As we reflect back on the dramatic year of 2016 and prepare for the no-less-turbulent future, it’s worth noting that if anything, 2016 will be remembered as the Year of the Alt-Right.
This is the year that nationalism broke free from the confines of Internet chatrooms and microjournals, and became a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the Atlantic. Nothing exemplifies this better than the election of Donald Trump to the American Presidency, not to mention the success of Brexit and a host of other European nationalist movements.
Having become the most talked-about political phenomenon in recent memory, the alt-right is poised to become the dominant political ideology of the West in the near future. But with tremendous power comes tremendous responsibility, and very soon, the divisions within the alt-right will become plainly visible to the general public. Indeed, the foundation for future conflict within the movement has been laid, and is already manifesting.
For the very word ‘alt-right’ is a misnomer: the alt-right’s central tenet is nationalism, which is non-ideological and is used by both the Left (Hitler and even Stalin during World War II) and the Right (Otto von Bismarck, Pat Buchanan). Therefore a better descriptor for the alt-right would perhaps be ‘neo-nationalism’ or ‘identitarianism.’
What critics of the alt-right fail to understand is that this movement is in fact a loose coalition of disaffected conservatives (such as myself), disaffected Leftists (such as Richard Spencer), and other nationalists of every ethnicity and ideology whose views have been suppressed by the post-World War, liberal-internationalist paradigm. The glue binding us discontents together is our concern over mass migration; the erosion of our national identities; and the stunning inability of the mainstream Left and Right in our home countries to do anything about it. That’s it.
Vox Day has outlined 16 points of alt-right ideology, and while I personally agree ideologically with his general outline, it is worth noting that Vox is but one figure in this coalition, which has no real leader (Richard Spencer’s attempts to crown himself as such notwithstanding). Within the alt-right, one finds socialists, (non-cucked) conservatives, libertarians, Christians, pagans, Nazis, and perhaps even Communists. With this influx of both Leftists and Rightists, it is easy to see why I am dubious of the name ‘alt-right’ to accurately describe this movement.
Vox has also identified three major strains of alt-right thought: the alt-light (Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter), the alt-West (Vox Day, myself), and the alt-white (Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor). For now, I find these distinctions to be even more helpful than any general ideological overview of the nationalist phenomenon.
And herein lies the problem: the Left and Right are preparing to go to battle for the soul of the alt-right. This battle lies on the Internet for the time being, as the threat of the migrant crisis overshadows traditional political distinctions. But already we see sites such as Faith and Heritage argue for Christian traditionalism and morality; and others such as CounterCurrents and Radix shill for various Leftist causes: abortion, homosexuality/gay marriage, scientific eugenics, nature worship, statism, atheism, and nihilism (which is the ultimate aim of Communism, I might add).
I beg the editors of CounterCurrents to please tell me how gay marriage or nihilism are right-wing positions. Indeed, those on the alt-right who actively promote these and other abominations are no better than the cuckservatives at National Review, who recently unveiled their ‘Conservative Case for Transgender Rights.’
As the alt-right grows in prominence, so will the divisions within. Different countries and nationalities may choose to adopt a more Leftist or Rightist strain of this nationalist thinking – but on my part, I hope the Rightist, Christian side wins out overall. As Pat Buchanan and so many others have pointed out, ‘Europe is the faith, and the faith is Europe.’ Our civilization cannot survive if it is based on atheism and nihilism: it has progressed in that direction since World War II, to disastrous effect.
Only Christianity can save us, for out of all religions, it is the one that elevates man through humility. Paganism and Leftism debase men to the lowest common denominator through pride. Whatever impediments keep radical strains of the alt-right from adopting Christianity – whether it is the fact that Christ was Jewish, or that Christianity offers salvation to all races, or that Christianity demands a strict moral code – these alt-rightists must humble themselves and accept the truth.
…Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them: Do you think that they were more sinful than all the others living in Jerusalem? No,I tell you. But unless you repent, you too will all perish. – Luke 13:4-5
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