The manager of the small town of Jackman hopes to create a “New Albion” stronghold far from the immigrants, feminists, Muslims and others who don’t fit his white pride platform.
His New Albion venture, which refers to an ancient name for Great Britain, is something he’s doing on his own. There is no indication that town officials knew anything about it.
“My job is to just keep building the ark up here while hoping for the best elsewhere,” Tom Kawczynski wrote on a website devoted to his stewardship of New Albion, which he claimed has a “rapidly strengthening foothold here in western Maine.”
He calls it a place where “we celebrate our unique ethnic background and unapologetically defend our people as kin.”
Kawczynski, an Arizona native, has been working as Jackman’s town manager for seven months. The town council extended his probationary contract for another six months on Dec. 22.
Jackman bills itself as a place to “experience the peaceful life, away from the daily stresses, yet offering modern conveniences” in its quest to attract tourists.
Kawczynski, 37, said he is seeking “to realize a homeland for our folk here in the Outlands of Northern New England and the Maritimes” that would be built on “our core values of nature, culture, heritage, legacy and community.”
Kawczynski could not be reached, but he told the Bangor Daily News on Friday that his group is “pro-white” without being racist. It consists of at least a couple dozen supporters based on the responses to his online activity in recent weeks.
None of Jackman’s elected officials could be reached Friday to discuss their decision to hire Kawczynski, who appears from his online posts to have moved to Maine from New Hampshire last year.
Kawczynski expressed concern that an explosion of publicity Friday might pose problems.
“I’m tired of people backing down from stating the obvious for fear of being politically correct or being blackmailed into silence,” Kawczynski said. “I won’t be silenced like that. I can be hurt. We all can. But only we can ever sell our dignity.”
He lived in southwestern Pennsylvania for about a decade, running unsuccessfully at one point for Allegheny County’s top office.
Kawczynski told a paper in Pennsylvania in 2010 that he is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in political science.
He calls New Albion “a project of love,” but discussion pages he oversees are filled with alt-right memes and complaints about modern American society.
”We can do so much more and better with a fresh start,” he said.
One overriding theme in many of his posts is a stark denunciation of immigration.
Kawczynski said it is “pretty obvious people are looking to flee countries in mass” from terrible places, asking readers, “Since we’re being honest, can you name one majority black country that is advancing or a great place?”
“I could live with immigrants from Norway,” he added, and “maybe South African whites and our European brothers stuck behind the impending veil of sharia.”
“We are a European people, unique over our generations of experience, but it is inescapable that for our project to succeed, that we must acknowledge and love that reality,” he said.
Kawczynski said he is “actively working to make sure we have our own utility, power generation, developing and diversified food production, and cultural unity within our small isolated community.”
“When I agreed to take on the challenge of guiding a small town into the 21st century, I did so because I wanted there to be a way for people to thrive in quiet places,” he said. “My first instinct was culture would be everything.”
“Six months later, I’m even more convinced,” Kawczynski said.
“While there are some disagreements up here in New England about the best form of government and society, every conversation I have with people anywhere near where I live agrees upon one thing: We do not need and do not want refugees,” he said.
His position on women who are pushing for equal rights is clear from his posts.
“It’s no accident unattractive women make up the vast majority of feminists,” he said. “Their issue is less with the roles men and women play, and more with resentment about the lack of attention they draw from men due to these attributes,” he said.
Kawczynski commented on the idea that President Donald Trump should have a mental evaluation by saying, “If these psychiatrists are looking to assess mental health and fitness, maybe they should do some research on transgenderism instead of the president.”
“Culture should be made the political issue,” he said. “Trump’s success has largely been due to his willingness to press those buttons.”
Kawczynski recognized that Maine’s weather might be a drawback to those who might like his New Albion project. But he has an answer for those who are wary of the cold.
“Challenging weather creates more durable people,” he said. “Move north instead of south and embrace the challenges for which you were made.”
Jackman Town Manager Tom Kawczynski poses in front of his New Albion flag. (Facebook photo)