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Rightist Unit with Anti-semitic, Anti-israel Views Seeks to Counter Student Revolt

May 26, 1969
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An extreme right-wing student organization espousing a philosophy that is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel and is committed to theories of Nazi racialism is seeking to become a countervailing force to the student revolt on the American campus. The organization is the National Student Alliance, an offshoot of last year’s youth for Wallace organization. The “philosophical” basis of the movement is a book. “Imperium.” by the late Francis Parker Yockey, which is an adaptation of Hitlerism and describes Jews, Negroes, Indians and other minorities as “parasites” who must be eliminated from Western culture.

The organization is headed by Louis T. Byers, 37, a former Wallace organizer, and claims 2,000 members. It is currently running a drive for new members from a mailing list of 15,000 former Wallace youth supporters and a campaign for funds from 200,000 adults on another list. It has an “adult advisory board” composed of five of the most notorious anti-Semites in the United States. It works in close relationship with the Liberty Lobby, an extreme right-wing propaganda organization.

In an interview with the Washington Post. Byers conceded that his advisory board members were considered anti-Semitic and said that “the kids on the campus aren’t going to be bothered by that.” He would not say they were anti-Semitic–“maybe anti-Zionist. There’s a difference, you know…I don’t care if some of them are anti-Zionist.” Byers defined anti-Zionism to the Washington Post as a movement against creation of an “artificial Jewish state to be used as a geopolitical base for international control of the free world.”

Mr. Byers praised “Imperium” as a “great book” and said he re-read it every year. The book praises anti-Semitism, terming it “precisely analogous in culture pathology to the formation of antibodies in the bloodstream in human pathology. In both cases, the organism is resisting the alien life.”

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