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Alex Linder

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Alex Linder
File:Alex Linder.jpg
Born (1966-06-30) June 30, 1966 (age 54)
Residence Kirksville, Missouri
Nationality American
Alma mater Pomona College
Vanguard News Network

Alex Ruedy Linder[1] (born June 30, 1966) is the owner and operator of Vanguard News Network (VNN), an antisemitic, White separatist, Neo-Nazi, Holocaust denial, and white nationalist website[2][3] which he launched in 2000. VNN is one of the most active white supremacist sites on the Internet, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Its motto is "No Jews. Just Right."


According to the ADL, Linder has said he was raised an "upper-middle-class suburban kid." The ADL reports that he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 1988, then worked as a researcher for CNN on the Evans & Novak political show, and then at The American Spectator.[2]

Criminal history

On May 26, 2007, Linder organized what has been described as a "racially charged protest" linked to the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom murder case in Knoxville, Tennessee, that attracted 30 supporters, around 60 counterprotesters, and 300 law enforcement officers. Linder fought with police and was the only arrest. He was forced to sleep on the floor of his cell that he shared with African-Americans, who tormented him day and night.[4][5] He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, vandalism, and assault on a police officer. He was placed on six months probation and ordered to pay restitution to the police officer he assaulted.[6]

Political life

Linder is an ex-member of the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi, white-nationalist group.[7][8][9][10] He left after deciding to allow criticism of the National Alliance to appear on the VNN forums.[2]

The ADL claims that in January 2005, Linder announced his intention to set up the White Freedom Party, stating it was "America's first political party advocating Aryan interests and specifically naming the Jew as the agent of white genocide and greatest obstacle to our people's self-preservation as a distinct and protected people." It threatened to "WAGE NONSTOP WAR [sic] on the Jews, coloreds, and mainstream sellouts ...".[2] Lacking financial backing, the "White Freedom Party" is currently dormant.

The Aryan Alternative

In 2004, Linder began publishing a tabloid newspaper called The Aryan Alternative. Four issues were published as of July 2010—the first issue was published in mid-2004. The most recent issue, July 2010 (#4), was published in mid-2009. The newspaper is distributed for free, but donations for it are solicited online.[11] In articles he has written for the The Aryan Alternative newspaper, Alex Linder claims that the Jews have been and are consciously engaged in a conspiracy that is implementing a systematic program of genocide to totally eradicate and exterminate the Aryan race.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c d Alex Linder/Vanguard News Network (VNN), Anti-Defamation League. Archived 20 December 2010 at WebCite
  3. ^ "Vanguard News Network". Counter Racism. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Police arrest organizer at 'rally against genocide'", Knoxville News Sentinel, May 27, 2007 Archived September 17, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "White supremacist arrested at Downtown rally", WBIR-TV, May 26, 2007 Archived 20 December 2010 at WebCite
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  7. ^ Hilliard, Robert L.; Michael C. Keith. Waves of Rancor: Tuning into the Radical Right. M. E. Sharpe. p. 165. ISBN 978-0765601315. 
  8. ^ Quarles, Chester A. (1999). The Ku Klux Klan and Related American Racialist and Antisemitic Organizations: A History and Analysis. McFarland. p. 146. ISBN 978-0786406470. 
  9. ^ Richie, Warren (December 20, 2011). "Failed Martin Luther King Day parade bomber gets 32-year sentence". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bomb suspect tied to supremacist group". Boston Globe. March 10, 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Web page from which to download PDFs of the published issues of the newspaper The Aryan Alternative: Archived 20 December 2010 at WebCite
  12. ^ ADL Report on Alex Linder: Archived 20 December 2010 at WebCite

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