SPLC Attacks Dangerous Extremists

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the thought-control outfit by which millionaire Morris Dees terrifies old ladies into sending him their Social Security checks, is an important arm of the regime. Its targets often include quite despicable people, but just as often seem to include normal Americans whose views happen to fall outside the three-by-five card of acceptable opinion as defined by the New York Times. By conflating the two groups, the SPLC seeks to destroy the reputations of dissidents. And no matter how violent the federal government should become, it is always safe from SPLC criticism, which is directed at critics of the police state and the empire, never the perpetrators themselves.

This time the target is anarcho-capitalists, who are evidently on the verge of taking over this here country, and who hold the dangerous view that no one should initiate violence against anyone else. Note that the Southern Poverty Law Center said nothing when a Florida legislator endorsed the execution of dissidents. Even if that had been a joke — which, given the context, it obviously wasn’t — the SPLC is not known for its patient indulgence of violent humor. Evidently when violence is directed at a party the SPLC doesn’t like, it’s not really violence.

Anarcho-capitalists wield zero power over anyone. According to the bipartisan foreign policy consensus, on the other hand, it’s not even newsworthy when the federal government engages in murderous drone strikes. For the SPLC, that kind of “extremism” isn’t even worth mentioning. And see Lew Rockwell on this.

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  • succubye01

    When do we get to label the SPLC as a “hate group”? I think that time has long come.

  • Arash

    Years ago, I remember seeing Mises Institute mentioned as an “extremist group” years ago, with a link to the SPLC. I hadn’t heard of the SPLC up until them. But I knew something smelled wrong for a group to call the Mises Institute of all places extremist. So I did a little digging and research into the SPLC.

    What Tom says is exactly correct. They are an institution that seeks to demonize any opinions they don’t like. They employ the same tactics that fascist and totalitarian regimes use to destroy their enemies, too, such as twisting information and even outright fabrication.

    They are also an activist group (thus the “law center” part of their name) that has attorneys who work pro bono for people they consider wronged by “extremists”. One of the most well known cases they’ve participated in: they helped two illegal immigrants win the ranch of the man who caught them illegally crossing the border!

    A similar group to the SPLC is the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). It has the same pro-establishment agenda, same demonizing tactics, same conflation between real hate groups and innocent ones. It’s more focused on religious and ethnic issues, among other things.

  • Ryan

    Will Grigg wrote a great article along these lines:


  • Jesse J.

    Wow, that’s quite the horrid article. At least we’ve got a few defenders in the comment threads, and who are quite articulate at that.

  • Anonymous

    What I find most ironic is the SPLC’s program called “Teaching Tolerance”.. Seems they should enroll themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Good lord, the comments… Apparently Marx’ labor theory of value has been ’empirically’ proven…

  • Bob Murphy

    I couldn’t even read that whole thing, it was so boring. Am I naive in thinking this isn’t a threat to us?

  • Anonymous

    On the bright side:
    Perhaps we’re at stage three of Gandhi’s four stages: “Then they fight you”…

  • Tyler Mills

    Reminds me of how they labeled A Voice for Men as a hate group. lol.

  • JP

    What is a supposed “splc”. What does that even mean?

  • JP

    I meant to write William Schoolers name and act like I was him.

  • Kirk

    Tom Woods is absolutely correct in describing morris dees (small letters intended) and the splc (small letters intended) as an entity that subsists by scaring old ladies into sending them their social security checks.

    splc and dees are despicable chicken little’s who see the sky falling everywhere, save where it is actually falling, ie, they lie about anyone/any group they disagree with and turn a blind eye to the biggest terrorist group on the planet, the leviathan among us.

    They are as credible as any politician/bureaucrat whose boots they kiss.

  • Luke Sunderland

    Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Luke Sunderland

    Just read your next comment, never mind. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t read it all, either. Not only was it boring, but it was the usual out-of-context, quotation misuse, the state is god, etc rhetoric. However, I found some entertainment in reading the comments, as I always do. Apparently John Galt had something to do with anarcho-capitalism and the LTV is an empirical reality. Who knew?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Woods paints an accurate picture of the SPLC’s tactics, but what most people do not realize is that the SPLC is a highly profitable business, and nothing more.

    As opposed to the “anarcho-capitalists,” the SPLC are “paleo-capitalists” in the purest sense of the term. Morris Dees has created a multimillion dollar empire, with nearly a quarter of a BILLION tax-free dollars in cash assets, literally “out of hot air.”


    Dees made his first millions in the early 1960s through a highly lucrative mail-order business that sold everything from birthday cakes to door mats. According to Dees’ autobiography, he opened a law office and made some serious side money as a Klan lawyer during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, but the mail-order business was so good that he took down his shingle and closed the law office.

    In 1971, Dees offered his mail-order expertise as a fundraiser for George McGovern in return for McGovern’s donor mailing list. Dees brought in a ton of cash donations for McGovern and used the several-hundred-thousand-name mailing list of self-described liberals as the foundation for his Southern Poverty Law Center enterprise.

    Dees writes that “before we could ask for money, we needed a name!” and so he offered Julian Bond what Dees called, “the largely honorary title of president of the SPLC” in a classic example of a celebrity endorsement. It worked like a charm.

    The McGovern list was such a gold mine that Dees repeated the process with the Carter, Ted Kennedy and Hart campaigns, lining up millions of potential progressive donors.

    Long story short, Dees knew his audience and he knew how to tailor a sales pitch accordingly. Dees, who also served briefly as “youth director” for George “Segregation Forever!” Wallace, could care less about any ideologies of Left or Right.

    If every Republican in the country would simply send Mo Dees a ten-dollar bill the massive propaganda machinery of the SPLC would creak to the far-left and “expose the sinister Bolshevik plots” of the Democratic party, ad nauseum. Dees would make Joe McCarthy look like an amateur if the money was right.

    So, like the genius who became rich selling Pet Rocks in the 1970s, Morris Dees and, his PR guru Mark Potok, cook up sales campaigns out of nothing. Dees and Potok can claim anything they want because no one in the Media or government will ever bother to vet their claims.

    Naturally, like any fad-driven industry, the SPLC has to come up with a new crop of bogeymen every couple of years, but really, how hard is that to do when no one will ever check up on your claims?

    Morris Dees should be celebrated for being the consummate Capitalist that he is. He has already earned a place in the Direct Mail Association’s Hall of Fame, not for his civil rights work or his mail-order savvy, but rather for his fundraising prowess.

    Vaya con dinero!

  • Anonymous

    What’s even more ironic is that “Teaching Tolerance” has been led by “whites only” for 20 of its 21 year history.


    Sounds crazy, but it’s nothing compared to the fact that the SPLC has NEVER hired an executive of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 41-year history…


    Some “experts”

  • Anonymous

    So is what they wrote about Tom DiLorenzo a mistake?


  • Jeremy

    It certainly was an attempt at slander, implying he’s a racist.

  • J Cortez

    I’m relatively new to the Austro-libertarian movement, so please correct me if I’m wrong, but to my knowledge these are the first criticisms of free market anarchism by the SPLC.

    I think this is both a good and bad thing.

    It’s good because it’s a milestone. The current incarnation of the SPLC is a good barometer of contemporary redistributionist partisan thought. If the SPLC is making noise about you in regards of your strange and horrible views of peace and voluntary exchange, you are now in a larger view and bigger arena with better visibility.

    It’s bad because it frightens mainstreamers who never bothered to think things through into being even more belligerent towards good ideas they’ve never previously heard of.

  • Brother Nathanael

    The SPLC is a Jewish group that serves Jewry’s interests. The top people of the SPLC: Morris Dees, Mark Potok , Richard Cohen, are Jews.

    Their Jewish associate, Senator Joseph Lieberman, head of the Senate Committee for Homeland Security, appointed them as “special advisers” to the DHS.

    Jewry wants to silence and criminalize legitimate dissent. I hope you have the courage dear Tom to post this comment. If we don’t name the blameworthy we get nowhere.

    Brother Nathanael Kapner
    Former Jew/Now Orthodox Christian

  • Robert Roddis

    A private voluntary ancap neighborhood could easily ban all guns. And all drugs. And all pro-gun advocates. And anyone who did not promote “progressive” social values. Maybe “progressives” really like carnage.

  • http://theoccidentalobserver.net/ Brown Supremacism

    splc is one of the domestic arms of the jewish ethnic lobby, a jewish pressure group designed to attack, persecute, stigmatize and undermine white american patriots.

    SPLC and ADL are the two of the most vicious Jewish lobbies even worse than AIPAC.

    Jews, Blacks, Hispanics and East Asians are aggressively organizing to advance their territory, power and interests, while atomistic whites are just walking into this multi-ethnic terror hole like zombies.

    Whites are drowning themselves in these useless anarcho-this, anarcho-that nonsense, while their liberties, lives, families are in serious danger.

    No ethnic group should allow itself to become a minority in its own homeland. Whites are making a mistake of catastrophic proportions which their children and grandchildren will pay for in 2025 and beyond.

    No libertarian leaning politician has ever won in a non-white majority district.

  • Anonymous

    I have no problem with Nelson’s blog post (for what any blog post is worth) until he says, “Stansberry, Casey and their compatriots. Often described as ‘anarcho-capitalists’ or ‘voluntaryists,’ …” At this point, he ceases to criticize individuals for their hysterical rhetoric and starts demonizing countless people with a wide variety of ideals. In reality, many self-described “voluntaryists” would never call themselves “anarcho-capitalists” and vice versa, so Nelson simply plays a cynically state worshiping game of guilt-by-association and slings his mud as widely as possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706531361 Randall M. England

    SPLC is a hate group. They foist their bigotry on law enforcement agencies all over the country. I have seen it from the inside–and for the most part–the people in those agencies (cops & prosecutors) think SPLC is providing a service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjackso6 Mike Jackson

    Yeah, the only word I can think of to describe that is ‘disgusting’. Well, ok, I gues ‘ignorant’ is just as valid. You could practically feel the hate radiating out of some of the comments. Fortunately, I think a lot of those folks couldn’t distinguish between ‘Voluntaryist’ and ‘pacifist’. Boy, won’t they be surprised when they try to force their way onto ~my~ property to spew their rhetoric and coertion!