Joseph Turner (1946-1996), better known as Jost Turner, was an American who founded The National Socialist Kindred, a group that combined National Socialism, Odinism and Esoteric Hitlerism. The National Socialist Kindred had plans to create an all-white community in Northern California called Volksberg, which never materialized.
Jost Turner was a pretty normal guy, and when he came to back California after serving in the U.S. military in the Vietnam War, he was appaled by what he saw. The cultural developments of the 1960s were not to his liking. The racial integration, drug use and civil disobedience he encountered where all signs of a society in decline to Jost Turner. He did, however, sympathize with the hippies to some extend. Their rejection of selfishness and materialism, struck a chord with Jost, as he believed they were characteristic of the White majority of the time. Jost also liked their idea of taking down the system by opting out. Taking inspiration from the back-to-the-land and communalist movements of the decade, Turner and his family left the “urban social and economic system” – which Jost felt was characterized by the growing power of non-whites and “indifference and growing materialism of whites – and began homesteading in the isolated mountains of Northern California. There were a number of other communalists in the area whose ideology Jost describes as a mix of “left-wing politics, oriental religion, Robin Hood and brotherhood” that was “permeated with anti-establishment idealism”. Turner appreciated the amount of research and effort that the communalists had put into their projects of simple living and self-sufficiency, and praised their development of organic farming, animal husbandry, herbal medicine weaving, spinning, leather craft and success in living outside the mainstream economy. He and his family spent several years learning these skills from their neighbors and living in “crude octagon cabins, barns and even tepees.”
Jost Turner has written some autobiographical texts, one of which can be found at occidental dissent.