I’ll cut to the chase. I seriously need your help.
Throughout my career, I’ve raised money for upcoming projects—things that expand consciousness: books, articles, conferences, etc.
Today, I’m raising money just to survive.
I sincerely ask you to donate to my legal defense fund. The money will serve as a retainer for my attorney, John Di Nucci. My goal is $25,000, which is what he needs to go to trial.
This is urgent. If I’m unable to offer a retainer over the next 10 days, I’m in danger of losing him as my representative. This would result in my having to defend myself (pro se) at trial in October, which, to be honest, might turn into a debacle. Worst of all, it would have been avoidable.
How to Support Me
This fundraiser is private. It’s hosted on a non-public page of RadixJournal.com, just so you know it’s legitimate. But please don’t post about this fundraiser publicly on social media or otherwise. Whenever that happens, articles are written, trolls come out of the shadows, and I often end up getting de-platformed.
That said, if you know someone personally who is genuinely dedicated, I encourage you to forward this to him or her.
Made out to Richard Spencer
PO Box 1676
Whitefish, MT 59937
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I’m a Defendant in the Sines v. Kessler (No. 3:17-cv-00072) case, which is a civil action brought to the United States District Court in Charlottesville, Virginia.
It’s important to remember that this is a civil lawsuit, not a criminal prosecution. I’m in no danger of going to jail. And I haven’t even been accused of a crime related to the Charlottesville protest.
The Sines lawsuit is a clear instance of “lawfare”—that is, warfare by legal means, an attempt to tie up dedicated activists in needless processes so they are unable to do to what they do best. To be frank, it’s an embarrassment and insult to the very concept of justice.
The Plaintiffs have alleged a “conspiracy to commit violence”—a grand one at that. I’ve been accused of being involved in the planning of the August 2017 Charlottesville rally. This is factually inaccurate; I was invited to speak by Jason Kessler. But that makes little difference, as the rally was intended to be peaceful. More so, I’ve been accused of somehow engineering the chaos and violence that ensued. This is simply ridiculous. In fact, I publicly called for attendees to leave the City premises after the emergency order was issued, when I recognized that the situation was getting dangerous for attendees.
The Plaintiffs’ Legal Team is led by Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn (of the infamous firm Boies Schiller Flexner). They are dedicated to nothing less than the financial destruction of any dissident who stands for European identity and consciousness. And they want to make an example of me to scare off others. Don’t believe me? Just ask them. A recent profile of the pair in Glamour is filled with exclamations about fighting Hitler. Their theory of the case is no more than a crude rationalization for attacking their political enemies.
And their theory begs an important question. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have gone over the Charlottesville event with a fine-tooth comb. And yet, I’ve never been arrested for violence or conspiracy, nor even questioned on these matters.
But the lawsuit’s absurdity doesn’t make it any less crippling—for both me personally and for any dissident seeking to engage in public action.
We must not underestimate how serious this is. If we lose, we are simply done as a real movement. If the Plaintiffs win, then anyone—even someone far less well known than I—who takes part in a political action or public demonstration can be sued for millions in civil court if something turns violent—even if this were entirely out of his control. Sines v. Kessler is the precedent our enemies need.
Why We Must Fight
Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched disturbing scenes of looting, violence, and mayhem on television and social media. Some of the more egregious cases will, no doubt, be prosecuted. But we can rest assured of a few things:
- These groups will be lionized by journalists and endorsed by major corporations.
- The protests will be depicted as spontaneous outcries for justice.
- Violence and destruction will be explained away as the actions of a “few bad apples” in “overwhelming peaceful gatherings.”
And relevant to my case,
- No organization or individuals who supports the ideals of “Black Lives Matter” will be sued in Court for engaging in a “conspiracy.”
In other words, we operate in an asymmetrical environment.
The vast majority of people on our side of the Cville protests behaved with restraint and seriousness; and they were far more civilized than the “protestors” we’ve seen throughout the BLM unrest. Even those on our side who made clear mistakes at Cville did so in an environment of utter chaos—chaos that was the responsibility of the police. But on August 12, 2017, the police and elected officials didn’t put out the flames—they fanned them.
Surviving this case would do a tremendous amount to turn the widespread media narrative about Charlottesville around. The insinuation that our movement was seeking out violence will no longer hang in the air. The meme will have been drained of its power in a Court of Law.
I’ve learned many hard lessons from Charlottesville. The event came at a point of peak enthusiasm over the Alt-Right and Trump’s presidential victory. Thousands came together, under their own volition, to take their stand. No doubt millions more around the world were inspired by the demonstration of passion and resolve.
But, of course, Cville also turned into our “Waterloo.” The Virginia Governor and the City actively undermined a lawful, peaceful demonstration. They sicced militarized police on the people who came to speak, who were, in fact, the most peaceful—while allowing downtown Charlottesville to descend into mayhem. It was a shocking expression of the ruthlessness with which authorities will silence real dissent.
Later in the Fall of 2017, I returned to Cville with a small group for a “flashmob.” No violence whatsoever took place. We showed our good faith as activists. But after this lawsuit was filed, I have not engaged in any activism, nor do I have plans to do so in the foreseeable future.
On one level, I made this decision independent of the Cville controversy. I feel we need to focus on deeper intellectual and ideological inquiry—and critically understand the failures and inadequacies of the Alt-Right and MAGA populism. And no question, that wild period—the “Alt-Right days”—has come to an end. Since then, I’ve collaborated with important people, like Ed Dutton, Tyler Hamilton, and Keith Woods, in order to take us in a new and better direction.
But on another level, I simply can’t plausibly engage in public political activity if I rationally fear a debilitating lawsuit will be a result.
This, of course, is the very intent of Sines v Kessler—to silence and demoralize. And it reminds us why we must win. Over the long term, I don’t want our movement to shrink, to be defined only by anonymous postings on the Internet. There’s a tendency, post Charlottesville, for us to become passive, insignificant critics of the political scene—sitting in the bleachers, lamely lobbing insults at the real fighters in the arena. I fear that if the Plaintiffs are victorious, the movement for White identity will become nothing more than this.
I’ve already spent over $75,000 on my defense. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve faced the combination of de-platforming from payment systems, as well pressing expenses revolving around my divorce. My savings have been drawn down to nothing.
The good news is that my personal life has settled. My ex-wife had attempted to keep my children away from me. She failed, and I’ve won 50/50 custody and her bizarre accusations have simply been dismissed. So you can win—or at least, you can survive—in an unfair system.
Even better, I have a new wife, and we have welcomed a new child into the world. This joyful news has been dampened somewhat by the Sines case. It’s not an overstatement to say that this lawsuit has prevented me from purchasing a home for our family.
That said, I will rebuild. I have confidence in myself. However, I can’t begin to do this until this matter is resolved. And for it to be resolved properly, I need a competent, dedicated lawyer.
As mentioned above, money raised will go to my attorney, John Di Nucci.
John is a sole practitioner. Over the past few months, we’re reached the end of his retainer. And being that my personal savings have been depleted, John, understandably, fears that I won’t be able to pay him going forward.
I need to keep him. When it comes to defending myself in a case of this magnitude, I’m simply out of my league. And secondly—and I couldn’t put this more strongly—we must win!