I wasn’t able to get a blog post of my own out today; we had an Internet outage here. But making quick rounds of the blogs I usually look at, I came across this piece, by Alex Fontana. I was not aware of his blog; I found it here; thanks to Alternative Right.
Read the whole piece at Alex Fontana’s blog. He makes some analogies between the ‘Alt-Right’ and the New Left of the 1960s, with its ‘sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll’ carnival atmosphere, more concerned with wreaking cultural and social havoc than with the old left and its ideology.
I’ve been trying to articulate for myself just what it is that I find unsettling about the Alt-Right as it’s been mutating in the last several months. Granted, I don’t claim to be part of the Alt-Right, though I’ve thought of them as basically in sympathy with the same goals, broadly speaking, as mine. I don’t assume that the arbiters of just who is considered Alt-Right would include someone like me; I consider myself an ethnonationalist (not strictly a WN, though I think Moldbug, guru of many on the right was the first to label me that way). However I’ve never been one for doctrines and labels and ideologies.
But I have been troubled to see that it seems that the Alt-Right, having had the spotlight shone on it by Hillary, is now enjoying the notoriety and feeling the heady feeling of having ‘arrived’ in the national consciousness. However notoriety (or fame) carries a price; oftentimes hangers-on and attention-seekers appear and attach themselves to the newly-famous. Opportunists and people with their own agendas pop out of the woodwork. Then you’ve got the factor of The Powers-That-Be trying to infiltrate and co-opt any newly popular movement, one that they perceive as a threat.
Meanwhile, a group wanting to attain more power by building on the opportunity provided by media coverage may compromise itself in the quest for greater numbers. “Let’s reach out and be more inclusive!” The Big Tent philosophy, so popular with the GOPe, is now the goal for many of the party faithful. More voters! Let’s reach out to gays! My radar says beware of this temptation, but yet I haven’t noticed anyone calling for caution.
There are parallels with what happened to the Tea Party, the way in which they tried to be all things to all people — as well as parallels with the Sixties ‘New Left’, which tried to lure the empty-headed hedonists rather than the political junkie leftists.
The following needed to be said.
“How do we keep from sliding down the rabbit hole of dissidence for the LOLs that Milo seems to think the whole enterprise is meant to achieve? How do we avoid the pitfalls of the New Left yet still be able to attract those fence-sitting, shallow, attention-deficient, synthetically stimulated Last Men reared on South Park and Opie and Anthony? Do we even want them? Are the carnival lights too engaging and are those who embody the true AltRight just not entertaining enough to hold our attention?”
I hope the quoted words above are heeded.