Propaganda, David Lane recognised, was an essential component of a revolutionary campaign, ‘a legitimate and necessary weapon in any struggle’.2 These snappy aphorisms, both from his 88 Precepts, are drawn from a large quantity of propaganda material David Lane produced while incarcerated in high-security federal prisons in Colorado and Indiana from 1986 until his death in 2007, 21 years into a 190-year sentence for racketeering, conspiracy and for his part in the 1984 murder of Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host. Lionised as a prisoner of war by numerous white extremist organisations, Lane’s record as having participated in violent activity and enduring long imprisonment undoubtedly added weight to his propaganda campaigns.3 Although Lane did not always adhere to his own standards for successful propaganda – ‘simplicity, emotion, repetition and brevity’ – he did achieve this to stunning effect with his Fourteen Words:

We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.