Originally from Crystal Palace, in South London, Southgate moved to Crowborough, East Sussex in his early twenties and became an activist in the British National Front (NF) in 1984 and edited The Wealden Warrior. The organisation at that time had made a significant ideological break with the race-hatred of the 1970s and openly stated its opposition to racism and white supremacy in favour of a policy of mutual respect and separatism for all peoples. Southgate has praised the views of Black leaders such as Marcus Garvey and Louis Farrakhan. In the Autumn of 1989 he joined the International Third Position (ITP), a breakaway from the NF, and became Editor of several local ITP publications, including The Kent Crusader, Surrey Action and Eastern Legion.
He then split from the ITP in September 1992 after accusing Roberto Fiore and Derek Holland of ideological hypocrisy and swindling members out of their life savings to prop up the group's failed rural experiment in northern France. Southgate then founded the English Nationalist Movement (ENM) and during this time edited magazines like The Crusader and The English Alternative.
In 1998 he and other ENM members founded the National Revolutionary Faction, which he describes as "a hardline revolutionary organisation based on an underground cell-structure similar to that used by both the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the IRA", operating on the principle of leaderless resistance . In 2001, Troy Southgate and the NRF were the subject of a Sunday Telegraph article, in which the NRF was accused of being a neo-Nazi organisation involved with animal rights related causes.
It is unclear when or whether the NRF was disbanded. Southgate and other NRF associates have since been involved in the Cercle de la rose noire and its website, 'Synthesis', and were on the editorial board of the Green Anarchist journal Alternative Green for three issues.
The National-Anarchist-Online egroup main page says that "National-Anarchists seek to establish decentralised village-communities in which people can occupy their own areas in which to live according to their own principles. These areas can take on a variety of different forms, offering people a real alternative to the dogmatic and stagnant ideologies of both 'left' and 'right'. Ours is a realistic and tangible form of escapism, a network of total environments to preserve the diversity of humankind. Some of us also support racial separatism, but remain totally opposed to mindless bigotry and supremacism."
In 2000 Southgate and a close associate, Michael Lujan - a former member of America's White Order of Thule and Editor of Crossing the Abyss magazine - established the Synthesis website. This resource blends politics, music and the occult. Gwendolyn Toynton, Editor of Primordial Traditions, is currently deputy editor.
On January 16 2005, Southgate and other associates launched a new vehicle, New Right, with a meeting in central London . This followed an initial meeting the previous month . New Right, which has much more in common with the French Nouvelle Droite than with New Right politics in the Anglo-American sense, describes itself as a "dynamic and strictly metapolitical group [that] seeks to unite the disparate strands of the British Right and get everybody pulling in the same direction" . It publishes a journal, New Imperium, and has held meetings as recently as August 30th, 2008, this being the sixteenth gathering of its kind.
Southgate has also written for the website of the Russian newspaper, Pravda, on the metaphysical radical work of Julius Evola . Traditionalist political philosophy of the sort developed by Evola and supported by Southgate has been gaining currency amongst conservative Russian parties.
On December 5 1988, Southgate was convicted of actual bodily harm and affray at Lewes Crown Court for an assault on a male lab technician active with the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). This happened during a clash on Brighton seafront in May 1987, nineteen months earlier. He was sentenced to eighteen months and incarcerated in Lewes and Northeye prisons, both in East Sussex, but still claims that he was defending himself from attack and was set up as a result of becoming a successful organiser for Crowborough and North Weald NF .
Southgate and his political ideas have been discussed in various books and publications, including The Beast Reawakens (1999) by Martin A. Lee, International Fascism: Theories, Causes and the New Consensus by Roger Griffin (2002), Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism & the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke (2003), the five-volume study Fascism: Critical Concepts in Political Science (2004) by Roger Griffin & Matthew Feldman (ed.) and The Radical Right in Britain by Alan Sykes (2005). A 26-page article by Graham D. Macklin, entitled 'Co-opting the Counter-Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction', appeared in Volume 39, No. 3 of the academic journal Patterns of Prejudice (2005), and Southgate and the New Right were also discussed in an essay called The West Reborn by David J. Wingfield which appeared in The Initiate: Journal of Traditional Studies (2008), pp.17-19.
Revolution & Tradition: Collected Writings of Troy Southgate, a 330-page anthology of Southgate's work, was published in Denmark by Integral Tradition Publishing in December 2007.
Southgate is currently writing a novel.
Southgate is also a singer/songwriter with the German trio, Seelenlicht, two of whom are members of Kammer Sieben, and the group have released a 14-track album for the Cold Spring Records label, entitled 'Gods & Devils'. Seelenlicht are also working on a track ('Memnon, Prince of Ethiopia') for a compilation album based on lost Greek epic, the Aithiopis. Another compilation track, 'Return to Summerisle', was recorded for the Old Europa Cafe label.
In September 2007, Southgate became a full-time vocalist and member of Poland's Horologium, founded by Grzegorz Siedlecki, for whom he had previously recorded 'Faustus' (with Maria Southgate) and 'Thus I Spake' for two separate Horologium releases. This came about after Southgate was consequently asked to write and record five tracks for a forthcoming Horologium album called 'Earthbound' (expected on the Old Europa Cafe label in early 2008). The group is now working on a joint Neuropa Records collaboration with Oda Relicta from the Ukraine. Southgate and Horologium are now collaborating with the Italian project, Ouroboros, and Southgate is also recording tracks ('Pulsating Spectre' and 'Cold Room Solitude') for their side-project Desert Divinity.
He has also worked with Sweden's Survival Unit ('Awakening & Bravery'), Holland's Erich Zahn ('Acid Rain' & 'Streets of London'), the Canadian project, Sistrenatus (currently unreleased), and the German band, Sagittarius ('Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden' and 'The Song'), who will release an album entited 'Songs from the Ivory Tower' in 2008. Southgate has performed lyrics on a track called 'The Beauty of Life & Eternal War' for a forthcoming Von Thronstahl album. Future collaborations will include Ollin and Elvatorium, two Polish/American groups.
Some of Southgate's musical activities are discussed in the Hungarian book, Battlenoise: The Blows of the Martial Industrial Music, published by Mozgalom Records (2007).
Also expected in 2008: