National Policy Institute
The National Policy Institute (NPI) is a white supremacist think tank and lobby group based in Alexandria, Virginia. It lobbies for white supremacists and the alt-right. Its president is Richard B. Spencer, and its executive director (since July 27, 2017) is Evan McLaren.
|Motto||"For our people, our culture, our future."|
|Founder||William Regnery II|
|Headquarters||Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.|
NPI was founded in 2005 by William Regnery II. Louis R. Andrews was the chairman until 2010. Andrews said that he had voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election because "I want to see the Republican Party destroyed, so it can be reborn as a party representing the interests of white people, and not entrenched corporate elites." When Andrews died in 2011, he was replaced by Richard B. Spencer. According to George Hawley, an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama, NPI was "rather obscure and marginalized" until Spencer became its president in 2011, at which point Spencer's website, AlternativeRight.com, became an NPI initiative.
The group was based in Augusta, Georgia, at its founding, but by 2013 had relocated to Montana. Spencer divides his time between Montana and Virginia; in 2016, the group was based in Arlington, Virginia. By early 2017, the NPI had leased a townhouse office space on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where it maintains its headquarters today. City leaders in Arlington and Alexandria acknowledged the NPI's right to operate, but denounced the group's views. The group's presence in Alexandria has prompted several protests.
In December 2013, NPI launched a website, Radix Journal, which describes itself as "a periodical on culture, race, meta-politics, critical theory, and society". The NPI received a grant from the Pioneer Fund, a racist pseudo-scientific organization.
Spencer was the headline speaker at a 2016 NPI conference held in Washington, D.C., and celebrated the election of Donald Trump as "the first step towards identity politics in the United States" and "the victory of will" (a reference to a Nazi propaganda film). Spencer "railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German". Spencer finished his speech by yelling "Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!" as audience members responded by standing up and making the Nazi salute. The United States Holocaust Museum issued a statement condemning the "hateful rhetoric" of the conference. Other speakers included Scotland-based YouTuber Millennial Woes.
NPI's tax-exempt status was revoked in 2017 by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file tax returns. The group had not filed a Form 990 since 2013. In March 2017, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which regulates the operation of charities in Virginia, removed the NPI's entry from its public database of nonprofits and announced that it was reviewing the group's status. The NPI raised $50,000 in late 2016 and early 2017 from an online fundraising drive and has solicited donations to be sent to its Arlington, Virginia post office box, but in February 2017 VDACS had listed the group as "not authorized to solicit in Virginia."
NPI's website says that "the dispossession of White Americans will have catastrophic effects for the entire world, not just for our people". The organization has produced a series of reports on affirmative action, race and conservatism, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a report edited by VDARE contributor Nicholas Stix, The State of White America – 2007. Stix's introduction to the report said it gave "a statistical and narrative portrait of the war on white America" and described the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling outlawing school segregation as "arguably the worst decision in the Court's 216-year history".
The NPI has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a white supremacist organization. Marilyn Mayo, the co-director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said that the group "basically was founded to be kind of a white supremacist think tank".
The NPI is regarded as part of a group of white nationalist organizations that, according to The New York Times, "try to take a more highbrow approach, couching white nationalist arguments as academic commentary on black inferiority, the immigration threat to whites and other racial issues." Other groups that advance similar strategies include the New Century Foundation (and its publication American Renaissance,) the Charles Martel Society (and its website the Occidental Observer), and the Pioneer Fund, all of which have been described by the SPLC as playing leading roles in the promotion of "academic racism".
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Despite the innocuous name, NPI has since its inception been a white-nationalist organization. The organization was rather obscure and marginalized until Spencer was chosen as its new president in 2011, at which point Alternative Right became an NPI initiative.
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Spencer's group raised $442,482 in tax-deductible contributions from 2007 through 2012.
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