It’s been apparent over the past few months or so that the Alt. Right’s presence on YouTube, Twitter, etc. has been mingled with some quite abrasive elements. More recently, commotion has ensued surrounding foiled meet-ups organised by a certain whore-fucker. In amid the resulting confusion and conversation questions have been raised regarding what the Alt. Right and various parallel phenomena fundamentally are; what their presuppositions, goals, etc. are; and what the whole “point” really is for each “movement”/”phenomenon.”
Let us be clear: the Alternative Right is not a hivemind with one specific goal in mind to accomplish in one specific way. Everyone likes pretty pictures, so here’s one I scribbled out, free of charge:
This diagram is obviously not as detailed or fleshed-out as it otherwise could be, but it’ll serve our purpose here well enough. To clear-up confusion regarding the Alternative Right; the “Alt-Right” is distinguished from the “Alt. Right” by virtue of Richard Spencer being at the center of the former, and the latter being a mish-mash of other factors playing into and off of the Alt-Right phenomenon found on Twitter’s #alt-right Hashtag, Counter Currents and RADIX Journal. The latter is further influenced and intertwined with internet culture, especially that of imageboards as I’ve examined elsewhere, but generally being quite a broad church, something discussed in Episode 6, Series 2 of The Plebeian Podcast. Richard Spencer narrowed things down thereafter in a video which explains his use of the term “Alternative Right” and how things really began. The Alt. Right was also well-defined recently by Occam’s Razor.
It’s extremely important to understand the New World (id est American) underpinnings that the Alt-Right has, and how this lends it to an overt pan-Whiteness as a foundation for identity – identity being the foundation of the Dissident Right; what we’re all searching for by and large. “White” is a sufficient identity in America and Commonwealth countries. It is not a sufficient identity in Europe as history has shown, and as current events in East Europe show. Europeans tend to civic nationalism as opposed to ethnic nationalism – which, before anyone says it, is not always preferable. A mass awakening of European racial consciousness could avert Europe’s crisis regarding mass-immigration at the present time, but it couldn’t happen in the same way it could in the United States. Europe is too fragmented and each nation, each state, each country, each group is too explicitly defined. The English hate the French, the Ukrainians hate the Russians, et cetera. Geopolitical interests cannot be discarded at a whim nor can centuries-old grudges and prejudices between ancient nations.
Much water has been muddied; the distinction between the Americanised Alt-Right and broader, pseudo-globalised via the internet Alt. Right must be understood. The internet and information age are especially important because many thousands of individuals have access to all that the Alt. Right and co. publish and share. This leads to individuals developing differentiated orientations. I, for example, would be classed as a Traditionalist or a Perennialist. My interests primarily are of an esoteric nature; metaphysics. However, I involve myself with YouTube and other communities at a more down-to-earth level, thus, I define myself as being part of the “Alt. Right” but having connections to and interests in Neo-Reaction (for example Social Matter) and Traditionalism (for example Gornahoor). One’s personal equation (to use an Evolian term) tends to be of a syncretic nature. Thus, it’s outrageous to say that “All Alt. Righters think [x].”; only “Most…” or “Some…” “…Alt. Righters think [x].“ could be the most astute statements. And even within certain phenomena, there is great diversity of focus and method, as explained here in the case of Neo-Reaction.
The Alternative Right is not a political party. It has no manifesto. The Traditionalist School or even Neo-Reaction are a little differentiated of course, but that’s the whole point: nuance is lacking in the minds of some which leads to the things discussed here. In “Velocity and Ferocity” I said that,
Any major sociocultural shift is marked prior by psychological and spiritual undercurrents which later culminate at moments of strategic importance. Europe’s Identitarian movement is one such undercurrent, the Alt. Right is another, as is NRx, as are all of the various thinktanks, groups and organisations online or offline which follow a similar trajectory which is pro-identity, pro-power, and anti-establishment.
This is the fundamental glue holding together the objects diagrammed above. There is great diversity in the Online Dissident Right which must be taken into consideration, however. Nationalism has its place; populism is inevitable in the contemporary mass-politics of the the West – but so what? For what purpose? Why? Who? Where?
What day is it? These are questions answered differently by different groups. Traditionalism is not nationalism. The latter is revolutionary, the former is counter-revolutionary. Neo-Fascism is not libertarianism. The latter is anarchist, the former is statist. Et cetera.
To summarise, wherever one is on the ODR one has a vantage point which should be exploited for as long as it’s accessible. The internet has allowed much knowledge to be shared and explored but there will come a point in the coming decades where things are translated into action for many people. What is imperative is that if specific movements are created by people involved in the Alt. Right or NRx, that they will be absolutely circumstance-specific and particular to circumstance. An ODR group materialising in Germany will be very different to an ODR group materialising in California.
Recent articles such as ones written by Andrew Martyanov and Mark Citadel look to what will physically come of all this energised elixir swirling and bubbling in the net’s dark cauldron in the future. We’ll see what happens. If the cards are played right, I’m sure there will be few problems.
Edit: It would be a sensible idea for someone or a group to expand upon what’s written here. It’s far from complete and I’m not nearly as well-acquainted with the online side of things as some others (I’ve only been around for about a year, nothing compared to some people).