What is the alt-right?

Hillary devoted an entire speech to Donald Trump’s “alt-right” supporters. Here’s an article by Walter Hudson, which offers some background to the origins of the alt-right movement and identifies some of the main leaders and shapers of alt-right political beliefs. Hudson explains:

“The alt-right rejects mainstream conservatism as known and pursued by the vast swath of traditional Republicans. Using familiar-sounding rhetoric, evoking lofty images of American greatness, they nonetheless reject the ideas upon which this nation was founded. Alt-right leader Richard Spencer makes this explicit in remarks chronicled by The Nation’s Joan Walsh:

When I [Walsh] try to argue that equality and pluralism are central to the nation’s founding documents, [Spencer] looks disgusted. “When I look at Thomas Jefferson’s writings, the Declaration of Independence, it makes me want to vomit. The idea that a ‘creator’ made all human beings equal? That’s ridiculous. The idea that all human beings are equal is such an appalling sentiment. We’re here on this earth for such a short period of time. The idea that we would dedicate ourselves to something as stupid as ‘equality’ or ‘democracy’ is morally insulting to me.”
Spencer’s comments are not an aberration. This is the man who coined the term “alt-right,” a recognized thought leader within the movement, saying that the Declaration of Independence makes him nauseous.

It’s critical to note Spencer’s meaning here. Some conservatives may be tempted to join Spencer in a criticism of democracy. The United States is a republic, after all, and that is a meaningful difference. However, that is not the point which Spencer is referencing. For him, democracy is bad, not for the reasons which the Founders articulated, but because it threatens the nation’s racial identity.”


Hudson explains the group as promoting a white tribalist belief system, predicated on rejecting not only multiculturalism, but also individual rights,  in favor for a system based on a white nationalist collectivism ( a white tribe).   They reject constitutionalism and opt for a race-based populism.

Everything they claim to champion, I adamantly reject.

I believe in America as a land dedicated to our founding principles.

I believe in protecting and defending The Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.


Filed under American Character, General Interest, Politics, The Constitution

2 responses to “What is the alt-right?

  1. Sam Topekd

    Post links to this when you comment on Disqus. Good sty.

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