Andrew Anglin – The Making of an American Nazi

A very detailed account of someone who has done a lot of harm.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/

I was struck, in particular, by his cowardice and by the continued support of his family.  Arguably, they have allowed him to continue the way he has.  Many of these men are not strong people.  Nor brave.

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Current events in Alt Right and the future

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/brotherhood-of-losers/544158/

More for the intent of keeping a record, although the splintering is interesting.  I do agree that large groups of angry young men are not a good thing.

Alternatives to Valhalla

 

My apologies for referring to Tumblr but it was better than Facebook as a linkable source.  I think it is worth at least considering and reviewing.  For me, Freya and Heimdall are better choices and I would not want to be in Valhalla.  Plus, while I trained for war, I never saw it and had the rather modern view of only wanting to go if ordered.

[To be clear, I realize there are several folks posting about Odin and Babysitting.  These are effectively fiction from a person or persons and I am not speaking for individual narratives.  We know from Egil’s Saga when his daughter mentioned going to Freya that our ancestor’s afterlife was more complex than 2-3 choices.  I am not drawn to Odin and was not really focused on that part of the story.  I still think the larger question is important to consider.]

Odin as the Villain of the Thor movies

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/odin-real-villain-thor-movies

Obviously, Marvel movies are, at best, only loosely based on actual Norse myth and writings.  Kirby and Lee did some minimal research at the time (although they did read sources) and then did what worked for their stories.  Still, we have to accept that the films are what a lot of people will think of.  They are flawed in many ways, leaving out Frey, Freya and others (as do the comics) and we have to remember that Marvel really made the gods out to be aliens more than anything else.  Remember that in the comics and the movies, relationships are very different and there is a strong science fiction context.

However, Odin is often shown as conniving and playing a long game, so it is an interesting observation on several levels.  One can look at Odin as engaging in a self fulfilling prophecy in a number of ways and this version does that.  Granted, I don’t know how much of that was envisioned when the films started and how much was a matter of the last film tying it together.

At a minimum, we should be aware of the film stories when new people come to us.

Detailed interview related to Heathenry and Frith Forge

Tying back to:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/two-recent-articles-on-heathenryasatru-in-the-atlantic/

One of the people interviewed in the second article posted the entire interview:

http://www.norsemyth.org/2017/11/asatru-theology-in-atlantic.html

I feel it is worth sharing whatever comes out about us in the press at any level.

How the Alt-Right and our beliefs tie to popular culture

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/04/thor-ragnarok-is-a-hammer-in-the-face-to-the-alt-right/

We live in a time where extremists are defining our positions for us and our popular culture is a battleground in ways I cannot remember.  It is my hope that we can, soon, put some of these “demons” to rest but the future is uncertain.  I have to sadly agree with the author that I examine the beliefs and statements of forthright Odinists (and especially Wotanists) with careful attention.

Watch for those complaining about Valkyrie and Heimdall in the film.  They are the easy tells.