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Alt-Right and the Left’s response – Angela Nagle about ‘Kill all Normies’

The Internet is the battleground for the revival of culture wars, says author and journalist Angela Nagle in her recently published book Kill All Normies. In De Balie Nagle chronicles the rise of the alt-right and how the worst of the internet went mainstream. But she doesn’t spare the “politically correct left” for its response. According to the New York Times, Angela Nagles Kill All Normies is “among the best examinations of the origins of the alt-right”. The “alt right”, says Nagle, ranges from neo-reactionary and white separatist movements to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. What characterizes the alt-right and how should the left respond? And how urgent is her story for the identity politics discussion in The Netherlands? Zihni Özdil (Dutch MP for Groenlinks and writer of Nederland, Mijn Vaderland) responds to the book and analyzes the Dutch context.

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  1. I wasn’t impressed with the book at all. As someone who has followed the alt-right and their left-wing counterparts online for years, long before alt-right was even their moniker, it was painfully obvious that the author hadn’t the first clue what she was writing about. Anyone proclaiming she even attempted an objective look at what fuels the right, or that she didn’t pull punches for their leftist counterparts, is a shameless partisan who shares her lack of intellectual rigor, honesty, or both.

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