What is the Alt Right? 4

At last a new Right is boldly confronting the too victorious Left.

The Left, shocked and scared, resorts of course to calling it racist and Nazi (though Nazism was a socialist movement) and likening it to the KKK (which was a wholly Democratic movement).

In this late August 2016 recording of a BBC radio discussion, Milo Yiannopoulos, opposed by a confused and shrill Cathy Young, gets to explain in a few words – after 14.30 minutes – what the Alt Right is really all about.

We too reject identity politics as “insane and absurd”, and embrace “freedom of speech, libertarianism and free intellectual enquiry“.

The Left’s attack on white men is absurd and insane.

With Milo, we praise Western civilization and the dead and living men who have made it great. Their color, nationality, or descent is irrelevant, but since we are compelled to take notice of the identity politics of the Left, yes, we acknowledge that most of them have been white.

(As a matter of taste, we regret Milo’s praise of Richard Wagner. And as a matter of principle, we disregard his mention of Pat Buchanan.)

Political correctness – the Left’s lock on our lips – is struck away by the Alt Right. As Milo puts it, “The unsayable is sayable again.”

Posted under Commentary, United States by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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  • RonW

    You regret praise of Richard Wagner?? What kind of anachronistic PC lunacy I s that? You clearly have _not_ thrown off the shackles…

    • Here is Note 2 to my essay on New Age, which is number 3 in “The Darkness of This World (Part 1)” to be found under Pages in our margin:

      Wagner’s myths – Lohengrin, Siegfried, Parsifal – were superficially Christian and his heroes Christ-like redeemers. But he dilates at length in his massive prose writings on what is wrong with Christianity and Judaism, especially Judaism and even more especially Jews. He was of the opinion that Jews could only be redeemed by annihilating themselves. The Germans, he declared, needed to be “emancipated from the Jews”; “redeemed” from them by a real-life Parsifal. He praised pre-Christian polytheism. He praised the ancient Greeks for being “intuitive” – which means he loved the savage rites of their Dionysus worship, but ignored their fertile use of reason, their invention of logic and science. Reason, he opined, was a Jewish thing. He drew mostly on Nordic legends, which he considered quintessentially German. Among the ideas he passionately promoted were these: German heroes act out of feeling, not reason, being moved by “the god within”; the only god dwells within us and within nature; there is a “world spirit”, the quintessence of Being, which is within both Man (Germans, that is) and nature; “We are God” and “to become God we need only instinctive Knowledge of the Self” – the indwelling divinity; the taking of hashish releases the feeling of being divine. As poet-priest and prophet, he looked to the coming of a German leader – a Führer – who would mount a “destructive revolution to destroy our civilization”, a civilization which he despised as weak, unheroic, built by Jews. He died before his prophesied Führer was born, but Hitler was intensely inspired by Wagner’s operas from the age of twelve, when he saw one for the first time. It was Lohengrin. And there is a portrait of Hitler as Lohengrin, not (disappointingly) mounted ludicrously on a swan as the knight is in the opera, but on a black horse, in white Medieval armor, carrying the Nazi flag, his head in profile, scowling, unmistakable with his little brushy mustache. The echoes of Wagner’s ideas in New Age are loud and clear. To hear a full discussion of them, go to a YouTube video titled: “Wagner’s Musical Religion: Art, Politics, Genocide”, in which two authorities on Wagner, Margaret Brearley and Robert Wistrich, lecture on his life and works and quote his words.

      I think that paragraph will give you an idea of why I find Richard Wagner intellectually nauseating. In addition, I loathe his music – but that is a matter of taste, and de gustibus non disputandum est.

  • Bruce

    Milo’s a gutsy SOB. He has no problem going into the pseudointellectual funhouses that US universities have become and debating the leftist clowns therein. He was even going to lead a gay pride march through a muslim slum in Sweden, but had to back out due to (likely well-founded) security concerns. Several of his debates and speeches are available on YouTube, and if you’ve ever run across the horror known as Trigglypuff, it was partially Milo who set her off.

  • liz

    Really interesting. I think it’s true that the alt right is defined more by what it’s against than anything else: Leftism, in all its many forms, and all its many strategies to destroy the freedom and autonomy of the individual, and replace it with totalitarian collectivism.