Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Neo-Nazis and Pseudo-History

The Scoop Review of Books has published my open letter to the editors of Franklin E Local, a free magazine based in Pukekohe, in the heart of the Franklin District where I was born and raised.

Franklin E Local specialises in advertisements for farm bikes and reports on the feats of pig hunters, but lately it has also been running a series of articles on the 'secret pre-history' of New Zealand. These pieces argue that a conspiracy of academics, museum workers, Maori radicals, and shadowy, very sinister international forces is working methodically to suppress the evidence that white people lived in New Zealand thousands of years ago.

The powers that be don't want you to know that our 'white tangata whenua' lived peacefully for centuries, before 'savage' Polynesian invaders killed their men, made their women into sex slaves, and stole the beautiful carvings they had made in wood and greenstone. The articles are unsigned, but end with the recommendation that readers visit the Celtic New Zealand website 'for more information'.

Franklin E Local boss Mykeljon Winckel has used his latest editorial to enthusiastically endorse the pieces his magazine has been running, and to rail against the 'political bias' of most of those who study New Zealand's past. Unfortunately for Mykeljon, the Celtic New Zealand circle he has chosen to embrace has its own rather unpleasant political bias. Read about it over at the Scoop Review of Books.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is that ugly guy at the top?

4:48 pm  
Blogger Blaize said...

The comments from "crusader" over at Scoop are classic. And by "classic" I mean "really ignorant and terrifying at the same time."

5:32 pm  
Blogger Giovanni Tiso said...

Well done, Scott, great work and thanks for taking the time. You provided a public service there.

11:23 am  
Blogger maps said...

Ta Giovanni. The editor of Franklin E Local is trying to bully Scoop Review of Books into dropping the piece with threats of legal action, but he's all bluster and bluff.

11:39 am  
Blogger Giovanni Tiso said...

Well, should he succeed we should have it published simultaneously by all the blogs in New Zealand. I'd sure pledge the space on mine.

11:44 am  
Blogger maps said...

Juat had a look at your blog Giovanni, and I see you're Don De Lillo fan. I've become a De Lillo nut this year: I've been reading through all his novels, and driving my friends and partner to distraction talking about them. I think about Libra whenever right-wingers were threaten to assassinate Obama...

11:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry Bolton in his own words:

11:52 am  
Blogger Giovanni Tiso said...

I haven't red Libra, but I do have the first thirty pages of Underworld tattooed on my torso. It was painful but worth it.

Blog-wise, I have holocaust denial down as a future topic so expect to feel your ears tingle then, in a linky sort of way.

11:53 am  
Blogger maps said...

Will keep an eye on your blog, Giovanni. You might have seen it already, but we had a few arguments about anti-semitism here a month or so ago:

You might also want to check out this site, which is run by a bloke writing a PhD on the epistemologies used by conspiracy theorists:
Promises to be an interesting piece of work...

12:15 pm  
Blogger Giovanni Tiso said...

My interest lies specifically in how you erase the memory of something, or manufacture the memory of something else (as your letter dissects very admirably). That link is great and I just have to ask where was this guy when I was writing my thesis?! I hate tardiness in people.

12:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

photo at the top is of kerry bolton, long-time satanist as well as fascist. he likes to put curses on people. it's stupid careful.

6:26 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

Well done. These fascists should be challenged wherever they appear.

1:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Scott for another insightful and well researched article. You are indeed an anti facist hero!

1:33 pm  
Anonymous George Henderson said...

Don't drag the fascists into this; Mussolini would never have gone New Age. Il Duce was trying to revive the Old World Order.
Hitler, on the other hand, WAS a vegetarian.

2:13 pm  

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