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In his book The Fame Of A Dead Man’s Deeds author Robert S. Griffin tells an anecdote about the origins of William Pierce’s novel The Turner Diaries. Pierce had taken over a struggling organization known as the National Youth  Alliance and on the board of the National Youth Alliance was one Revilo P. Oliver.    And it was through this meeting of the two titans of White Identity that came the inspiration for the most notorious novel of the twentieth century.

Mr. Oliver had been a mainstay in conservative circles in the 1950s, having befriended William Buckley, attended Mr. Buckley’s wedding, and written for The National Review.  Mr. Buckley of course turned respectable and banished Mr. Oliver from polite society, freeing him to write a series of books and essays which ripped the bark off the issues surrounding the racial destruction of White America.

Mr. Pierce was the younger man, a physics professor who felt himself called to also defend the White World from various predations that he recognized and fought against.  When the two men met Pierce was writing essays but was frustrated his message was not getting out. When he told Oliver of his frustrations Oliver suggested that he try his hand at fiction.  Oliver said that the broad section of whites that he was trying to reach were unlikely to read erudite essays, however well written, but that these people loved action and violence oriented fiction.   It was at this point that Oliver told Pierce that he had a model in mind, a book published anonymously in 1959, called The John Franklin Letters.  Pierce was intrigued, read the book, and thus the auspicious meeting of these two great men gave us The Turner Diaries.

Pierce says that Oliver never said a word about the true author of The John Franklin Letters but that he always suspected that it was Oliver himself.  Griffin read the book and he said he is convinced that the author is Oliver, that it’s contents perfectly mirror the many concerns that Oliver wrote about in his non-fiction.  Thus we have a novel written by the premier white advocate of the twentieth century.

In reading the novel one can see how Pierce was inspired by it. The Turner Diaries describes a world where the government has become tyrannical and has confiscated guns through legislation called The Cohen Act, and a renegade organization called The Order is formed which eventually overthrows the government by violent means.  Likewise, The John Franklin Letters tells of  a time where the government has become a One World Government run by the Burros (ie, the bureaucrats) and is overthrown by a patriotic military organization know as The Rangers.

The John Franklin Letters was published in 1959.  It is bracketed by a preface imagined to have been written in 1987 and then consists of series of letters written from 1957 through 1976 written by one John Franklin.   By the time the last letter is written the “patriotic military forces” have triumphed over the one world government of the “interloping Burros” that has taken over America and which was formally known as the “North American Anti-Fascist Democracy”.  When the first letter is written in 1957 America is as it always had been on the surface but Mr. Franklin sees dangerous times coming.  In a letter to his uncle he writes:

“You asked me if your last letter if I thought we were operating

here in  the United States under the philosophy of a social order.

Yes sir, we certainly are, it’s the philosophy of the social order of

the New Deal which was fastened on the country when Franklin

D. Roosevelt came to power and has not been seriously challenged


This reflects the concerns of the American Old Right of the 1950s, a group Sam Francis once called a “pig-eyed lot” who were dead set against what Franklin refers to as “our present state of Left-Liberalism”. These conservative stalwarts felt that the social engineering of the New Deal had relegated the last remnants of the Old Republic to the ash heap of history and all that was left was:

“an expert elite of non elected bureaucrats at the top distributing

the earned income of the country’s working citizens to those who

would not work.”

In his work from the 1960s onward Mr. Oliver’s writing became obsessed with racial concerns but in this book he touches on them tangentially.  But in Franklin’s explanation for the situation we can see those concerns coming through in embryo. When describing who all this welfare goes to and who commits the crime he writes:

“the racial aspect is that most of these welfare clients and

almost all who cause the trouble are Negroes or Puerto

Ricans….one third of the nation’s crime is committed by

Negroes, mostly in the Northern Cities---home of enlightenment

and integration you’ll notice…….I’ll suggest to you that

we already have conditions of civil war in our large

northern cities for what is it but war when people are

savagely killed every day…this kind of civil war is

purposely built into the tactics of communist propaganda”

Franklin then goes on to express the concerns of the Old Right, that the ancient liberties were being overturned by the Warren Court and the man most behind it all “that weird human oddity, Justice Douglas”, as well as how the growing bureaucracy of the CIA was spawning what we would call the Deep State. The novel’s tipping point comes when a group of Americans are accused of “obstructing international justice” and are hauled before a World Tribunal in the early 1960s. Franklin notes how in a newspaper it was written that “this is regrettable and rather distasteful to those who still cling to the traditions of American Nationalism but that it was high time that an international organization broke over nationalistic boundaries.”  When the need for warrants against American citizens is set aside the American Supreme Court acquiesced in this as:

“you’ll plainly recall how Justice Frankfurter was the

spokesman for the Court majority in announcing this

ruling which so plainly set aside our Constitutional

safeguards and the Ancient Anglo-Saxon common law….

things which could never have much meaning to the

Austrian intellectual Frankfurter with his bone-bred

Middle European love for bureaucratic authority.”

It is at this point that Franklin writes that he has joined an “American underground” given that “we have now become convinced that the process of eroding American liberties and sovereignty has gone so far that they cannot be reversed.”  By 1970 he is writing that “our country’s national integrity has been dissolved….the civil authority of the United States is being set aside and international officials begin to exercise direct control within the border of our country.”  Here, the Rubicon has been crossed and the patriotic guerrilla movement begins.

It is interesting to note that the One World propaganda justifies this breach of sovereignty in part because of “the historic psychological genocide against the Negro Race” and there is a wry allusion to the Warren-Myrdal Supreme Court decision, Gunner Myrdal being the author of the 1944 book An American Dilemma about the plight of blacks in America, the book which led to the Civil Rights Acts which Oliver considered abominations.   Indeed, one of the offenses that brought down the wrath of the one world government was “being discourteous to a Negro which was regarded as a form of genocide because it could do psychological harm to a minority element.” This is reminiscent of current European anti-racist laws and also of the ending of The Camp Of The Saints when the colored people take over the houses and apartments of whites which is seen by the new powers that be as racial justice.

The rest of the novel details the depredations of the new government, the wholesale murder of the recalcitrant portions of the population, and the sending en masse of millions to the Third World as slaves.  Some, like John Franklin, form the patriotic underground and engage in sabotage against the government and engage in “wasp” attacks which “sting” the Burros through targeted assassinations.   In the end it is shown that the new government collapses because the Third World elements that run it do not have the intelligence or the ability to manage it.  Liberty, on a sounder basis than before, is thus restored.  Perhaps the key to this victory is stated as the fact that before the one world government came to power “the NRA (National Rifle Association) frustrated the various bureaucrats who sought to legislate restrictions on the Constitutional guarantees of the Second Amendment” and “we were not, as were the Hungarians, reduced to fighting with our bare hands and Molotov Cocktails”---an armed people is  a free people.

Thus the novel ends on a hopeful note---but is also a warning.   It is true that some of Oliver’s concerns are not ours.  He detests big government and is anti-state, whereas we are much more open to using the state to promote, protect, and defend our interests. We tend to see Corporations as the bigger threat, something he does not mention at all. But in large measure his battles were ours----the tyranny of the giant interests of the Leviathan assaulting our ancient liberties, and of racial justice and racial revenge threatening White America.  We see this today everywhere in the attacks on our speech,  the shutting down of our access to social media and bank accounts, the banning of our books, the anti-white indoctrination, and the persecution of our people.  In many respects we have become what Franklin said his people were----“exiles in our own land”.  And amid talk of civil war, and there being no way to vote our way out of our situation, The John Franklin Letters speaks directly to our concerns.  

And we would do well to heed those two prophets, Oliver and Pierce, for when they met giants really were walking the earth.


by Douglas Mercer

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