If you haven’t read a word of this interminable panoply of hissing and histrionics you’ve done better than me today. Compiled by New York magazine, it is apparently intended as a cutting-edge catalogue of the abominable alt-right and its myriad associated degenerates and pathologies.
I consumed a sufficient percentage of it to override a senate filibuster before concluding that yet another author’s word scramble of the same accusations wasn’t going to aid my understanding of just what makes alt-righters so wretched. Is it their “shocking racism” or their “straight up white nationalism?” Hey, it’s both! What a relief to not be faced with difficult choices.
We learn that alt-righters are teenagers, and believe me ladies when I say my refractory periods are just as brief. They are also obtuse, alienated, outcasts, who are particularly gullible to voices offering too-convenient solutions. That’s the nature of a right-wing dissident: readily swallowing propaganda from any source other than the entertainment, education, and media industries being broadcast every hour of his life from the day he is born. Take those sources out of consideration, and alt-righters are practically tin-soldiers.
It’s a necrotic meme at this point, but I couldn’t stop myself from hearing the venerable homosex tenor of the Honey Badger’s narrator.
Now here’s a houseful of pieties. You think the alt-right cares? It doesn’t give a shit. It goes right onto social media with its hate. How disgusting is that? Oooh, it’s so nasty. But look, the alt-right doesn’t care. It’s getting called racist like a thousand times. It doesn’t give a shit. It’s angry. It doesn’t even care about being called racist. Oh what crazy fucks!
It’s practically verbatim.
Liberals actually face a fairly insurmountable hurdle when pretending to offer a dispassionate taxonomy of their insect opposition. This being that they are obligated by convention and consequence to seethe, posture, and ululate rather than analyze. A leftist writer can’t endeavor to understand and describe his antagonists in careful and accurate terms, since doing so threatens to call his zeal and contempt into question among peers. Zeal and contempt being forms of liberal social currency, as precision and circumspection certainly are not. Thus decorum demands its ritual denunciations. And if you don’t lavishly denounce all the Hitlers, then a Hitler just may be you.
As a result, what might have been honest and subsequently fruitful efforts by leftists to comprehend and mitigate alt-right appeal are squandered entirely by indistinguishable displays of mandatory clucking. This self-restriction on making lucid evaluations of your enemies happily accrues to their detriment. Further, it becomes no more than the sound of singing from a hymnal to neutral observers. All of whom may conceivably be receptive, but tend to tune out the stanzas they already know by heart.
Probably the only entry I found remotely invested in the ostensible enterprise was this:
Based on the interviews I’ve been doing, members of the alt-right are definitely higher educated [than most Trump voters]. It is a movement that is pretty technologically literate, so it is qualitatively different from the KKK of a generation ago. What some have speculated about, actually within the alt-right itself, is that one of the causes for its growth is that there is a growing number of very skilled and rather talented people who are not of the social status that one might anticipate given their levels of education. So they’re very well trained, very well educated, and they have a lot of time on their hands. So it’s maybe a lot of people who got good STEM degrees and ended up moving back in with their parents. One of the key ways to destroy a budding radical is to make him or her firmly ensconced in the bourgeoisie. Once you are dealing with mortgage payments, you’re not spending time on the internet trying to foment revolution anymore. Part of the problem is this large population that has time and has skills, and it’s angry. There are people who are quite bitter about their experiences and the alt-right tells them that they have answers for them.
The alt-right tells them they have answers for them. This in contrast to the Washington Post, which just offers readers the raw facts and encourages their faculties to take it from there. And even though this piece remains shackled to the left’s desperate spiritual need for unworthy adversaries, it at least diverts from the comforting canard of basement dwellers. The alt-right may be intelligent (is this writer Hitler?), but they remain sullen underachievers (relief).
That’s about as contemplative as this 800,000 word treatise gets.
Though it would undoubtedly be a debilitating datapoint for libs to learn that many of their antagonists are socially ensconced professionals who own the basements they reportedly sleep in along with many other conspicuous capital goods. Fortunately that possibility hasn’t even been considered. And I’m not going to give it away.