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The Growth of the Alternative Right

Here are the three money quotes from this article that are most relevant to the ARV-ATS philosophy.

“The alt right’s real objective, if one can be identified, is to challenge and dismantle mainstream conservatism.”


“If I had to take a political position, I’d say that I’m pro-secession,” said Jack Donovan, a writer associated with the alt right who is known for his writings about masculinity. “America is too big. The U.S. government is bloated and there is too much money in the game. I think smaller is better, and I’d like to see America break up along its natural dividing lines.”

“Personally, I am focused on building tribal networks of interdependent people who share my values, culture, and heritage — using immigrant communities as an example. I can’t control what hand-puppet legislators do or say, but I can control my own social world,” Donovan said.


Michael Anissimov, another writer associated with the neoreactionary movement, recently proposed a solution in an ebook manifesto titled The Idaho Project. It’s about his plan to move to a rural area in Idaho and invite other people to live with him whom he “personally gets along with.”

“This book proposes an alternative point of view called enclavism, the idea that we should create our own desired societies by coalescing in low-population, defensible regions of the United States like Idaho,” the book’s blurb on Amazon states.

By Rosie Gray


WASHINGTON — Old-guard racists like David Duke aren’t the only white nationalists to have been encouraged by Donald Trump’s candidacy this year: His bid has also provided a tremendous boost to a newer movement calling itself the “alt right.”

Up until now, the alt right labored mostly in obscurity, its internal fights and debates hidden from anyone who wasn’t directly looking for them. But all that’s starting to change, and it’s only getting stronger.

“This is really a phenomenon that’s been happening over the last year,” said Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute. “2015 has been huge.”

The movement probably doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen before. The alt right is loosely connected, and mostly online. The white nationalists of the alt right share more in common with European far-right movements than American ones. This is a movement that draws upon relatively obscure political theories like neoreaction or the “Dark Enlightenment,” which reject the premises on which modernity is built, like democracy and egalitarianism. But it’s not all so high-minded as that. Take a glance at the #altright hashtag on Twitter or at The Right Stuff, an online hub of the movement, and you’ll find a penchant for aggressive rhetoric and outright racial and anti-Semitic slurs, often delivered in the arch, ironic tones common to modern internet discourse. Trump is a hero on the alt right and the subject of many adoring memes and tweets.

In short, it’s white supremacy perfectly tailored for our times: 4chan-esque racist rhetoric combined with a tinge of Silicon Valley–flavored philosophizing, all riding on the coattails of the Trump boom.

Spencer himself can claim credit for coining the term “alt right”; in 2010, he founded AlternativeRight.com, which is now RadixJournal. But he says the term has gotten a second life in the past year due to a confluence of external factors. “I think it has a lot to do with Trump,” he said. “I think the refugee crisis is also an inspiration. I just think things have gotten so real.”

Jared Taylor, the American Renaissance founder who along with Spencer is considered one of the chiefs of the intellectual wing of white nationalism, also acknowledged Trump’s influence, but said, “It doesn’t have to do only with Trump,” citing Black Lives Matter and “the current rowdiness on college campuses” as other inspirations.

“I think it goes by a lot of different names,” Taylor said. “I consider it a dissident right as well.”

Spencer believes the alt right is “deeply connected” with his work. “I would say that what I’m doing is we’re really trying to build a philosophy, an ideology around identity, European identity,” he said, “and I would say that the alt right is a kind of the take-no-prisoners Twitter troopers of that.”


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  1. Neither the old nor the new right or left wing have so far seriously enough considered their and our exterritorial autonomy, personal law and voluntary alternatives, starting with individual secesisonism and proceeding to xyz personal law governance systems, societies and communities, all only for their present and future volunteers. Only they can realize all their “ideals” – as well as all other ideals – under the best possible conditions for them, i.e. among their volunteers only and only at their risk and expense. Who can rightly and seriously oppose what he can at most consider merely a “fool’s liberty”, which does not threaten, harm or wrong him and which would also constitute something that would give him (or her) the chance to try to realize the own ideal – only among and with the help of like-minded people? If they do really believes in their sytem, then they would be confident that its free experimental realization among some supporters would set an attractive example that would soon attract many more followers and imitators. – See e.g. http://www.panarchy.org/index

  2. In the last couple years, the “alt-right” has been gobbling up corners of the internet that once leaned strongly libertarian. Their marketing line is “libertarianism and national socialism are both great, but national socialism is what we *really* need right now”.

    I don’t see how the rise of the alt-right is good for anarchism. They’re not enemies of the US empire, and even as far as Israel… well, they’re backing Trump, who calls himself Israel’s greatest defender.

  3. “I don’t see how the rise of the alt-right is good for anarchism.”

    The alt right is a mixed bag that includes a lot of different tendencies. There are some among them who are an-caps or N-As or who are into the tactical institutional concepts that ATS promotes like regional secession, decentralization, city-states, etc. and others who aren’t. Work with the people you can and ignore the ones you can’t.

    “They’re not enemies of the US empire..”

    Again, they’re a mixed bag. I gave a speech lambasting US imperialism at an alt right conference recently that was very, very well-received which certainly wouldn’t have been the case at a mainstream conservative conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ag0fIa4Vgk

    “…and even as far as Israel… well, they’re backing Trump, who calls himself Israel’s greatest defender.”

    Yes, and the Trump enthusiasm that’s found in that milieu shows they’re not nearly the “fascists” their enemies make them out to be, and even their alleged “radical right-wing populism” or whatever it is supposed to be is suspect. I’d argue that the militia guys and the sovereign citizens, and perhaps even the Alex Jones or David Icke people, are much more radical than the alt right. Case in point: “The Right Stuff” is arguably the most popular alt right podcast, and it’s widely denounced by Leftists for it’s allegedly shocking un-PC vulgarity (see here: http://antifascistnews.net/2016/01/04/hoods-all-around-how-the-daily-shoah-dumbed-down-the-alt-right/), although I think the “vulgarity” of The Right Stuff is more Howard Stern than Alfred Rosenberg.

    Here’s an article from The Right Stuff describing what an ideal Trump administration would look like. The ideas and figures mentioned are just standard paleoconservative, right-libertarian, and even “movement conservative” stuff. http://therightstuff.biz/2015/12/02/stocking-the-trump-cabinet/ What is discussed in that article is miles apart from the cult of the state created by Nazi totalitarianism (which more closely resembled North Korea than Donald Trump) or genuine historical fascists in the Mussolini tradition. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fascist_movements

    Democratic and Republican administrations in the US have been every bit as “fascist” as anything that’s come from either the alt right or the Trump campaign to date. Case in point: https://books.google.com/books?id=_L6luWXsZ1gC

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