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Lauren Southern (1995–) is a Canadian right-wing[1][2] activist, political commentator and writer. She is a former (and one of the best-known[3]) contributor on The Rebel Media, a conservative and libertarian Canadian online political and social commentary media platform owned by a conservative political activist Ezra Levant, where she hosted the talk show Stand Off with Lauren Southern. She is like the Mechagodzilla or Space Godzilla to Ann Coulter's Godzilla.

She is a Capital-L Libertarian[4] and a cultural libertarian.[5][6] However she holds some rather strong conservative views when it comes on an immigration policy[7] which is ironic considering that her grandparents were immigrants from Denmark.[8] She strongly opposes "social justice warriors" and "third wave feminism". She expressed support for Donald Trump[9] and seemed to be supporting (at least partially) Nigel Farage.

Early life and education[edit]

Southern studied political science at the University of Fraser Valley for two years before dropping out, calling the program "a waste of money to pay for knowledge she could get on her own." During her time there, she was heavily political to the point that most of her peers either saw her views as absurd or simply believed it better not to discuss politics with her due to how unpleasant she could get, and described herself as being into the kind of "Ayn Rand bitch style of libertarianism." She applied to be a military intelligence officer after leaving the university but would become a poster child of the alt-right after attending a Toronto conference headed by Ezra Levant.[10]

Political activities[edit]

Southern has run as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada.[11] She is the force behind "The Triggering", an event to "defend freedom of speech by posting 'offensive content' on social media". "The Triggering" occurred on March 9th, the day after International Women's Day, which may have been intentional.[12] Needless to say, her fans rejoiced and took part in the event.

She appears to be buddies with British right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos, a former senior editor for far-right news and opinion website Breitbart News, as they appeared together in October of 2015 during a Slutwalk to share their "opinions" on rape culture.[13] She did the same thing in a Vancouver Slutwalk in June of that year.[14] Classy. At a transgender rally in early 2016, Southern might have had urine poured on her by a black blocWikipedia's W.svg protester, for stating that only two genders exist.[15] She also attended an Antifa rally with The Rebel Media in London following Brexit and received a hostile reception from protesters.[16]

Southern has accused the left of promoting a culture of decadence and laziness, and wants the youth to resort to a culture of "traditional values".[17] Libertarians! They're actually just conservatives.

Attitude towards the alt-right[edit]

#AltRightMeans I don't have to be ashamed of my heritage.
—Lauren Southern[18]

She was branded by the Anti-Fascist News as a mild supporter of the alt-right "who brings in a lot of their ideas and their cultural behavior without committing to the hard white nationalism".[19] Regarding the alt-right she said that: "It's hard not to sympathize with a lot of the alt-right causes and I do align with a lot of them. I keep a healthy skepticism of any movement that I join or sympathize with, or just talk about. […] and the alt-right certainly deserves a healthy skepticism."[20] Thus she definitely expressed some support to the alt-right agenda,[21] with reservations, although she stated that alt-right methods are "absolutely not" better than those of liberals.

She rejected her being described as an alt-right journalist by Thunderf00t, saying, "While I certainly have crossover with alt-right on a decent amount of subjects, I don't focus on white identity as one of my main topics. […] And because of this most of the alt-right do not refer to me as alt-right. […] Many people on [the] alt-right would find the description of me [as alt-right to be] inaccurate and laughable".[22] In her tweet from September 19, 2016, she even used alt-right as a derogatory term, sarcastically stating "Wow the alt-right is really growing on Canadian campuses"[23] in regards to the video of The Rebel Media's pranking college students where they asked them to sign a petition demanding authorities to "stamp out women's suffrage" and they agreed, obviously having no idea what "suffrage" even means.[24]

Cultural Border Warrior[edit]

Southern has since claimed allegiance to two radical alt-right groups, Defend Europe and Génération Identitaire. Their activities have included such lovely deeds as interfering with humanitarian vessels trying to rescue migrants by shooting flares at them and yelling hate slogans.[25][26] She later in a Twitter video called for 4chan's infamous /pol/ board to join the fight.[27]

The groups have been labeled as anti-Islam, anti-immigration factions that wish to protect Europeans from the threat of an invasion. Besides the obvious reactionary claims, they have also justified their xenophobia on the pretense of wishing to stop the alleged human trafficking of refugees drowning in the sea caused by corrupt humanitarian aid workers who supposedly cooperate with smugglers by... trying to sink boats of refugees themselves instead.[28]

As expected, international human rights activists have widely condemned the groups and their actions.[29] Perhaps then it's not surprising that Patreon later deleted Southern's account on the grounds that she was "raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life."[30]

Views on Islam[edit]

She thinks, pointing out to Ben Shapiro's video "The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority",[31] that a majority of Muslims in the world hold views that "do not align with Western values", and she states that she does not want such Muslims in the West, "changing the base culture of the West".[32]

Religion[edit]

When she was asked about her religion, specifically to the question whether she is Christian, she answered she is "searching".[33]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Lauren Southern, The Rebel Media, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  2. Responding to Thunderf00t, Lauren Southern [YouTube channel], 27 Jan 2017, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  3. Vicky Mochama, Many More Apologies are Owed to Canada's Muslim Community, Toronto Metro, 3 Feb 2017, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  4. Lauren Southern, Libertarian Party of Canada, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  5. Allum Bokhari, Rise of the Cultural Libertarians, Breitbart, 24 Aug 2015, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  6. Lauren Southern - You might be a "cultural libertarian" if..., Rebel Media, 27 Aug 2015, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  7. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/4zlf89/lauren_southern_ama/d6wtoex/ "I'm a libertarian like how Christina Hoff Sommers is a feminist. I want small government but I think the majority of libertarians are going about it in the dumbest way humanly possible. Will open borders achieve smaller government? No. We live in a democracy and a welfare state — it would be small government suicide to open the borders up."
  8. https://twitter.com/Lauren_Southern/status/886013606508285952
  9. Trump supporter BLOCKED by Facebook for complaining about site's censorship of right-wing activists, Daily Mail, 22 May 2016, Updated 23 May 2016, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  10. https://news.vice.com/story/lauren-southern-is-the-alt-rights-not-so-secret-weapon
  11. https://www.libertarian.ca/candidate/lauren-southern
  12. http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2016/03/08/internet-jerks-pledge-to-be-extra-jerky-tomorrow-during-thetriggering/
  13. http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/10/03/breitbart-editor-ejected-from-amber-rose-slut-walk-by-police/
  14. http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/11/reporter-trolls-slutwalk-saying-theres-no-rape-culture-in-the-west-5240499/
  15. Talk:Lauren Southern § did she really get urine poured on her or was that soda pop?Wikipedia's W.svg
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAMS2BjBQeg
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-L5K_XMww4
  18. #AltRightMeans I don't have to be ashamed of my heritage. [a w], Twitter. 25 August 2016.
  19. https://antifascistnews.net/tag/lauren-southern/
  20. https://soundcloud.com/spikedonline/the-alt-right-a-losing-battle#t=7:46
  21. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/08/29/the-alt-right-explained-in-its-own-words/
  22. https://youtu.be/Dh8H6tOQh10?t=6m1s
  23. https://twitter.com/lauren_southern/status/777900524914020352
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY1iBuKmktM
  25. http://www.thedailybeast.com/europes-alt-right-goes-to-sea-to-sink-migrants-and-scuttle-rescuers-2
  26. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/03/far-right-raises-50000-target-refugee-rescue-boats-med
  27. https://twitter.com/Lauren_Southern/status/863161789068046338/video/1
  28. http://www.salon.com/2017/06/05/europes-alt-right-launches-campaign-to-chase-down-refugee-boats-at-sea-quickly-raises-100000/
  29. https://news.vice.com/story/europes-alt-right-is-chartering-a-boat-to-stop-migration-to-italy
  30. https://twitter.com/delmoi/status/888901750756868097
  31. Ben Shapiro: The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority, TruthRevoltOriginals [YouTube channel], 15 Oct 2014, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  32. Lauren Southern Fights Back Against Establishment Media, Rebel Media, 20 Jan 2017, Accessed 13 Feb 2017
  33. Lauren Southern Fights Back Against Establishment Media, Rebel Media, 20 Jan 2017, Accessed 13 Feb 2017