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Twitter Purges Alt-Right Accounts in Move Described as ‘Night of the Long Knives’

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Twitter this week suspended accounts associated with the alt-right movement, as part of its commitment to crack down on hate speech. One noted alt-right account to go down in the purge, @RichardBSpencer, belonged to Richard Spencer, an American white nationalist known for promoting white supremacist views, as well as accounts belonging to Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.

The alt-right, a loose group espousing white nationalism, has been using the Internet, most notably Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News, to gain influence and attack mainstream conservatives. Besides Spencer’s personal account, Twitter also deleted his National Policy Institute @npiamerica and his online magazine @radixjournal accounts.

Paul Town, who describes himself as “the leading thoughtleader of Alt-Right, nRX, and Hestia,” quickly reopened for business as @ThePaulTown.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Spencer advocates for a white homeland for the “dispossessed white race” and “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of non-white culture. The Anti-Defamation League cited Spencer in 2013 as “a leader in white supremacist circles” who has rejected the US conservative movement, because it “can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.”

Spencer has also said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews to be deported from the US.

Spencer compared the move against his neo-Nazi movement as both “corporate Stalinism” and the Gestapo’s 1934 “night of the long knives” purge of the SA’s leadership. He also described it as “execution squads across the alt right,” complaining that “they are purging people based on their views.”

Now, speaking of the “night of the long knife metaphor,” that memorable night in June 1934 was part of Adolf Hitler’s effort to get rid of his  pesky fellow travelers from the days before he became ruler of Germany. Since another intensive user of Twitter happens to be one Donald J. Trump who has just become ruler of America, is Spencer casting himself as SA leader Ernst Röhm, to Donald Trump’s Hitler?

Those white boys do read up a lot about the Third Reich, don’t they.

White nationalist and chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party Matt Heimblach accused Twitter of reneging on their declared commitment to free speech. “There is a lot of concern over them trying to stop us, whether it’s the establishment or whether it’s these multinational corporations like Twitter or Google, but I really think it’s too little too late. This political revolution that we are seeing has already begun.” Heimblach also vowed that for every deleted account his loyalists would start a new one.

Of course, Twitter, unlike the US government, and despite its famous slogan about being “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” is not bound by the First Amendment in its private domain, and so, as the company spelled it out calmly, “The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy.”

So far, Twitter, which last year deleted 125,000 ISIS-related accounts, certainly has the means to mow through the at-right accounts with the same vigor. And, in a move signaling its commitment, last July Twitter deleted the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, last July, for abusive behavior using hundreds of anonymous Twitter accounts to spread images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones alongside racist and sexist texts.


Three Mistakes that Can Get You in Big Trouble

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Filing taxes is complicated. The forms aren’t particularly user friendly, and if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing you can end up making quite a few errors. The problem with errors on tax forms is that they can be very costly. For people who have multiple citizenships and residences (think olim or folks who spend a portion of the year living in Israel), the challenges of tax reporting are even more complicated.

I spoke with international tax lawyer Dave Wolf (and fellow contributor to a book on tax guidelines for American expatriates) and asked him, “What’s the worst mistake you’ve seen an expat make?”

He said: “The biggest mistake that I’ve seen expats make is believing that once they move out of America, they no longer have to report their worldwide income or report the existence of foreign bank accounts or companies.” Indeed, when it comes to the IRS, out of sight is not out of mind. It’s also important to note that if you have American citizenship through a parent or grandparent, even if you’ve never lived in America and English isn’t your mother tongue, you’re still obliged to report to the American tax authorities.

Mistake #2

Another common blunder that Dave mentioned was that people look for investment opportunities without taking into consideration the U.S. tax code. Specifically, complicated U.S. tax laws basically prevent American taxpayers from investing in overseas mutual funds. The IRS considers those investments “PFICs,” (passive foreign investment companies), and most Americans who understand how they work would not want to get involved with them or offshore mutual funds. When trying to invest smartly, lack of knowledge of international tax consequences can cost you a lot of money.

Final Mistake

The third blunder people make, Dave said, is “They either go to the wrong adviser, one who has no overseas experience, or they just don’t get any professional help at all.” I asked how you can avoid these mistakes. He said, “Make sure to consult with your tax lawyer, accountant, and/or investment manager before you leave the States to avoid any adverse tax consequences of investing or moving money overseas.” Sadly, many people overlook this seemingly small detail before making what could be one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.

Find out more about what Dave has to say about avoiding making major tax mistakes by reading The Expatriate Guide to Managing Money and Taxes. For Jewish Press readers, get half off the regular price of the book by using the discount code JPRESS. Go to www.ExpatGuideToMoney.com and order now. The discount will expire on tax day, April 15th.

Knowledge is power, and reading this easy-to-follow guide for U.S. expats you can stay in full compliance with the law.

Doug Goldstein, CFP®

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