Allum Bokhari and Milo last-name-no-longer-needed have co-authored an article on Breitbart explaining the various taxonomies that make up the alternative right, or alt-right. I’ve been queried a number of times about my affinity or support for the alt-right and have never had any particularly coherent response to offer, because I’m ignorant, for the most part, on the subject.
What is the alt-right? Who are they? What do they stand for?
Thanks to the Breitbart article, I now have a better idea. The Breitbart piece is a bit of a long slog, so I’ll give a summary here, although I would encourage anyone wanting to know more to read the longer article. According to Milo and Bokhari, the alt-right can be broken down into four distinct groups:
The meme team
The intellectuals are ‘an eclectic mix of renegades who object to the established political consensus in some form or another’, and while the intellectuals are often (probably always) accused of racism, they are diametrically opposed to skinheads, who are ‘low information, low-IQ thugs’; the alt-right is generally of very high intelligence, which explains why the Left tends to be terrified of them.
The so-called online “manosphere,” the nemeses of left-wing feminism, quickly became one of the alt-right’s most distinctive constituencies. Gay masculinist author Jack Donovan, who edited AlternativeRight’s gender articles, was an early advocate for incorporating masculinist principles in the alt-right. His book, The Way Of Men, contains many a wistful quote about the loss of manliness that accompanies modern, globalized societies.
The intellectuals were and are willing to challenge some fundamental assumptions about governance (democracy has no better track record than monarchy), egalitarianism (hereditary intelligence is a thing that can’t be wished away), and diversity (we have in-group preferences for a reason). Obviously, this sends the Left into hysterics and the alt-right is accused of every manner of bigotry for daring to question the received wisdom of the collectivist Left.
I’m definitely part of the manosphere, and identify with this branch of the alt-right.
The natural conservatives are individuals who instinctively prefer ‘homogeneity over diversity, stability over change, and hierarchy and order over radical egalitarianism.’ Natural conservatives love their own culture and wish to preserve it, even if that isn’t the most economically sound choice. This is the critical factor that differentiates natural conservatives from establishment conservatives: it might be economically sound to replace a cathedral with a strip mall, but culturally, it would be a horrifying destruction of something irreplaceable.
One of the central talking points of the natural conservative alt-right is immigration.
While eschewing bigotry on a personal level, the movement is frightened by the prospect of demographic displacement represented by immigration.
The alt-right do not hold a utopian view of the human condition: just as they are inclined to prioritise the interests of their tribe, they recognise that other groups – Mexicans, African-Americans or Muslims – are likely to do the same. As communities become comprised of different peoples, the culture and politics of those communities become an expression of their constituent peoples.
You’ll often encounter doomsday rhetoric in alt-right online communities: that’s because many of them instinctively feel that once large enough and ethnically distinct enough groups are brought together, they will inevitably come to blows. In short, they doubt that full “integration” is ever possible. If it is, it won’t be successful in the “kumbaya” sense. Border walls are a much safer option.
I am definitely a ‘natural conservative’ and I also agree heartily with the sentiment that the culture wars are the most important battleground right now. If we do not win the culture war, an actual war will be inevitable. We are not ever going to ‘co-exist’.
The Meme Team could easily be called alt-right shitlords. They delight in doing precisely the opposite of what they are ordered to do. The moment anyone stands up to say they find something offensive, the meme team will engage in a competition to see who can offend the most. They don’t care where you are on the political spectrum. The meme team will target anyone, anywhere. Start shrieking about transphobia, and your social media will be waterboarded with the most offensive, horrifying and often exceptionally clever and amusing transphobia you’ve ever seen! On the other hand, start moaning about white genocide and the meme team will do the same to you. They have zero interest in the truth of what they’re saying, and their memes in no way reflect their own personal beliefs – it’s a competition to see who can create the most offensive, hilarious content.
It’s hard to know for certain, but we suspect that unlike the core of the alt-right, these young renegades aren’t necessarily instinctive conservatives. Indeed, their irreverence, lack of respect of social norms, and willingness to stomp on other people’s feelings suggest they may actually be instinctive libertarians.
I don’t go to nearly the extremes of the meme team, but I have definitely been known to offend for the sheer joy of offending. It’s just amusing. Yes, that’s not very mature. So what? It’s funny.
The 1488ers are the smallest cohort in the alt-right, and the cohort the Left wishes they could claim everyone on the alt-right belongs to. 1488 is a Nazi reference, and the 1488ers are repugnant indeed.
Every ideology has them. Humourless ideologues who have no lives beyond their political crusade, and live for the destruction of the great. They can be found on Stormfront and other sites, not just joking about the race war, but eagerly planning it. They are known as “Stormfags” by the rest of the internet.
There is a massive difference between saying that a race war is inevitable and we must take actions to prevent that from happening, versus joyfully, enthusiastically welcoming the opportunity to kill others in that war. I can’t get on board the white genocide train, and I certainly don’t consider myself a 1488er. I do think the 1488ers are opening an important discussion about the fact that diversity and multiculturalism are only pushed on white nations, I think #WhiteGenocide is not a useful, accurate or helpful term. White genocide will never happen. We have superior firepower.
End of story.
No, really. I live in area of Canada with a large Native population. There is a tendency from liberal white folks (not Natives themselves) to romanticize the Native past. According to liberal whites, Natives were all tree-hugging nature lovers who shared the bounty of the Earth with one another whilst weaving flowers in their hair and baskets from wild grasses. Yeah, bullshit. They were doing what all humans do – fighting over resources and killing each other. We showed up with superior firepower, joined the fun and it was game over.
All truth comes down to one truth: violence. While I think that’s true, I don’t welcome it. Violence should be the last resort.
So no, I don’t support or consider myself part of the 1488 crowd.
Three out of four, though. I think I am most definitely part of the alt-right. So here’s my question: over and over again, Bokhari and Milo point out that the vast majority of the alt-right is male. This movement is the brainchild and product of a decidedly male mind, and male orientation towards the world.
Where are the women of the alt-right?
Let’s go back through the categories again:
Feminists can scream their faces off, but understanding politics of a deep level is just not something that appeals to most women. One could argue that this is the result of a socialization process (I don’t agree), but the end result is the same: women tend not to care about intellectual pursuits. And no, college degrees indicate nothing. The degrees that require the least amount of intellectual engagement are where women tend to cluster. Traditional philosophy is a tough subject: logic and rhetoric will bust your balls if studied in the traditional sense. Mostly men. Feminist philosophy isn’t philosophy at all: it’s imagined structures of oppression that don’t actually exist. Mostly women.
So I’m not confused as to why there are no (or very few) women in this silo of the alt-right.
It blows my mind there are not way more women here. One would think that far more women than men are naturally conservative, because under the right conditions, our survival depends on it. Natural liberals prefer diversity and are happy with radical social change mostly because it masks their own chaotic, stupid life-choices: choices that would end in their demise under more basic conditions. Women are more risk-averse than men, but they are also more delusional about risks.
Perhaps there are far more naturally conservative women than anyone understands. I expect the fall election will bring many of these women out of the shadows to vote for Donald Trump.
The Meme Team
The meme team is a raucous, rude, competitive, deliberately insensitive, thick-skinned viper pit, and women typically don’t have the endurance needed to survive a round with the team. I’m sure the women who are on the team are every bit as funny, irreverent and brutal as the guys, but this is a game men excel at. So I’m not surprised at the lack of women.
Interesting, that the Left wing equivalent to the meme team is heavily populated with women. But on the left, it’s Oppression Olympics: the competition is not to see who can be the most offensive, but who can be the least. The opportunities to offend various subcategories of victims abound on the Left and it’s a tricky, deceptive, conniving game to play. All the things women are really good at.
I don’t know how many women are active in this subculture of the alt-right, but I would not be surprised to find that there are lots. White nationalism, after all, elevates white women to the highest possible status, and I would guess there is considerable celebration of women’s traditional roles of wife and mother. So the appeal is clear, provided women can get past the supremacy issues. This is a tricky conversation, really. I can watch a video like Paul Joseph Watson’s Some Cultures Are Better Than Others and agree with it completely.
But making the leap from Western culture to white culture makes me twitchy as hell. Western is not a race. It’s a mindset. Right?
I found this whole exploration incredibly interesting and I’m looking forward to learning more about the alt-right. I’m curious as to whether readers agree that I’m part of the alt-right. Am I only seeing the parts of the alt-right I want to see?
What do you think?
Lots of love,