Walt admits to having been a bit lethargic this month. Perhaps it was post-convention letdown. Once The Donald and Hellery got nominated, things kind of cooled down. Mr Trump misspoke himself a couple of times. (Ronald Reagan used to do that too, and look what happened to him!) Crooked Hillary got a bit of a bump in the polls as people averted their eyes from the lies and scandals. And the lamestream media started practising their moves for the dance on Trump's political grave. Walt tuned out because, as former Canuck Prime Minister John Diefenbaker once said, it's a long road that has no ashcans. [What does that even mean?! Ed.]
Then came La Clinton's "speech" in Reno on Thursday, in which (not having any ideas to put forward) she attacked Mr Trump yet again. And -- this is the part that got my attention -- she also demonized the 40% of Americans who support The Donald as being bigoted racists who have been seduced by the Alt-Right movement which, she claimed, had taken over the Republican Party. "Alt-Right?", I said to myself. "Wozzat?" To find out, I visited the Alternative Right blog.
Gotta love that banner illustration! It could only have been better if it had been the Confederate cavalry led by J.E.B. Stuart, but British cavalry will do nicely.
Turns out the Alt-Righters are not a political organization, but a grass-roots movement of people not unlike my goodself, who believe (for instance) that
- immigration should be halted or sharply curtailed
- political correctness has run amok
- feminism, multiculturalism and globalization are destructive
- white identity and white culture are under threat and need to be aggressively defended.
Richard Spencer, the "white nationalist" founder of the National Policy Institute, said that following the Clinton diatribe, "Millions of people are Googling #AltRight and thinking through our ideas for the first time." That's what I did, and I liked what I read. Like this...
Equality is bullshit. Hierarchy is essential. The races are different. The sexes are different. Morality matters and degeneracy is real. All cultures are not equal and we are not obligated to think they are. Man is a fallen creature and there is more to life than hollow materialism. Finally, the white race matters, and civilization is precious. This is the Alt-Right. Here's the video.
An Alt-Righter who tweets as "Identitarian" wrote "What the #AltRight means is that whites no longer are going to cower and will defend our own race. The #AltRight’s message isn’t one of hate, but one of love: Whites learning to love and support our own race." Sounds all right to me!
Further reading: Click here to read the text of Hellery's Reno speech, with appropriate links and illustrations, from the Alternative Right blog.