New Right-Wing Student Group Forming on College Campuses

A new right-wing group called Youth for Western Civilization is forming chapters on college and university campuses across the nation. Chapters have been established at American University in Washington, the University of Connecticut, Vanderbilt, and at other colleges and universities.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that one of the group’s founders, Marcus Epstein, is a frequent contributor to the white nationalist hate Web site The SPLC reports that the new organization is supported by the Arlington, Virginia-based Leadership Institute, a conservative “educational foundation.”

The group says it is “for students who believe Western Civilization is moving in the wrong direction and want to do something about it.” According to its Web site, the mission of the organization is to focus on “the support of Western history, identity, high culture, and pride and opposition to radical multiculturalism, political correctness, racial preferences, mass immigration, and socialism.”

The group, whose logo includes an arm holding an axe, says that its immediate goal is to organize chapters on as many campuses as possible. After a chapter has been formed on a campus, the goal is to run candidates for student government positions so that it can foster change in cultural and social activities on campus. Their long-range goals are to change college curriculums to concentrate more on classical learning. In the long term, says the group’s mission statement, “We want the majority of students to leave college more right wing than when they arrived.”