Do you follow Alt. Right Twitter? I do a little bit, though I haven’t been on Twitter in a while. Really, the medium is rather toxic: you can say something long enough to offend or alienate someone, but usually not have enough space to say anything meaningful. Maybe the Alt. Right getting kicked off of Twitter could be a positive in that regard?
However this post will not focus on Twitter or the theory and practice of memetic warfare. It is rather an evaluation of Alt. Right attitudes: the good, the bad, the ugly, and at the end, some attempts to predict the future.
NRx has largely (though certainly not entirely) left the Twitter format. The standard bearers for the Alt. Right tend to be more identitarian. I don’t have any hard data, but I would also guess a lot of Alt. Righters of this strain are under 30 generally. The Alt. Right has made big waves with memes such as #cuckservative or #whitegirlsaremagic. There are some positive things to be said for sure about a young, energetic, tech-savvy identitarian movement:
- Ability to hijack online culture and force the mainstream to pay some attention to long suppressed racialist ideas.
- Young people are more willing to embrace the radicalism that this age demands.
- Anonymous culture, beyond protecting one’s job and family, also enables total ideological freedom.
- Race is important. We must get over delusions of total color-blindness.
- The satire and counter-cultural nature of this young movement also makes it appealing to other young people.
But you put something in, you have to push something else out as well. I think there are decided negatives to a youth based internet movement which have not been adequately addressed:
- Online culture sometimes discourages engagement with the real world, which is bad for both personal and political development.
- The actual opinions of people in real life can sometimes be unfathomable to those in the online Alt. Right.
- Radicalism, while necessary, can descend into rampant counter signalling, which is unproductive.
- Anonymity, while necessary for most people (unless you’re a total bro like me), also blurs lines. People put much less value and thought behind words if their name or face isn’t tagged to it. It’s much easier to shit-talk when it’s not your actual name on the line.
- A lot of the race-focused Alt. Right seems to ignore or outright detest Christianity. Besides being a political non-starter in much of the West, you cannot ultimately build a system that inspires morals and courage out of white skin worship.
- The prevalence of young males lends itself to what Andy Nowicki would call “White Vagina Worship.” In all fairness I am guilty of this myself. This creates problems in dealing with the real world..
I won’t name names here, but you can easily find people on the Alt. Right Twitter and blogospheres who think people who put their Christianity first, above race, are “cucks.” You can find people who will malign Roosh V for “stealing white women.” Now I am quite well aware that Roosh is a degenerate, but if he levels the criticism that some Alt. Righters engage in white vagina worship and white knight for some white women who are quite frankly idiots, him being Iranian-Persian does not invalidate the point. This is an example of youthful rage and energy being misdirected to unproductive ends.
So we have examined some pros and cons of the present, racialist Alt. Right for advancing a Right-wing agenda. I don’t want to entirely rip on the Alt. Right either – they have done some great work getting ideas out there and exploiting the system against itself. This article is not done out of hatred or mockery, but more just an offering of advice to fellow travelers on the right. Now a prediction: The Alt. Right will fall.
“OH MY GOD WE’RE DOOMED!”
Let me clarify the statement, Alternative Right as a generic term for radical anti-liberal thought, that is here to stay, and will probably only grow with the increasingly chaotic state of the world. But the Alt. Right as a specific internet moment of memes and white activists will fall. In the end, its youth might partially be its undoing. One way or another, the star of popular revolt and “mainstream” attention will fade. The obsession with race only, while attacking religious people and ignoring white degeneracy when it happens, cannot last. But in light of the Trump failure in Iowa (regardless of whether it was rigged or not), we need to take away a major lesson: To be resilient.
We will fail. A lot. We will be suppressed, a lot. Our priorities will change as we grow older and become wiser. But we should not be discouraged and think the worst when a movement fails. Paleoconservatism is basically a dead ideology which never had its chance to shine. Now the Alt. Right identitarian branch rules the radical Right debate, and have made much more cultural progress. Eventually they might fall. But if they fall (and its quite possible they could adapt themselves and stay relevant for a long time), something new again will come along, learning even more from past mistakes and taking us closer to our final goals. We are right, and the number of people doubting modernity only grows. We must be careful not to invest so much of our emotional or mental health into some candidate or some internet moment in time. The fundamental anti-modern sentiment is there, and cannot be crushed, from Patrick Buchanan, to Nick B. Steves, RamZPaul, the shitlord down the street, and everyone in between.
Don’t let Iowa and the coming Twitter purges get you down, guys. The Alt. Right is just one chapter down in a long struggle. With each chapter we learn a little something more and get a bit farther each time.