This topology of the dissident right has apparently been circulating for a while, though today was the first I’d seen it. It’s architect was Reaction’s roving MC, Nick Steves who, while being an undeniably sharp guy, has himself conceded to some possible misplacements. Though I thought it was still well worth publishing for sake of discussion.
The most wittily droll aspect of the presentation is its matter-of-fact clustering of democrats, republicans, and Trumpism into the philosophical breadth of three thimbles. That there is far less distance between Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi than across half the alt-right is only understood by those residing on its sparsely inhabited steppe. But for everyone in the mainstream, there’s a broad range of choice between whether you want to live in a country of gay married African migrants with a 35 percent corporate tax rate…or 30 percent.
Though parts of Nick’s depiction fall beyond my explicit knowledge. There are five lights? The only results a search of this phrase revealed was a Star Trek reference to some 1984 O’Brianesque torture scene. Whatever its provenance, I presume it is a value related to the degree of a blogger’s embrace of blood over paper, with colorblind constitutional fetishism on its opposite pole. Thus I would imagine a longing for Liberia–which shares our constitution, though mysteriously not our indoor plumbing–would mark political positions below the horizontal axis. But given that Social Matter is higher on the vertical plane than Daily Stormer, my Five Lights conjecture may be wrong.
The horizontal axis is more obvious with perceived gradients of patriarchy ranging from Conan (not O’Brian, this time) all the way across to Lena Dunham. It’s an interesting conceptual matrix. Because between those two fundamental values of race and sex, much of man’s philosophy flowers.
As for your host, this blog found its roost in the overlap between southern nationalism (of which I have written little) and the alt-lite (of which I am seppuku). Plainly we’re going to have to work on better getting our hate across. Though as I remarked in Nick’s combox, no one’s mirror ever reflects the same image as another man’s eyes.
So let me know what you think about the grid and how you’d depict its universe differently. I’ll be working on another caustic piece for Confederate Libertarian Magazine.