39: From Neo-Nazi Skinhead to Literary Scholar—Joseph Pearce
You would never know it from listening to him lecture or watch him on EWTN, but literary scholar and biographer Joseph Pearce did two stints in the British prison system for his involvement in a violent Aryan-nation style group called The National Front.
The news footage of the recent violent riots at Charlottesville, VA, gave Pearce a serious case of deja vu, and in this remarkable interview, he tells what it’s like to BE one of those activists — angry (mostly young) white men with chaos and anarchy on their minds.
His racism and deep-seated hatred of all non-whites, Jews, and Catholics (“I hated all of the above,” he says) was finally overcome by grace after he discovered the writings of G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Aquinas, and J.R.R. Tolkien. The darkness of his prison cell led into the light of Christ and His commandment to love God and neighbor — and to forgive one’s enemies.
His unlikely story is filled to the brim with providential interventions, ironies, and a cast of characters you normally only see in movies. To find out the full tale, his spiritual autobiography is Race With the Devil: My Journey From Racial Hatred to Rational Love.
If you want an inside look into the mindset of Antifa and its doppelganger the violent alt-right from a convert to the Faith, this interview is the place to be.
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