Alt-right

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The Alt-right, or alternative right, is an emerging faction of the right-wing that opposes unrestrained multiculturalism, un-"skilled" immigration, and globalization.[1][2] The alt-right has emerged as one of the central opponents of the Establishment. The alt-right movement's central theme is as follows:[3]

The alt-right is not defined by any particular school of thought, but by the neoliberal school of thought it rejects. The alt-right, in the simplest terms, is an unapologetic purging of liberal idiocy.

"The origins of the alternative right can be found in thinkers as diverse as Oswald Spengler, Joseph Sobran, H.L Mencken, Julius Evola, Sam Francis, and the paleoconservative movement that rallied around the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan.[4] The French New Right also serve as a source of inspiration for many leaders of the alt-right.".[5] Contemporary alt-right authors include Jared Taylor, Steve Sailor, Richard Spencer, Paul Kersey, Razib Khan, and Milo Yiannopoulos.[6]

Leading alt-right websites include Radix Journal, Countercurrents Publishing, The Unz Review, Taki Mag, The Right Stuff, and Red Ice.[7][8][9][10][11][12] More mainstream "alt-lite" websites include Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit.

Alt-right as a term appeared in November 2008 when Paul Gottfried addressed the H. L. Mencken Club about what he called "the alternative right". In 2009, two more posts at Taki's Magazine, by Patrick J. Ford and Jack Hunter, further discussed the 'alternative right.' The term is commonly attributed to Richard B. Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and founder of Alternative Right magazine.[13]

The alternative right has alternately been called libertarian nationalism, "neo"-paleoconservatism, "evolutionary" conservatism, "scientific" conservatism, and the post-religious right.[14]

Style of Alt-right

The style of the alt-right is to reject the approaches of the mainstream media, and use the internet rather than traditional avenues of communication preferred by moderates.[15]

The alt-right employs a "culture jammming" approach to its opposition with memes on Reddit, 4chan, 9gag, and Facebook.[16] This involves using modified artifacts of popular culture, specifically characters such as Pepe the frog, Moonman or anime characters to demonstrate the non-falsifiabile attributes of the neoliberal mantra of social change driven by global capitalism.[17][18]

Breitbart news editor Stephen Bannon joined the Trump campaign in August 2016.[19]

Rejection of neoliberalism

The alternative right holds neoliberalism responsible for the decimation of national borders and national identity. It views the rise of left-leaning governments as an effect of multicultural amalgamation caused by large business interests run amok. Libertarian (anarcho-capitalistic) elements of the alt-right oppose Keynesianism as well which, paradoxically, is the national (as opposed to global) predecessor of neoliberalism.

Due to the alt-right's equation of globalized capitalism with Marxism, the movement has been compared to national anarchism (anarcho-fascism) on Wikipedia.[20]

Distinction from National Socialism (Nazism)

The alt-right seeks racial "identitarianism" through a largely monocultural state; and cultural cohesion over economic interests.[21] The alt-right does not explicitly seek genocide of non-white races. It views national borders as a proxy for racial segregation, but does not support de facto racial segregation. Mainstream alt-righter members support skilled immigration.

Relationally, neo-nazism is a component of the alt-right (big-tent movement); the alt-right is NOT a component of neo-nazism. The alt-right heavily employs principles from Italian fascism which is the racially-agnostic predecessor of Nazism (German fascism).

Currently, there are growing tensions between the mainstream alt-right and the neo-Nazi wing. In September 2015, mainstream Alex Jones and neo-Nazi David Duke have also exchanged barbs, the former calling the latter a "Democratic plant" and the latter referring to his news organization, Infowars, as being "infiltrated" by Zionists.'In November 2016, a feud broke out between neo-Nazi Richard B. Spencer (who, as previously stated, was one of the coiners of the term "alt-right") and Mike Cernovich, one of the most prominent alt-right meme-makers, after Cernovich publicly condemned Spencer and accused him of being controlled opposition for including the use of Nazi salutes at a pro-Trump victory party he held. Meanwhile, Paul Joseph Watson was harassed on Twitter by neo-Nazis after he posted a tweet that claimed that there were two alt-rights (the mainstream and the neo-Nazis), and that the neo-Nazi alt-right were "right-wing SJWs." [1][2] In December 2016, Mike Cernovich again got into a clash with the neo-Nazi wing after he banned neo-Nazi Tim Treadstone from attending a pro-Trump victory party after Treadstone posted multiple anti-Semitic tweets on Twitter.[3] Currently, the two neo-Nazi alt-right wikis, Metapedia and Rightpedia (the latter which was created by neo-Nazis that think Metapedia isn't racist enough) portray Conservapedia in an extremely negative light. Just to be clear how deranged those websites are, at least one of them, and in many cases both of them, do the following:

  • Reject conservatism because it doesn't put race as a central tenet of its ideology
  • Proclaim bigotry against evangelicals for their pro-Israel stance
  • Reject creationism
  • Accuse Conservapedia of being politically correct because it's not blatantly racist
  • Reject capitalism as being too materialistic
  • Pretend to be anti-Islam but in fact support it when it comes to Israel's enemies Hamas and Hezbollah
  • Accuse Freemasonry of being a Jewish plot
  • Promote Holocaust denial and a positive view of Adolf Hitler
  • Attack Conservapedia for using the Bible, and not Social Darwinism, as the basis for its support for social conservatism
  • Promotes eugenics
  • Accuse Conservapedia of being a partisan hack website, completely ignoring the constant references to "RINOs" on that site
  • Accuse Conservapedia of being pro-Communist for even using the word "racist" and "Nazi"
  • Attack the Bible for suggesting that all humans of all colors are descendants of Noah, and falsely claims that Noah was only the father of the white man [4][5]

In light of such ideological differences, it is important to debate how often the term "alt-right" should be used by those who claim to follow the mainstream version of it. On one hand, the term is an accurate description (the mainstream "alt-right" are an alternative to RINOs). But on the other hand, since the term is most commonly attributed to neo-Nazi Richard B. Spencer, it might not be smart to proclaim to belong to a term associated with him unless you actually agree with his core positions, and doing so could be considered as ideologically dishonest as the left's hijacking of the term "liberal."

Libertarian Nationalism

The alt-right distrusts large (anti-tribal) financial institutions as corrupt and rejects the open-borders aspect of mainstream libertarianism while affirming new allegiances, such as supporting gays by encouraging firearm ownership or giving support to unaffiliated Independent candidates that are anti-establishment, regardless of their political leanings.

The alt-right has seen its membership ranks swell exponentially with libertarians that reject weak national (non-tribal) leadership within their movement. Although they are not part of the original alt-right, ex-libertarians make up a plurality of this emerging grassroots movement.

View of Christianity

The alt-right emphasizes the crypto-polytheistic aspects of Christianity and links it to Greco-Roman and pan-European polytheistic history and "Western" accomplishments. The alt-right views Christianity as a religion distinct from Islam and Judaism in its polytheistic elements and "special" relationship to European history. The alt-right accepts the study of evolution and global warming as a product of Western polytheistic science. It rejects modern evangelical Christianity for its pro-immigration stance (for proselytization purposes) although it views Europe's history of colonization and Christian proselytization as having a positive effect on those respective colonial countries.

Due to its pro-"Western science" views the alternative right has on occasion called itself "evolutionary" conservatism or "scientific" conservatism.

Alt-right's approach to Israel

The alt-right views Israel as a model for white nationalism and/or Christianism. While opposing Jewish 'hypocrisy' on white identity issues, the alt-right admires the Jewish unity and tribalism manifested in a Zionist state [22] In keeping with its isolationist approach, the alt-right opposes an EXCLUSIVE alliance between America and Israel.

Opposition

The movement is smeared by elitists of society that thinks it knows better. However, the usual liberal scare tactics and other social engineering schemes are rejected. The alt-right moves to its own beat. The alt-right opposes Feminism, and masculinity is promoted. Anything liberal and the views held by RINOs: immigration, political correctness, cultural appropriation, misogyny, "homophobia", etc. are fiercely rejected.

Where the Establishment or modern conservatives shy away from a fight for fear of being called "racist", "bigoted" or "ignorant" by liberals projecting their own attitudes and beliefs onto them, the alt-right unapologetically fights against this notion.

Extremist leftwing progressives at the Southern Poverty Law Center have taken notice, recently commenting about Breitbart and their inclusion to the SPLC hate-list[23]


The outlet has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas –– all key tenants making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.'

While the term has been used in specialized writing about politics and ideology for years, the term gain mainstream usage following a speech by Hillary Clinton attacking Donald Trump's connections to the Alt-Right.[24]

Unofficial "Creed"

We've hijacked your -isms.

We've hijacked your -phobias.

We've hijacked your divisive rhetoric.

We've Pepe'd/meme'd/gif'd/video edited it all into oblivion.

You can censor/flag/ban us, we'll come back stronger. We always do.

We won't be silenced.

We won't go away.

We're just getting started.

See also

External links

References

  1. http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/29/an-establishment-conservatives-guide-to-the-alt-right/
  2. http://theweek.com/articles/641595/how-american-nationalism-coexist-globalism
  3. What is the Alt-Right?, AngryWhiteDude.com, April 12, 2016
  4. https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/how-2015-fueled-the-rise-of-the-freewheeling-white-nationali?utm_term=.gro5QeAlb#.am3VkM4ZB
  5. An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right, Breitbart, March 29, 2016
  6. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/05/meet-milo-yiannopoulos-the-appealing-young-face-of-the-racist-alt-right.html
  7. http://www.counter-currents.com/
  8. http://www.radixjournal.com/
  9. http://www.unz.com/
  10. http://takimag.com/#axzz4MpkgjNbs
  11. http://therightstuff.biz/
  12. https://redice.tv/
  13. http://www.salon.com/2016/10/08/from-the-old-right-to-the-alt-right-how-the-conservative-ideology-of-fdrs-day-fueled-the-rise-of-trump/
  14. https://twitter.com/douthatnyt/status/704462319074594816
  15. https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-American-alternative-right
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_jamming
  17. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=emo+fascism
  18. http://www.salon.com/2016/10/25/meet-moon-man-the-alt-rights-new-racist-rap-sensation-borrowed-from-1980s-mcdonalds-ads/
  19. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/18/us/politics/donald-trump-stephen-bannon-paul-manafort.html?_r=0
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism_and_nationalism
  21. http://www.amren.com/news/2016/10/what-is-the-alt-right-jared-taylor/
  22. http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2012/05/jewish-hypocrisy-on-ethnonationalism-in-israel-versus-the-diaspora-a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words/
  23. southern-poverty-law-center-slaps-breitbart-news-with-racist-charge, DailyCaller, April 29, 2016
  24. Weigel, David. "The alt-right’s take on Clinton’s speech: Botched, but legitimizing", Washington Post, August 28, 2016. Retrieved on August 29, 2016.