I am fascinated with the alt-right ( but maybe not anymore)
I have been binging on this fascination ever since the Presidential campaign, so this would be about two years now ( two incredible years since that incredible presidential upset that RAWKED THE WORLD)
Night and day watching videos, devouring books and articles, watching Murdoch Murdoch and observing fascinated and stalking the internet for snippets of information about the major players
Laughing at their absurdity, and admiring their bravery
Getting excited at the prospect of seeing rabid women-hating neon-nazi Andrew Anglin debate creepy "Liberalist" skeptic Sargon of Akad on the Youtube show "Warski Live" and finding it funny when Richard Spencer on another episode called creepy Sargon DUMB ( "I don't think you are as smart as you think you are Sargon"); it was like watching meaningless but edgy political wrestling.
Dousing my brain in the salty, fatty, greasy, confit of novel political fringe theory, watching people literally risk their livelihoods for these incredible beliefs of white male supremacy and all-female subjugation, watching these vanity debates of arrogant, self-designated political charlatans, acting like their oppressive visions of the future are legitimate plans for discussion, and they should be the ones discussing them
And I think they should, anyone really should
I've been feeling burnout
and I think it's a big part due to the waning importance of this trend that-was-sort-of-my-hobby
The fascination has been receding, along with the heat the movement itself had originally maintained. Like every fad or trend, the luster begins to fade, and you realize you have been binging on some tasty one-note junk food for a bit too long
It has also started to make me depressed, and to be coloring my vision of the world, and god damn it, I'm not Angela Nagle ( who wrote the book "Kill All Normies" dissecting the Alt-Right ) getting paid to read 4chan all day
NO ONE is paying me to read 4chan all day
And it's making me SAD
So as fascinating as this all has been, it is coming to an end, and when these kinds of "ends" occur, I am always disappointed and confused Now I have to struggle to wonder what will take its' place? What will fascinate me next? What will fill the void, maintain the high, keep the fire burning? What's something new I can learn about? (Cheerleading?) And wasn't that shit I was just so excited about learning about supposed to answer all my questions and satisfy my lust for meaning for time-all-eternity???
Far left anti-capitalist politics didn't do it twenty years ago, and alt-right politics won't do it today ( not that I am alt-right, I am decidedly leftist) but in terms of authenticity and trend-making, they are pretty similar; for one, they are both anti-globalization!
The Alt Right has also come to an end for some of its once brightest stars ( as well as Richard Spencer's college speaking tours, which he resignedly admitted in one video that his side is "just not willing to do what Antifa is willing to do" which is all too ironic for me, but whatever )
People like Millenial Woes disappeared ( then reappeared unfortunately) and others like Milo Yiannopoulos (remember what a big deal he used to be???) and Baked Alaska ( I really liked his music videos, he had talent), seemed to have disappeared for good. Jean Francois Gariepy and Andy Warski broke up, and then JF had trouble keeping co-hosts on his new Youtube show "The Public Space" ( but he still has his show). Internet "bloodsports" still rages on, but with an attenuated flame
I enjoyed the ladies of the Alt-right, and still enjoy some of them to this day. For instance, Lauren Southern interviewed Alexander Dugin recently (which is kind of interesting) , and Lana Lokteff still makes interesting videos as she maintains the reigns at Red Ice. Again, I don't agree with white nationalist aims, but fringe politics are fascinating and educational, and I do think it is pretty brave to go against the tidal grain of mainstream society. But as impressed as I was with their spirit last year, the inherent despicability of their basic message is finally seeping through the sandwich wrapper and tainting my food. It had been blaring through all this time, but it got somewhat submerged in the novelty-of-it-all: women are secondary subhumans to men who should just bear kids and be naked in the kitchen ( or whatever the trope is)
The irony of outspoken women clamoring for their own oppression is not lost on the likes of Lana Lokteff or Lauren Southern ( whom I consider to also be alt-right, but a lesser version, not quite alt-"lite") . They are quick to say that if the married, child-full life is not yet their domain, it will be some time in the future, inevitably and undeniably, and if they are currently mothers, that the situation in the world, with all this feminism, and all this crap, is just too dire for them to remain silent on the sidelines ( honestly, they remind me of anarcho-primitivists who use technology to promote anti-technology, but what are you gonna do? I don't judge, and as a semi-luddite myself, I understand the contradictions)
Tara McCarthy used to have her own shows on Youtube, and then she started collaborating with Brittany Pettibone ( whose book "Hatred Day" I'd like to review one day , when I get around to reading it) doing the show "Virtue of the West". She was so unnervingly soft spoken, but the things she would say were decidedly pretty harsh, racist suggestions for how to live in the world, and how racist the world should be.
She was a co-host on "This Week on the Alt-Right" , and then suddenly left to work on "other projects", but since she made big news several months ago complaining about alt-right men giving her a hard time on Twitter, I haven't really heard from her in a long time. Maybe the fact that she's not one hundred percent white ( and is a leetle bit Jewish) made her disappearance a final reality, but of course being a woman had a lot to do with it
Who knows? A lot of the Alt-Right was recently doxed and de-platformed, some members still barely hanging on for dear life. But she hasn't been heard from for a while unless I am missing something. She isn't on Twitter anymore. She doesn't do Youtube anymore.
Another infamous female Youtuber, a young German woman who went by the moniker "Rage After Storm" also disappeared after she came out as a "race realist". I heard she lost her job, and like Tara, totally dropped out of sight.
Evalion, a young Canadian woman once heralded as "the most racist girl on the Internet" when she burst onto the scene with her videos on "how to identify Jews" and other actually very well-made videos, doesn't make videos in service of the alt-right anymore either, and has relegated all her work to a blog/website ( she also got married and moved to California).
Not many women make it in this milieu, it seems to have a turnover rate like the fashion and porn industries
Leftists would say it serves them right, what else did they expect from a movement that inherently detests women? But I have explained, I think it's much more complicated than that
I'm not the only person who has been fascinated with the movement, and there aren't even just a few who were
Luke Ford is a writer who was obsessed with porn stars, and quite cruelly described them as human detritus. I first saw him in the documentary "After Porn Ends" ( because I too, was obsessed with porn stars) where I found I really hated him, because he was so hard on them, speaking of them as if they had some terrible disease that made them unfit for broader society. I root for and ardently admire porn actresses, admire them for being able to hold their heads up high in a world that secretly drools over their performances but hypocritically shuns them in the public space
Then I see him, YEARS LATER, evolved, having gotten sick of writing about the fascinating world of porn actors, and now writing and interviewing with another set of "human detritus"/people who live and exist on the edge of wholesome society: white nationalists in America
It's all about the drama and the intrigue, and this is all more exciting when it's in a milieu of people who are not deemed acceptable in wider society, people who could and have lost their jobs and their platforms espousing these beliefs (porn stars can have a really hard time leaving porn acting for another career track, due to the stigma and lack of education/funds and probably self-confidence in some cases)
It's hard to move on from porn, and it's hard to move on from white nationalism
The Alt-Right movement is dead in the water for now, and even for the wider conservative movement, as we have seen with the recent de-patforming of Alex Jones and Infowars. The irony of this recent defeat is that the Left claims they are evil and violent and yet they give up so easily and are so easily routed! The people who are supposed to be the most violent and evil of all aren't fighting back in the violent way you would expect them to, the way Antifa or other anarchist groups have in the past and continue to do to this day.
These wayward personalities ( especially these men, some of them with mental illness and a totally toxic masculinity) were and still are bound to implode in on themselves, and go after each other. The rise and fall of Alt-Right "celebs" seems to occur when one of them gets "out of line" and the rest of the pack descend upon and rip up the carcass; it's just like how Leftists devour each other, so let them do it to themselves
Renata Hedgeway is the External Affairs Editor (whatever that means) at Devilish Turn and a frequent commenter on other people's blogs
I was bored one day and flipping through my "free TV" (Roku) and I decided to watch a channel I had placed on my "favorites" ( or whatever): the "Dictators Channel"
A channel smack-dabbed chockfull of documentaries about "dictators of the world" ( which of course, is an arbitrary term, depending on whom you with speak with)
I clicked on the one about "Gaddafi", expecting to hear how horrible he was, how he slaughtered his own people on a vicious, psychotic, whim ( as American media is want to tell us about politicians and military men the US doesn't like ), and how he deserved to die like the "Mad Dog" he was
And I was pleasantly surprised (and there was footage from Russia Today, which YOU KNOW is very suspicious....)
I knew Qaddafi wasn't evil, for as much as they tried to demonize him in the Western ( especially US ) press
But I was surprised that they would put a documentary that was somewhat sympathetic to him on Roku
I thought the media consensus was that he was "The Mad Dog of the Middle East" ( what Reagan labelled him ) and Hillary was so glad when he was brutally murdered ( but this humanitarian woman, no matter how much you might hate someone ( and I doubt she hated him, I doubt she even cared), to celebrate his absolutely BRUTAL murder with such glee indicates how much of a humanitarian she is)
But as we know, her ilk and their quirky attitudes about life and death are all but vaunted in Hollywood movies
but his speeches tho...
There are lots of reasons Gaddafi was taken out, and none of them having to do with "murdering his own people" and "being a threat to international human rights"
Gaddafi sustained a campaign of slander against him for decades
The Lockerbie bombing in 1988 was blamed on a Libyan individual whose guilt remains questionable to this day. Even families of the victims question the final conviction of this gentleman and demand a new investigation. Gaddafi was forced to take the blame and pay ten billion dollars in restitution in hopes the US and the West would do away with their sanctions of his country and start buying Libya's oil again.
(The tactic of not buying your oil was also used on Mossadegh of Iran in the 50's, someone else the West, in this case Britain,( and the US too THO) didn't like)
He did actually use oil money to improve the lives of Libyans. Today, Libya is a cesspool where slavery is said to be thriving and a free passage to Europe for "economic migrants" invading the country, something Gaddafi himself warned would happen if Libya was destabilized.
You should really listen to this fellow
You should listen to them. Listening to them could like substitute for like five years of missing political history from your brain
I don't fit into any political group
I would fit into a "spectrum" maybe, but I think people don't care about that stuff
And why should they? It doesn't make any money and it's not very exciting!
I unfortnately and quite ignorantly come from a tradition of radical left-wing thought. I didn't know it was sourced by something called "The Frankfurt School", and that it entailed "cultural marxism", but nonetheless, I believed that capitalism was the downfall of all and, not only capitalism, but I went down a rabbit-hole to the past and after private property as well. I also guilted domestication of animals, agriculture, and civilization itself as extremely "problematic" ( as the neoliberals would say). I still believe that civilization and society are inherently evil, and I agree with a lot of the tenets of intersectional feminism, but I also have a love for geopolitics and male - dominated history ( like the Roman Empire), because the Old Country beckons to me with its essence, and unfortunately, the novels of Joseph Conrad and W Somerset Maugham are my only links to its past...(although I've read all of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and have tried to read all the forgotten and neglected works of Eliza Haywood, Aphra Behn, Delariviere Manley, Amelie Opie and all the other gazillions of female European novelists and writers of centuries prior to this one I WANT IT ALL)
So, if you view politics like sports ( as I do ) and are all like "well, Trump supports this because he really wants to open a gateway with THIS other political player", and/or "this politician is doing THIS because it will open doors to China", people think you're a fascist. The neoliberal left would have you swinging the air at phantom boogeymen and making enemies out of people who are barely eking out an existence for themselves
It's weird, because they are helping to maintain the very status quo that is holding a lot of people in the grip of cultural and economic oppression, and they are uplifting the very globalization and capitalism that I thought we were all supposed to be against so many years ago
What do I mean?
Well, when you insist that freedom and liberty will rise again when a corrupt female politician becomes President of the United States, aren't you helping to maintain the status quo? Someone who helped create crises in Africa and the Middle East? When you defend a half-black President who also colluded in these crimes? When you defend the Democratic party in spite of all its most blatant and obvious crimes? When you claim that "the Clintons did nothing wrong"?
Liberal feminism would have you believe that women's oppression is the linchpin for all other oppressions, and it's not. I knew this for a long time, then was misled to believe otherwise, and today think it's important, but I'm right back where I started - if you want to play politics in the current world, which is dominated by capitalism and corporations and money and all this crap, then women having power isn't any amelioration of this; women are just taking up positions that men formerly had and they're doing the same things. Female CEO's aren't treating their employees or customers or the environment any better. Female scientists and female politicians aren't treating the environment or rebelling against corporate science in any remarkably different way from men. This doesn't mean women should go back to not having any rights, but it also means that this phenomenon of women gaining power in traditional male roles isn't exactly the golden ticket to salvation
But I WANT IT ALL
And I can demand it all
and isn't that true liberation?
Laci Green is an example of someone who didn't abscond from the Left but who decided to give right-wing voices a chance to speak in her head (she's not the only person to publicly examine "the other side". Cassie Jaye, a once supposed feminist, decided to investigate the phenomenon of "men's right activism" in her documentary "The Red Pill" and it is seriously one-sided and awful but I digress; she literally throws out the baby with the bath water)
She was making all these videos about sex and feminism and oppression, but she was also against censorship and the silencing of voices
And she wanted to know "why?"
Why do you all think like this? What does this stem from? Where do we actually disagree and do we possibly sync up on any level?
These are perfectly legitimate questions to ask, but not when you're in a cult
(Or exist in a fascist society )
She complained about "the lack of nuance" on the Left, and the pettiness, and the cliques, and the closing of ranks against anyone slightly deviant; she claims people threatened to rape her or punch her in the face when she didn't toe the line quite exactly as you're supposed to
Liberals are a pretty intolerant group, because they believe their enemy is the epitome of evil, so there are no rules to abide by when you are fighting this incredible enemy
"By any means necessary" is "the ends justify the means"
And I've never believed in that
I could have told you that the Left was inflexible ( especially the men ), having engaged with them for many years, not quite being one of them ( I mean, I espoused "conspiracy theories" about AIDS and 911, two no-no's for most leftists)
I was wondering when I would come across a Slovenian Youtuber railing about the migrant situation in Europe and basically rehashing the same talking points of the Alt-Right and Skeptic community for the past three years
And liberals have always sucked
But feminism, in its pure sense, the way I am talking about it, doesn't
Why can't I be a feminist? In favor of all women's ability to navigate the world independently, to live for themselves, to have the jobs and life experiences that they want, and STILL be against illegal immigration and migrants flooding my beloved Europe, homeland of my parents?
Also, I'm not a nationalist, but why do you have to be a "tradthot" because you care about your country? And why is it fascistic to point out that if you let lots of people from other countries flood your country, you might possibly lose your country ( like what happened in Kosovo and Palestine), and something empires and invading armies have done for hundreds of years to justify taking someone else's land
It just IS
Or how dare I be critical of the wars the US and Israel have wrought upon the regions of the Middle East and beyond that have induced the hordes to flood tiny European countries at the behest of big ones like Germany?
I'm sure many of these people don't want to leave their homes. Most people, I think I may correctly state, want to stay where they are from
They want to speak their own language, they want to eat their own food, they want to remain with their loved ones
Most people don't seek the stress of world travel and adventure. Most people are content to sit at home and stare up at the stars, on the green green grass of home
The governments of the world should be trying to stem this tide of migration, nipping the causes in the bud, instead of encouraging it
And because neither the left nor the right correctly address this, you know they are both phony
Why can't I be for more women in positions of power but I can't criticize candidates for these positions who are just as bad as the men?
Why can't I vote for Trump because I want to shake up the status quo, and how dare I not believe the media that we all along said couldn't be trusted when it tries to demonize this individual you can suddenly trust it ?(like they do everyone the "Deep State" wants to get rid of? )
Why can't I admire some of the things Putin has done to rebuild his country and stand up to the US, which anyone politically honest would decree as the world's biggest bully?
Just because you agree with Tesla and believe that electromagnetism is responsible for what gravity gets credit for, doesn't mean you think the Earth is flat??!?!
It's all or none, a zero sum game in this lead up to some big war, or some super civil unrest. Because if you stop and listen you just can't get mad enough
Nina Constanina has lived in her car for the past three years and cannot imagine coming back to civilization anytime soon