I guess it is time to put pen to paper to talk about the Alt-Right. I really do find some joy when a new term gets coined. It gives us all something to talk about.
As with any term, we must first define it and as with many political terms, it is fraught with complexity, but we must attempt it to provide context. Like all political terms, they capture a movement with people finding themselves across the axis of definitions.
What is the Alt-Right
The Associated Press stated that the
'alt-right' or 'alternative right' is a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology, which emphasizes preserving and protecting the white race in the United States in addition to, or over, other traditional conservative positions such as limited government, low taxes and strict law-and-order. The movement has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism, ... criticizes "multiculturalism" and more rights for non-whites, women, Jews, Muslims, gays, immigrants and other minorities. Its members reject the American democratic ideal that all should have equality under the law regardless of creed, gender, ethnic origin or race.
In National Review in April 2016, Ian Tuttle wrote,I think those definitions hold up fairly well in broad terms.
The Alt-Right has evangelized over the last several months primarily via a racist and antisemitic online presence. But for Allum Bokhari and Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-right consists of fun-loving provocateurs, valiant defenders of Western civilization, daring intellectuals—and a handful of neo-Nazis keen on a Final Solution 2.0, but there are only a few of them, and nobody likes them anyways.
Identity, Nationalism, and Western CivilizationI want to really focus on the idea of identity and nationalism. This has been written about before.
After World War II, celebrating or even defining German identity became taboo, often seen as a step toward the nationalism that allowed the rise of the Nazis. The attitude shifted somewhat with the 2006 World Cup, where the German hosts unabashedly flew their flag and celebrated national pride.But there is still enough of a void that leaves people with an “inner emptiness,” Ms. Reuter said. This gap in self-definition has left them no way to express their identity except by what they are not — what is sometimes termed a “negative identity.”
“You can say ‘I’m not a Muslim,’ but most people can’t say ‘I am a Christian,’” or otherwise articulate a positive identity, she explained. “There is an emptiness. And I think that’s a societywide thing. It’s not just one group. It’s a very wide problem.”
That is something very interesting. 'White' people are denied an identity; or they are made to feel as if pride in their identity is a bad thing. Celebrating 'white pride' or 'christian pride' would be seen as being part of the alt-right.
I imagine some would say the whole society is 'white' so there is no need to assert such an identity. I think this is a bit of a false mindset. Not being able to assert an identity is like not even being in the 'game'. Even if you have the numbers, if you're not even in the game, you will get beat.
Every Identity Has an 'Alt-Right'Here's the dirty little secret of life that multiculturism refuses to acknowledge. Every group has an Alt-Right. They're all dangerous. I grew up in Apartheid South Africa. So I'm no stranger to the White Alt-Right. I'm also no stranger to black nationalism. It was actually the black 'Alt-Right' which burned down my home. I'm also no strange to the Muslim Alt-Right. Family in the UK prides itself of ridding the neighborhood of blacks or having Islam take over.
How powerful the alt-right of each group is important only at the political level. As the community and personal level, it does not matter.
If the alt-right of a small minority oppresses someone, to that individual, they are still oppressed.
Disarming mainly the 'White Alt-Right'Part of the issue is that the Western world is seen to mainly take issue with the 'White Alt-Right'.
Imagine being in Germany and welcome Arabs and Muslims en mass who proudly wear their identity. Their provocateurs and Muslim Alt-Right proudly speak of Islamisizing Europe. In the US, Mexican's proudly fly the Mexican flag.
Now imagine being a 'white' person in a simply neighborhood. You're called a racist if you boast about your white culture. Then in comes the ethnic group of say Muslims. They proudly boast their culture. They start talking about Muslim neighborhood.
Imagine a white person planning to developer a community just for 'White People.'
Or consider schooling. I went to a predominantly 'Indian' high school. To say little of high school politics, the 'Indian' cliques ran the high school and they were allowed to show it. If the 'White' kids formed cliques like that and dominated, there would be hell to pay.
The tactics and desires of a lot of groups are really no different than the 'undesirable' behavior of 'white people' of yesteryear.
Progressifying Immigrant GroupsI definitely think the white Alt-Right gets the attacked more and even mild 'white' pride often gets hit with charges of racism and bigotry. However, I don't think progressives are just letting immigrant groups do whatever they want. At least in Canada, there have been several incidents where we can see the immigrant Alt-Right issues rising to the surface and suffering condemnation.
How will this play out? That is an interesting question.
I think the white Alt-Right think Western Progressives are being naive and the various immigrant Alt-Right groups will overcome the Western State.
Perhaps they simply overreact and Western Progressive governments are strong enough and they simply absorb the vast numbers of immigrants with strong social programs and a strong education system.
I can't predict the future, but that's how I see it shaping up.
Cucks and TribalismThere is a fair bit of tribalism and patriarchy in all the Alt-Rights as well. The popular term cuck is defined as follows
Cuck, short for “cuckold,” is a term referring to a man with a female significant other who engages in sexual activities with other men.
It takes a somewhat tribal tone as well. For example white men will call another one man a cuck if he lets his women screw black men. But this is not anything unique to 'white men'. Indian men speak the same way. It is *always* okay in the Alt-Right world to screw the women of the other tribes, but not let them screw your girls. That is the tribal game to be played.
Again, ponder this from a western perspective. Immigrant groups are generally allowed to guard their women; as best they can. A white father prohibiting his daughter from marrying a black male would be called all kinds of names; most especially racist and bigot. Yet, an Indian father wanting to keep his daughter married into the culture/religion is just considered part of the culture.
There's an interesting video that I like. It really depicts the old original of male/female tribal dynamics.
With money, the women have been given the chance. But the women in Umoja are vulnerable because they can be raided by other men. Only a man can provide them with protection.
In a sense, 'patriarchal' are needed because the tribe is needed to protect women from 'invaders'.
Now translate that into the modern day.
If Liberal progressive Europe were just on its own. The need for this tribal protection is lessened as society is fairly secular. Now imagine the more patriarchal immigrant groups coming in; suddenly who is 'protecting' the tribes women?
Maybe it just comes as an obvious observation to me being part of an Asian culture.
The goal is to:
- protect 'your' girls from outside groups
- invade/have sex with girls from other groups
It's an interesting mindset to ponder in this day and age.
I think this is why a lot of the white Alt-Right focus on immigrant rapes as a threat to Western women.
Western CivilizationYou also have talks of saving 'Western Civilization'. Sure, things like the enlightenment, free speech, orderly market, legal system, law and order... are amazing achievement of Western Civilization.
Do we put this all at risk due to increasing number of people who do not share that basis.
I definitely think there is a numbers argument to be made.
Canada has a population of about 30 Million people.
If Canada was to let in 1 Billion people from more traditional and non-Western background, I doubt you'd find anyone who wouldn't think there would be a problem. You simply wouldn't be able to integrate 1 Billion people quick enough.
What is an acceptable number? I have no idea. It also depends on the amount of resources available for immigrant support and social services.
However, I think calls here are more of a reaction. It's not even about the immigrants.
The political battle between progressives and those of classical liberalism has been going on for a long time.
Attacks against free speech, law and order, the family, the market... have been going on for a long time.
Now the progressives might have allied themselves with certain immigrant groups, but those classical liberal western values aren't under attack mainly by immigrants. It is largely driven by people in Western countries who have adopted other values.
Just think about it. Before all this talk of Islam threatening Free Speech. What would you say was the greatest threat to Free Speech? It would have been feminism or socialism. That's not something brought here by immigrants. That's Western people choosing to abandon classical Liberalism.