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Arno Michaelis

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2-14-21 - Real Talk with Roshini - Arno Michaelis

Real Talk with Roshini

Author of The Gift of Our Wounds & My Life After Hate Arno Michaelis joins Roshini. Arno was a founding member of what went on to become the largest racist skinhead organization on the planet. He was also lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion. Single parenthood and love from people to whom he had shown hate, helped him turn around his life. He also partners with one of his book co-authors, who’s a Sikh, as they inspire people to wage peace and understanding in talks around the country.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

14mins

14 Feb 2021

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“We Find What We Look for in Life -- So Be Mindful of What You Seek” – My Interview with Arno Michaelis

Becoming Who You Truly Are, with Marlena Fiol, PhD

I am truly honored to bring you the thinking of today's guest, Arno Michaelis, a former leader of the white power movement and a founding member of what became the largest racist skinhead organization in the world. Today, Arno is a public speaker, author and activist for peace and justice. Arno and I will be discussing a range of topics, such as the basis of violence in the world, what forgiveness and reconciliation mean in the face of racial wounds, and what each of us can do to make this a more compassionate and just world.

54mins

4 Aug 2020

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#13 The Psychology of a Former Neo-Nazi | Arno Michaelis

SuperPsyched with Dr. Adam Dorsay

I have a grim statistic to report: over the past four years, the number of hate groups operating across America has risen to a record high of over 1,000 in total (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/us/hate-groups-rise.html); this is more than a 30% increase since 2016.  Prior to that, the groups’ numbers were rapidly declining. When you hear about white supremacists, Neo Nazis, or other hate groups, have you ever asked yourself, “How in the world do they think that way?”  What could compel people to join a hate group?  And, after joining, is there any hope that someone can leave a life of hate? Today we have a guest who can give us insight into the answers to these questions and more because of his unique experience. Arno Michaelis is a former Neo Nazi who, in the 80’s and early 90’s, was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization.  He was even the lead singer of a hate metal band that sold over 20,000 CD’s.  In a 180-degree turn around, Arno now works tirelessly to educate the public about hate and hate groups. and tries to help get people out of hate groups of all kinds.  Arno and I have worked together to provide education at both Facebook and Digital Ocean, and I have come to know him well. He is regularly interviewed by the national media to provide his valuable insight into the activity of hate groups and he assists organizations including Against Violent Extremism (http://www.againstviolentextremism.org/), The Forgiveness Project (https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/), Search For Common Ground (https://www.sfcg.org/), and Parents for Peace (https://www.parents4peace.org/). He is also the author of My Life After Hate (https://medium.com/@arnomichaelisIV) and the co-author of the Gifts of our Wounds (http://giftofourwounds.com/). On a personal note, Arno has had dinner with my family and has spoken to my book club.  I have experienced him as a man of great integrity, transparency, and kindness who has reinvented himself in ways that I find both stunning and inspiring. So, please listen in as Arno Michaelis and I do a deep dive into the psychology of a former Neo Nazi.

1hr 7mins

15 Jun 2020

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Changing Minds With Daryl Davis

Reformed skinhead and former member of the white power movement Arno Michaelis is @daryldavis' second guest on Changing Minds. In this episode, Arno and Daryl discuss the nature of fear and hatred, how Arno began to think differently, and his unlikely friendship and work with Pardeep Kaleka, son of one of the victims of a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin.

1hr 1min

12 May 2020

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Episode 18 - Arno Michaelis

A Peace of My Mind: Cry Out

Arno Michaelis is a professional speaker based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We talk about the recent primary vote in his state, his history as a white supremacist, and his belief that love and compassion are going to save us all.You can learn more about Arno's work at these links:https://www.giftofourwounds.com/https://mylifeafterhate.comhttps://www.parents4peace.org/https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/

38mins

12 Apr 2020

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Ep. 02 Overcoming Hatred with Arno Michaelis

Umuco Podcast

Listen to the Umuco Podcast’s first episode with the incredible Arno Michaelis. Now a former member of a hate group, Arno talks about his journey from a young man consumed by hatred to a loving father who has since dedicated his life to spreading kindness and positivity to countless people around the world.

1hr 9mins

5 Mar 2020

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070: From Neo-Nazi to Peacemaker - Arno Michaelis: Part Two

The Impossible Network

Guest Overview First of all thanks Stephen Hecht for the recommendation. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Arno Michaelis grew up in a caring loving family but the combination of being told he could achieve anything while witnessing his artistic mother’s suffering from dealing with her husband’s alcoholism drove him to bullying and vandalism at school; to by age seventeen, becoming deeply involved in the white power movement and a founding member of what became the largest Neo-Nazi skinhead organization in the world. For years he followed the path of violence until he was confronted at a McDonalds checkout by elderly African American lady with a smile and pointing at his swastika tattoo - “Saying that is not you, you are better than that” That moment started his path to redemption.  This is a two parter. Part One Arno recounts his early years and his descent into violence, and how a mass killing at a Sikh temple in 2012 led him to form a bond with Pardeep Singh Kaleka, whose father was murdered in the temple by a white supremacist gunman in a Milwaukee suburb. The gunman who killed Pardeep’s dad and five others, was a member of the white power group that Arno had founded years earlier. Part Two we cover Arno’s path away from extremism, his recent book with Pardeep Singh Kaleka -The Gift of Our Wounds, the work he is doing to promote the practice of peace, traveling, speaking and working with all kinds of reformed extremists to confront hateful ideologies through storytelling, fearless creativity and compassion.I hope you are inspired by the kindness, gratitude, and compassion of Arno MichaelisWhat we discuss?The impact of an elderly African American server in McDonalds defied him with kindness and destroyed his self identity in one comment. How it has made him committed to random acts of kindness. Walking away from the movement to confront extremism. Haram explained. Pradeep's Monster Ted x Talk. How rave music and culture became his gateway to a new life.His personal mission statement of ‘I'm working towards a society where all people are valued and included.’ Why he thinks everyone needs a personal mission statement.The work he is doing now with telling his story at events around the world. Meeting Deeyah Kahn.Confronting polarization through embracing uncertainty.And How curiosity reinforces uncertainty.The power of story and being cognizant of where our story is taking us.The connection between AI, extremism and fear of loss.His support of Andrew Yang.Race Traders.Universal Basic Income. The imperative of changing the education system. Meditation and inner peace and why children need to meditate .Serendipity and his Fox Lane Prison.Gratitude, Kindness, and Compassion as his core principles.‘Bravery Creates Possibility’.Separatism as the biggest problem to solve. Daryl Davis and de-robing KKK.The question we should have asked. Social Feeds?Website Instagram Facebook Youtube Twitter  Links See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

22 Jan 2020

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070: From Neo-Nazi to Peacemaker - Arno Michaelis: Part Two

The Impossible Network

Guest Overview First of all thanks Stephen Hecht for the recommendation. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Arno Michaelis grew up in a caring loving family but the combination of being told he could achieve anything while witnessing his artistic mother’s suffering from dealing with her husband’s alcoholism drove him to bullying and vandalism at school; to by age seventeen, becoming deeply involved in the white power movement and a founding member of what became the largest Neo-Nazi skinhead organization in the world. For years he followed the path of violence until he was confronted at a McDonalds checkout by elderly African American lady with a smile and pointing at his swastika tattoo - “Saying that is not you, you are better than that” That moment started his path to redemption.  This is a two parter. Part One Arno recounts his early years and his descent into violence, and how a mass killing at a Sikh temple in 2012 led him to form a bond with Pardeep Singh Kaleka, whose father was murdered in the temple by a white supremacist gunman in a Milwaukee suburb. The gunman who killed Pardeep’s dad and five others, was a member of the white power group that Arno had founded years earlier. Part Two we cover Arno’s path away from extremism, his recent book with Pardeep Singh Kaleka -The Gift of Our Wounds, the work he is doing to promote the practice of peace, traveling, speaking and working with all kinds of reformed extremists to confront hateful ideologies through storytelling, fearless creativity and compassion.I hope you are inspired by the kindness, gratitude, and compassion of Arno MichaelisWhat we discuss?The impact of an elderly African American server in McDonalds defied him with kindness and destroyed his self identity in one comment. How it has made him committed to random acts of kindness. Walking away from the movement to confront extremism. Haram explained. Pradeep's Monster Ted x Talk. How rave music and culture became his gateway to a new life.His personal mission statement of ‘I'm working towards a society where all people are valued and included.’ Why he thinks everyone needs a personal mission statement.The work he is doing now with telling his story at events around the world. Meeting Deeyah Kahn.Confronting polarization through embracing uncertainty.And How curiosity reinforces uncertainty.The power of story and being cognizant of where our story is taking us.The connection between AI, extremism and fear of loss.His support of Andrew Yang.Race Traders.Universal Basic Income. The imperative of changing the education system. Meditation and inner peace and why children need to meditate .Serendipity and his Fox Lane Prison.Gratitude, Kindness, and Compassion as his core principles.‘Bravery Creates Possibility’.Separatism as the biggest problem to solve. Daryl Davis and de-robing KKK.The question we should have asked. Social Feeds?Website Instagram Facebook Youtube Twitter  Links See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

22 Jan 2020

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069: From Anger and Hate to Kindness and Compassion - Arno Michaelis: Part One

The Impossible Network

Guest Overview Arno Michaelis was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, grew up in a caring loving family but the combination of being told he could achieve anything while witnessing his artistic mother’s suffering from dealing with her husband’s alcoholism drove him to bullying and vandalism at school; to by age seventeen, becoming deeply involved in the white power movement and a founding member of what became the largest Neo-Nazi skinhead organization in the world. For years he followed the path of violence until he was confronted at a McDonalds checkout by elderly African American lady with a smile and pointing at his swastika tattoo - “Saying that is not you, you are better than that”. That moment started his path to redemption.  This is a two parter. Part One Arno Michaelis recounts his early years and his descent into violence, and how a mass killing at a Sikh temple in 2012 led him to form a bond with Pardeep Singh Kaleka, whose father was murdered in the temple by a white supremacist gunman in a Milwaukee suburb. The gunman who killed Pardeep’s dad and five others, was a member of the white power group that Arno had founded years earlier. Part Two we cover Arno’s path away from extremism, his recent book with Pardeep Singh Kaleka -The Gift of Our Wounds, the work he is doing to promote the practice of peace, traveling, speaking and working with all kinds of reformed extremists to confront hateful ideologies through storytelling, fearless creativity and compassion.I hope you are inspired by the kindness, gratitude, and compassion of Arno Michaelis.Thanks Stephen Hecht for the recommendation. What we discuss?The impact of his upbringing. His Norwegian -Prussian heritage.The vision of his artistic mother .Arno’s Insurance salesman father. Growing up with loving parents who left him to run amok.Fueled by the continual praise from parents and teachers combined with him witnessing the suffering his mother, ignited anger in him and a destructive self image, driving his desire to cause pain and suffering to those around him.  The irony of loving hip-hop and being a white kid ahead of the trend before turning his attention to punk rock to help satisfy his desire to his desire to repulse people.The paradox of being popular and able to connect with any group but wishing to cause revulsion.How by starting his first punk band combined with his nihilistic view of the world and a fascination with Greek and Norse mythology and warrior self image became the gateway characteristics that led Anro Michaelis into the white supremacist movement.How Arno Michaelis willingly embraced the white supremacist narrative and how it enabled him to reject what he considered the status quo and growing multicultural trend, all he was really doing was trying to offend and ‘piss people off’.Laziness and blame in ideology.The parallels of the jihadist movement and White supremacy. The commonalities in any violent extremist narrative.How he is now connected to ex-extremists.How the murders by Wade Paige of seven in Wisconsin in 2012 led him to meet Pardeep Singh Kaleka. How they have developed a connection and have written a book together called the Gift in Our Hate.The process of forgiveness and why forgiveness is vengeance. His exhaustion and walking away from hate and using Rave culture as his gateway drug.His parents inability and willful denial of his activity.Haram as a commonality Social FeedsWebsite See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

21 Jan 2020

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Arno Michaelis | Forgiveness Is Vengeance

Matt D’Elia Is Confused

Matt talks to reformed white supremacist leader Arno Michaelis about the roots of hate, the scourge of white nationalism, the slippery slope of online radicalization, and finding ways out of cycles of racism and violence.Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 24mins

14 Aug 2019

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