They say any press is good press, and if that’s the metric the alt Rright has been surging. From The New Yorker to The Washington Post our movement and its leaders have been quoted in the wake of the Trump phenomenon more than ever before.
Of course, Conservatism inc. has not allowed this publicity to go unnoticed. The boring ex-cub reporter from National Review Bestsy Woodruff clacked and clucked about “evil” nazis and (gasp) Islamophobia over at The Daily Beast. Over at The Weekly Standard though, one Benjamin Welton seems to want to try to understand exactly who we are:
Indeed, the true conflict facing Republicans is not with the social democrats who've taken over the American left, but within the soul of American conservatives. Namely, a new, highly heterogeneous force in right-wing politics is taking hold, and they have their sights set firmly on the Republican "establishment." Known collectively as the "alternative right," this amalgam includes neo-reactionaries, monarchists, nativists, populists, and even a few self-declared fascists. They mostly congregate online, with a large swath of blogs and websites dedicated to their concerns. As an example of how truly diverse the alt right is, major and proverbial watering holes for them include everything from Breitbart and the libertarian-leaning Taki Mag to Alternative Right—a blog that openly supports white nationalism.”
It seems as if someone has been clicking around the dark side of the internet (I hope the Standard’s IT don’t double as commisars!) But, yes, Ben, we are heterogenous, what unites us is a creeping and true suspicion that, yes, something is very rotten in Denmark. Something that just supporting the GOP and electing the next “True Reagan Conservative” won’t solve. We want to build a future for ourselves and our grandchildren, not the Republican Party.
As Richard Spencer recently said to The Washington Post about Donald Trump, who conjures:
[A]n unconscious vision that white people have — that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country. I think that scares us. They probably aren’t able to articulate it. I think it’s there.
This is exactly true. To many inside the beltway we are monsters that are in your own words, Mr. Welton, “the real threat to the Republican party as it is currently constituted”. Well said, our loyalties are to our people and our identity as Europeans rather than to the abstract shibboleths of a dying political party from the End of History.
You correctly also note that we don’t play into the left’s morality game. That we:
Rather than concede the moral high ground to the left, the alt right turns the left's moralism on its head and makes it a badge of honor to be called "racist," "homophobic," and "sexist." Instead of the GOP establishment's soup of globalism, free markets, and foreign interventions, the alt Right has resurrected some ghosts from the conservative past in pushing for protectionism, national capitalism, and an emphasis on protecting American lives at home, not abroad.
Again, all true. We hold to the radical truths that preferenes for one’s own, honor for one’s ancestors, and working towards a vision of the future for our people is true, noble, and right. We also don’t deny the biological reality that there are differences among the races and sexes. In short what we offer is a more natural, in all senses of the word, view of the world. One not rooted in trying to one up the Left's insane pseudo-morality or predicated on economistic bean counting.
To anyone reading this curious about what exactly the “alt Right” is, have a look at Richard Spencer’s latest video and browse Radix’s archives. Don’t let the beltway do your thinking for you, I’m sure you’ll find yourself nodding along more than you thought you would.
Don’t be afraid to think different. Or as we would say, don’t be afaid to become who you are. The only thing you have to cross is the mental Potomac!