Enemies of the State

Good piece on AltRight today from Richard Spencer.

I posted this response, which is in the same vein as some of my other recent comments here:

“…there have certainly been “red scares” in the past, and “Islamic extremists” are on the loose, but the state’s enemies du jour are caricatures of traditionalist Middle Americans. “

I think much of this can be explained by the fact that as traditional forms of out-group hostility (the usual laundry list of isms, archies, and phobias) have become more and more socially unacceptable and politically taboo, the state has had to find new targets in its perpetual quest for self-expansion. The most easy targets are those groups who are unpopular with educated, affluent liberals and the cultural and intellectual elite: religious fundamentalists, “racists,” bizarre cults, gun nuts, poor whites, Southerners, rednecks, supposed “anti-Semites,” on down the line, perhaps intertwined with more conventional outgroups who never made it onto the Left’s Pantheon of the Oppressed: drug users, prostitutes, poor blacks (as opposed to the Obama carbon-copies that liberals prefer). Essentially, these kinds of groups comprise what amounts to “the new niggers” in the eyes of the liberal establishment.

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