Report: Quincy Institute Contributor's Racist Rantings Unmasked

August 7, 2023

A contributor to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft's flagship publication, Responsible Statement, spent years penning racist screeds under a pseudonym, according to a HuffPost report.

Richard Hanania, a political scientist whose work was published by the isolationist think tank's magazine, used the pen name "Richard Hoste" in the early 2010s to advocate for the forced sterilization of black people and to rail against "race mixing," according to the report.

Responsible Statecraft scrubbed Hanania's work from the site, but it can still be accessed using an internet archive. There, Hanania urged the Biden administration to pull American forces from Iraq in order to help jumpstart diplomacy with Iran, and accused U.S. military leaders of maliciously pushing the theory that the coronavirus emerged from a lab leak in order to gin up anger towards China.

A spokesman for the Quincy Institute, which has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, did not respond to a Free Beacon request for comment, but the Quincy Institute, in a statement on Twitter, disclaimed any affiliation with him.

Hanania, whose work has also been featured in the Washington Post and New York Times, used a pen name to publish "articles in America’s most vile publications," including the notoriously anti-Semitic Occidental Observer and far-right Counter-Currents, which pushes white supremacist ideologies, according to the HuffPost investigation.

The HuffPost said it discovered Hanania’s racist writings "by analyzing leaked data from an online comment-hosting service that showed him using three of his email addresses to create usernames on white supremacist sites." Additionally, "a racist blog maintained by [the pen name] Hoste was also registered to an address in Hanania’s hometown."

Under the Hoste pseudonym, Hanania was a contributor to sites like, a racist outlet founded by outspoken neo-Nazi Richard Spencer. In one post on this site, Hanania allegedly ranked the races, putting "whites and Asians on the top and blacks at the bottom."

"If the races are equal," Hanania is said to have written, "why do whites always end up near the top and blacks at the bottom, everywhere and always?"

The Quincy Institute has battled accusations of anti-Semitism among its scholars, including those who have questioned the loyalty of American Jews and bemoaned the pernicious influence of so-called Jewish money in politics.

Hanania did not respond to a request for comment, though he admitted on Sunday in a post on his website that he is the author known as Richard Hoste.

"My posts and blog comments in my early twenties encouraged racism, misogyny, misanthropy, trolling, and overall bad faith," Hanania wrote. "Many of my previous comments crossed the line."

Hanania maintains he no longer holds racist views, and accused the HuffPost of trying to "hurt my career."