Who Is Willis Carto?
Meet the man who’s
been called frightening, controversial and mysterious and who’s been a driving
force behind such independent media voices as The Spotlight, The
Barnes Review and American Free Press, among many others.
For over 50 years he’s
been one of the front-line figures in the American nationalist movement and the
target of groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Here’s the first-ever
full-length biography of Willis A. Carto.
Maybe you’ve heard of
him, maybe you haven’t. But Carto’s central role (usually behind the scenes) in
so many important projects of interest to American patriots, is the focus of
this wide-ranging and intriguing work. Love him or hate him, here’s his story.
volume of lies and disinformation that’s been circulated about Carto over the
years, this work by George Michael, Ph.D., a professor at the University of
Virginia’s College at Wise, is a reasonably objective study by a scholar who’s
taken the time to interview Carto and his associates, delve through the
archives and try to separate the facts from the myths.
pictures and fascinating details from Carto’s personal files.
jacket, 341 pages, exclusive photos
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
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2. The Far Right
before Carto -- 5
3. Early Years -- 18
4. Right -- 24
5. Uniting the Right
6. The Birth of
Liberty Lobby -- 62
7. Francis Parker
Yockey and Imperium -- 75
8. The Turbulent
Decade -- 87
9. Youth for Wallace
10. The Spotlight --
11. Opposition -- 113
12. The Institute for
Historical Review -- 124
13. The Populist
Worldview -- 144
14. The Populist
Party -- 157
15. The Rise and
Decline of the Christian Patriot/Militia Movement -- 177
Battles: The Struggle with the IHR -- 195
17. The Barnes Review
18. Death and
Rebirth? The End of the Spotlight and the Emergence of American Free Press --
Willis Carto and the Postwar American Far Right -- 239
Notes -- 247
Bibliography -- 313
Champion of the American Right
Despite certain fallacious assumptions,
particularly regarding the veracity of the official “Holocaust” narrative of
WWII and the purported diabolical nature of Adolf Hitler and National Socialist
Germany, George Michael’s detailed biography of Willis Carto’s life, political
activities, and publishing endeavors is commendably balanced and written in an
extremely scholarly fashion, with literally hundreds of end notes coupled with
an extensive bibliography. The details and facts provided throughout the book
are painstakingly documented, providing a thorough and all-encompassing
overview of one of America’s greatest patriots along with a general history of the
American far right.
Michael, a political science professor who has
studied and written extensively about the political
right, was granted exclusive access to Willis Carto in preparation for his
must-read book, Willis Carto and the American Far Right, conducting numerous personal interviews which
allowed him to obtain a deeper insight into Carto’s views and activities since
he became active in the right wing struggle shortly after WWII. Describing
Carto as “undoubtedly the central
figure in the post-World War II American far right,” Michael outlines
Carto’s efforts to promote the various causes associated with the right wing in
Carto has been
instrumental in publishing and promoting a wide variety of marginalized,
demonized ideas and political perspectives over the course of his long
publishing career. The Spotlight, perhaps Carto’s most
influential and well-known publication that was later reorganized as American Free Press,
championed traditional right wing and conservative causes including
nationalism, populism, patriotism, and racialism. Carto’s publications have
also been and remain uncompromising opponents of multiculturalism, unnecessary
wars and foreign interventions, and the push for internationalism, free trade,
and open borders, among other important issues. The views and opinions found in
Carto’s former and current publications epitomize American political and
economic traditions formulated and implemented by the Founding Fathers.
Perhaps his most controversial endeavor (yet arguably the most important),
Carto also sought to institutionalize historical revisionism, which is simply
an attempt to bring history into accord with the facts as we know them,
especially as it relates to WWII and the alleged Jewish “Holocaust.” This vital
and courageous undertaking lives on with The Barnes Review, the sister
publication of American Free Press.
Additionally, Carto attempted to institutionalize a populist, America-first
political lobby and political party, founding the Liberty Lobby and the
Populist Party respectively.
As the founder of the
Liberty Lobby, which Michael characterizes as “one of the most enduring institutions in the history of the movement”
that “provided a base where virtually
all segments of the far right came together,” Carto sought to
institutionalize and unify the various, and often diverging, actors and
organizations comprising the right wing in an effort to gain credibility
amongst the American populace as well as advance the interests of the right
wing more effectively.
Given the nature of the Liberty Lobby’s political persuasion, along with its
hard-hitting, resolute, and popular publication, The Spotlight, it of course attracted powerful and ruthless
enemies who were determined to undermine and destroy it, which was eventually
Michael details the
origins and platform of The
Spotlight newspaper, which was “an important bridge between various segments of the far right,” a
role now fulfilled quite effectively and successfully by American Free Press. Indeed, American Free Press and The Spotlight before it are
arguably “the organ of the American far
right” as Michael notes, which appeal to many segments of the right
wing in addition to other populists, environmentalists, and critical thinkers,
including opponents of globalism, massive immigration, and the Israel lobby as
well as traditional America-first conservatives and racialist thinkers. Early
in his career, Carto eloquently argued that “each cultural unit has a moral imperative to be true to itself and
pursue its own destiny,” a theme that is righteously emphasized in his
both his current and past publications.
Willis Carto is a man
who has done more to advance the agenda and causes of the right wing in
post-WWII America than any other single individual. Over the years, he has
published a variety of newsletters, newspapers, and journals, covering some of
the most important and controversial issues facing not only America, but the
entire world. Carto has never backed down from or avoided the uncomfortable
realities that so many in the media and political establishment cowardly
acquiesce to or traitorously facilitate.
Confronting the organized
Jewish community, the Israel lobby, race hustlers, cultural Marxism, the war on
White America, and false narratives of history— particularly as they related to
WWII—Carto has been, and remains, in the vanguard of authentic American
nationalism, populism, and truth-telling. He has been persecuted, stabbed in
the back, and slandered—yet he has persevered and today he stands as the most
iconic and influential figure in the American right wing.
Michael’s book is
simply a must read for anyone truly interested in the history of the American
far right and the courageous, heroic efforts of one of its key players in the
post-WWII era—Willis Carto.
To obtain a thorough
understanding of Carto’s worldview and opinions on a variety of controversial
and complex geopolitical and historical matters, pick up a copy of An Appeal to Reason: A Compendium of the Writings of Willis A. Carto. Discover what Carto
really thinks about these important subjects, straight from the horse’s mouth.