A white boy recently committed suicide, and the media has found some neo-Nazi texts
that he apparently wrote to his friends, so now all of his surviving friends have
been expelled from their schools and the suicidal boy is being reviled as a neo-Nazi
who committed suicide specifically to show reverence for the Nazi party. (Tellingly,
the specific documents that would incriminate him are not being distributed. His
death is being presented as a propaganda exercise, not as a legal case.)
If the boy really was a neo-Nazi (and that is far from proven) and he really thought
his suicide would make anyone feel reverence for his cause, then the boy was unintelligent.
Suicide rarely inspires any kind of respect for anyone associated with it, particularly
In the land of free enterprise and the Tough Fair Game,
reverence is supposed to be reserved for hard work and profit, whereas
suicide is generally seen as a lazy way to avoid the hard work of life. In recent years, it has become common for Americans to get on the Internet and tell people to kill themselves, with varying levels of seriousness. Apparently they developed the habit from the COINTELPRO letter to Martin Luther King, encouraging him to kill himself.
Suicide sometimes has some military relevance. The Japanese kamikaze pilots were not
militarily very effective, but they were extremely useful politically. The Japanese
government had squandered its limited resources and strategized recklessly, and it
did not have enough planes and bombs to use its valuable pilots to their full potential.
Therefore the Japanese government got some popularity and prestige from the Japanese
people by using its valuable bomber pilots in an inefficient but emotionally shocking
way. This strategy paid off for many decades afterward. When the yakuza was bribing
street bums to go to Fukushima as “cleanup workers,” the yakuza told the bums that
this was a glorious kamikaze suicide mission for the greater good of Japan. In fact,
Japan probably didn’t benefit from these underfed, undertrained, underequipped “cleanup
workers.” But damn, son, it made for effective propaganda.
The famous suicide bombers who strike Israel are rare and not very effective. For the
most part, their deaths are exploited for propaganda value by both sides.
In some rare cases, suicide does serve as a spark to ignite an unstable society into
rioting. On 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. That was enough
to get thousands of angry, disenfranchised people to riot. I can’t find any details of
his death, but it was probably somewhat less composed than that of Thích Quảng Đức,
who demonstrated his self-control by continuing to meditate after a colleague set him
ablaze on 11 June 1963. In even fewer cases, a famous person commits suicide rather
than comply with some heinous regime; the canonical example is Cato Uticensis, who
is widely known for committing suicide at Utica to avoid submitting to Caesar.
As for the young man and his suicide, the story looks like squid ink – which is propaganda slang for information and narratives that are sent into the public eye to obscure more important happenings. Squid ink often “smells fishy,” which is slang for appearing untrustworthy or deceitful.
Here is the media account, which smells less reliable than a week-old fish in the sunshine:
The suicide of a teenager in Colorado exposed the existence of a neo-Nazi Facebook group whose members talked about killing Blacks and Jews and recruited in high schools across the state.
Its members posted messages referring to Hitler’s ethnic cleansing and promoting white power sentiment and movements.
“You can hang Jews on trees, shoot them right in the knees,” wrote one group member. “Gas as many as you please.”
The racist Facebook group was called the “4th Reich’s Official Group Chat” since its members believed that they were the ideological descendants of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, the Nazi regime in Germany from 1936 to 1945 that killed 11 million people, including six million Jews—two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe.
According to police, the existence of the group was known after their leader killed himself on Sept. 21 “to show his allegiance to the Nazi party and the killing of Jewish people,” said a police report.
The teen, whose name was not published in the report, was known online by the handle, “The Fuhrer,” and attended Boulder Preparatory high school.
The Nazi group had members from other schools like Boulder High, Centaurus High in Lafayette, Monarch High in Louisville, Pomona High in Arvada and Colorado Mountain College. The group members encouraged members to recruit other teens so they could “complete” their “mission.”
Colorado police didn’t press charges against any of the teens since according to them there was no credible threat of violence, but all the students identified as members of the group were expelled from their respective schools.