Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Alt-Right — Not a Keyboard Command

The Alt-Right is a movement of youngsters. And, though I've been on Social Security for awhile now, I guess I'm years ahead of my time, because most of the description of the Alt-Right fits me just fine. I've always been on the right, pretty much, and on the more hard-core part of the right. Several years ago I discovered the libertarian movement, and after rummaging around in it for a long time, I decided that much of it was valid, but that too many of its adherents took it as a guide to life rather than as a method of critique, In doing so, they elevated it to a near-religion instead of a useful paradigm for looking at human affairs by means of logic and economic laws.

This seems to be true of a great many members of the Alt-Right: They start with a bias towards conservatism and tradition, and refine it with a libertarian filter, so to speak.

Some of the old coots on the right — I'm luckily an exception — are a bit put off by the exuberance and snarkiness of the Alt-Righters, and are suspicious of their motivations. But the leftists, in a way, understand the Alt-Righters a little better than that and quite correctly consider them a formidable foe. Because the Alt-Right understands the left much better than the traditional right ever could.

To paraphrase ol' Nietzche, an insightful leftist might say:

"I have seen the Alt-Right-Man, and I fear him."

And here's an introduction to the Alt-Right, from Breitbart [link]:


An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right

A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the “alternative right.” Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives — more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives.

The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some — mostly Establishment types — insist it’s little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. They’re wrong.
Previously an obscure subculture, the alt-right burst onto the national political scene in 2015. Although initially small in number, the alt-right has a youthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric that have boosted its membership and made it impossible to ignore.
It has already triggered a string of fearful op-eds and hit pieces from both Left and Right: Lefties dismiss it as racist, while the conservative press, always desperate to avoid charges of bigotry from the Left, has thrown these young readers and voters to the wolves as well.
National Review attacked them as bitter members of the white working-class who worship “father-Führer” Donald Trump. Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast attacked Rush Limbaugh for sympathising with the “white supremacist alt-right.” BuzzFeed begrudgingly acknowledged that the movement has a “great feel for how the internet works,” while simultaneously accusing them of targeting “blacks, Jews, women, Latinos and Muslims.”
The amount of column inches generated by the alt-right is a testament to their cultural punch. But so far, no one has really been able to explain the movement’s appeal and reach without desperate caveats and virtue-signalling to readers.
Part of this is down to the alt-right’s addiction to provocation. The alt-right is a movement born out of the youthful, subversive, underground edges of the internet. 4chan and 8chan are hubs of alt-right activity. For years, members of these forums – political and non-political – have delighted in attention-grabbing, juvenile pranks. Long before the alt-right, 4channers turned trolling the national media into an in-house sport.
Having once defended gamers, another group accused of harbouring the worst dregs of human society, we feel compelled to take a closer look at the force that’s alarming so many. Are they really just the second coming of 1980s skinheads, or something more subtle?
We’ve spent the past month tracking down the elusive, often anonymous members of the alt-right, and working out exactly what they stand for.

THE INTELLECTUALS

There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racist skinheads (to whom they are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence. Skinheads, by and large, are low-information, low-IQ thugs driven by the thrill of violence and tribal hatred. The alternative right are a much smarter group of people — which perhaps suggests why the Left hates them so much. They’re dangerously bright.
There's lots more. Read the rest here:
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Quibcag: Yep, that's one of those K-on girls from K-On! (けいおん! Keion! again. They turn up everywhere.

2 comments:

  1. Americans are tired of this pantomime where the GOP lays down to let the Left win. We can see the farce of this. Every time they take a dive on an issue, we can see the foolishness of these whores who want to sell us out. The Left has become a shrill lunatic fringe that has lost all touch with reality. The have made the law to save criminals from their victims. This government is nothing but garbage, and it stinks more every day. Its time to take out the trash.

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    1. ... And that's why Trump's support won't leave him. The right, and alt-right by extension, is tired of being demonized.

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