National Policy Institute

National Policy Institute
Abbreviation NPI
Motto "For our people, our culture, our future."
Formation 2005

White nationalism

white supremacism


Headquarters Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Richard B. Spencer

The National Policy Institute (NPI) is an alt-right, white supremacist think tank based in Arlington, Virginia.[1][2]

It presents a lobby for white nationalism and seeks to provide an alt-right "intellectual vanguard".[3] Its president as of 2016 is Richard B. Spencer, a founder of the blog Alternative Right.


NPI was founded in 2005 by William Regnery II.[4] 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."[5] When Andrews died in 2011, he was replaced by Richard B. Spencer.[6]

The group was based in Augusta, Georgia at its founding, but by 2013 had relocated to Montana.[7] (In some reports, the group is listed as being based in Arlington, Virginia.[8] Spencer divides his time between Montana and Virginia.[9])

James B. Taylor was vice president of the NPI for a time, and was listed as such in the group's 2012 tax return. Taylor's involvement with NPI attracted some attention because Taylor is also involved in more mainstream conservative groups, such as the Young America's Foundation, of which Taylor is a former executive director and a current board member.[7]

In September 2011, the NPI hosted its first national conference, entitled "Towards a New Nationalism". Speakers included Richard B. Spencer, Alex Kurtagić, Tomislav Sunić, and Jared Taylor.[10]

In December 2013, NPI launched a website, Radix Journal, which describes itself as, "a periodical on culture, race, meta-politics, critical theory, and society."[11] The NPI received a grant from the Pioneer Fund a racist pseudo scientific organization.[1][12]

In 2016, Twitter suspended the accounts of the NPI, its leader Richard Spencer and others under its terms of use. Spencer referring to Twitter's actions, said "digitally speaking, there has been execution squads across the alt-right."[13] According to Spencer, Twitter was trying to silence the alt-right.[14]

Spencer was the headline speaker at a 2016 NPI conference held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.; Spencer celebrated the presidential election victory of Donald Trump as "the first step towards identity politics in the United States",[15] and "the victory of will" (a reference to a Nazi propaganda film).[16] 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.[16][17] The United States Holocaust Museum issued a statement condemning the "hateful rhetoric" of the conference.[14]


NPI argues "the dispossession of White Americans will have catastrophic effects for the entire world, not just for our people." They've 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."[7]

The NPI has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a white supremacist organization.[18][4] Marilyn Mayo, the co-director of Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, says that the group was "founded to be kind of a white supremacist think tank."[7]

NPI is regarded as part of a group of white nationalist organizations which "try to take a more highbrow approach" to white supremacism, "couching white nationalist arguments as academic commentary on black inferiority, the immigration threat to whites and other racial issues."[19] Other groups which advance similar strategies include the New Century Foundation (and its publication American Renaissance,[4][19]) the Charles Martel Society (and its website The Occidental Observer[4][7][19]), and the Pioneer Fund, all of which were cited by the SPLC as playing a leading role in the promotion of "academic racism".[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 Wines, Michael; Saul, Stephanie (July 5, 2015). "White Supremacists Extend Their Reach Through Websites". New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. "How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement". BuzzFeed News. 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  3. "Meet the new think tank in town: 'Alt-right' comes to Washington to influence Trump". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Groups: In the world of 'academic racism,' four groups play leading roles". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center (122). Summer 2006.
  5. Washington, Jesse (June 11, 2009). "Gunman may reflect growing racial turmoil",; accessed November 15, 2016.
  6. Richard Bertrand Spencer, Southern Poverty Law Center; accessed November 19, 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 Nick Baumann, Top Conservatives Run PAC That Funded White Nationalists, Mother Jones, January 29, 2013.
  8. Garrett Haake, White Nationalist group to hold conference on Trump in DC Saturday, WUSA (March 2, 2016).
  9. Michelle Goldberg, "Better Know an RNC White Supremacist: Richard Spencer", Slate, July 20, 2016.
  10. "2011 NPI Conference". YouTube. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  11. Burghart, Devin (June 27, 2014). "Who is Richard Spencer?". Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  12. Tucker, Maria Luisa (2007-06-30). "Warp and Woof". The Village Voice. 52 (22): 12. ISSN 0042-6180.
  13. Andrews, Travis M. (November 16, 2016). "Twitter suspends prominent alt-right accounts, including Richard Spencer's". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. 1 2 McCaskill, Nolan D. (November 21, 2016). "Holocaust Museum condemns neo-Nazi conference". Politico. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  15. Glueck, Katie. Alt-right celebrates Trump's election at D.C. meeting, Politico (November 19, 2016).
  16. 1 2 Goldstein, Joseph. Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: 'Heil Victory', New York Times (November 21, 2016).
  17. Lombroso, Daniel. "'Hail Trump!': Video of White Nationalists Cheering the President-Elect". The Atlantic.
  18. Potok, Mark (April 8, 2008). Immigration report being released today linked to white supremacists, Hatewatch, Southern Poverty Law Center.
  19. 1 2 3 Wines, Michael & Stephanie Saul. "White Supremacists Extend Their Reach Through Websites",, July 5, 2015.
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