On May 22, 2019, white supremacist podcaster Seth Wallace — who operates under the pseudonym Joachim Hoch — resurfaced after a three month hiatus to endorse violent direct action in a livestream. Wallace, whose Heel Turn Network collapsed shortly after losing its ability to monetize through Streamlabs, now enthusiastically embraces terrorists, like the 28-year-old Australian man accused of murdering 51 Muslims in March.
In the video, titled “Cleaning Out My Closet,” Wallace almost immediately began praising the white supremacist terrorist. “[N]ow I’m not Catholic so I don’t go in for the saints, but there was a guy in New Zealand, I believe he goes by ‘Tarrant,’ who did some pretty heavy work while I was gone,” Wallace said, adding that he was “pretty disappointed” that some white nationalists condemned his actions.
The canonization of mass murderers is common among a specific faction of the white nationalist movement that subscribes to accelerationism — the belief that success can only come from causing the government and society at large to collapse through violent means.
Wallace told listeners that “we all need to look to our friend, our Kiwi friend or Aussie friend” for inspiration before praising the killer’s lengthy online manifesto. He said that he had been “reading what [Tarrant] wrote, and he said something that really spoke to me, he said ‘You know, I got to that point, why won’t anybody do anything? Why won’t anybody do anything?’ And then the response: ‘I guess it’s up to me then.'”
Wallace went on to promote SIEGE, a collection of essays by fringe Neo-Nazi thinker and Charles Manson devotee James Mason. Mason, something of a ur-accelerationist, has written, “If I were asked by anyone of my opinion on what to look for (or hope for) next I would tell them a wave of killings, or ‘assassinations,’ of System bureaucrats by roving gun men who have their strategy well mapped-out in advance and well-nigh impossible to stop.”
It is no wonder, then, that Mason has served as an inspiration for the murderous Atomwaffen Division and the cultish members of the so-called “Bowl Patrol.” Wallace called SIEGE a “really good book” and said he “could not recommend it strongly enough.” He added that while he doesn’t “agree with everything [Mason] says in there,” Mason was correct in surmising that the problem white nationalists face has no “political solution.”
After railing against “post office box Nazis” who care more about collecting donations online than actually working on behalf of white people, Wallace circled back to his thinly-veiled promotion of terrorism. He predicted a future of “leaderless resistance” — a strategy popularized by white nationalist Louis Beam in which would-be terrorists eschew large, top-down organizations in favor of plotting violence in small cells.
Other times leaderless resistance can manifest itself in so-called “lone wolf” attacks, in which a person merely draws inspiration from a speaker, organization, or ideology and launches an attack on their own. Examples of this include Wade Michael Page, Dylann Roof, and, yes, Brenton Tarrant.
“What do you think? What do you think that these attacks are?” asked Wallace. “What do you think this shit going on in the world is? It’s fourth-generational warfare.” Fourth-generation warfare is a term that describes a form of decentralized combat that blurs the lines between civilians and combatants. Acts of terrorism are characteristic of fourth-generation warfare.
Wallace asserted that after terrorist attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists, the governments of European nations work diligently to ensure that the response of European citizens is not anger or a desire for revenge.
He insisted that the “anti-white elites that rule our governments on both sides of the Atlantic are absolutely terrified about people getting angry because they realize it’s not going to be Charlottesville marches. It’s going to be more saints. It’s going to be people doing — taking direct action.”
Wallace offered a half-hearted disclaimer that he was not, in fact, calling for violence — although he was happy to praise violent extremists for their supposed courage. “I’m simply saying that those that take direct action, I’m not going to counter-signal,” he continued, “because frankly they’ve got a lot more balls than a lot of people I’m supposed to have a lot of respect for.”
In three months’ time Wallace radicalized himself at a breakneck pace. Between the beginning of the year and now, he went from playing second fiddle to co-host Richard Spencer on a white nationalist YouTube show to breathlessly promoting mass murderers and Neo-Nazi terror manuals. Unfortunately as more and more white supremacists grow disillusioned with the current system, this trend may continue.