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