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The Alt-Right is a racial movement and if you've heard otherwise then you've heard wrong.
—mod of the banned subreddit /r/AltRight, LetThereBeWhite[1]
Here's how to understand the alt-right: Think about what's right, then think about the alternative to that.
Stephen Colbert[2]

The alt-right (abbreviated AR and an antonym for "all right"[note 1]) or new right is a far-right movement that opposes multiculturalism and social justice movements (or what they call "Cultural Marxists" and "SJWs"). The movement is made up largely of young Internet-dwellers; it is itself the merger of traditional white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and far-right internet groups (such as the neoreactionary movement and right-wing elements of the Gamergate movement). The alt-right consensus generally rests at the juncture of those three groups. The alt-right is also united by its support for U.S. Republican President Donald Trump. The term originated with Richard Spencer's white nationalist magazine/blog Alternative Right, nicknamed "AltRight".

The alt-right wholeheartedly embraces the overt racism, misogyny, neo-Nazi affectations, bullying and trolling of chan culture as a lifestyle. You'll find them on /pol/, /r/The_Donald, My Posting Career or The Right Stuff; they make up a sizable fraction of the more radical and uncouth sections of Gamergate. They're also the ones who popularized "cuckservative" as a term of abuse for those on the right who are deemed not racist enough.

Whether they are primarily neoreactionaries who are into white nationalism or white nationalists dressing their ideas up with neoreactionary jargon is probably a distinction without a difference. The term "alt-right" has come to be more generally used for Trump supporters who think swastikas are good; in this context, it's just a hip name for white supremacists.

Origins[edit]

The scientific definition.
The alt-right began with a speech the conservative writer Paul Gottfried gave in 2008, after the Republican Party's electoral wipeout. […] But it was Donald Trump's presidential campaign that brought the movement into the mainstream".
—The Washington Post[3]

Who exactly brought the movement to the mainstream? Richard Spencer, who is best described thus:[4]

Richard Spencer uses chopsticks to deftly pluck slivers of togarashi-crusted ahi from a rectangular plate. He is sitting in the Continental-style lounge of the Firebrand Hotel, near his home in the upscale resort town of Whitefish, Montana, discussing a subject not typically broached in polite company. "Race is something between a breed and an actual species," he says, likening the differences between whites and people of color to those between golden retrievers and basset hounds. "It's that powerful." We are well into our third round of Arrogant Frog, a merlot that Spencer chose because its name reminds him of Pepe, the cartoon frog commandeered as a mascot by the "alt-right" movement that has been thrust from the shadows by Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Spencer says Pepe could also be seen as the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian frog deity, Kek: "He is basically using the alt-right to unleash chaos and change the world," he says, looking slightly annoyed when I crack a smile. "You might say, 'Wow,' but this is literally how religions arise."

The correct response to Spencer and to the alt-right is "wow, that's some fucking cringey racialist bullshit".

The dawn of shitposting[edit]

Although the alt-right has only come into prominence in recent years, the truth is that random people using the Internet to spread cringey white supremacist propaganda is nothing new. Perhaps the first example of such would be the 1995 Usenet essay The Long March by Ian P. McKinney of the neo-Fascist National Alliance.[5] This essay was infamous not only for its extreme bigotry and logic that would best be described as being not even wrong, but also for being spammed everywhere on the Internet.

The essay begins with a plea, supposedly to those who care enough about the fate of Western civilization, to heed the author's words. The essay then attacks Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh for not being racist enough for McKinney's liking (one can assume that, if the word "cuckservative" existed at the time, McKinney would have used it).

From there, the author proceeds to rattle off a painfully long diatribe in which he fusses about IQ scores, religiously cites The Bell Curve, and uses all other manner of disproven statistics, circumstantial evidence, half-truths, stereotypes, and condescending pseudo-intellectual jargon to reach his main "conclusion": that African Americans are developmentally inferior to Caucasians and that the only reason anyone believes otherwise is because of the fiendish machinations of Jewish communists who have successfully infiltrated the Cultural Anthropology departments of major universities as part of their sinister plot to overthrow Western civilization.

McKinney argues that racial equality is a "false religion" promoted by fanatical sheeple consisting of liberals and moderate conservatives (and yes, he counts people like Gingrich as "moderates"), and there's also a brief mention of immigration causing white genocide. At least the knowledge that Mr. McKinney clearly has a lifetime's supply of tinfoil is of some use, should we need to borrow some for baking.

Major tenets[edit]

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Stephen Colbert on the alt-right
The alt-right is a loser's poor fantasy of what a radical revolution looks like. I should know.
—from former neo-Nazi Jacob Bacharach[6]
The alt-right is just a euphemism for Nazism.
The Daily Stormer[7]

Superstructure taken from:[8]

Whites are under attack[edit]

Look, it's the alt-swastika!
"I am not a Sith. I am a 'Force realist.'" #AltRightStarWars
—Patton Oswalt[9]

The subbreddit /r/AltRight defines itself thusly:[10]

The Alt-Right, unlike the dominant ideology of the 20th Century (Liberalism/Conservatism), examines the world through a lens of realism. Rather than continue to look at the world through the ideological blinders that Liberalism imposes in its dogmatic evangelism of the Equalitarian religion, we prefer to look & examine social relations & demographics from a perspective of what's real. Thus, racial & sexual realism is a key component of the Alt-Right — perhaps the key component that ties the diverse factions within it together. Another core principle of the Alt-Right is Identitarianism. Identitarianism is the prioritization of social identity, regardless of political persuasion. Thus, the Alt-Right promotes White Identity and White Nationalism.

Men are under attack[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Anti-feminism

Language is under attack[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Political correctness

Trump fandom[edit]

If you don’t like the Religious Right, just wait till you see the Post-Religious Right.
Ross Douthat[11]

The full spectrum from neoreaction through to the alt-right came out solidly for Donald Trump as 2016 Presidential nominee. In an interview with MSNBC, Republican strategist Rick Wilson characterised Trump supporters as an online movement of anti-Semites and "childless single men who masturbate to anime," noting the "Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons and names."[12] Elements of the alt-right have also been sympathetic to Nigel Farage, Vladimir Putin[13] and Brexit—although some white nationalists call for a European superstate built along ethnic lines,[14] not unlike Oswald Mosley's "Europe a Nation" policy.[15]

Steve BannonWikipedia's W.svg the former CEO of the Trump campaign and now Trump's Chief Political Strategist in the White House, is also tied in with the alt-right and anti-"Establishment" populism; he was the former executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC[16] and "turned Breitbart into Trump PravdaWikipedia's W.svg for his own personal gain", according to former Breitbart employee Ben Shapiro. Under his leadership, Breitbart embraced "the white supremacist alt-right", and the website "[became] the alt-right go-to website", according to Shapiro.[17]

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • /r/AltRight - Banned on February 1, 2017 (for doxing). The mods took away the subs that let them torment black people/fat people, "investigate" a fictitious pedophile ring, or share such baubles as "the end goal of feminism is lesbianism". Truly a dark day for America.
  • /r/theNewRight
  • Are Jews White? The Atlantic on the Alt-Right's love/hate of Jews
  • Salon's Alt-right series:

Notes[edit]

  1. Get it?

References[edit]

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20161116004855/https://www.reddit.com/r/altright/comments/4zr372/to_the_new_subscribers_coming_from_rthe_donald/
  2. Stephen Colbert Has the Best Description for the Alt-Right in His Opening Monologue, Vulture
  3. Wiegel, David; Wagner, John (August 23, 2016). "Clinton plans Thursday address in Nevada on Trump and the 'alt-right'". Washington Post.
  4. Meet the White Nationalist Trying To Ride The Trump Train to Lasting Power: Alt-right architect Richard Spencer aims to make racism cool again by Josh Harkinson (Oct. 27, 2016 5:00 AM) Mother Jones.
  5. http://www.panix.com/~lan/crusader/spam/racist.html
  6. http://web.archive.org/web/20170105044602/https://www.reddit.com/r/altright/
  7. Zeiger (July 23, 2016). "The Rise of Right-Wing Homos". The Daily Stormer.
  8. https://whitemansturban.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/dismantling-the-alt-right-mythology/
  9. https://mobile.twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/782079309330558976
  10. http://web.archive.org/web/20160711091803/https://www.reddit.com/r/altright
  11. https://twitter.com/douthatnyt/status/704462319074594816
  12. Heather, GOP Strategist Calls Trump Supporters 'Childless, Single Men Who Masturbate To Anime', Crooks and Liars, Jan. 19, 2016.
  13. Everett, Chris (August 4, 2016). "The 'alternative' right has a Putin problem". Comment Central.
  14. Gais, Hannah (June 28, 2016). "Alt-Right Emboldened". The Washington Spectator.
  15. See the Wikipedia article on Europe a Nation.
  16. See the Wikipedia article on Stephen Bannon.
  17. Shapiro, Ben."I Know Trump's New Campaign Chairman, Steve Bannon. Here's What You Need To Know.". The Daily Wire.