I don’t like the name alt-right, even though the belief system of most on the alt-right matches mine pretty well. We need a better name for our belief system. Alt-right, or more formally, alternative-right, doesn’t roll off the tongue very easily.
Look, kids have names for their groups like emos, goths, and juggalos. Those names are easy to say and when you hear them, you kind of know what’s up.
Hillary Clinton tried this simple forumula: alt-right = racist = islamophobic = hater, etc. She tried slinging sh*t at us, but for the most part it didn’t stick.
Since I don’t know of a different label for the alt-right, let’s see what John Derbyshire says unites us:
Excerpt from vdare
So what, in my opinion, makes the Alt-Right a distinct thing—not by any means a party, a faction, or a movement, but a collection of souls with something in common?
Here’s my answer:
We don’t like flagrant nonsense in the discussion of human affairs. We don’t like being lied to. We especially don’t like being lied to by credentialed academics like Jerry Coyne.
The lies are so flagrant, so outrageously obvious, you’d have to laugh at them—if not for the fact that laughing at them is close to being a criminal offense.
“There is no such thing as race!” What a preposterous thing to say! What a multiply preposterous thing for an academic in the human sciences to say. Yet look!—they say it! [ Why racism is not backed by science | As we harvest ever more human genomes one fact remains unshakeable: race does not exist, by Adam Rutherford, Guardian, March 1, 2015]
As Ann Coulter has quipped: It’s like saying “there are no such things as mountains.” When, after all, is a mountain just a hill? Similarly with “there are no such things as colors,” since, after all, no-one can tell you how many colors there are, or the precise wavelength at which turquoise is more blueish than greenish.
How many neighborhoods are there in New York City? Beats me; so are there no such things as neighborhoods? This is infantile.
Much more to the point, it’s like saying “there are no such things as families.” When do you stop being a member of my family? Fourth cousin? Ninth cousin by marriage? So are there no such things as families?
But of course there are such things as families. And that’s all races are: big old extended families of mostly-common deep ancestry.
This acquiescence in obvious lies—even by academics, who should be the guardians of truth—is characteristic of totalitarian societies. The money quote here is from Tony Daniels, a/k/a “Theodore Dalrymple.”
In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is … in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Our Culture, What’s Left Of It, FrontPageMag, August 31, 2008
Tony himself, I should say, lines up with Goodwhites in the Cold Civil War, not with us Badwhites of the Alt Right. His insight there, however, is very penetrating, and could be inscribed on an Alt Right banner, if we ever get around to brandishing banners.
I’ve omitted the numerous links from the excerpt. Click on the link to vdare to access the links.
Here’s a video that attempts to define the alt-right. There’s some truth here, but there’s also some nonsense.