What Is The Alt-Right?

Since the election, I’ve tried to find out what the Alt-Right is. It’s so frustrating because everyone seems to have a different definition. Some people say that it’s a movement of people from the Right who are outside of the mainstream. Others that it’s a white supremacist movement, and others that they’re pranksters who just enjoy making memes and trolling the Left.

I did run across two videos that seem to do a good job of trying to explain what the Alt-Right is and how it became a movement.

The first of the videos (follow the link if you want to watch it) says that the Alt-Right has four tiers. Those Tiers run from Western Nationalism to an outright White Supremacist movement.

It’s an interesting video so I hope you’ll watch it.

The second video talked about Milo and Steve Bannon as well as how the Alt-Right formed and became an influential political factor. I found this video very interesting as well.

In that video, the creator claims that Milo and Bannon aren’t part of the Alt-Right but that they’ve tried to shape the movement into something they can use. He thinks that effort is doomed to failure, because at its core, the Alt-Right is deeply racist.

He also believes that the extreme Left acts as a mirror and the two groups amplify each other, and that while the extreme Left uses words such as ‘racist’, ‘misogynist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ to silence dissent, the Alt-Right uses the word ‘degenerate’ to do the same thing.

Anyhow, I hope you’ll give the video a watch and let me know what you think. What is the Alt-Right? How did they become a political force? Do you think they’re a real phenomenon or a conspiracy theory made up by the paranoid media and its pundits?

 

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21 Comments

      • Nan,

        I was being kind and trying not to let on that the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama-Bernie Sanders left, are bat blinking crazy.

        Those people have been so crazed over so many decades with so many cooked up enemies that it’s ridiculous.

        Jill Stein is bilking many of those poor deranged souls out of millions of $$ with the idea that a recount of the vote will actually do any good.

        Trump, after all is the GREATEST EEEEEVIL enemy.

        • ” I think both sides have their crazies.”

          True enough and unfortunately they are the ones that are given prominence as it saves the effort of creating a strawman to demolish.

          I recall reading a Guardian post about what to do after Sanders lost the Democrat nomination. There were hundreds upon hundreds of comments, 90% of which where the commentator said they would vote for Jill Stein. I thought, wow Jill Stein has a lot of support. So imagine my surprise when she got only around 1% of the vote.

          So what do I conclude, the comment section of the Guardian is dominated by a noisy minority which represents only 1% of the general population.

          I imagine the same applies on the right side of politics.

  1. GC… this reminds me of the exact same search people took in 2007 – 2010 to get clarification of who and what the Tea Party Movement was about… which as it has turned out was/is merely a repackaging of politically-slanted theocracy, or as I like to describe the movement: “Not only weakening or dismantling of the federal government and its purpose, but also the destruction of the Constitution’s First Amendment.” 😉

    It might take another year or two for the “real” Alt-Right to rear its true head.

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