A Key to Alt-Right Identity
Geez, two months? I have been busy a lot, but hopefully will find more time.
“What is the alt-right?” people are asking, including the alt-right themselves. Other say it’s a stupid question, or there is no qualification, or the only litmus test is being pro-white. I have another idea.
“No enemies to the left, no friends to the right” is a basic rule of leftism. And it’s a basic rule of Buckley conservatism, or neoconservatism, or cuck conservatism. All these movements police to the right.
Even alt-righters do it, sometimes by policing anti-semites, but usually by policing Nazis. Milo did this in his Breitbart essay, if only by dismissing them as mischievous young people looking to get a rise. RamZPaul does this more forcefully, and some others. I don’t keep track of all these people, there are too many.
I don’t have any enemies to the right. I don’t know who is to the right of me, really, but let’s say Nazis are. (Another way of dismissing Nazis is saying they are really leftists, which both Jonah Goldberg and Jim Donald do.)
I’m not a Nazi, and I don’t think German National Socialism is a good model for ethno-nationalism now. I don’t know if it was a good idea then, but hindsight is 20/20. I don’t think killing a bunch of people is optimal, but contrary to what parents and teachers say, “They started it!” is a perfectly valid argument.
However, if you are a Nazi, I don’t hold it against you. We can have a beer and talk about it.
I believe 9/11 was an Al Qaeda operation, not an Israeli one where explosives were planted. But if you do, I respect your take on things. I can’t say I know everything or have all the answers. I generally hold to the Puritan hypothesis. Jews aren’t the problem, but they are enthusiastic participants in the problem. But if you are hardline on the JQ, I don’t condemn you. I don’t believe violence is the answer, I believe that the system is prepared to deal with violence best of all, and poorly equipped to deal with principled resistance. But there are people who believe in violence, and I don’t condemn them.
The left got the right, and the center, to police themselves, which is much more effective than the left doing it. They have all kinds of rules which are flexibly defined as they see fit.
This is part of the problem, that started with Buckley, but also the “conservative” movement is just a big scam, and always has been. Some guy wrote on Politico how the Tea Party got hijacked by scam PACs that kept all the money. But ever since direct mail solicitation started in the 70’s, taking money from old people has been the main business of conservatives. Since talk radio got started in the 90’s, selling crap to Limbaugh and Levin listeners has been a big business. At least when Grandpa watches Fox, he gets to see some hot ass, and Grandma can’t get offended.
The alt-right is an attitude more than a philosophy or an ideology, and that attitude is “go f*** yourself, cuck-boy.”
Okay? I find myself in close agreement with him on almost everything, though I may award a tad more credit to the Jews and a tad less to the Puritans than he does, but in principle I agree. What is meant by the "Puritan hypothesis" is that the suicidal leftist anti-Western hideousness we're going through is our own creation, produced by our Puritan element — you know, the bunch that likes to send missionaries all over the world to tell people how to live. The kind who take their Bible as some kind of instruction manual to cherry-pick for selflessly reforming the whole damn planet. The kind who end up being liberation theologians and tossing out the very basis of Western Civilization in the name of somehow bringing the benefits of same to the great unwashed. And when you start licking lepers' wounds, pretty soon you start electing lepers to public office and considering them your superior. And, insisting that the rest of us do the same. Never mind the twisted assertion that terrorists are somehow perverting Islam. What's perverted is twisting Christianity into just another leftist movement.
And he's right about no enemies to the right. I've being saying the same thing. When all to your right are your foes, that's simply proof that you're a leftist at heart whether you know it yourself or not. And his dismissal of the silly notion that Nazis are leftists is perfectly correct. Nazis are on the right, because whether you like their methods or not, they are supporters of Western Civilization, and the hatred of Western Civilization is the defining characteristic of the left. When you need help defending yourself from a Dindu or your way of life from "refugees," the Nazis will help you.
Thrasymachus knows what he's talking about. We just had an election where we deliberately forgot, for the most part, to "police our right," and we won the damn thing. Trump did just enough "repudiation" of David Duke, etc., to confuse the enemy, but not enough to upset the coalition. Keep your powder dry and your fingers crossed.
Quibcags: Number one is illustrated by Urabe of Mysterious Girlfriend X (謎の彼女X. Nazo no Kanojo Ekkusu)., and the second by Rika Shiguma of Haganai (はがない).