(Toledo, OH) The once-notorious National Socialist Movement (NSM), whose growth in the past three years outpaced every other white supremacist group, began to disintegrate in July amidst allegations that NSM Chairman Cliff Herrington and his wife Andrea also ran a group known as Joy of Satan Ministries, a pagan/satanist collective.
The dust appears to have mostly settled in the chaos of the group's implosion, and there now appear to be three major factions arising from the ashes.
Control of the NSM name seems to have remained with the group's Commander, Jeff Schoep. He still operates the NSM website and record label, NSM88 Records; these entities were the cash cows for the NSM. Schoep seems to be trying to maintain the high moral ground (yes, I recognize the irony in that statement) on the main website, while using Jim Ramm (aka Matt Ramsey) and the NukeIsrael.com site to blast at Bill White. Their Yahoo Groups site claims 42 active members.
The jetisoned Chairman of the NSM, Herrington, has formed a new group, the National Socialist Freedom Movement. Herrington chose a name with historic significance, as NSFM was the name of a group formed in the 1920s after the Munich Putsch and the subsequent jailing of Hitler. Their Yahoo Groups page claims 84 active members.
Bill White has formed the American National Socialist Workers' Party (ANSWP, or, as Harry Schwartz coined, "ANuS WiPe"). His Yahoo Groups site claims 135 members, and he has begun publication of a journal that retails for $8. The first issue was 12 pages in length.
A few of the most notable NSM members have disappeared from the radar screen, at least for the moment. These include Michael Blevins (aka VonBluvens), who was the NSM's Minister of Information, and Mark Martin, the former SS Sergeant of the NSM.
It may be a few months before one or all of these groups are able to put together rallies, since it appears that all three groups have a fairly equal distribution of the remaining active NSM members. Considering that the NSM could field, on average, about two to three dozen members at a given rally, there might not be enough swastika-wearing activists to make a good showing for some time.
And that is just fine by me. Anything that keeps the Nazis from stirring up trouble in neighborhoods - and instead getting into Internet flame wars amongst themselves - is good news for the 99.99% of the population that does not share their racist ideology.