How Erich Gliebe Destroyed The National Alliance

Pete Papaherakles
American Free Press
September 9, 2013

Above, the top man at the National Alliance (NA), Erich Gliebe, speaks at a conference in front of a painting of Dr.William Pierce, the founder of the NA, which was actually an off shoot of Willis A. Carto’s National Youth Alliance organization. Once a thriving white rights group with a cutting-edge magazine and a music-selling division, today the National Alliance is all but out of business. PHOTO: NA WEBSITE
Above, the top man at the National Alliance (NA), Erich Gliebe, speaks at a conference in front of a painting of Dr.William Pierce, the founder of the NA, which was actually an off shoot of Willis A. Carto’s National Youth Alliance organization. Once a thriving white rights group with a cutting-edge magazine and a music-selling division, today the National Alliance is all but out of business.

The National Alliance (NA), once the best financed and best-organized white nationalist organization of its kind in the United States, is now on the verge of extinction as NA headquarters in West Virginia are up for sale. Founded by Dr.William Pierce in 1974, NA membership in 2002, the year of Pierce’s untimely death, was estimated at 2,500, with an income of $1 million annually. By 2012 that number declined to less than 100, and today it is doubtful that even a handful of members remains.

The blame for the demise of the NA has been placed on Erich Gliebe, who became chairman in 2002 after Pierce’s death. Unlike Pierce, a physicist whose many books, lectures and lifelong dedication to the cause has inspired thousands, if not millions, Gliebe has been referred to by fellow members as uncharismatic, incompetent, a poor leader —and even a thief.

In an Aug. 12 interview with AFP, Jim Ring, the No. 2man in the NA who resigned last October, explained: “I resigned because I realized that Erich Gliebe is not only incompetent but he is also dishonest. He has put up for sale most of the National Alliance headquarters, the proceeds of which will go to him personally.”

Ring added that “unit coordinators like me and other leaders started resigning after the 2012 National Alliance Leadership Conference in October 2012 and most other members resigned after the reactivating of my website [www.NatAllNews.net] in January of this year.”

Gliebe reportedly stopped paying property taxes on some of the National Alliance headquarters property in 2012.

“The sad result is the demise and loss of the National Alliance headquarters that thousands of ex-members put their own sweat and hard-earned money into creating for what now appears to be all for naught,” said Ring.

Asking price for 289 acres and the Pierce Memorial Hall is nearly $700,000.

“With the sale of this acreage Gliebe will certainly sell off the remaining property shortly after and move the inventory to his suburban Cleveland home,” explained Ring. “Erich’s annual salary from the NA has gone from $65,000 in 2004 to $22,000 in 2012. But for the past few years Erich has held another full time job in Cleveland. He has also been pocketing donations and sales of whatever he could liquidate.”

Resistance Records, once a thriving music company acquired and built up by Pierce, had recording deals on both sides of the Atlantic and produced most of the NA’s income.

“Gliebe drove the company out of business through mismanagement [and] shady deals,” said Ring. “The previous board appointed by Dr. Pierce had accused him of embezzlement. Erich even sold Dr. Pierce’s gun collection for personal gain, as well as having sold a sizable amount of timber from the property to a logging company for $38,000, keeping much of that money for himself. “

Of particular significance is a bequest worth anywhere from $160,000 to $1 million left to the NA by Robert McCorkill, a Canadian chemist and NA member who died in 2004. It included a collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins.

An injunction currently tying up this money in court could be lifted when the matter goes to trial on Sept. 10, at which point the NA may receive the bequest. Gliebe would have control over that money once the court rules.

Even Pierce’s own brother, Sanders Pierce, resigned from the NA on April 2013.

“I feel it necessary to explain my resignation from the organization my brother built in protest to Erich remaining as chairman,” he said, citing Gliebe’s “severe neglect” of NA business. “I simply feel he should turn over the chairmanship to someone who will devote full time to the National Alliance.”

Although Gliebe may have acted in an incompetent and unethical manner, it is unclear to what extent his actions have been illegal.

The NA board of directors consists of Gliebe, Jayne Cartwright and Ryan Miziarka.

All three are equally culpable for what is happening with the NA. Not only can Gliebe not do anything without the approval of the other two, but Ms. Cartwright and Miziarka can actually have Gliebe removed as chairman if they choose.

A March 30 post on http://www.NatAllNews.net stated that even after receiving dozens of letters of concern from NA members across the country both Cartwright and Miziarka have remained silent.

When Sanders Pierce finally placed a call to Miziarka, the board member told him that he does not pay attention to the goings-on within the organization and therefore could offer no comment on the situation. 

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