Nazism may be distinguished from Neo-nazism as being the continuation of the belief in the doctrines of the Third Reich, the honouring of Adolph Hitler as founder and as the ongoing inspiration to the Nazi adherents, and the addiction to all the paraphernalia of the original Nazism including the swastika emblem, SS armbands with the black lightning design, the singing of the Horst Wiesel, and the belief in the destiny of the fatherland. Such forms of nazism are to be distinguished from casual uses of nazi symbols by youth cults as a form of decorative protest.
National Socialism has its roots in the Prussian tradition of the great soldier kings (Frederick William I and Frederick II) and statesmen such as Bismarck, who combined militarism with political romanticism and hostility to rationalism. This was reinforced by the 19th century worship of science and the laws of nature which had an 'iron logic' divorced from concepts of good and evil. Pan Germanic movements in the Austrian Empire before 1914, racism, anti-semitism, anti-slavism, anti-catholicism, and the search for a German community prepared the way for Hitler's party. The development of Hitler himself was influenced not only by this environment but, in the years before joining the National Socialist German Workers Party ('Nazi' was the abbreviation) and prior to his 1914 to 1919 Army Service, by the philosophies of Nietsche and Richard Wagner, and by the occult.
The Aryan Nation in the US is a large group that adheres to the Christian Identity belief system. The group espouses hatred toward Jews, the federal government, blacks and other minorities. The ultimate goal of the AN is to forcibly take five northwestern states -- Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Montana -- from the United States government in order to establish an Aryan homeland. It consists of a headquarters in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and a number of state chapters, which often act as their own entities. Its annual World Congress attracts a number of different factions from the right-wing, including members and leaders of various right-wing groups. The World Congress is often viewed as a sort of round table to discuss right-wing issues. These meetings have led to an increased level of contact between AN members and members and leaders of other groups.
There are a number of white supremacy groups that do not adhere to Christian Identity or other religious doctrines. White supremacy groups such as the National Alliance, the American Nazi Party and the National Socialist White People's Party are largely politically, rather than religiously, motivated. The National Alliance is probably best known for its leader, William Pierce. In 1997, Pierce stated that: "Ultimately we must separate ourselves from the Blacks and other non-whites and keep ourselves separate, no matter what it takes to accomplish this. We must do this not because we hate Blacks, but because we cannot survive if we remain mixed with them. And we cannot survive if we permit the Jews and the traitors among us to remain among us and to repeat their treachery. Eventually we must hunt them down and get rid of them."< The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is one of the most recognized white supremacist groups in the United States. Its history is expansive and its actions of cross burnings and rhetoric of hate are well known. The KKK proposes racial segregation that is not generally based on religious ideals. There is currently not a singular KKK group with a hierarchical structure, but many different KKK groups with a common ideology. The KKK attracts the attention of many watchdog groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center which produces a quarterly publication entitled "Klanwatch."
2. Neo-nazi and other groups on the extreme right "thrive on misery", drawing particularly from distressed and deprived communities, and children from dysfunctional families. These people feel very vulnerable and the extreme right provides them with definable enemies and concrete explanations of why things are going wrong with their lives. It's often easier for people to understand a world conspiracy than be told that you are going to lose your job because of a decline in the marginal production of exports which has affected international pricing parity. It's always easier to blame someone else. The strong racist element in Neo-nazism is ideal for this. For those who have been abused, or who feel threatened by immigrants or minorities demanding rights, racism allows scapegoating and is often a cover for violence and the need to victimize in return. When people feel hate and anger against someone, they feel strong.