Amphiist 10: Alt right/ alt lite (new right)

· Culture, Politics, Religion

There are two political movements that a lot of people who aren’t on Twitter probably don’t know about, but which are an important part of the political discourse at this time.

Let’s start with the altright. These are collectively people who believe in the tradition of white culture. They believe in the nuclear family, two genders, and that a woman should marry young, and when she’s a wife, stay home and look after the kids while her husband goes to work each day to make enough money to support his family. They believe that Western society has become degenerate in a number of areas, from encouraging sex education for children in elementary school to Hollywood in general. They range from extremists who hate all Jews to more rational people who question the power that Jewish people have in the media and American government, but who have nothing against the average Jew. They do not believe in race-mixing. They believe that men should lift weights and work out in the gym. Women, according to the altright, should wear their hair long and look discernibly feminine. They should also be within the acceptable range of weight. Women should be more submissive, men more dominant.

This is the group who is the subject of today’s Twitter purge, especially if individuals within the group express hatred for people of colour, the LGBTQ2 community, etc. So far, only a few Twitter subscribers have lost their platforms on that site. But it could get worse as the day progresses.

The three accounts to watch out for are Richard Spencer’s, Nick J Fuentes’s, and James Allsup’s. Richard Spencer is the leader of the altright, and is the President of NPI (National Policy Institute). He is commonly referred to as a Nazi, but this is not accurate. He doesn’t have the Nazi mindset. I would acknowledge that he can say racist things, however. One thing about the altright is they don’t care about being called racist, I guess because they feel whites are now the victims of racism, so they are fighting fire with fire. Spencer in his interactions with people doesn’t strike me as really racist, but maybe I’m misconstruing what he says. He has been on Jesse Lee Peterson’s radio show and gets along well with him. Spencer is a cultural Christian, meaning he is not a believer himself, but he recognizes the impact that Christianity has made on Western society. Although I haven’t seen him say this, I sometimes wonder if he regrets the United States breaking off from Europe. He seems very European in a good way, with all of the requisite culture and manners, and appreciation of that continent’s history. James Allsup has more of an intolerant mindset, as he routinely mocks overweight women. This mindset creates an ingroup (in James’s case, traditional white Americans who are physically fit) and anyone outside that group does not seem worthy of respect. At least, if he’s arguing with them on Twitter (I suspect that some of the intolerant mindset I refer to above might just be a case of humorous trolling). However, Allsup has several great points, too. He has a marvelous sense of humour, and is the kind of guy you want your daughter, sister etc to be dating because you know he will take good care of her (unless she gains weight; in which case, apparently, she may want to look for a new boyfriend!). He is also excellent at seeing both sides. When he does Youtube videos on subjects like how the Kilroy event fell apart, he makes salient points which shows that he is not just a mindless propagandist. He should be taken seriously. Nicholas J Fuentes is only 19 but is very well read and intelligent. He lacks the experience to always draw appropriate conclusions, but he is impressive, to be sure. Lately, he has taken on Spencer in terms of rally optics, Spencer’s wife’s connections with Russia, etc but I feel that he should be more respectful of someone who has years of experience and is a powerful force for the altright. Fuentes is a paleoconservative, yearning for the America of the past. All three, Spencer, Allsup and Fuentes, seem to care deeply about America (although Spencer is concerned about Europe more as well), and are not the hate preachers many on Twitter assume them to be.

 

Now, it’s time to discuss the altlite. Their main reason for being is to decry the racism that can exist on the altright side. They are also far more tolerant of things like alternative sexuality, women’s role, etc. Mike Cernovich is probably the leading figure of this movement. He has his good and bad points. He is an alpha male, to be sure, and is very well read, along with being cultured. He does not fear speaking truth to power. However, he can be vindictive, and the news he disseminates is not always fully accurate (to say the least). He has me blocked on Twitter, but part of being an amphiist is being emotionally intelligent enough to not condemn people just because they don’t happen to like you for whatever reason. None of the altright have ever blocked me, which shows they are far more tolerant of free speech than their altlite counterparts. Ali Akbar is another leading member of the altlite. He is a mover and shaker politically, and does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes. He is also very technologically oriented, and knows a lot about issues such as bitcoin. However, he can be extremely rude to his followers, calling them stupid if they don’t agree with some of his assertions. Cernovich and Ali are clearly the two most intelligent members of this group by far. Very deep thinkers. Interestingly, both Fuentes and Akbar, even though they are on ‘opposite sides,’ both think of themselves as paleoconservatives. However, the altlite as a whole does not really seem to stand for anything in terms of policy, and they are not the philosophical thinkers that exist on the altright side. In a debate, the altright would likely dominate the altlite. There are other members of the altlite, but as they are not reputable at all, they are not worth mentioning in this limited space.

By the way, you can find me on Twitter @JaclynHStrauss and on Gab at @JaclynHolland-Strauss. I am an amphiist, which means that I look on both sides of issues, rather than have knee-jerk reactions.

 

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