How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Alt-Right?

Milo Yiannopoulos explains. (He’s happy to do so, because he knows the Left won’t take his advice.)

An excerpt:

As well as jokes, there’s something else that establishment elites need to stop demonizing as racism: national pride. During the 2015 election in England, a left-wing candidate for parliament called people who fly the English flag “simpletons and casual racists.” And this is nothing compared to some of the things said by university academics about displays of national pride.

The globalist elites, who assemble in places like Dubai, Davos, and whatever unfortunate country hosts the Bilderberg Conference, don’t have a nation.

Whether they’re from Istanbul, London, or Beijing, global elites tend to dress the same, act the same, talk the same, and think the same. They look at what’s different and unique about their home countries, and squirm in embarrassment.

We don’t.

If you want to draw people away from the alt-right, this has to stop. If you want to identify with the jet setting, cosmopolitan, nationless elite, that’s fine. I like being rich and powerful too.

But stop looking down on people who want to stay true to their roots, and remember the national values and traditions that made our progressive, globalized civilization possible. Because for every national flag you take down to replace it with the faceless and sinister logo of the European Union, the International Olympics Committee or the United Nations, ten more will fly upwards in protest.

This is what and who we are.

Leftists will insist that racism underpins national pride, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most members of the alt-right, even the serious ones, will agree that they want everyone to have national pride, not just western countries.

And they’re right — the instinct for belonging, for a sense of common identity, is universal. The global elite’s foolish quest to suppress this instinct is one of the reasons why the alt right, as well as the populist nationalist right, have gained so much ground so quickly.

Like him or not, Mr. Yiannopoulos is an astute observer, and understands the Alt-Right better than anyone in the media punditocracy. (Better too, I’m afraid, than our friend Bill Vallicella, who in a highly uncharacteristic lapse of discernment, reduced the movement to Nazism.) Read Milo’s speech here.

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  1. Whitewall says

    Milo is quite an asset I think. I have watched a couple of his appearances on his “Dangerous Faggot” tour. Once the verbal jousting with some snowflakes in the audience subsides, his actual subject matter is presented well. If needed, Milo speaks the “language” of the millenials.

    I don’t quite understand Bill V’s off hand dismissal of the Alt-Right. Conservatism Inc. can write well, they just can’t win. It is one thing to write well but there needs to be a why and how to follow.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  2. John says

    Milo a good guy. Do good job. When he not talking about African homo sex.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink
  3. JK says

    … in a highly uncharacteristic lapse of discernment …

    For once I agree.

    With your analysis that it was in the reducing.

    Perhaps the “Alt-Right” is too simple?

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
  4. slumlord says

    The Alt Right is too simple. I like Dissident Right better.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  5. (((the one eyed man))) says

    Because identifying Jews with parentheses is nothing like a gold star; calling Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew” for refusing to back Trump is just fine; websites like the Daily Shoah and Stormfront wouldn’t offend anyone; constant references to ovens are just harmless banter; and adulation of dictators like Putin is just coincidence.

    Valicella thinks that the alt-reich – sorry, alt-right – is neo-Nazi. Who would think such a crazy thing?

    More broadly, it is old fashioned white supremacy being rebranded with a different name – it’s Lester Maddox in hipster clothes.

    The entire movement – angry, hateful, bigoted, and misogynistic – is, in Hillary Clinton’s apt phrase, entirely deplorable.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  6. (((the one eyed man))) says

    The Economist – did you ever subscribe? – does its usual first rate job:

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  7. JK says


    Posted September 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Permalink
  8. JK says

    Jesus Christ (((the one eyed))),

    You ’bout put half the nation into an epileptic fit typing your type and expecting no less than a simple acquiescence.

    Good Luck with that

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm says

    Yes, yes, all that and more! There’s the alt-right’s military conquest of Europe, and its many extermination camps. And of course it’s well-known that, just like the Third Reich, the alt-right is deeply committed to socialism.

    Thanks for that thoughtful and penetrating comment, Peter — it’s good to be reminded of Godwin’s Law from time to time. (Milo actually gives a pretty good picture here of what the term really means, as did Derb a while back, but I know it’s hard to stop and read and think when you’re all lathered up with God’s holy virtue, and have the flaming sword in hand. These heretics aren’t going to smite themselves, after all.)

    Note: Just in case any of you had forgotten, there are only two possible positions in modern political discourse:

    (a) Pie-eyed utopian universalism, mass Third World/Muslim immigration and the opening of all Western borders, the anathematization of all traditional order and heritage, canine fidelity to the ever-expanding managerial state, denial of all human differences and of the objective truths of human nature, triumphalist demographic displacement of European peoples wherever they live, or…

    (b) Being an actual Nazi.

    Oh, and yes, of course I did subscribe to The Economist. (Did you really have to ask? I said I would, and so I did.)

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  10. Loki says

    Sorry, One-Eye, but the Alt Right wouldn’t even exist if your team hadn’t created the conditions that made it inevitable.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  11. Malcolm says

    A fair point, Loki. We over here on the Right have been saying for a very long time that the Left was pushing too hard, too fast, seizing territory that it might eventually find hard to defend.

    If a ruling elite presses ordinary people hard enough and long enough, and mocks and despises their traditions, forefathers, and altars, and makes them acquiesce to the most humiliating lies, and excoriates them for their “bigotry” as it displaces them in their ancient homelands — all the while taking care to insulate itself from the pernicious consequences of the policies it imposes upon them, then sooner or later it will provoke what is known as a “reaction”. And the longer the lid has been on the pressure-cooker, the worse the damage when it finally explodes.

    Is there an ugly fringe to the Alt-Right? Yes, of course, just as there is grotesque ugliness and malevolence on the profoundly racist Left — which manifests itself, not in Tweets and blog-posts, but in burned cities and murdered cops. (There is an ugliness in people, and we see it very clearly both when they are drunk with power, and when they feel themselves abused by it.) There is terrible trouble coming now in Europe: a perfectly predictable (and oft-predicted) outworking of disastrous and hubristic policy in collision with the immutable realities of human nature.

    The point is: it didn’t have to be this way. This is the future you chose. This is the harvest you have sown. I hope you enjoy it, Peter.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 11:27 pm | Permalink
  12. Malcolm says

    Slumlord, I agree. The term “Alt-Right” is now too freighted, and “Dissident Right” is more descriptive.

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  13. JK says

    Perhaps a Jew may be of assistance?

    Posted September 21, 2016 at 12:41 am | Permalink
  14. Malcolm says

    If my previous comments weren’t clear enough, let me say this to those on the Left who now see the alt-right as a monstrous “excresence” (to borrow an adjective from the Economist article Peter linked to above): by creating conditions like this, you created the monster.

    The rapidly coalescing new Right, both here and in Europe, is at bottom an expression of the yearning of normal people to cherish, in their homelands, their own traditions, religion, history, social mores, language, rituals, folklore, and culture, and to live in quiet harmony among people who share them. If you think that’s “deplorable”, and use all your power to vilify, crush and oppress your own people for the expression of this natural longing, then sooner or later you will have a fight — perhaps even a revolution, or a civil war — on your hands.

    Posted September 21, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  15. Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.

    The above phrase was popularized by Mark Twain well before the era of online provocation.

    In the current era of online trolling, we have the analogous trinity of “Half-truths, cherry picking, and anecdotals” to bolster a deplorable party line.

    Posted September 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  16. The Alt Right is a broad group. Its internal components — Traditionalism, Nationalism, Identitarianism, Theocracy, National Socialism/neo-Nazism, Libertarianis, Paleoconservatism, Social Conservatism, Neoreaction and the New Right — are warring it out for dominance.

    As with the New Right, the Alt Right gets the basics right. It is essentially a Nietzschean/Platonic Right, but implementation details remain confused. As someone coming in from the Traditionalist side, I see the Left/Right division not as false as many in the Alt Right do, but the capitalist/socialist division as silly. Socialism does not work in any form. Capitalism does not work by itself, without some privileged and intelligent group to make the choices instead of a consumer mass.

    This is why I summarize the Alt Right as four pillars: Aristocracy, Nationalism (including HBD), Hierarchy (including “no socialism”) and a transcendental goal. Not everyone agrees on this, mainly from recent generations’ bad experiences with state-mediated capitalism. I see this as resolving itself only when the Alt Right purges from its soul — we’re talking ideas, not people — its remaining Leftist tendencies which arise from its members having grown up in a time when Leftist thought is all one sees, hears or reads.

    Posted September 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  17. Jacques says

    Malcolm — building on your thoughts, and partly in reply to the one-eyed man — There are obviously some important similarities between some or much of the Alt Right and Nazism. Obviously! In both cases you have globalist-plutocrat-Leftist elites inflicting misery on the majority, while ridiculing and demonizing them, and in both cases this elite has a significant Jewish component. So, obviously, when the majority start to find their voice and stand up for themselves, they are going to be localists and nationalists and anti-plutocrat. And, to varying degrees, they’ll tend to be anti-Jewish too. But since the behavior of these malevolent or amoral elites is naturally going to provoke just that kind of response, sooner or later, the complaint that the Rightist response is Nazism or kind-of-like-Nazism-in-some-ways is just stupid and pointless. If you go out of your way to do exactly the things that Nazis oppose, and if you won’t listen when more moderate dissidents try to make their case, then… you’re going to get something like Nazism. And whose fault is that?

    Posted September 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  18. Essential Eugenia says

    Seriously, Gentlemen, parentheses are the new Star of David?

    (((Jesus Christ.)))

    Posted September 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  19. EE,

    Your use of the word “Gentlemen” in this context is inappropriate for several reasons, one of which is number (i.e., it should be singular).

    Posted September 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm | Permalink