Erkenbrand, which styles itself as a “Dutch think-tank and social network”, has grown from its founding in 2016 to become an important European alt-right organisation. Whilst this year’s conference had a lower attendance – down to 150 attendees from 200 in 2017 – well-known names traversed the Atlantic to for the event.
Speakers included the major U.S. white nationalist Greg Johnson of Counter-Currents Publishing who, in spite of his fascist belief system, railed against perceived censorship and freedom of speech; Scottish YouTuber Colin Robertson (AKA Millennial Woes), who spoke about his recent banning from Twitter; Fróði Midjord of the alt-right Scandza Forum, who spoke on the idea of “The Great White Strike”; and Canadian George Hutchenson, Director of the ‘Pan-European Nationalist’ group, Students for Western Civilization, who spoke about his experiences founding the group.
In attendance were significant far-right figures from a number of countries, including Stead Steadman, organiser of the London Forum, and Bjørn Christian Rødal of the minor Norwegian far-right party ‘Alliansen’ (Alliance).
Former Rebel Media host Faith Goldy was initially listed as a speaker, but pulled out, apparently due to the requirements of her bid for the Toronto mayoralty last month, coming third place with 25,667 (3.4%) of the vote. Goldy has embraced the hard line alt-right since being fired from Rebel for appearing on a nazi podcast during the Charlottesville rally of August 2017, and has recited the nazi “14 words” slogan on Robertson’s YouTube channel. That she was initially willing to appear at Erkenbrand alongside the likes of Greg Johnson is further evidence of her slide into extreme politics.
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