Debunking the alt-right myth

There is a ‘white supremacist’ in the White House, according to the metropolitan Left.

No, it isn’t Donald Trump. That goes without saying. The man in question is of course Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News and now chief strategist for the president-elect, who recently earned the label after bragging that Breitbart was the “platform for the ‘alt-right’”. Oh the humanity.

Of course, Bannon is not a white supremacist, and neither, for the most part, is the alt-right. As shorthand for ‘alternative right’, the term simply refers to all right-wing currents that go against mainstream conservatism. Naturally, this does include white supremacism, but it also describes the much more prominent Trump/UKIP clique as well as classical liberals. It is therefore best explained as not a racist movement, but as a broad church with a racist fringe.

Obviously, that fringe is to be thoroughly condemned. But Bannon, in line with Breitbart’s editorial stance, was quite clearly referring to the dominant, more moderate section of the alt-right spectrum: the anti-PC, anti-mass immigration but pro-free speech, multiracial and civic-nationalist ‘Trumpeters’. Luminaries of this wing include Bannon’s ex-colleagues Milo Yiannopoulos – a gay Jew with a penchant for black men – and former UKIP leadership contender Raheem Kassam. Indeed, like Trump’s wider support, they are surprisingly diverse.

This set is also defined by its online presence and trolling of ‘social justice warriors’, which to be fair, is quite an enjoyable pastime. On a rainy day, I like to search for ‘Tory scum’ on Twitter and wind up those defaming my party. They’re spitting blood as it is, meaning the hard work has already been done for you.

However, unlike Breitbart, I am certainly no fan of Donald J. Trump: he is an ignorant, unqualified and narcissistic orangutan whose election to the White House transcends parody. But for goodness sake, his administration will not be the Fourth Reich, and I relish the intellectual challenge that he, Bannon and their infectious brand of illiberalism brings.

The Left, on the other hand, do not relish the challenge, which is why they’ve portrayed Bannon as the head of a unified, neo-fascist front. Essentially, the alt-right is a folk devil that the Left have distorted in order to – once again – dodge the debates and shut down their opponents by calling them names.

Some people never learn.

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  1. You may vote Tory in a polling booth, but I am not sure I would describe you as Tory. By search twitter for people to wind up when you are bored you are not adding to the debate or convincing people of your point of view. Rather you are helping propagate the bastard-Tory myth and making it harder for those who actively seek to engage with voters.
    You do the Tory party more damage than 10 quiet labour voters, and we would be better off if you kept quiet rather that ‘helping’

    • Disagree. It’d be good for recruitment if the Tories had more of a young, playful online presence. Just look at Trump.

      Besides, I’m a thinking man’s troll. Unlike those I engage with, I try do to do a little more than just indulge in brainless abuse.

    • says Tinio trolling this site with their delusional POV

  2. disqus_AFVyJtH8Dw says:

    I am way way to the left of you and yet I do not match any of your descriptions. I always try to be polite (occasionally fail) and do not refuse to listen to and consider right and yes also alt-right views. I don’t actually really know what your definition of a white supremacist is but I am pretty sure that people hide their true motives and feelings if they do have extreme views on the right. Of course there are extreme views on the left too and for some reason they are less hidden at present. It is always healthier to let these extreme views out into the light surely? Reasonable debate should be able to demolish them very quickly. I agree with free speech and am worried about it being shut down. I think the Left deserve criticism for that. But at the same time they have many great ideas to balance their mistakes. I think politics needs to move beyond left/right divides.

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