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The Hoopla About the “Alt-Right”

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This may vaguely resemble Ann Coulter’s idea of the Alt Right.

by Hadding Scott

IN RECENT YEARS I have paid less and less attention to what goes on in White nationalism generally, or what is now known as the “alt-right.” Whether White nationalism and the “alt-right” are the same thing, or different things, I cannot tell. Some people think that they are the same thing. Others deny it.

I first heard the term “alt-right” a few years ago. For me the term had some connotations. The word alternative has a positive connotation for some people in a certain age-group, because of “alternative music” or “alternative dance-music” that some preferred to the music played on radio-stations in the 80s and 90s. This alternative music, incidentally, usually exhibited less Negro influence than the music in the pop-charts. Thus it seems that the “alt-right” was supposed to be a better form of right-wing politics, for the cool White kids.

But why invent a new term at all? Are there really any new political orientations that have not been labeled?

No, of course not. A new label is invented to escape stereotyping. It’s the same reason that Blackwater Security keeps changing its name. Nobody wants to be called racist or White supremacist, because the mass-media always represent racists and White supremacists in a negative way. (Racism and White supremacy, by the way, were not always universally considered derogatory terms.) Most people prefer to do things the easy way. So, rather than try to fight the stereotype, one chooses a new label.

I have never used the term “alt-right” to refer to myself, because I thought it was too vague. I have never been eager to participate in fads, which is how the use of that term appeared to me. Also, as a National-Socialist, my position is a synthesis of what are normally regarded as left and right. To say that I am on the right would not be entirely accurate.

Most people are not going to know from the name just what the “alt-right” is. Because the term has no instantly clear meaning, its intended meaning is easily missed or distorted.

When Steve Bannon told a Jewish reporter for Mother Jones that Breitbart was a “platform for the alt-right,” he offered a rather vague notion of what this might mean:

“Our definition of the ‘alt-right’ is younger people who are anti-globalists, very nationalist, terribly anti-establishment.” [S. Posner, Mother Jones, 22 August 2016]

Mother Jones of course did not fail to inform readers of the term’s inextricable association with White nationalism. Bannon has subsequently declared that Breitbart had “zero tolerance” for “racial and anti-Semitic” views.

Ann Coulter, on the other hand, has recently said that her idea of the Alt Right is: teenagers who discovered that it is fun to be called racist.

This is not at all the impression given by Richard Spencer’s panel of “alt-right” luminaries — Peter Brimelow, Kevin MacDonald, Jared Taylor, et al. — at a press-conference on 19 November 2016. They are all uptight about being called racist. When a reporter asked if they were racist, instead of boldly saying, “Yes, we are racists,” they objected to it. Jared Taylor said that the word racist was pejorative (obviously not having read René Binet’s Theory of Racism). So, it is clear that these luminaries, who are supposed to represent the “alt-right,” are in fact less radical than the “teenagers” that Ann Coulter thinks really are the “alt-right.”

When a reporter mentioned Andrew Anglin and The Daily Stormer, Peter Brimelow (a former employee of National Review) felt obliged to stipulate that Anglin was not a member of the “alt-right” at all, but “a flat-out Neo-Nazi,”meaning that there was some important difference between Anglin and the “alt-right.”

This really puzzled me, because it is not at all clear, from a strictly political perspective, that these “alt-right” luminaries share goals not shared by Andrew Anglin. The differences between MacDonald and Taylor alone are huge. MacDonald focuses entirely on Jews, while Taylor tries never to focus on Jews. If they are in one boat together, it is a broadly pro-White boat. It does not seem tenable to assert that they are in one movement together while Andrew Anglin is in a different one — if it is strictly a matter of politics.

It is obviously not a matter of politics. There are other reasons why they find the association with Anglin embarrassing. Basically, he is running a sensationalist tabloid in the form of a blog, and he is catering to a young audience, and, perhaps most importantly, he does not avoid taboos that these respectable luminaries assiduously shun, starting with the very name of his blog. Just as these worthies fled from the word racism, they flee from that association. Pretending that there was a huge political gulf between the “alt-right” and The Daily Stormer was a way of escaping this embarrassment. It is bourgeois respectability that is at stake here.

This is at the opposite extreme from Ann Coulter’s impression of what the “alt-right” is.

I was dismayed to hear Spencer say that the “alt-right” is interested in “the conservative revolution in Germany.” The “Revolutionary Conservatives” were a tiny political movement that had very little effect. Whatever useful ideas they produced were subsumed under National-Socialism. The most famous of them, Hermann Rauschning, was a traitor. When people say that they are interested in the Revolutionary Conservatives, it tells me that they have some inhibition about showing an interest in National-Socialism, which was obviously a much more important movement. It is a way of maintaining distance from Hitler, which means that Richard Spencer is still under the influence of Holocaust-propaganda. Spencer’s professed admiration for the French New Right — Benoist, Faye, Steuckers — likewise  represents a retreat from taboo, because these men generally avoid discussing Jews. Bourgeois respectability, bourgeois inhibition, still at work.

It must have been like the Earth crumbling beneath them, therefore, when Tila Tequila and two young men at the conference were photographed giving a Roman salute. All those pains taken to avoid being called racist, and to avoid association with The Daily Stormer, only to have this happen. (It has since been determined that the two males photographed giving a Roman salute with Tila Tequila are Jews.)

If Richard Spencer and his friends are not even able to control the behavior of people attending NPI’s conferences, they are certainly not going to be able to control the use of the term “alt-right.”

Ultimately, because there is no control over what “alt-right” can mean and who calls himself “alt-right,” the term will continue to be stretched and distorted until it becomes entirely useless, or even a liability for some who have conspicuously applied the term to themselves. That process surely accelerated recently, when the term acquired importance as the object of so much attention.

Now, Spencer’s National Policy Institute is a different matter. That is an organization. Its goals and membership can be defined by its leadership. Good luck to Richard Spencer on that. I just hope that NPI’s proposals will be as radical and thorough as our situation requires.

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Source: National-Socialist Worldview

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17 Comments

  1. November 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    When I wrote this article I had seen the question-and-answer session with news-media, but had not yet seen Spencer’s speech, the event’s finale. Spencer himself, drink in hand, did not exactly discourage the kind of behavior seen in the photo, although he said that he was saying some things “half-jokingly.” He later said that Roman salutes were made in a spirit of exuberance and irony.

    It seems that his conduct was influenced by the devil-may-care Internet hellraisers that Ann Coulter thinks are the real Alt Right.

    If Spencer’s mentor had been William Pierce instead of Paul Gottfried, he would not have done that. (Not to say that Gottfried the Jewish academic encouraged such behavior, only that Dr. Pierce, based on his long experience with racial organizations, would have emphatically discouraged it.) Certainly it did not help NPI’s chances of being taken seriously as the think-tank that it is supposed to be.

  2. James Clayton
    November 27, 2016 at 8:47 am — Reply

    The term is a broad brush. But then too many who bill themselves as professors of criminal justice are the usual suspects.

    http://theconversation.com/the-seeds-of-the-alt-right-americas-emergent-right-wing-populist-movement-69036

    The WASHINGTON POST piece has been read aloud more than once on talk radio.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/21/what-the-alt-right-really-wants-according-to-a-professor-writing-a-book-about-them/

  3. James Clayton
    November 27, 2016 at 10:30 pm — Reply

    Some of you may recall the politically correct-at-the-time term, “gook,” ostensibly to make it more pallatable to those in-country to kill them. Is it me, or do there seem to be a lot of noodle joints around, these days?

    Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, a.k.a., Tila Tequila
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tila_Tequila

  4. WHITE_WARRIOR
    November 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    I have no time for cowards. I am a racist and I am proud to be a racist. When anyone calls me a racist I say (in a posh and well-spoken voice) of course I am and what are you going to do about it?

    The late and great Dr William Luther Pierce spoke about this very subject in his broadcast of December 22, 2001 – “Labels.” He highlighted the fact that labels are used to intimidate people into silence. Cowards are very easy to intimidate as shown by the recent behaviour of Brimelow, Taylor and MacDonald. Anyone who highlights differences based on race must by definition be a racist.

    At this point it is worth recalling the ignoble words of the great communist piece of filth Lenin and I quote

    “We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion and scorn towards those who disagree with us” – end of quote.

    In 1943 a communist party directive said and I quote

    “Members and front organizations must continually embarrass and discredit and degrade our enemies. When obstructionists become too irritating label them as fascist, Nazi or anti-Semitic. Constantly associate those who oppose us with those names which already have a bad smell. The association will, after enough repetition, become ‘fact’ in the public mind” – end of quote.

    Cowards will always be cowards – it is hard-wired in their genes. We need men and women of valour who will not shy away from labels – Brimelow, Taylor and MacDonald are not courageous men.

    • James Clayton
      November 29, 2016 at 7:33 am — Reply

      There’s certainly nothing in the above article, or the man’s own behavior that I’ve seen, to indict Kevin MacDonald, except perhaps the necessity of meeting and appearing with lesser men. He writes in his given rather than an assumed or cutesy name. When, probably 12 years ago, I had dinner in Willis Carto’s home, he had three books on his coffee table and commended them as among the most important work of the 20th century: Those were Kevin MacDonald’s. Having read as much of MacDonald as I’ve been able, I’m inclined to agree, because it is truly authoritative, well-researched, and particularly meticuliously documented.

  5. Austro Hungarian
    November 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    The fellow who started the salutes at NPI is Mike Enoch, the top broadcaster at The Daily Shoah. They have over 80,000 downloads every week, and their shows regularly run to three hours. And yet from interacting with their fans on various sites across the internet (not on their forum, of which I am not a member), I am convinced that only 1 in 20 has ever bothered to listen to even a single 20-minute broadcast of Dr. Pierce. There are a few edgy youngsters with long attention spans who have listened to all his Dissident Voices, but they are very few indeed.

    While I will grudgingly agree with alt-righters when they say that youth and humor have made a difference in their recent reach, they are not as popular as they think. They think that Jew-blind deracinated poor whites finally waking up to their economic interests enough to vote for Trump proves that the Alt Right is on the way up.

    Dr. Pierce was building online radio until interrupted by the fatum ultimum that comes to us all. I suspect that had he not be taken from us, he’d be getting 80,000 downloads a week, himself. And without any of these undisciplined shenanigans.

  6. Mad Infidel
    December 1, 2016 at 9:04 am — Reply

    Austro Hungarian your assessment seems pretty spot on. Now I have been involved with the movement since the Summer of Hate of 88 in one fashion or another and at that particular time I really wish we would have had the internet access that the kids of the Alt-Right now have access to.
    You are correct that they truly believe themselves to be more influential than they truly are and in fact if it wouldn’t have been for the never Trumpers and the Left throwing the title out there post election, I doubt many Joe Sixpacks would even know the term. However, they do seem to produce numbers on the Daily Stormer of rather large proportions and one of my concerns is that they have attached themselves with the Republican party to in some way give themselves credibility and this is a mistake of huge proportions in my opinion.
    They also seem to feel that Trump in some way is Anti-Semitic and that he will follow a pattern of behavior that will in some way prove this which is laughable. In my opinion if a number of prominent Jews support a candidate, he is truly not one of us as he would have easily made enemies by now. Not to mention if Trump has no anti-Semitism at his daughter’s bedroom door, a person would be a fool to think that he in some way will take a stand against their stranglehold over the US government.
    In some ways I have great respect for the young that are getting involved in the movement but they have failed to study the sometimes failed attempts of people going before them in this struggle. Case in point, I recently got into a bit of a verbal scuffle over Alex of VNN fame as many there tend to put him upon a pedestal due to his being the first website that brought them knowledge concerning the plight of our Race. When I brought to their attention the fact that Glenn Miller was totally embraced by VNN and had in fact be in charge of newspaper distribution it seemed to fall on deaf ears. While often throwing out Lane’s quotes, or shouting hail Robert Matthews, they seem to have little concern over those who snuggled up to the traitor that helped to bring the Order down, and in my opinion this speaks volumes to their ability to survive in the long haul of this most important of battles. I truly have seen how compromise will get us nowhere, and the time is too short for us to take half measures in my opinion. We owe a debt of the highest order to Dr. Pierce for the education he has brought to many of us.

    • December 1, 2016 at 9:38 am — Reply

      As I understand most of the attendees at the NPI conference on 19 November were from the Internet troll-armies. You think that they have some false impressions about Trump, but they definitely have some false impressions about Richard Spencer.

      Just because he said “Hail Victory!” and raised his arm, they came away with the impression that he was some kind of national-socialist. Andrew Anglin wrote that Spencer had “named the Jew.” No, sorry, he did not — not even once. Meanwhile they also don’t realize that Paul Gottfried edited Spencer’s periodical last year. Richard Spencer’s NPI is paleoconservatism pretending to be national-socialism through the use of dog-whistles. Not that NPI is bad, but it is not the radical racist organization that many seem to think it is.

      As for Frazier Glenn Miller, he is certainly a flawed individual but it is totally false to say that he “helped to bring the Order down.” Glenn Miller testified at the Fort Smith Mass-Sedition Trial, where not one person was convicted. Then he testified about the Shelby pornographic bookstore killings, where again no convictions resulted. That’s all. You got some bad information from somewhere.

  7. Mad Infidel
    December 1, 2016 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I received my information directly from Richard Scutari eye to eye. That’s all I will ever need. I will also choose to take David Lane’s word for it as well as he has written quite extensively concerning the subject prior to his death. I am not trying to be negative or in any way trying to promote conflict, but I will choose to take Rich’s opinion over the matter as he was not only there but is paying the price as I write this.

  8. James Clayton
    December 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Hearsay is still hearsay. Rockwell recruited many flawed individuals because they had less to lose, weren’t as frightened, were willing to call a spade a nigger, not to mention this naming the Jew. I’m flawed myself. And this is what the public, not to mention many without actual experience, consider national socialism: http://www.vocativ.com/313543/rival-white-supremacist-groups-unite-to-fight-race-war/

    This is the sort of thing I prefer to recall when I think of a man, flawed or not, who made sacrifices for us:
    http://nationalvanguard.org/2015/12/george-lincoln-rockwell-speaks-at-ucla-1967/

    Because of his next-door neighbor, I spoke with “George,” when his headquarters was on Randolph, probably in 1966. I recall that I liked him but didn’t understand what he was trying to accomplish or why. My sense was, after listening to his 1967 talk at UCLA, that there are a lot of people we’re going to miss, like we miss Dr. Pierce, and– if there’s no point to it– I think we should leave the mud slinging to the mass media of so called news and entertainment.

    According to Walt Disney (Song of the South),
    Br’er Rabbit’s mother’s advice was that, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all

    Otherwise, what I guess I’d like to actually see specific testimony provided that caused anyone to go to jail. Not the opinion of one in jail, secondhand. There must be a transcript out there somewhere.

    What I like about this thread and probably this site, thus far, is that I haven’t seen much tolerance for ostensible slander. And that’s probably because some reading these posts have experienced it hurting all of us by association. Would that Mr. Strom got back in the saddle sooner, for example.

  9. Mad Infidel
    December 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    I’m not going to sit here and throw mud, but yes I will take Scutari’s word over yes, yours. I read your post and it basically sounds to me that it was ok for Miller to testify. We are done here. As far as slander against Miller is concerned I anxiously await the idiot who can dispute me with factual evidence.

  10. James Clayton
    December 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    Hey, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m just saying that I don’t know what Miller said and you may or, then again, maybe you don’t. And I don’t know if he was given any kind of a deal to testify. However, I agree with Uncle Remus and Tom Metzger, that it may be better to say nothing at all. Wish this was a better copy of the long version of the classic Five Words video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STkm3vmaM7k

  11. Mad Infidel
    December 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    Ok, last attempt and perhaps it will encourage you to educate yourself further, and yes you have a dog in this fight and it matters not if you realize it. First of all the five words has not a thing to do with the warning given and quite frankly owed to those younger in the Cause concerning traitors. Perhaps you may like to speak further with Tom and he will gladly back up my story and claims concerning Miller.
    The five words has nothing to due with comrades but law enforcement. AS far as Rich is concerned, he is a friend and I know what he has done for this movement and it might be helpful to do a little research on exactly the huge amount of money that the Order provided to many organizations including the one you have your butt parked on. You see this isn’t a gray area at all, but a either or. As far as Rockwell is concerned, I am not knowledgeable enough to speak upon it. It would be as if I picked a name from a dedication in the book Hunter as my own, I would look like a fool.

    • December 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm — Reply

      Mr. Scutari and Mr. Miller are both long time friends of mine and both hold Dr. Pierce in the highest regard. They both endorse the current National Alliance. Hadding Scott and Tom Metzger are also friends. We all have our disagreements on this or on that, but differences aside we all read from the same bottom line on the same page, including Glenn Miller, the man, whatever his screwups, that I will always credit with getting me fully activated for the cause more than 30 years ago: race preservation, renewal and advancement.

      The National Alliance, after more than a decade of decline after the death of its founder, is renewed and is now the same serious adult movement today that Dr. Pierce founded and built; and Ann Coulter described the big tent Alt Right crowd correctly: childish.

      Richard wrote this for our August 2016 NA BULLETIN after he’d learned that we had finally successfully defended against a destructive $2 million lawsuit:


      Right now the National Alliance is in the best hands it could be in to save and continue on with Dr. Pierce’s legacy.

      We are proud to have Richard’s endorsement. His address, for those who would like to drop him some words of encouragement:

      Richard Scutari #34840-080
      FCI Pollock
      POB 4050
      Pollock, LA 71467

      Ask Richard which organization he recommends our people support.

  12. Mad Infidel
    December 4, 2016 at 8:59 am — Reply

    ” The information on rat Miller is going out to all. It will be interesting to make note of which individuals of influence beyond, which organizations give their support to Miller’s vision of 2005 or any of his other endeavors. Regardless of how good Miller’s rhetoric may sound, it does not change the fact that he has proven himself to be an enemy to our 14 Word Cause. All who side with Miller are giving aid and comfort to a enemy of our 14 Word Cause. To hell with Miller and to hell with them! Our night of the long knives will be a busy one.”
    Richard Scutari from Unbroken Warrior
    SO by all means continue your course.

  13. December 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    Who is “siding with Miller,” Mad Infidel? Not I. He will die on death row if he’s not put to death first. The only people giving aid and comfort to Glenn Miller at this point are his wife and children and grandchildren, if that’s all right with you. They are not my enemies nor are they enemies of your 14 Word Cause.

    I have discussed Miller with Richard Scutari and he understands my position on him as my early mentor in 1985, if you do not. The Order men sure appreciated him back then, along with Pierce and Metzger and a few others that they allegedly gave money to.

    Since you quote from his book, it might interest you to know that Mr. Scutari has asked me to write a new chapter for the re-release of Unbroken Warrior. A pdf of the first edition of that book is available, but I’m unable to attach it here.

    Let us try to get things back on topic: all this goddamned hoopla about the half-baked Alt-Right fad.

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