, and Gliebe later claimed he had not done so. But that was contradicted by the pre-printed program for the conference, which included Carto’s name.
Although these facts are true, the SPLC ignores the fact that two of the National Alliance's units, in Cincinnati and Sacramento, continue to thrive under dynamic local leadership. In Cincinnati, Dennis Ransdell not only led a flyer distribution in Florence, KY back in June to highlight the problems of illegal immigration, but followed up with a seminar at the Boone County Public Library. Just one month before was Ransdell's attempt to confront Holocaust marketer Elie Wiesel during his May 6th appearance at Xavier University in conjunction with the $1,000 Tattoo Challenge. Ransdell has put up $1,000 of his own money to the first person who can get Elie Wiesel to show his left forearm and reveal his A-7713 tattoo number.
In Sacramento, Jim Ring organized the Sacramento Unit's participation at a local gun show during the weekend of June 30-July 1st. This is a recurring form of activism for the unit, and they report that they attracted many people. They had personal conversations with dozens of interested people and almost all took away the free recruiting materials being offered. Their selection of books and videos also proved to be popular. Some photos are available HERE.
But the SPLC goes on to report that no one is living full time at the Alliance's main compound in West Virginia; a couple of members visit weekly to deal with the mail and other necessary tasks. Gliebe himself lives in North Royalton, Ohio, from where he runs the Alliance's Cleveland Unit, and when the Cleveland Plain Dealer picked up this story and contacted him for reaction, Gliebe refused to speak to them. In addition, the content on Natallnews is almost never written by Gliebe himself, but by Dennis Ransdell and Jim Ring. And although Michael Carothers was a highly-valued member of the National Alliance, selected as their 2008 Activist of the Year, Gliebe remained silent when Carothers got arrested and railroaded down in Georgia.
The SPLC also notes that when Pierce died in 2002, the Alliance was taking in about $18,000 a week in dues, donations, book and music sales. Today, sales at Resistance Records and National Vanguard Books are down to about $500 a week. The group’s Resistance music magazine has not been published in five years, and its National Vanguard flagship publication has not appeared in three.
All these are clear-cut signs of a vacuum at the top. It's as if Erich Gliebe is no longer interesting in actively running the organization. He has played into the hands of the SPLC, and the SPLC has jumped all over him. The National Alliance can be saved, but there needs to be a change of leadership at the top. It would not be dishonorable for Erich Gliebe to resign as chairman if the job is too much for him.