I have decided to run a competition so that supporters of Roel van Leeuwen can gain bragging rights over how this “hatchet job” blog is wrong, and the person writing these articles is blind as a bat and unable to find the answers for themselves.
How this will work:
Simple. I will post an occasional question relating to points raised in the thesis, and the first person to answer it ‘correctly’ will score 1 point. I will set up a page with a running tally to show who is the most smarty of all smarty-pants out there. Simply add your comment to each question posting.
How do I get the thesis:
Well, lucky for you, the University of Waikato has published the thesis again, and claim that it demonstrates ‘academic rigour’. Simply follow this link to the University’s own website and download the full thesis:
||Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo-Nazi Synthesis
||van Leeuwen, Wilhelmus Roelof
||The University of Waikato
||In 1990 a small self-published journal/magazine called The Watcher was distributed among New Zealand’s occult underground. The Watcher described itself as ‘the New Zealand Voice of the Left Hand Path’, and was published as the journal of the Order of the Left Hand Path. The Watcher and the Order directed its attentions towards those occultists who identified themselves as Satanists and, as such, the journal articulated a distinctly Satanic philosophy and perspective. However, as the journal evolved and developed, renaming itself as The Heretic and The Nexus in later years, there arose alongside Satanic philosophy an increasing emphases on what could be called esoteric Nazism or esoteric Nationalism. Given that the editor of The Watcher was Kerry Bolton, a man who has been immersed in New Zealand’s Nationalist/neo-Nazi movement since the early 1970s, such an increasingly political orientation was perhaps unsurprising. This thesis examines the way in which the Order bought Satanic and neo-Nazi ideologies together and the resulting synthesis. It also looks at the transition from being a Satanic order led by a neo-Nazi to an openly neo-Nazi Order that uses Satanic philosophy to justify and popularise its conception of National Socialism.
Is there a prize?
Well, I have considered whether this should be for bragging rights alone, or whether I will offer a cash prize. If people get behind this I may be prepared to stump up with a nice little wad of cash… enough for a few beers with your mates anyway. (Let’s be bold and say NZ$100). I’ll say a definite yes to the prize money if I get 5 or more people seriously competing to answer say 10 serious questions relating to the thesis. Otherwise, bragging rights alone will have to do. Payment of the prize will be made by bank cheque, sent to you by post (so you will have to be willing to give your name and postal address to claim the prize) – hmm but if you’re overseas contact me if you intend to play and we will work out a payment method should you win!).
Are confessions from Roel van Leeuwen allowed?
Sorry, Roel van Leeuwen, Dov Bing, and Marg Coldham-Fussell are exempt from the competition as they have already had the opportunity to answer questions but have opted to present the thesis as a first class piece of scholarship. Let’s face it, they would never go for this challenge anyway!
Other participants who cannot play are Kerry Bolton (Mr Bolton, or Dr Bolton, take your pick), unless you’re the other Kerry Bolton. And anyone who has already lodged complaints against the thesis or posted ‘expose’ type material, so as to give new punters a chance. And yeah yeah, I know, people can find many of the answers on this site but not all… good luck! And May the Fourth be with you, alwayth.
How do we know you’ll pay out?
You don’t. But let’s just say that if 5 people are willing to serious examine the thesis I think NZ$100 is a fair prize to start exposing the low standards of the thesis, and documenting the cover-up that has been done by Waikato University.
Competition ends: 1 week after the final question (question 10) is posted. If not answered correctly, and 5 people haven’t been taking part, then sorry, I will be awarding bragging rights only. Free beer anyone?
So… on to the first question. (next post)