In late August, YouTube made a half-hearted attempt at cracking down on videos and channels that espouse white supremacist beliefs. Several channels, including those of James Allsup, VDARE TV, TRS Radio, Martin Sellner, American Identity Movement (AmIM), and Iconoclast — who also calls himself “Dan” — were deleted.
In response, many of Iconoclast’s fans cried foul. White nationalist activist Brittany Sellner (née Pettibone) wrote that Iconoclast’s “right-wing” channel was banned “for no reason at all.” Alt-right Twitter personality Orwell & Goode called it an act of “censorship.”
Other Twitter users decried bans on the basis of “wrongthink,” or described him as just a “truther” and a “nationalist” whose “only crime” was “challenging the establishment narratives.” Evidently the outcry was enough to sway the pushovers at YouTube headquarters, because they quickly reversed their decision and reinstated the Iconoclast, VDARE TV, and Martin Seller’s channels.
But Iconoclast isn’t just a “right-wing” or “nationalist” YouTuber, as a recent appearance on the white supremacist Patriotic Weekly Review demonstrates. Patriotic Weekly Review is a rebrand of This Week on the Alt-Right that is hosted by British Neo-Nazi Mark Collett and white nationalists Patrick Slattery and Jason Köhne.
On the October 9, 2019 episode of Patriotic Weekly Review, Iconoclast made a guest appearance to discuss, among other things, the movement for action against climate change. Iconoclast claimed that the entire “green movement” was a sham to lower white birthrates and increase the number of non-white refugees into Europe.
“If I was to go out on the street and ask a woman walking down the street — or if I told her that the climate agenda is nothing more at its core than an anti-white, anti-Western agenda, she’d look at me like I was absolutely insane,” he said. “But we here — we can connect he dots. We can see where it starts, what the showboating is all about, what the surface issue is.”
Iconoclast brought up “Birth Strike” — the people who pledge not to have children in response to their governments’ inaction over climate change. He insisted that these people were primarily targeting “young, white, Western women” and that they “say nothing about the ballooning population — the exploding population — in Africa.”
He then pivoted from overpopulation in the Global South to immigration. “Where do you think all these people are gonna wanna go?” he asked. “Well, there’s only one place they do wanna go. And they’re gonna try and come to Europe. It’s gonna be the migrant crisis on steroids.”
He also demanded to know why there are “people walking down the streets with anti-racism banners” at climate protests, adding that the “green movement is the next big offense from our enemies.”
White supremacists have often used overpopulation and environmental destruction to to sow fear about non-white birthrates and immigration.
The late eugenicist John Tanton wedded racist, anti-immigrant ideas to environmental concerns. And Stefan Molyneux, another white nationalist YouTube personality with a substantial following, claimed that environmental activists had purposefully misled white women into not having children while encouraging non-white women to do the opposite.
Molyneux called this supposed plot a “horrifying thing to do to a culture, to a people, to a history, to a race.”
As we’ve seen in this year in Christchurch and El Paso, where white supremacist gunmen murdered a combined 73 people, eco-fascism can inspire horrific acts of violence. Yet once again YouTube is demonstrating that, when it comes to the fight against white supremacy, their company is most comfortable sitting on the sidelines.