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Intellectual leaders of the alt-right movement have said Donald Trump will be a disappointment once in office.

This comes just weeks after a crowd at the National Policy Institute conference chanted Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! just blocks from the White House at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Some leaders of the far-right, who many assume will be disavowed by a President Trump, said they are prepared to speak out against the administration if their needs are not met, the Guardian writes.

Hopeful progressives are anticipating infighting within the alt-right movement, which would, in a sense, further remove the platform from Trumps White House.

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Although Trump took the Electoral College on Nov. 8 by a commanding margin, even the alt-right leaders are saying that their group(s) could remain on the political fringe.

Saying (alt-right party members) want to be the intellectual head of the Trump presidency is delusional, said Mark Weber, of the Institute for Historical Review, which has a mission to expose Jewish-Zionist power, according to the Guardian.

Jared Taylor, a white supremacist who runs the race-realist magazine American Renaissance, said Trump has already pulled back on some stances he took during the election cycle. He said the President-elect is already waffling on his initially hard-line immigration stance.

Holocaust revisionist David Cole, of Taki Magazine, suggested that come January, members of the far right may go from actively hoping for policy changes to online trolling and infighting.

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Vdare.coms founder, Peter Brimelow, told the Guardian that the right of the right is absolutely prepared to revolt. He added, Its what they do.

Interviewees Weber, Taylor and Brimelow, deemed extremists by the Southern Poverty Law Center, indicated that the alt-right movement can grow, even without Trumps assistance.

Brimelow suggested those who identify with the movement are not party loyalists who were looking to be welcomed into the establishment. He said they are used to guerrilla warfare.

The alt-right was in the forefront for much of the election, as Trump initially sought to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He also sought to build a large wall along the nation’s southern border.

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During the National Policy Institutes annual conference in D.C., its leader, Richard Spencer, signed off by proclaiming, Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! in an apparent nod to Nazi iconography.

Some of those in attendance felt the gesture helped cement the alt-right as an entirely fringe group.

Brimelow called it an idiot conclusion, according to the Guardian.

I dont think that anything that has any whiff of Nazism is a particularly effective way to bring Americans or even Europeans to an effective understanding of race, Taylor said.

Cole said Spencer became an embarrassment to some of his own people, the Guardian reported. To him, Spencer and his supporters will most likely burn out and hope to get something on immigration reform/restrictions.

Spencer has continued to tour college campuses, spreading his radical message.

Taylor concluded that Trump is an American nationalist.

The left was wrong to think that he was dancing to the tune of people like myself, Taylor said, claiming that racial nationalism in America will prevail some day.

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The ‘Alt-Right’ Is A Hate Movement, And It’s Scarier Than You …

WASHINGTON If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing alt-right movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer.

In one of the more bizarre and scary things to transpire in an already bizarre and scary political season, Tequila the social media presence, former TV host and current porn star attended a conference of white nationalists in Washington this weekend. On the surface, it was odd that the Vietnamese-American, born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, was there. Yet her presence squared perfectly with Spencers political and messaging strategy, and that of his National Policy Institute, which organized the event.

The alt-right is willing to work with allies of color, Spencer told journalists on Saturday. At that moment, it was hard not to think of Tequila, who hadtweeted a photo of herself making the Nazi salute with the caption, Seig [sic] heil! the night before.

To be sure, Spencer views most non-white races as genetically inferior, has a deep mistrust of Jewish people and associates with neo-Nazis. He wants to see Europeans and people of European descent protected from other races through state-sponsored segregation. The list goes on.

However, its Spencers deft packaging of this hate speech that made him the informal head of the self-styled alt-right, a movement of quasi- to full-blown fascist writers, listless brown shirts and disgruntled meme creators.He feints at multiculturalism, expressing his respect for Native Americans, the spirituality of African-Americans and the aforementioned allies of color.His white nationalist spouting is filed with academic jargon founding an organization with the distinctly bland name National Policy Institute and calling ones movement alt-right is no small part of that strategy. All this isnot a new approach, but one Spencer is chillingly good at.

Even though hes nearing 40, Spencer is so good at playing wonky millennial it makes you want to vomit. Think of him as an Ezra Klein for people who wouldnt mind putting people named Ezra Klein on a train. Hes active on social media that is, until hes kicked off of it for hate speech and loves calling mainstream Republicans basic bitch conservatives.

Spencers invitation to the convention perfectly encapsulates how he straddles youth culture and hate culture. It featured a hipster-fresh graphic with the letters A R for alt-right in a decidedly tubular early-90s font. The letters were splashed over an ethereal stock photo of a woman in a wheat field, and the whole thing was reminiscent of the mashup album covers you see on SoundCloud. That woman in a wheat field can also be found on David Dukes Twitter page.

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Spencer exudes the same kind of millennial lan as a lot of the young professional white guys in Washington D.C., with his clean-cut face framed by an angular jaw, square chin and neatly cropped high and tight haircut a do that might once have been associated with the Hitler Youth, but now is far more likely to recall actor Ryan Gosling. Hes a neat dresser, and if he werent spouting off about Muslim gangs or the need to give preferential treatment to European immigrants or how women like being raped, Spencer could just as easily be one of those dime-a-dozen yuppies who have way too many opinions about IPAs and fun socks.

His CV is distressingly familiar, too: a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a stint as a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University. He even landed a piece in The American Conservative.

Still, Spencers conference wasnt a gathering of minds. It was a smorgasbord of angry dudes. Dudes in Make America Great Again hats, dudes selling 80s-chic posters of President-electDonald Trump that read Trump DEPORTATION FORCE, dudes flipping through books with titles like The Perils of Equality and The Problem of Democracy,dudes who hissed when reporters asked Spencer questions, American dudes with Gosling haircuts, English dudes with Gosling haircuts, Dutch dudes with Gosling haircuts.

To say 9 in 10 attendees was a dude would be charitable. There were some older attendees, whose professorial attire and seething resentment for contemporary society recalled the angriest people to ever attend a history department faculty meeting.

And then there was Tequila who rose to cultural prominence in the late 2000s only to flame out with a series of anti-Semitic gestures and statements.She was a perfect set piece for Spencer: a D-list celebrity a woman of color, no less with a less-well-known track record of bigotry. Tequila provided a irreverent kind of pop culture flair to the outwardly staid event. In return, she got attention.

Its sometimes hard to know whether that other D-list celebrity, Trump, is using Tequilas strategy or Spencers. Like Tequila, Trump also courted racists to boost his brand: He famously leveraged his own fame to raise unfounded questions about President Barack Obamas birthplace to raise his political profile. Like Spencer, Trump uses misdirection and half-baked points about long-form birth certificates to make his crusade seem semi-credible.

And those in Trumps circle have eagerly bought into his legitimization of fringe views: Take strategist Steve Bannons description of his website, Breitbart News, as the platform for the alt-right and National Security Advisor Michael Flynns regular promotion of the alt-right on social media.

The alt-right is here, the alt-right is not going anywhere and the alt-right is going to change the world, Spencer proclaimed at the conference. Though he maintained that Trump and Bannon are not alt-right, he did make the unsettling claim that his movement is a head without a body and the Trump campaign was a body without a head.

Trumps election could complete this political Frankenstein monster, according to Spencers thinking.The high-profile racism and bigotry that has erupted since Nov. 8 has been unapologetically confrontational and intimidating: the Ku Klux Klan holding a victory rally in North Carolina, spray-painted swastikas cropping up on playgrounds and untold number of acts of bigotry directed at individuals later reported on social media.

Its cold comfort, but this kind of vileness cannot easily be incorporated into our institutions of power. A person who walks into a congressional office in a white hood asking for a meeting about the Jewish pestilence isnt likely to get very far,but a clean-cut guy exuding the same white-collar blandness as that annoying guy at work who wont shut up about his kickball league or Trunk Club membership is another story.

Thats what makes Richard Spencer and the National Policy Institute so scary. A well-spoken graduate of the University of Virginiarambling about arcane-sounding things like, say, our identitarian school curriculumjust might change some minds. Spencer has insisted that he is not in contact with Trump or his transition team, but added that he is impressed by putative administration figures like Steve Bannon and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.

Spencer kicked out the media after his press conference concluded, but the Atlantic recorded video of Spencer proclaiming Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory! and a number of audience members responding with the Nazi salute.

Unlike Tila Tequila, they probably know how to correctly spell sieg.Richard Spencer, its safe to say, knows what hes doing.

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An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right …

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The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some mostly Establishment types insist its little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. Theyre wrong.

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Previously an obscure subculture, the alt-right burst onto the national political scene in 2015. Although initially small in number, the alt-right has ayouthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric that have boosted its membership and made itimpossible to ignore.

It hasalready triggered a string of fearful op-eds and hit pieces from both Left and Right: Lefties dismiss it as racist, while the conservative press, always desperate to avoid charges of bigotry from the Left, has thrown these young readers and voters to the wolves as well.

National Reviewattacked them as bitter members of the white working-classwho worshipfather-Fhrer Donald Trump. Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast attacked Rush Limbaugh for sympathising with the white supremacist alt-right.BuzzFeed begrudgingly acknowledged that the movement has a great feel for how the internet works, while simultaneously accusing them of targeting blacks, Jews, women, Latinos and Muslims.

The amount of column inches generated by the alt-right is a testament to their cultural punch. But so far, no one has really been able to explain the movements appeal and reach without desperate caveats and virtue-signalling to readers.

Part of this is downto the alt-rightsaddictionto provocation. The alt-right is a movement born out ofthe youthful, subversive, underground edges of the internet. 4chan and 8chan are hubs of alt-right activity. For years, members of these forums political and non-political have delighted in attention-grabbing, juvenile pranks. Long before the alt-right, 4channers turned trolling the national media into an in-house sport.

Having once defended gamers, another group accused of harbouring the worst dregs of human society, we feel compelled to take a closer look at the force thats alarming so many. Are they really just the second coming of 1980s skinheads, or something more subtle?

Weve spent the past month tracking down the elusive, often anonymous members of the alt-right, and working out exactly what they stand for.

There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racistskinheads(to whomthey are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence. Skinheads, by and large, are low-information, low-IQ thugs driven by the thrill of violence and tribal hatred. The alternative right are a much smarter group of people which perhaps suggests why the Left hates them so much. Theyre dangerously bright.

The originsof the alternative right can be found in thinkers as diverse as Oswald Spengler, H.L Mencken, Julius Evola, Sam Francis, and the paleoconservative movement that rallied around the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan. The French New Right also serve as a source of inspiration for many leaders of the alt-right.

The media empire of the modern-day alternative right coalesced around Richard Spencer during his editorship ofTakis Magazine.In 2010, Spencer founded AlternativeRight.com, which would become a center of alt-right thought.

Alongside other nodes like Steve Sailers blog, VDARE and American Renaissance, AlternativeRight.com became a gathering point for an eclectic mix of renegades who objected to the established political consensus in some form or another. All of these websites have been accused of racism.

Razib Khan, who lost an opportunity at the New York Times over his views on human biodiversity, now writes for the alt-right Unz Review.

The so-called online manosphere,the nemeses of left-wing feminism, quickly became one of the alt-rights most distinctive constituencies. Gay masculinist author Jack Donovan, who edited AlternativeRights gender articles, was an early advocate for incorporating masculinist principles in the alt-right. His book,The Way Of Men,contains many a wistful quote about the loss of manliness that accompanies modern, globalized societies.

Its tragic to think that heroic mans great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other. Thats the path were on now.

Steve Sailer, meanwhile, helped spark the human biodiversity movement, a group of bloggers and researchers who strode eagerly into the minefield of scientific race differences in a much less measured tone thanformer New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade.

Isolationists, pro-Russians and ex-Ron Paul supporters frustrated with continued neoconservative domination of the Republican party were also drawn to the alt-right, who are almost as likely as the anti-war left to object to overseas entanglements.

Elsewhere on the internet, another fearsomely intelligent group of thinkers prepared to assault the secular religions of the establishment: the neoreactionaries, also known as #NRx.

Neoreactionaries appeared quite by accident, growing from debates on LessWrong.com, a community blog set up by Silicon Valley machine intelligence researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky. The purpose of the blog was to explore ways to apply the latest research on cognitive science to overcome human bias, including bias in political thought and philosophy.

LessWrong urged its community members to think like machines rather than humans. Contributors were encouraged to strip away self-censorship, concern for ones social standing, concern for other peoples feelings, and any other inhibitors to rational thought. Its not hard to see how a group of heretical, piety-destroying thinkers emerged from this environment nor how their rational approach might clash withthe feelings-first mentality of much contemporary journalism and even academic writing.

Led by philosopher Nick Land and computer scientist Curtis Yarvin, this group began a gleeful demolition of the age-old biases of western political discourse. Liberalism, democracy and egalitarianism were all put under the microscope of the neoreactionaries, who found them wanting.

Liberal democracy, they argued, had no better a historical track record than monarchy, while egalitarianism flew in the face of every piece of research on hereditary intelligence. Asking people to see each other as human beings rather than members of a demographic in-group, meanwhile, ignored every piece of research on tribal psychology.

While they can certainly be accused of being overly-eager to bridge the gap between fact and value (the truth of tribal psychology doesnt necessarily mean we should embrace or encourage it), these were the first shoots of a new conservative ideology one that many were waiting for.

Natural conservatives can broadly be described as the group that the intellectuals above were writing for. They are mostly white, mostly male middle-American radicals, who are unapologetically embracing a new identity politics that prioritises the interests of their own demographic.

In their politics, these new conservativesare only following their natural instincts the same instincts that motivate conservatives across the globe. These motivations have been painstakingly researched by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, and an instinct keenly felt by a huge swathe of the political population: theconservativeinstinct.

Acclaimed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt described the conservative instinct in his 2012 book The Righteous Mind.

The conservative instinct, as described by Haidt, includes a preference for homogeneity over diversity, for stability over change, and for hierarchy and order over radical egalitarianism. Their instinctive wariness of the foreign and the unfamiliar is an instinct that we all share an evolutionary safeguard against excessive, potentially perilous curiosity but natural conservatives feel it with more intensity. They instinctively prefer familiar societies, familiar norms, and familiar institutions.

An establishment Republican, with their overriding belief in the glory ofthe free market, might be moved totear down a cathedral andreplace it with a strip mall if it made economic sense. Such an act would horrify a natural conservative. Immigration policy follows a similar pattern: by the numbers, cheap foreign workers on H1B visas make perfect economic sense. But natural conservatives have other concerns: chiefly, the preservation of their own tribe and its culture.

For natural conservatives, culture, not economic efficiency, is the paramount value. More specifically, they value the greatest cultural expressions of their tribe. Their perfect society does not necessarily produce a soaring GDP, but it does produce symphonies, basilicas and Old Masters. The natural conservative tendency within the alt-right points to theseapotheoses of western European culture and declares them valuable and worth preserving and protecting.

Needless to say, natural conservatives concern with the flourishing of their own culture comes up against an intractable nemesis in the regressive left, which is currently intent on tearing down statues of Cecil Rhodes and Queen Victoria in the UK, and erasing the name of Woodrow Wilson from Princeton in the U.S. These attempts to scrub western history of its great figures are particularly galling to the alt-right, who in addition to the preservation of western culture, care deeply about heroes and heroic virtues.

This follows decades in which left-wingers on campus sought to remove the study of dead white males from the focus of western history and literature curricula. An establishment conservative might be mildly irked by such behaviour as they switch between the State of the Union and the business channels, but to a natural conservative, such cultural vandalism may just be their highest priority.

In fairness, many establishment conservatives arent keen on this stuff either but the alt-right would argue that theyre too afraid of being called racist to seriously fight against it. Which is why they havent. Certainly, the rise of Donald Trump, perhaps the first truly cultural candidate for President since Buchanan, suggests grassroots appetite for more robust protection of the western European and American way of life.

Alt-righters describe establishment conservatives who care more about the free market than preserving western culture, and who are happy to endanger the latter with mass immigration where it serves the purposes of big business, as cuckservatives.

Halting, or drastically slowing, immigration is a major priority for the alt-right. While eschewing bigotry on a personal level, the movement is frightened by the prospect of demographic displacement represented by immigration.

The alt-right do not hold a utopian view of the human condition: just as they are inclined to prioritise the interests of their tribe, they recognise that other groups Mexicans, African-Americans or Muslims are likely to do the same. As communities become comprised of different peoples, the culture and politics of those communities become an expression of their constituent peoples.

Youll often encounter doomsday rhetoric in alt-right online communities: thats because many of them instinctively feel that once large enough and ethnically distinct enough groups are brought together, they will inevitably come to blows. In short, they doubt that full integration is ever possible. If it is, it wont be successful in the kumbaya sense. Border walls are a much safer option.

The alt-rights intellectuals would also argue that culture is inseparable from race. The alt-right believe that some degree of separation between peoples is necessary for a culture to be preserved. A Mosque next to an English street full of houses bearing the flag of St. George, according to alt-righters, is neither an English street nor a Muslim street separation is necessary for distinctiveness.

Some alt-righters make a more subtle argument. They say that when different groups are brought together, the common culture starts to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Instead of mosques or English houses, you get atheism and stucco.

Ironically, its a position that has much in common with leftist opposition to so-called cultural appropriation, a similarity openly acknowledged by the alt-right.

Its arguable that natural conservatives havent had real political representation for decades. Since the 1980s, establishment Republicans have obsessed over economics and foreign policy, fiercely defending the Reagan-Thatcher economic consensus at home and neoconservative interventionism abroad. In matters of culture and morality, the issues that natural conservatives really care about, all territory has beenceded to the Left, which now controls the academy, the entertainment industry and the press.

For those who believe in the late Andrew Breitbarts dictum that politics is downstream from culture, the number of writers, political candidates and media personalities who actuallybelieve that culture is the most important battlegroundcan be dispiriting. (Though Milo is trying his best.)

Natural liberals, who instinctively enjoy diversity and are happy with radical social change so long as its in an egalitarian direction are now represented by both sides of the political establishment. Natural conservatives, meanwhile, have been slowly abandoned by Republicans and other conservative parties in other countries. Having lost faith in their former representatives, they now turn to new ones Donald Trump and the alternative right.

There are principled objections to the tribal concerns of the alt-right, but Establishment conservatives have tended not to express them, instead turning nasty in the course of their panicked backlash.National Reviewwriter Kevin Williamson, in a recent article attacking the sort of voters who back Trump, said that white working-class communities deserve to die.

Although the alt-right consists mostly of college-educated men, it sympathises with the white working classes and, based on our interviews, feels a sense ofnoblesse oblige.National Reviewhas been just as directly unpleasant about the alt-right as it has, on occasion, been about white Americans in general.

In response to concerns from white voters that theyre going to go extinct, the response of the Establishment the conservative Establishment has been to openly welcome that extinction.Its true that Donald Trump would not be possible without the oppressive hectoring of the progressive Left, but the entire media is to blame for the environment in which this new movement has emerged.

For decades, the concerns of those who cherish western culture have been openly ridiculed and dismissed asracist. The alt-right is the inevitable result. Nomatter how silly, irrational, tribal or even hateful the Establishment may think the alt-rightsconcerns are, they cant be ignored, because they arent going anywhere. As Haidt reminds us, their politics is a reflection of their natural inclinations.

In other words, the Left cant language-policeand name-callthem away, which havefor the last twenty years been theonly progressive responses to dissent, and the Right cant snobbishly dissociate itself from them and hope they go away either.

Earlier,we mentioned the pressure to self-censor. But whenever such pressure arises in a society, there will always be a young, rebellious contingent who feel a mischievous urge to blaspheme, break all the rules, and say the unsayable. Why? Because its funny!

As Curtis Yarvin explains via email: If you spend 75 years building a pseudo-religion around anything an ethnic group, a plaster saint, sexual chastity or the Flying Spaghetti Monster dont be surprised when clever 19-year-olds discover that insulting it is now the funniest fucking thing in the world. Because it is.

These young rebels, a subset of the alt-right, arent drawn to it because of an intellectual awakening, or because theyre instinctively conservative. Ironically, theyredrawn to the alt-right for the same reason that young Baby Boomers were drawn to the New Left in the 1960s: because it promises fun, transgression, and a challenge to social norms they just dont understand.

Just as the kids of the 60s shocked their parents with promiscuity, long hair and rocknroll, so too do the alt-rights young meme brigades shock older generations with outrageous caricatures, from the Jewish Shlomo Shekelburg to Remove Kebab, an internet in-joke about the Bosnian genocide. Thesecaricatures are often spliced together with Millennial pop culture references, from old 4chan memes like pepe the frog, to anime andMy Little Ponyreferences.

Are they actually bigots? No more than death metal devotees in the 80s were actually Satanists. For them, its simply a means to fluster their grandparents. Currently, the Grandfather-in-Chief is Republican consultant Rick Wilson, who attracted the attention of this group on Twitter after attacking them as childless single men who jerk off to anime.

Responding in kind, they proceeded to unleash all the weapons of mass trolling that anonymous subcultures are notorious for and brilliant at. From digging up the most embarrassing parts of his familys internet history to ordering unwanted pizzas to his house and bombarding his feed with anime and Nazi propaganda, the alt-rights meme team, in typically juvenile but undeniably hysterical fashion, revealed their true motivations: not racism, the restoration of monarchy or traditional gender roles, butlulz.

Its hard to know for certain, but we suspect that unlike the core of the alt-right, these young renegadesarent necessarilyinstinctive conservatives. Indeed, their irreverence, lack of respect of social norms, and willingness to stomp on other peoples feelings suggest they may actually be instinctive libertarians.

Certainly thats the case for a joyful contingent of Trump supporters who spend hours creating memes celebrating the God Emperor and tormenting his adversaries, such as Yiannopoulos ally@PizzaPartyBen, who has amassed 40,000 followers on Twitter with his raucousantics.

Were this the 1960s, the meme teamwould probably be the most hellraisingmembers of theNew Left: swearing on TV, mocking Christianity, and preaching the virtues of drugs and free love. Its hard to imagine them reading Evola, musing at St. Peters Basilica or settling down in a traditional family unit. They may be be inclined to sympathise to those causes, but mainlybecause it annoys the right people.

Young people perhaps arent primarily attracted to the alt-right because theyre instinctively drawn to its ideology: theyre drawn to it because it seems fresh, daring and funny, while the doctrines of their parents and grandparents seem unexciting, overly-controlling and overly-serious. Of course, there is plenty of overlap. Some true believers like to meme too.

If youre a Buzzfeed writer or aCommentary editor reading this and thinkinghow childish, well. You only have yourself to blame for pompously stomping on free expression and giving in to the worst and most authoritarian instincts of the progressive left. This new outburst of creativity and taboo-shattering is the result.

Of course, just as was the case in history, theparents and grandparents justwont understand, man.Thats down tothe age difference. Millennials arent old enough to remember the Second World Waror the horrors of the Holocaust. They are barely old enough to remember Rwanda or 9/11. Racism, for them, is a monster under the bed, a story told by their parents to frighten them into being good little children.

As with Father Christmas, Millennials have trouble believing its actually real. Theyve never actually seen it for themselves and they dont believe that the memes they post on /pol/ are actually racist. In fact, they know theyre not they do it because it gets a reaction. Barely a month passes without a long feature in a new media outlet about the rampant sexism, racism or homophobia of online image boards. For regular posters at these boards, thats mission accomplished.

Another, more palatable, interpretation of these memes is that they are clearly racist, but that there is very little sincerity behind them.

The funny thing is, being Millennials, theyre often quite diverse. Just visit a /pol/ thread, where posters nationalities are identified with small flags next to their posting IDs. Youll see flags from the west, the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, South America, and even, sometimes, Africa. Everyone on the anonymous board hurls the most vicious slurs and stereotypes each other, but like jocks busting each others balls at the college bar, its obvious that theres little real hatred present.

That is, until the 1488ers show up.

Anything associated as closely with racism and bigotry as the alternative right will inevitably attract real racists and bigots. Calmer members of the alternative right refer darkly to these people as the 1488ers, and for all their talk of there being no enemies to the right, its clear from the many conversations weve had with alt-righters that many would rather the1488ers didnt exist.

These are the people that the alt-rights opponents wish constituted the entire movement. Theyre less concerned with the welfare of their own tribe than their fantasies of destroying others. 1488ers wouldlikely denounce this article as the product of a degenerate homosexual and an ethnic mongrel.

Why 1488? Its a reference to two well-known Neo Nazi slogans, the first being the so-called 14 Words: We Must Secure The Existence Of Our People And A Future For White Children. The second part of the number, 88, is a reference to the 8th letter of the alphabet H. Thus, 88 becomes HH which becomes Heil Hitler.

Not very edifying stuff. But if you want to use the 1488ers to tarnish the entire alt-right, you need to do the same with Islamist killers and Islam and third-wave feminist wackos with the entire history and purpose of feminism. Which you might well be fine with but lets be consistent.

Alt-right vlogger PaulRamZPaul Ramsey describes them as LARPers or Live-Action Role Players: a disparaging comparison to nerdy nostalgists who dress up as medieval warriors. Paul even goes as faras to suggest some in this toxic mix of kooks and ex-cons may be there solely to discredit the more reasonable white identitarians.

Every ideology has them. Humourless ideologues who have no lives beyond their political crusade, and live for the destruction of the great. They can be found on Stormfront and other sites, not just joking about the race war, but eagerly planning it. They are known as Stormfags by the rest of the internet.

Based on our research we believe this stands in stark contrast with the rest of the alt-right, who focus more on building communities and lifestyles based around their values than plotting violent revolution.

1488ers are the equivalent of the Black Lives Matter supporters who call for the deaths of policemen, or feminists who unironically want to #KillAllMen. Of course, the difference is that while the media pretend the latter are either non-existent, or a tiny extremist minority, they consider 1488ers to constitute the whole of the alt-right.

Those looking for Nazis under the bed can rest assured that they do exist. On the other hand, theresjust not very many of them, no-one really likes them, and theyre unlikely to achieve anything significant in the alt-right.

What little remains of old-school white supremacy and the KKK in America constitutes a tiny, irrelevant contingent with no purchase on public life and no support even from what the media would call the far-Right. (Admittedly, these days that includes anyone who votes Republican.)

Not all alt-righters will agree with our taxonomy of the movement. Hacker and white nationalist Andrew Auernheimer, better known as weev,responded in typically jaw-dropping fashion to our enquiries: The tireless attempts of you Jews to smear us decent Nazis is shameful.

Delving into the depths of the alternative right, it quickly becomes apparent that the movement is best defined by what it stands against rather than what it stands for. There are a myriad of disagreements between its supporters over what they should build, but virtual unity over what they should destroy.

For decades since the 1960s, in fact the media and political establishment have held a consensus over whats acceptable and unacceptable to discuss in polite society. The politics of identity, when it comes from women, LGBT people, blacks and other non-white, non-straight, non-male demographics is seen as acceptable even when it descends into outright hatred.

Any discussion of white identity, or white interests, is seen as a heretical offence.Its a fact observedas early as 2008 by Yarvin:

Ethnic pride is one thing. Hostility is another. But as progressives often observe they tend to travel together. It strikes me as quite incontrovertible that if an alien anthropologist were to visit Earth and collate expressions of hostility toward human subpopulations in Western culture today, the overwhelming majority would be anti-European. Anti-Europeanism is widely taught in schools and universities today. Its converse most certainly is not.

So here is my challenge for progressives, multiculturalists, dynamists, and the like: if your antiracism is what it claims to be, if it is no more than Voltaire 3.0, why do non-European ethnocentrism and anti-European hostility not seem to bother you in the slightest? Do they maybe even strike you as, um, slightly cool?

The current consensus offers, at best, mild condemnation of identity politics on the Left, and zero tolerance for identity politics on the right. Even for us a gay man of Jewish descent and a mixed-ethnic half-Pakistani the dangers of writing on this topic loom large. Though we do not identify with the alt-right, even writing an article about them is akin to prancingthrough a minefield.

The pressure to self-censor must be almost overwhelmingfor straight white men and, for most of them, it appears to be, which explains why so much of the alt-right operates anonymously.

While movements like third-wave feminism and Black Lives Matter often draw criticism from conservatives and libertarians, advocacy on behalf of those causes is not a career-ending offence. Quite the reverse. Its possible to build successful and lucrative careers off the back of those movements. Just look at Al Sharpton, Anita Sarkeesian and Deray Mckesson.

In the past five years, left-wing identity politics underwent a renaissance just as the crisis of white males especially young white males in the west became obvious. As feminism entered its fourth wave, obsessed withtrivialities like online trolling, sexist t-shirts and microaggressions,male suicide rates were reaching crisis levels.

As minority advocates on college campuses raised Hell about offensive Halloween costumes and demanded safe spaces in which they could be insulated from differing points of view, working-class white males became the least likely group to attend university in the U.K.To politically alert Millennials, the contrast between the truly marginalized and those merely claiming victim status has become stark.

The Establishment bears much of the blame. Had they been serious about defending humanism, liberalism and universalism, the rise of the alternative right might have been arrested. All they had to do was argue for common humanity in the face of black and feminist identity politics, for free speech in the face of the regressive Lefts censorship sprees, and for universal values in the face of left-wing moral relativism.

Instead, they turned a blind eye to the rise of tribal, identitarian movements on the Left while mercilessly suppressing any hint of them on the Right. It was this double standard, more than anything else, that gave rise to the alternative right. Its also responsible, at least in part, for the rise of Donald Trump.

While the alt-right is toosophisticatedtobe mistaken for a mindless knee-jerk reaction, opposition to this prevailing consensusis the glue that holds ittogether. Some enjoy violating social norms for shock value, while others take a more intellectual approach, but all oppose the pieties and hypocrisies of the current consensus from both Left and Right in some form or another.

In that, the alt-right has much in common with the cultural libertarian movement first identified in these pages. And there are many people who would identify with both labels.

To young people and the politically disengaged, debatein the public square today appears topsy-turvy. The regressive Left loudly insists that it stands for equality and racial justice while praising acts of racial violence and forcing white people to sit at the back of the bus (or, more accurately, the back of the campus or in another campus altogether). It defends absurd feminist positions with no basis in fact and ridicules and demeans people on the basis of their skin colour, sexual orientation and gender.

Meanwhile, the alt-right openly crack jokes about the Holocaust, loudly albeit almost entirely satirically expresses itshorror at race-mixing, and denounces the degeneracy of homosexuals while inviting Jewish gays and mixed-raceBreitbartreporters to their secret dinner parties. What gives?

If youre this far down the article, youll know some of the answers already. For the meme brigade, its just about having fun. They have no real problem with race-mixing, homosexuality, or even diverse societies: its just fun to watch the mayhem and outrage that erupts when those secular shibboleths are openly mocked. These younger mischief-makers instinctively understand who the authoritarians are and why and how to poke fun at them.

The intellectuals are animated by a similar thrill: after being taken for granted for centuries, theyre the ones who get to pick apart some of the Enlightenments dead dogmas. The 1488ers just hate everyone; fortunately they keep mostly to themselves.

The really interesting members of the alt-rightthough, and the most numerous, are the natural conservatives. Theyare perhapspsychologically inclined to be unsettled by threats to western culture from mass immigration and maybe by non-straight relationships. Yet, unlike the 1488ers, the presence of such doesnt send them into fits of rage. They want to build their homogeneous communities, sure but they dont want to commit any pogroms along the way. Indeed, theywould prefer non-violent solutions.

Theyre also aware that there are millions of people whodontshare their inclinations. These are the instinctive liberals, the second half of Haidts psychological map of western polities the people who are comfortable with diversity, promiscuity, homosexuality, and all other features of the cultural consensus.

Natural conservatives know that a zero-sum battle with this group would end in stalemate or defeat. Their goal is a new consensus, where liberals compromise or at least allow conservative areas of their countries to reject the status quo on race, immigration and gender. Others, especially neoreactionaries, seekexit:a peaceful separation from liberal cultures.

Should the liberal tribe (and lets not deny it any longer thats both the DemocraticandGOP Establishments these days) do business with them? Well, the risk otherwise is thatthe 1488ers start persuading people that their solution to natural conservatives problems is the only viable one. The bulk of theirdemands, after all, are not so audacious: they want their own communities, populated by their own people, and governed by their own values.

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For the movement of right-wing ideologies that are an alternative to mainstream conservatism, see Alt-right.

Alternative Right is a white supremacist website created by Richard Spencer and Colin Liddell[1][2] in 2010 and the “New Alternative Right” webzine, edited by Liddell and Andy Nowicki, that was created when the first website was shut down in 2013.[3][4] Richard Spencer’s Alternative Right was hosted at AlternativeRight.com and funded by NPI America before Spencer shut it down, saying it was too much work to manage.[5]

The site’s white nationalist stance has attracted criticism from the Anti-Defamation League[6] and it has been described by The Atlantic as being a “white supremacist” site.[7]

In 2012, Alternative Right published an article entitled “Is Black Genocide Right?”[8] It stated that the black race “has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization” and asked “whether Black Genocide is something worth considering”; after drawing widespread criticism, the article was deleted from the site.[9]

In May 2013, Yahoo! News reported that Jason Richwine, then a scholar at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of a controversial study on the costs of amnesty, had published an article and blog at AlternativeRight.com in 2010. The Rachel Maddow Show publicized these findings in a segment of the program on May 9, 2013.[10]

In July 2015, Stephanie Saul of The New York Times interviewed Colin Liddell about the Alternative Right.[11]

Alternative Right has been an object of criticism from both the left and right wings. Examples of the former include the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has characterized the site as “yet another far-right magazine,” as well as “loaded with contributors who…have long lamented the white man’s decline.”[2]Conservative critiques include E. D. Kain’s contention at True/Slant, that “the far-right-wingers at Alternative Right represent the ugly and yes racist underbelly of ‘alt’ conservatism. This is white nationalism, folks, dressed up in faux-intellectualism.”[12]

In March 2010, Spencer was interviewed by Tim Mak of FrumForum, the online magazine of George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mak concluded that Alternative Right’s “ideas belong in some sort of padded room,” and that its writers are “going to be white nationalists, but, by God, theyre going to be a little fancy about it.”[13]

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What is the Alt Right? It is a broad, dissident movement that rejects egalitarian orthodoxies. These orthodoxies require us to believe that the sexes are equivalent, that race is meaningless, that all cultures and religions are equally valuable, and that any erotic orientation or identification is healthy. These things we deny. The Alt Right is also skeptical of mass democracy. It opposes foreign aid and foreign interventionespecially for nation building.

Given the loose nature of the movement, there are people who consider themselves Alt Right but who disagree on one or more of these pointsexcept one. The entire Alt Right is united in contempt for the idea that race is only a social construct. This is an idea that is so wrong and stupid that only very intelligent people can convince themselves it is true.

Race is a biological fact. Does anyone think that the differences between Danes and Pygmies are a sociological illusion? A barely socialized two-year-old can tell races apart at a glance. There are countless race differences in such things as skull structure, twinning rates, and susceptibility to disease. It is even possible to tell a persons race from the varieties of bacteria that live in his mouth!

Human races have been evolving separately for perhaps as long as 100,000 years, and evolution has marked their temperaments and mental abilities just as it has their physical characteristics. Different races have different average IQs, and the evidence is overwhelming that these differences are, to a substantial degree, genetic.

Orthodoxy insists that this is pseudo-science that has been discredited. Nonsense. No one has discredited Arthur Jensen, Richard Herrnstein, Charles Murray, Linda Gottfredson, Richard Lynn, Michael Levin, Michael Woodley, Philippe Rushton, and Robert Plomin.

Orthodoxy on race leads to endless folly. There are approximately 13,500 school districts in the United States. In every one, test results fit the pattern for IQ: Asians get the best scores, followed by whites, then Hispanics, then blacks. Is this because every district is biased and prejudiced? Of course not. This pattern reflects biology.

Those who deny biology always try to narrow the gaps in test scores. That was the purpose of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, whichrequiredschools to bring racial averages up to the same level. No school could. This silliness consumed huge amounts of time and money, and required so many exemptions it was finally set aside as meaningless. It was crushed by the reality of race.

The world makes no sense without an understanding of race. Why is black Africa poor? Why is Haitipopulated by the same people but with a completely different historyequally poor? Why do blacks in America, Canada, and Britainlikewise with very different historiesshow exactly the same patterns of crime, poverty, illegitimacy, and school failure? Why, on the other hand, are Asians ahead of whites on all these measures? Because race is real.

No coherent social policy can be based on egalitarian dogmas about race. That is why everything from education to welfare to housing to policing to immigration policy yields deformed results. If you cannot understand race you cannot understand anything else.

Is it harsh to explain black and Hispanic failure in terms of inherent racial differences? Whitesmustspeak in these terms in self defense. Since orthodoxy has decreed that all groups are precisely equal, it permits only one explanation for non-white failure: white oppression. An entire industry has risen up to stoke white guilt and purge whites of unearned privilege. We are not responsible for the shortcomings of others and we despise those who claim we are.

Race is not just real: it is central to group and individual identity. All other racial groups take this for granted; only whites must pretend that their race means nothing to them. Question: What do you call a black person who prefers to be around other black people, and likes black music and culture? A black person. What do you call a white person who listens to classical music, likes European culture, and prefers to be around white people? A Nazi. All non-whites are expected to have a strong racial identity; only whites must not.

And yet, even if they do not admit it to themselves, whites act on the basis of race all the time. When the neighborhood turns black or Hispanic, they move away. When their childrens school fills up with non-whites, they change schools. This is as true of liberals as it is of conservatives. As the late Joseph Sobran used to say, in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are no different from members of the Ku Klux Klan.

People of all races prefer to be with people like themselves, and church congregations prove it. Ninety-five percent are at least 80-percent one race, and many are 100-percent one race. This is because churchesunlike neighborhoods, companies, private clubs, and schoolsare not yet required by lawto integrate. Congregations reflect complete freedom of choice, and when Americans are free to choose they gravitate to people like themselves.

Finally, the Alt Right recognizes that whites have legitimate interests as a people. One of the most obvious is to resist the waves of non-white immigration that are dispossessing us. We refuse to stand with arms folded and watch our children become a minority; if ideological current trends continue, they will be a hated minority.

Virtually all whites everywhere in the world face the same crisis of dispossession. The only exceptions are a few Eastern European countries that refuse to accept immigrants or refugees. Ironically, whites who lived behind the Iron Curtain were protected from the mental poisons that paralyze whites and keep them from taking the most elementary steps to remain masters in their own houses.

The Alt Right is a necessary alternative to a respectable right that has completely capitulated. In the 1960s,National ReviewdefendedSouth African apartheid and Southern segregation. It accepted the reality of race and discussed racial differences in average IQ. Today, no publication outside the Alt Right dares discuss the implications of low black and Hispanic IQ or the need for whites to act in the name of their race and culture. Conservatives no longer try to conservewhat is most important: their own people.

The Alt Right laughs at the idea that diversity is a strength. Diversity of language, religion, but especially of race bring conflict and tension. The worship of diversity leads to idiotic statements like that ofGeneral George Casey, who commanded the American troops in Iraq: I firmly believe the strength of our Army comes from our diversity.

Does General Casey really believe that the army is strong because of black and Mexican and Filipino soldiers? Do equipment and training have something to do with it? Has General Casey forgotten the murderous racial tensions in the Vietnam-era army? Doesnt he remember Major Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 soldiers and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood? Does he think the all-white armies that fought at Gettysburg or on Iwo-Jima were pitiful bands of defectives? Does General Casey believe his own rubbish? Even our generals are eunuchs, taught to believe that dispossession is wonderful.

We are told over and over that it is the duty of all Americans to celebrate diversity. It really is a celebration for non-whites, because diversity means greater numbers and growing influencefor them. But to ask whites to celebrate diversity means asking them to rejoice in their own declining numbers and dwindling influence. Only whites, only a thoroughly denatured people could ever be browbeaten into celebrating impending oblivion.

As waves of non-white immigrants sweep over us it common to say that diversity is Americas greatest strength. Does anyone realize what that really means? It means that the 90-percent white America of the 1950s and 60s was about to choke to death on its own homogeneity but was saved by Mexicans and Haitians. It means whites were a moribund people brought back to life only by the lucky arrival of people unlike ourselves.

Nothing is more grating than when non-white immigrants themselves throw diversity in our facesas if they came for the sole purpose of bringing us this precious gift. They came, of course, because we built a wonderful society. People who have made their own countries miserable come to take advantage of a society they could never have createdand if they come in large enough numbers they will turn our country into something completely alien. And we are supposed to thank them for this.

Imagine the shoe on the other foot. Imagine going to China and saying, Its not a bad country you have here, but its got a real problem: too many Chinese. You need to ginger the place up with a couple of million Iraqis, a stiff dose of Haitians, and enough Venezuelans to set up little Caracases in all your big cities. Diversity is a strength! The Chinese would call for the men in white coats.

When the Alt Right dissents from racial orthodoxy, it can count on being called names. The liberals favorite is white supremacist, which is the most emotionally charged way to try to discredit a white person. White supremacy implies nostalgia for slavery, Jim Crow, and lynchings, and suggests we want to rule over people of other races. This is foolishness. I have never met anyone who wants to rule other races. We want to be left alone so we can be the people we were meant to be. The expression white supremacist should be dropped from current use, but the more it is used the more ridiculous it sounds.

Our opponents call us names because they cannot refute us, and calling us names is the most graceless way of admitting they have no argument. It means no more to call us racists than to call us giraffes. Our opponents must instead explain why we are illogical or mistakenwhich they cannot do. They know that conservatives scurry into dark corners when they are called names; not us. We are proud to stand up for our people, and names will never frighten us.

Liberals now call so many things racist the word has practically no meaning. Whatever it means, though, it implies moral inferiority, that we dissidents are not just to mistaken but bad. What nonsense. There is no higher morality than to work for the survival and prosperity of ones people. We spit on the idea that all other groups may advance their rights while only weonly white peoplemay not.

What we ask for ourselves is nothing more nor less than what we want for people of all races: the right to pursue their destinies free from the unwanted embrace of others, to seek a future that is uniquely theirs within neighborhoods, institutions, regions, and ultimately nations in which they are the permanent and undisputed majority.

It is we who are the champions of true diversity. Imagine the whole world becoming the mult-culti mix to which orthodoxy condemns white countries. Could the delicate culture of Japan survive mass immigration? Would India still be India if millions of foreigners moved there? Of course not. And yet Europe, America, Australia, Canadaall white nations are to welcome aliens and we are to smile as we are submerged.

What whites are expected to do is without precedent in human history. We have the power to keep our lands for ourselves, but we are throwing them open to aliens, aliens who despise us as they take what is ours. Many nations have been overrun by powerful invaders. Never has any people or nation let itself be pillaged by the weak. This is a mental sickness unique to whites and unique to our era.

The media have tried to attack Donald Trump by blaming him for our support. This is deeply dishonest; the American Communist Party endorses Mrs. Clinton but no one says that discredits her. But the media attention has backfired. It has introduced our ideas to millions of people, many of whom we are winning over to our side.

Donald Trump may win or lose, but we will grow, with him or without him. We will not only grow; we will prevail. Our vision of mankind, of society, of history, of right and wrong is deeply rooted in morality and human nature. We are right and our enemies are wrong. The folly that has seized our people will pass, and we will come through this crisis a wiser, stronger people.

Adapted from remarks at a press conference on the Alt Right held by the National Policy Institute, September 9, 2016.

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I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughters face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles thats an unforgivable sin. Its called race-cucking or raising the enemy.

I saw images of my daughters face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a niglet and a dindu. The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with black bucks. People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.

When we both publicized some of the racist attacks I in National Review and Nancy in the Washington Post things took a far more ominous turn. Late the next evening while Nancy was, fortunately, offline attending a veterans charity event in D.C. the darker quarters of the alt-right found her Patheos blog. Several different accounts began posting images and GIFs of extreme violence in her comments section.

Click on a post and scroll down and youll see pictures of black men shooting other black men, close-up images of suicides, GIFs of grisly executions the kinds of psyche-scarring things that one cant unsee. Had I not deployed to Iraq and witnessed death up close, the images would have shocked me. I quickly got on the phone with Nancy, told her not to look at her website, and got busy deleting comments and blocking IP addresses, but in the meantime a few friends and neighbors had seen the posts.

The next Sunday, friends from church approached, expressing concern not just for our safety but for theirs as well. We live in a community where most of the streets have similar names, and its common for UPS drivers, FedEx deliveries, and friends to end up at the wrong house. They interpreted the images as threats, and they didnt want anyone to drive into our neighborhood, looking for the Frenches, intent on turning image into reality.

It took days and hundreds of IP blocks and Twitter reports but things finally calmed down. The racist images slowed from a flood to a trickle, I relaxed a bit at night, and life returned, I thought, to normal. I was wrong. Our normal had changed. This wasnt the beginning of the end of our troubles, but rather the end of the beginning.

I share my familys story not because we are unique or because our experience is all that extraordinary, but rather because it is depressingly, disturbingly ordinary this campaign season. The formula is simple: Criticize Trump especially his connection to the alt-right and the backlash will come.

Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.

In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trumps anti-Semitic followers, she was called slimy Jewess and told that she deserves the oven. It got worse:

Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to dox me a term for adversaries attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

The phenomenon got some attention in the spring, when the Daily Beast reported not just on Mandels experience but also on Ericksons, Rick Wilsons, and others. Its showing no signs of slowing down, either: Big names, small names, any names if you attack Trump, no matter who you are, your life might just change.

Earlier this month, Mi-Ai Parrish, president of the Arizona Republic, wrote a powerful response to the deluge of threats and bullying prompted by the papers endorsement of Hillary Clinton. An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists whove been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NRs own Jonah Goldberg) whove borne the brunt of the attacks, and one my friend Ben Shapiro whos received a staggering amount of hate:

Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers hes a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com. Shapiro famously resigned from Breitbart when it refused to support reporter Michelle Fields after thenTrump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed and pulled Fields in the press scrum at a Trump event.

More victims are coming forward. In a painful, vulnerable post, commentator Mickey White writes about how the alt-right came after her and her family, triggering a mental-health crisis. In the face of the abuse, she sought help, but help was slow to come:

I reached out to people I thought I could trust and to this day Im not sure if that was the right thing to do. At the time I was desperate though, as the trolling had increased from mere tweets, to DMs from very random famous accounts. Then e-mails went out to people suggesting that I might harm myself, even though Id indicated nothing of the sort. Anyone who responded to me would also be shamed or harassed. I was advised that I was about to be swatted. I contacted my local sheriff and eventually the FBI. As all of this was happening, the people behind these accounts made an ominous threat towards a family member. My sister. The single most important person to me in the world.

The fuse was lit.

The abuse is so common that Ive lost count of other reporters and writers whove told me, often in confidence, of troubling late-night incidents at their homes, or of Tweets and other messages that went far beyond garden-variety Twitter trolling into disturbing threats and sometimes-horrifying images.

Online Trump world took that tweet and transformed it into a campaign of harassment directed against me and my wife that continues to this day all of it sexually charged, all of it disturbing. My wife is a tough woman. Shes a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone or even while Im home is intolerable. Its relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.

Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or hed take action.

We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-laws home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.

Online hate has become so common that its almost a point of perverse pride among some pundits. If you dont get hateful messages, you must not matter. If you let the hate bother you, then you must be weak. Indeed, in a world where feeding the trolls only makes them stronger, admitting that theyve hurt you at all represents a victory for the worst of the worst. They relish your pain, and you dont want them to relish anything.

But Ill be honest: Its miserable. There is nothing at all rewarding, enjoyable, or satisfying about seeing your beautiful young daughter called a niglet. There is nothing at all rewarding, enjoyable, or satisfying about seeing man after man after man brag in graphic terms that he has slept with your wife. Its unsettling to have a phone call interrupted, watch images of murder flicker across your screen, and read threatening e-mails. Its sobering to take your teenage kids out to the farm to make sure theyre both proficient with handguns in case an intruder comes when theyre home alone.

The misery is compounded when longtime friends and allies dismiss my experiences and the experiences of my colleagues as nothing more than the normal cost of public advocacy. Its not. I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of Americas most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. Ive never experienced anything like this before.

I have to laugh when people accuse me of opposing Trump because it somehow makes me rich, or because Im currying favors with guests at the elite cocktail parties that I never actually attend. I oppose Trump not just because hes an ignorant demagogue and a naked political opportunist, but also because bigotry and intimidation cling to his campaign. Every campaign attracts its share of fools, cranks, and crazies. But Trumps candidacy has weaponized them. Every harassing tweet and every violent threat is like a voice whispering in my ear, telling me to do all that I can to oppose a movement that breeds and exploits such reckless hate.

So, no, things have not calmed down, and Im always amused when people tell me that I belong to Never Trump because it makes me feel good about myself. Theres nothing that gives me pleasure about this election season. But if I can do anything to expose and oppose this latest debasement of our politics and culture, and to defend my wife and daughter, then at least I will have purpose.

David French is an attorney, and a staff writer at National Review.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 10:57 AM Intellectual leaders of the alt-right movement have said Donald Trump will be a disappointment once in office. This comes just weeks after a crowd at the National Policy Institute conference chanted Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! just blocks from the White House at the Ronald Reagan Building. Some leaders of the far-right, who many assume will be disavowed by a President Trump, said they are prepared to speak out against the administration if their needs are not met, the Guardian writes. Hopeful progressives are anticipating infighting within the alt-right movement, which would, in a sense, further remove the platform from Trumps White House. Alt-right members say they were ‘fooled’ by Trump after disavowal Although Trump took the Electoral College on Nov. 8 by a commanding margin, even the alt-right leaders are saying that their group(s) could remain on the political fringe. Saying (alt-right party members) want to be the intellectual head of the Trump presidency is delusional, said Mark Weber, of the Institute for Historical Review, which has a mission to expose Jewish-Zionist power, according to the Guardian. Jared Taylor, a white supremacist who runs the race-realist magazine American Renaissance, said Trump has already pulled back on some stances he took during the election cycle. He said the President-elect is already waffling on his initially hard-line immigration stance. Holocaust revisionist David Cole, of Taki Magazine, suggested that come January, members of the far right may go from actively hoping for policy changes to online trolling and infighting. Donald Trump complains about media coverage of his foundation Vdare.coms founder, Peter Brimelow, told the Guardian that the right of the right is absolutely prepared to revolt. He added, Its what they do. Interviewees Weber, Taylor and Brimelow, deemed extremists by the Southern Poverty Law Center, indicated that the alt-right movement can grow, even without Trumps assistance. Brimelow suggested those who identify with the movement are not party loyalists who were looking to be welcomed into the establishment. He said they are used to guerrilla warfare. The alt-right was in the forefront for much of the election, as Trump initially sought to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He also sought to build a large wall along the nation’s southern border. Donald Trump names former Bush aide to top counterterrorism job During the National Policy Institutes annual conference in D.C., its leader, Richard Spencer, signed off by proclaiming, Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! in an apparent nod to Nazi iconography. Some of those in attendance felt the gesture helped cement the alt-right as an entirely fringe group. Brimelow called it an idiot conclusion, according to the Guardian. I dont think that anything that has any whiff of Nazism is a particularly effective way to bring Americans or even Europeans to an effective understanding of race, Taylor said. Cole said Spencer became an embarrassment to some of his own people, the Guardian reported. To him, Spencer and his supporters will most likely burn out and hope to get something on immigration reform/restrictions. Spencer has continued to tour college campuses, spreading his radical message. Taylor concluded that Trump is an American nationalist. The left was wrong to think that he was dancing to the tune of people like myself, Taylor said, claiming that racial nationalism in America will prevail some day.

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The ‘Alt-Right’ Is A Hate Movement, And It’s Scarier Than You …

WASHINGTON If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing alt-right movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer. In one of the more bizarre and scary things to transpire in an already bizarre and scary political season, Tequila the social media presence, former TV host and current porn star attended a conference of white nationalists in Washington this weekend. On the surface, it was odd that the Vietnamese-American, born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, was there. Yet her presence squared perfectly with Spencers political and messaging strategy, and that of his National Policy Institute, which organized the event. The alt-right is willing to work with allies of color, Spencer told journalists on Saturday. At that moment, it was hard not to think of Tequila, who hadtweeted a photo of herself making the Nazi salute with the caption, Seig [sic] heil! the night before. To be sure, Spencer views most non-white races as genetically inferior, has a deep mistrust of Jewish people and associates with neo-Nazis. He wants to see Europeans and people of European descent protected from other races through state-sponsored segregation. The list goes on. However, its Spencers deft packaging of this hate speech that made him the informal head of the self-styled alt-right, a movement of quasi- to full-blown fascist writers, listless brown shirts and disgruntled meme creators.He feints at multiculturalism, expressing his respect for Native Americans, the spirituality of African-Americans and the aforementioned allies of color.His white nationalist spouting is filed with academic jargon founding an organization with the distinctly bland name National Policy Institute and calling ones movement alt-right is no small part of that strategy. All this isnot a new approach, but one Spencer is chillingly good at. Even though hes nearing 40, Spencer is so good at playing wonky millennial it makes you want to vomit. Think of him as an Ezra Klein for people who wouldnt mind putting people named Ezra Klein on a train. Hes active on social media that is, until hes kicked off of it for hate speech and loves calling mainstream Republicans basic bitch conservatives. Spencers invitation to the convention perfectly encapsulates how he straddles youth culture and hate culture. It featured a hipster-fresh graphic with the letters A R for alt-right in a decidedly tubular early-90s font. The letters were splashed over an ethereal stock photo of a woman in a wheat field, and the whole thing was reminiscent of the mashup album covers you see on SoundCloud. That woman in a wheat field can also be found on David Dukes Twitter page. Richard Spencer Spencer exudes the same kind of millennial lan as a lot of the young professional white guys in Washington D.C., with his clean-cut face framed by an angular jaw, square chin and neatly cropped high and tight haircut a do that might once have been associated with the Hitler Youth, but now is far more likely to recall actor Ryan Gosling. Hes a neat dresser, and if he werent spouting off about Muslim gangs or the need to give preferential treatment to European immigrants or how women like being raped, Spencer could just as easily be one of those dime-a-dozen yuppies who have way too many opinions about IPAs and fun socks. His CV is distressingly familiar, too: a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a stint as a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University. He even landed a piece in The American Conservative. Still, Spencers conference wasnt a gathering of minds. It was a smorgasbord of angry dudes. Dudes in Make America Great Again hats, dudes selling 80s-chic posters of President-electDonald Trump that read Trump DEPORTATION FORCE, dudes flipping through books with titles like The Perils of Equality and The Problem of Democracy,dudes who hissed when reporters asked Spencer questions, American dudes with Gosling haircuts, English dudes with Gosling haircuts, Dutch dudes with Gosling haircuts. To say 9 in 10 attendees was a dude would be charitable. There were some older attendees, whose professorial attire and seething resentment for contemporary society recalled the angriest people to ever attend a history department faculty meeting. And then there was Tequila who rose to cultural prominence in the late 2000s only to flame out with a series of anti-Semitic gestures and statements.She was a perfect set piece for Spencer: a D-list celebrity a woman of color, no less with a less-well-known track record of bigotry. Tequila provided a irreverent kind of pop culture flair to the outwardly staid event. In return, she got attention. Its sometimes hard to know whether that other D-list celebrity, Trump, is using Tequilas strategy or Spencers. Like Tequila, Trump also courted racists to boost his brand: He famously leveraged his own fame to raise unfounded questions about President Barack Obamas birthplace to raise his political profile. Like Spencer, Trump uses misdirection and half-baked points about long-form birth certificates to make his crusade seem semi-credible. And those in Trumps circle have eagerly bought into his legitimization of fringe views: Take strategist Steve Bannons description of his website, Breitbart News, as the platform for the alt-right and National Security Advisor Michael Flynns regular promotion of the alt-right on social media. The alt-right is here, the alt-right is not going anywhere and the alt-right is going to change the world, Spencer proclaimed at the conference. Though he maintained that Trump and Bannon are not alt-right, he did make the unsettling claim that his movement is a head without a body and the Trump campaign was a body without a head. Trumps election could complete this political Frankenstein monster, according to Spencers thinking.The high-profile racism and bigotry that has erupted since Nov. 8 has been unapologetically confrontational and intimidating: the Ku Klux Klan holding a victory rally in North Carolina, spray-painted swastikas cropping up on playgrounds and untold number of acts of bigotry directed at individuals later reported on social media. Its cold comfort, but this kind of vileness cannot easily be incorporated into our institutions of power. A person who walks into a congressional office in a white hood asking for a meeting about the Jewish pestilence isnt likely to get very far,but a clean-cut guy exuding the same white-collar blandness as that annoying guy at work who wont shut up about his kickball league or Trunk Club membership is another story. Thats what makes Richard Spencer and the National Policy Institute so scary. A well-spoken graduate of the University of Virginiarambling about arcane-sounding things like, say, our identitarian school curriculumjust might change some minds. Spencer has insisted that he is not in contact with Trump or his transition team, but added that he is impressed by putative administration figures like Steve Bannon and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Spencer kicked out the media after his press conference concluded, but the Atlantic recorded video of Spencer proclaiming Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory! and a number of audience members responding with the Nazi salute. Unlike Tila Tequila, they probably know how to correctly spell sieg.Richard Spencer, its safe to say, knows what hes doing. Huffington Post reporter Eliot Nelsons book, The Beltway Bible:A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing and Sometimes Hilarious Government, is out now.

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An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right …

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some mostly Establishment types insist its little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. Theyre wrong. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Previously an obscure subculture, the alt-right burst onto the national political scene in 2015. Although initially small in number, the alt-right has ayouthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric that have boosted its membership and made itimpossible to ignore. It hasalready triggered a string of fearful op-eds and hit pieces from both Left and Right: Lefties dismiss it as racist, while the conservative press, always desperate to avoid charges of bigotry from the Left, has thrown these young readers and voters to the wolves as well. National Reviewattacked them as bitter members of the white working-classwho worshipfather-Fhrer Donald Trump. Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast attacked Rush Limbaugh for sympathising with the white supremacist alt-right.BuzzFeed begrudgingly acknowledged that the movement has a great feel for how the internet works, while simultaneously accusing them of targeting blacks, Jews, women, Latinos and Muslims. The amount of column inches generated by the alt-right is a testament to their cultural punch. But so far, no one has really been able to explain the movements appeal and reach without desperate caveats and virtue-signalling to readers. Part of this is downto the alt-rightsaddictionto provocation. The alt-right is a movement born out ofthe youthful, subversive, underground edges of the internet. 4chan and 8chan are hubs of alt-right activity. For years, members of these forums political and non-political have delighted in attention-grabbing, juvenile pranks. Long before the alt-right, 4channers turned trolling the national media into an in-house sport. Having once defended gamers, another group accused of harbouring the worst dregs of human society, we feel compelled to take a closer look at the force thats alarming so many. Are they really just the second coming of 1980s skinheads, or something more subtle? Weve spent the past month tracking down the elusive, often anonymous members of the alt-right, and working out exactly what they stand for. There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racistskinheads(to whomthey are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence. Skinheads, by and large, are low-information, low-IQ thugs driven by the thrill of violence and tribal hatred. The alternative right are a much smarter group of people which perhaps suggests why the Left hates them so much. Theyre dangerously bright. The originsof the alternative right can be found in thinkers as diverse as Oswald Spengler, H.L Mencken, Julius Evola, Sam Francis, and the paleoconservative movement that rallied around the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan. The French New Right also serve as a source of inspiration for many leaders of the alt-right. The media empire of the modern-day alternative right coalesced around Richard Spencer during his editorship ofTakis Magazine.In 2010, Spencer founded AlternativeRight.com, which would become a center of alt-right thought. Alongside other nodes like Steve Sailers blog, VDARE and American Renaissance, AlternativeRight.com became a gathering point for an eclectic mix of renegades who objected to the established political consensus in some form or another. All of these websites have been accused of racism. Razib Khan, who lost an opportunity at the New York Times over his views on human biodiversity, now writes for the alt-right Unz Review. The so-called online manosphere,the nemeses of left-wing feminism, quickly became one of the alt-rights most distinctive constituencies. Gay masculinist author Jack Donovan, who edited AlternativeRights gender articles, was an early advocate for incorporating masculinist principles in the alt-right. His book,The Way Of Men,contains many a wistful quote about the loss of manliness that accompanies modern, globalized societies. Its tragic to think that heroic mans great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other. Thats the path were on now. Steve Sailer, meanwhile, helped spark the human biodiversity movement, a group of bloggers and researchers who strode eagerly into the minefield of scientific race differences in a much less measured tone thanformer New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade. Isolationists, pro-Russians and ex-Ron Paul supporters frustrated with continued neoconservative domination of the Republican party were also drawn to the alt-right, who are almost as likely as the anti-war left to object to overseas entanglements. Elsewhere on the internet, another fearsomely intelligent group of thinkers prepared to assault the secular religions of the establishment: the neoreactionaries, also known as #NRx. Neoreactionaries appeared quite by accident, growing from debates on LessWrong.com, a community blog set up by Silicon Valley machine intelligence researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky. The purpose of the blog was to explore ways to apply the latest research on cognitive science to overcome human bias, including bias in political thought and philosophy. LessWrong urged its community members to think like machines rather than humans. Contributors were encouraged to strip away self-censorship, concern for ones social standing, concern for other peoples feelings, and any other inhibitors to rational thought. Its not hard to see how a group of heretical, piety-destroying thinkers emerged from this environment nor how their rational approach might clash withthe feelings-first mentality of much contemporary journalism and even academic writing. Led by philosopher Nick Land and computer scientist Curtis Yarvin, this group began a gleeful demolition of the age-old biases of western political discourse. Liberalism, democracy and egalitarianism were all put under the microscope of the neoreactionaries, who found them wanting. Liberal democracy, they argued, had no better a historical track record than monarchy, while egalitarianism flew in the face of every piece of research on hereditary intelligence. Asking people to see each other as human beings rather than members of a demographic in-group, meanwhile, ignored every piece of research on tribal psychology. While they can certainly be accused of being overly-eager to bridge the gap between fact and value (the truth of tribal psychology doesnt necessarily mean we should embrace or encourage it), these were the first shoots of a new conservative ideology one that many were waiting for. Natural conservatives can broadly be described as the group that the intellectuals above were writing for. They are mostly white, mostly male middle-American radicals, who are unapologetically embracing a new identity politics that prioritises the interests of their own demographic. In their politics, these new conservativesare only following their natural instincts the same instincts that motivate conservatives across the globe. These motivations have been painstakingly researched by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, and an instinct keenly felt by a huge swathe of the political population: theconservativeinstinct. Acclaimed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt described the conservative instinct in his 2012 book The Righteous Mind. The conservative instinct, as described by Haidt, includes a preference for homogeneity over diversity, for stability over change, and for hierarchy and order over radical egalitarianism. Their instinctive wariness of the foreign and the unfamiliar is an instinct that we all share an evolutionary safeguard against excessive, potentially perilous curiosity but natural conservatives feel it with more intensity. They instinctively prefer familiar societies, familiar norms, and familiar institutions. An establishment Republican, with their overriding belief in the glory ofthe free market, might be moved totear down a cathedral andreplace it with a strip mall if it made economic sense. Such an act would horrify a natural conservative. Immigration policy follows a similar pattern: by the numbers, cheap foreign workers on H1B visas make perfect economic sense. But natural conservatives have other concerns: chiefly, the preservation of their own tribe and its culture. For natural conservatives, culture, not economic efficiency, is the paramount value. More specifically, they value the greatest cultural expressions of their tribe. Their perfect society does not necessarily produce a soaring GDP, but it does produce symphonies, basilicas and Old Masters. The natural conservative tendency within the alt-right points to theseapotheoses of western European culture and declares them valuable and worth preserving and protecting. Needless to say, natural conservatives concern with the flourishing of their own culture comes up against an intractable nemesis in the regressive left, which is currently intent on tearing down statues of Cecil Rhodes and Queen Victoria in the UK, and erasing the name of Woodrow Wilson from Princeton in the U.S. These attempts to scrub western history of its great figures are particularly galling to the alt-right, who in addition to the preservation of western culture, care deeply about heroes and heroic virtues. This follows decades in which left-wingers on campus sought to remove the study of dead white males from the focus of western history and literature curricula. An establishment conservative might be mildly irked by such behaviour as they switch between the State of the Union and the business channels, but to a natural conservative, such cultural vandalism may just be their highest priority. In fairness, many establishment conservatives arent keen on this stuff either but the alt-right would argue that theyre too afraid of being called racist to seriously fight against it. Which is why they havent. Certainly, the rise of Donald Trump, perhaps the first truly cultural candidate for President since Buchanan, suggests grassroots appetite for more robust protection of the western European and American way of life. Alt-righters describe establishment conservatives who care more about the free market than preserving western culture, and who are happy to endanger the latter with mass immigration where it serves the purposes of big business, as cuckservatives. Halting, or drastically slowing, immigration is a major priority for the alt-right. While eschewing bigotry on a personal level, the movement is frightened by the prospect of demographic displacement represented by immigration. The alt-right do not hold a utopian view of the human condition: just as they are inclined to prioritise the interests of their tribe, they recognise that other groups Mexicans, African-Americans or Muslims are likely to do the same. As communities become comprised of different peoples, the culture and politics of those communities become an expression of their constituent peoples. Youll often encounter doomsday rhetoric in alt-right online communities: thats because many of them instinctively feel that once large enough and ethnically distinct enough groups are brought together, they will inevitably come to blows. In short, they doubt that full integration is ever possible. If it is, it wont be successful in the kumbaya sense. Border walls are a much safer option. The alt-rights intellectuals would also argue that culture is inseparable from race. The alt-right believe that some degree of separation between peoples is necessary for a culture to be preserved. A Mosque next to an English street full of houses bearing the flag of St. George, according to alt-righters, is neither an English street nor a Muslim street separation is necessary for distinctiveness. Some alt-righters make a more subtle argument. They say that when different groups are brought together, the common culture starts to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Instead of mosques or English houses, you get atheism and stucco. Ironically, its a position that has much in common with leftist opposition to so-called cultural appropriation, a similarity openly acknowledged by the alt-right. Its arguable that natural conservatives havent had real political representation for decades. Since the 1980s, establishment Republicans have obsessed over economics and foreign policy, fiercely defending the Reagan-Thatcher economic consensus at home and neoconservative interventionism abroad. In matters of culture and morality, the issues that natural conservatives really care about, all territory has beenceded to the Left, which now controls the academy, the entertainment industry and the press. For those who believe in the late Andrew Breitbarts dictum that politics is downstream from culture, the number of writers, political candidates and media personalities who actuallybelieve that culture is the most important battlegroundcan be dispiriting. (Though Milo is trying his best.) Natural liberals, who instinctively enjoy diversity and are happy with radical social change so long as its in an egalitarian direction are now represented by both sides of the political establishment. Natural conservatives, meanwhile, have been slowly abandoned by Republicans and other conservative parties in other countries. Having lost faith in their former representatives, they now turn to new ones Donald Trump and the alternative right. There are principled objections to the tribal concerns of the alt-right, but Establishment conservatives have tended not to express them, instead turning nasty in the course of their panicked backlash.National Reviewwriter Kevin Williamson, in a recent article attacking the sort of voters who back Trump, said that white working-class communities deserve to die. Although the alt-right consists mostly of college-educated men, it sympathises with the white working classes and, based on our interviews, feels a sense ofnoblesse oblige.National Reviewhas been just as directly unpleasant about the alt-right as it has, on occasion, been about white Americans in general. In response to concerns from white voters that theyre going to go extinct, the response of the Establishment the conservative Establishment has been to openly welcome that extinction.Its true that Donald Trump would not be possible without the oppressive hectoring of the progressive Left, but the entire media is to blame for the environment in which this new movement has emerged. For decades, the concerns of those who cherish western culture have been openly ridiculed and dismissed asracist. The alt-right is the inevitable result. Nomatter how silly, irrational, tribal or even hateful the Establishment may think the alt-rightsconcerns are, they cant be ignored, because they arent going anywhere. As Haidt reminds us, their politics is a reflection of their natural inclinations. In other words, the Left cant language-policeand name-callthem away, which havefor the last twenty years been theonly progressive responses to dissent, and the Right cant snobbishly dissociate itself from them and hope they go away either. Earlier,we mentioned the pressure to self-censor. But whenever such pressure arises in a society, there will always be a young, rebellious contingent who feel a mischievous urge to blaspheme, break all the rules, and say the unsayable. Why? Because its funny! As Curtis Yarvin explains via email: If you spend 75 years building a pseudo-religion around anything an ethnic group, a plaster saint, sexual chastity or the Flying Spaghetti Monster dont be surprised when clever 19-year-olds discover that insulting it is now the funniest fucking thing in the world. Because it is. These young rebels, a subset of the alt-right, arent drawn to it because of an intellectual awakening, or because theyre instinctively conservative. Ironically, theyredrawn to the alt-right for the same reason that young Baby Boomers were drawn to the New Left in the 1960s: because it promises fun, transgression, and a challenge to social norms they just dont understand. Just as the kids of the 60s shocked their parents with promiscuity, long hair and rocknroll, so too do the alt-rights young meme brigades shock older generations with outrageous caricatures, from the Jewish Shlomo Shekelburg to Remove Kebab, an internet in-joke about the Bosnian genocide. Thesecaricatures are often spliced together with Millennial pop culture references, from old 4chan memes like pepe the frog, to anime andMy Little Ponyreferences. Are they actually bigots? No more than death metal devotees in the 80s were actually Satanists. For them, its simply a means to fluster their grandparents. Currently, the Grandfather-in-Chief is Republican consultant Rick Wilson, who attracted the attention of this group on Twitter after attacking them as childless single men who jerk off to anime. Responding in kind, they proceeded to unleash all the weapons of mass trolling that anonymous subcultures are notorious for and brilliant at. From digging up the most embarrassing parts of his familys internet history to ordering unwanted pizzas to his house and bombarding his feed with anime and Nazi propaganda, the alt-rights meme team, in typically juvenile but undeniably hysterical fashion, revealed their true motivations: not racism, the restoration of monarchy or traditional gender roles, butlulz. Its hard to know for certain, but we suspect that unlike the core of the alt-right, these young renegadesarent necessarilyinstinctive conservatives. Indeed, their irreverence, lack of respect of social norms, and willingness to stomp on other peoples feelings suggest they may actually be instinctive libertarians. Certainly thats the case for a joyful contingent of Trump supporters who spend hours creating memes celebrating the God Emperor and tormenting his adversaries, such as Yiannopoulos ally@PizzaPartyBen, who has amassed 40,000 followers on Twitter with his raucousantics. Were this the 1960s, the meme teamwould probably be the most hellraisingmembers of theNew Left: swearing on TV, mocking Christianity, and preaching the virtues of drugs and free love. Its hard to imagine them reading Evola, musing at St. Peters Basilica or settling down in a traditional family unit. They may be be inclined to sympathise to those causes, but mainlybecause it annoys the right people. Young people perhaps arent primarily attracted to the alt-right because theyre instinctively drawn to its ideology: theyre drawn to it because it seems fresh, daring and funny, while the doctrines of their parents and grandparents seem unexciting, overly-controlling and overly-serious. Of course, there is plenty of overlap. Some true believers like to meme too. If youre a Buzzfeed writer or aCommentary editor reading this and thinkinghow childish, well. You only have yourself to blame for pompously stomping on free expression and giving in to the worst and most authoritarian instincts of the progressive left. This new outburst of creativity and taboo-shattering is the result. Of course, just as was the case in history, theparents and grandparents justwont understand, man.Thats down tothe age difference. Millennials arent old enough to remember the Second World Waror the horrors of the Holocaust. They are barely old enough to remember Rwanda or 9/11. Racism, for them, is a monster under the bed, a story told by their parents to frighten them into being good little children. As with Father Christmas, Millennials have trouble believing its actually real. Theyve never actually seen it for themselves and they dont believe that the memes they post on /pol/ are actually racist. In fact, they know theyre not they do it because it gets a reaction. Barely a month passes without a long feature in a new media outlet about the rampant sexism, racism or homophobia of online image boards. For regular posters at these boards, thats mission accomplished. Another, more palatable, interpretation of these memes is that they are clearly racist, but that there is very little sincerity behind them. The funny thing is, being Millennials, theyre often quite diverse. Just visit a /pol/ thread, where posters nationalities are identified with small flags next to their posting IDs. Youll see flags from the west, the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, South America, and even, sometimes, Africa. Everyone on the anonymous board hurls the most vicious slurs and stereotypes each other, but like jocks busting each others balls at the college bar, its obvious that theres little real hatred present. That is, until the 1488ers show up. Anything associated as closely with racism and bigotry as the alternative right will inevitably attract real racists and bigots. Calmer members of the alternative right refer darkly to these people as the 1488ers, and for all their talk of there being no enemies to the right, its clear from the many conversations weve had with alt-righters that many would rather the1488ers didnt exist. These are the people that the alt-rights opponents wish constituted the entire movement. Theyre less concerned with the welfare of their own tribe than their fantasies of destroying others. 1488ers wouldlikely denounce this article as the product of a degenerate homosexual and an ethnic mongrel. Why 1488? Its a reference to two well-known Neo Nazi slogans, the first being the so-called 14 Words: We Must Secure The Existence Of Our People And A Future For White Children. The second part of the number, 88, is a reference to the 8th letter of the alphabet H. Thus, 88 becomes HH which becomes Heil Hitler. Not very edifying stuff. But if you want to use the 1488ers to tarnish the entire alt-right, you need to do the same with Islamist killers and Islam and third-wave feminist wackos with the entire history and purpose of feminism. Which you might well be fine with but lets be consistent. Alt-right vlogger PaulRamZPaul Ramsey describes them as LARPers or Live-Action Role Players: a disparaging comparison to nerdy nostalgists who dress up as medieval warriors. Paul even goes as faras to suggest some in this toxic mix of kooks and ex-cons may be there solely to discredit the more reasonable white identitarians. Every ideology has them. Humourless ideologues who have no lives beyond their political crusade, and live for the destruction of the great. They can be found on Stormfront and other sites, not just joking about the race war, but eagerly planning it. They are known as Stormfags by the rest of the internet. Based on our research we believe this stands in stark contrast with the rest of the alt-right, who focus more on building communities and lifestyles based around their values than plotting violent revolution. 1488ers are the equivalent of the Black Lives Matter supporters who call for the deaths of policemen, or feminists who unironically want to #KillAllMen. Of course, the difference is that while the media pretend the latter are either non-existent, or a tiny extremist minority, they consider 1488ers to constitute the whole of the alt-right. Those looking for Nazis under the bed can rest assured that they do exist. On the other hand, theresjust not very many of them, no-one really likes them, and theyre unlikely to achieve anything significant in the alt-right. What little remains of old-school white supremacy and the KKK in America constitutes a tiny, irrelevant contingent with no purchase on public life and no support even from what the media would call the far-Right. (Admittedly, these days that includes anyone who votes Republican.) Not all alt-righters will agree with our taxonomy of the movement. Hacker and white nationalist Andrew Auernheimer, better known as weev,responded in typically jaw-dropping fashion to our enquiries: The tireless attempts of you Jews to smear us decent Nazis is shameful. Delving into the depths of the alternative right, it quickly becomes apparent that the movement is best defined by what it stands against rather than what it stands for. There are a myriad of disagreements between its supporters over what they should build, but virtual unity over what they should destroy. For decades since the 1960s, in fact the media and political establishment have held a consensus over whats acceptable and unacceptable to discuss in polite society. The politics of identity, when it comes from women, LGBT people, blacks and other non-white, non-straight, non-male demographics is seen as acceptable even when it descends into outright hatred. Any discussion of white identity, or white interests, is seen as a heretical offence.Its a fact observedas early as 2008 by Yarvin: Ethnic pride is one thing. Hostility is another. But as progressives often observe they tend to travel together. It strikes me as quite incontrovertible that if an alien anthropologist were to visit Earth and collate expressions of hostility toward human subpopulations in Western culture today, the overwhelming majority would be anti-European. Anti-Europeanism is widely taught in schools and universities today. Its converse most certainly is not. So here is my challenge for progressives, multiculturalists, dynamists, and the like: if your antiracism is what it claims to be, if it is no more than Voltaire 3.0, why do non-European ethnocentrism and anti-European hostility not seem to bother you in the slightest? Do they maybe even strike you as, um, slightly cool? The current consensus offers, at best, mild condemnation of identity politics on the Left, and zero tolerance for identity politics on the right. Even for us a gay man of Jewish descent and a mixed-ethnic half-Pakistani the dangers of writing on this topic loom large. Though we do not identify with the alt-right, even writing an article about them is akin to prancingthrough a minefield. The pressure to self-censor must be almost overwhelmingfor straight white men and, for most of them, it appears to be, which explains why so much of the alt-right operates anonymously. While movements like third-wave feminism and Black Lives Matter often draw criticism from conservatives and libertarians, advocacy on behalf of those causes is not a career-ending offence. Quite the reverse. Its possible to build successful and lucrative careers off the back of those movements. Just look at Al Sharpton, Anita Sarkeesian and Deray Mckesson. In the past five years, left-wing identity politics underwent a renaissance just as the crisis of white males especially young white males in the west became obvious. As feminism entered its fourth wave, obsessed withtrivialities like online trolling, sexist t-shirts and microaggressions,male suicide rates were reaching crisis levels. As minority advocates on college campuses raised Hell about offensive Halloween costumes and demanded safe spaces in which they could be insulated from differing points of view, working-class white males became the least likely group to attend university in the U.K.To politically alert Millennials, the contrast between the truly marginalized and those merely claiming victim status has become stark. The Establishment bears much of the blame. Had they been serious about defending humanism, liberalism and universalism, the rise of the alternative right might have been arrested. All they had to do was argue for common humanity in the face of black and feminist identity politics, for free speech in the face of the regressive Lefts censorship sprees, and for universal values in the face of left-wing moral relativism. Instead, they turned a blind eye to the rise of tribal, identitarian movements on the Left while mercilessly suppressing any hint of them on the Right. It was this double standard, more than anything else, that gave rise to the alternative right. Its also responsible, at least in part, for the rise of Donald Trump. While the alt-right is toosophisticatedtobe mistaken for a mindless knee-jerk reaction, opposition to this prevailing consensusis the glue that holds ittogether. Some enjoy violating social norms for shock value, while others take a more intellectual approach, but all oppose the pieties and hypocrisies of the current consensus from both Left and Right in some form or another. In that, the alt-right has much in common with the cultural libertarian movement first identified in these pages. And there are many people who would identify with both labels. To young people and the politically disengaged, debatein the public square today appears topsy-turvy. The regressive Left loudly insists that it stands for equality and racial justice while praising acts of racial violence and forcing white people to sit at the back of the bus (or, more accurately, the back of the campus or in another campus altogether). It defends absurd feminist positions with no basis in fact and ridicules and demeans people on the basis of their skin colour, sexual orientation and gender. Meanwhile, the alt-right openly crack jokes about the Holocaust, loudly albeit almost entirely satirically expresses itshorror at race-mixing, and denounces the degeneracy of homosexuals while inviting Jewish gays and mixed-raceBreitbartreporters to their secret dinner parties. What gives? If youre this far down the article, youll know some of the answers already. For the meme brigade, its just about having fun. They have no real problem with race-mixing, homosexuality, or even diverse societies: its just fun to watch the mayhem and outrage that erupts when those secular shibboleths are openly mocked. These younger mischief-makers instinctively understand who the authoritarians are and why and how to poke fun at them. The intellectuals are animated by a similar thrill: after being taken for granted for centuries, theyre the ones who get to pick apart some of the Enlightenments dead dogmas. The 1488ers just hate everyone; fortunately they keep mostly to themselves. The really interesting members of the alt-rightthough, and the most numerous, are the natural conservatives. Theyare perhapspsychologically inclined to be unsettled by threats to western culture from mass immigration and maybe by non-straight relationships. Yet, unlike the 1488ers, the presence of such doesnt send them into fits of rage. They want to build their homogeneous communities, sure but they dont want to commit any pogroms along the way. Indeed, theywould prefer non-violent solutions. Theyre also aware that there are millions of people whodontshare their inclinations. These are the instinctive liberals, the second half of Haidts psychological map of western polities the people who are comfortable with diversity, promiscuity, homosexuality, and all other features of the cultural consensus. Natural conservatives know that a zero-sum battle with this group would end in stalemate or defeat. Their goal is a new consensus, where liberals compromise or at least allow conservative areas of their countries to reject the status quo on race, immigration and gender. Others, especially neoreactionaries, seekexit:a peaceful separation from liberal cultures. Should the liberal tribe (and lets not deny it any longer thats both the DemocraticandGOP Establishments these days) do business with them? Well, the risk otherwise is thatthe 1488ers start persuading people that their solution to natural conservatives problems is the only viable one. The bulk of theirdemands, after all, are not so audacious: they want their own communities, populated by their own people, and governed by their own values.

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For the movement of right-wing ideologies that are an alternative to mainstream conservatism, see Alt-right. Alternative Right is a white supremacist website created by Richard Spencer and Colin Liddell[1][2] in 2010 and the “New Alternative Right” webzine, edited by Liddell and Andy Nowicki, that was created when the first website was shut down in 2013.[3][4] Richard Spencer’s Alternative Right was hosted at AlternativeRight.com and funded by NPI America before Spencer shut it down, saying it was too much work to manage.[5] The site’s white nationalist stance has attracted criticism from the Anti-Defamation League[6] and it has been described by The Atlantic as being a “white supremacist” site.[7] In 2012, Alternative Right published an article entitled “Is Black Genocide Right?”[8] It stated that the black race “has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization” and asked “whether Black Genocide is something worth considering”; after drawing widespread criticism, the article was deleted from the site.[9] In May 2013, Yahoo! News reported that Jason Richwine, then a scholar at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of a controversial study on the costs of amnesty, had published an article and blog at AlternativeRight.com in 2010. The Rachel Maddow Show publicized these findings in a segment of the program on May 9, 2013.[10] In July 2015, Stephanie Saul of The New York Times interviewed Colin Liddell about the Alternative Right.[11] Alternative Right has been an object of criticism from both the left and right wings. Examples of the former include the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has characterized the site as “yet another far-right magazine,” as well as “loaded with contributors who…have long lamented the white man’s decline.”[2]Conservative critiques include E. D. Kain’s contention at True/Slant, that “the far-right-wingers at Alternative Right represent the ugly and yes racist underbelly of ‘alt’ conservatism. This is white nationalism, folks, dressed up in faux-intellectualism.”[12] In March 2010, Spencer was interviewed by Tim Mak of FrumForum, the online magazine of George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mak concluded that Alternative Right’s “ideas belong in some sort of padded room,” and that its writers are “going to be white nationalists, but, by God, theyre going to be a little fancy about it.”[13]

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What is the Alt Right? | American Renaissance

What is the Alt Right? It is a broad, dissident movement that rejects egalitarian orthodoxies. These orthodoxies require us to believe that the sexes are equivalent, that race is meaningless, that all cultures and religions are equally valuable, and that any erotic orientation or identification is healthy. These things we deny. The Alt Right is also skeptical of mass democracy. It opposes foreign aid and foreign interventionespecially for nation building. Given the loose nature of the movement, there are people who consider themselves Alt Right but who disagree on one or more of these pointsexcept one. The entire Alt Right is united in contempt for the idea that race is only a social construct. This is an idea that is so wrong and stupid that only very intelligent people can convince themselves it is true. Race is a biological fact. Does anyone think that the differences between Danes and Pygmies are a sociological illusion? A barely socialized two-year-old can tell races apart at a glance. There are countless race differences in such things as skull structure, twinning rates, and susceptibility to disease. It is even possible to tell a persons race from the varieties of bacteria that live in his mouth! Human races have been evolving separately for perhaps as long as 100,000 years, and evolution has marked their temperaments and mental abilities just as it has their physical characteristics. Different races have different average IQs, and the evidence is overwhelming that these differences are, to a substantial degree, genetic. Orthodoxy insists that this is pseudo-science that has been discredited. Nonsense. No one has discredited Arthur Jensen, Richard Herrnstein, Charles Murray, Linda Gottfredson, Richard Lynn, Michael Levin, Michael Woodley, Philippe Rushton, and Robert Plomin. Orthodoxy on race leads to endless folly. There are approximately 13,500 school districts in the United States. In every one, test results fit the pattern for IQ: Asians get the best scores, followed by whites, then Hispanics, then blacks. Is this because every district is biased and prejudiced? Of course not. This pattern reflects biology. Those who deny biology always try to narrow the gaps in test scores. That was the purpose of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, whichrequiredschools to bring racial averages up to the same level. No school could. This silliness consumed huge amounts of time and money, and required so many exemptions it was finally set aside as meaningless. It was crushed by the reality of race. The world makes no sense without an understanding of race. Why is black Africa poor? Why is Haitipopulated by the same people but with a completely different historyequally poor? Why do blacks in America, Canada, and Britainlikewise with very different historiesshow exactly the same patterns of crime, poverty, illegitimacy, and school failure? Why, on the other hand, are Asians ahead of whites on all these measures? Because race is real. No coherent social policy can be based on egalitarian dogmas about race. That is why everything from education to welfare to housing to policing to immigration policy yields deformed results. If you cannot understand race you cannot understand anything else. Is it harsh to explain black and Hispanic failure in terms of inherent racial differences? Whitesmustspeak in these terms in self defense. Since orthodoxy has decreed that all groups are precisely equal, it permits only one explanation for non-white failure: white oppression. An entire industry has risen up to stoke white guilt and purge whites of unearned privilege. We are not responsible for the shortcomings of others and we despise those who claim we are. Race is not just real: it is central to group and individual identity. All other racial groups take this for granted; only whites must pretend that their race means nothing to them. Question: What do you call a black person who prefers to be around other black people, and likes black music and culture? A black person. What do you call a white person who listens to classical music, likes European culture, and prefers to be around white people? A Nazi. All non-whites are expected to have a strong racial identity; only whites must not. And yet, even if they do not admit it to themselves, whites act on the basis of race all the time. When the neighborhood turns black or Hispanic, they move away. When their childrens school fills up with non-whites, they change schools. This is as true of liberals as it is of conservatives. As the late Joseph Sobran used to say, in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are no different from members of the Ku Klux Klan. People of all races prefer to be with people like themselves, and church congregations prove it. Ninety-five percent are at least 80-percent one race, and many are 100-percent one race. This is because churchesunlike neighborhoods, companies, private clubs, and schoolsare not yet required by lawto integrate. Congregations reflect complete freedom of choice, and when Americans are free to choose they gravitate to people like themselves. Finally, the Alt Right recognizes that whites have legitimate interests as a people. One of the most obvious is to resist the waves of non-white immigration that are dispossessing us. We refuse to stand with arms folded and watch our children become a minority; if ideological current trends continue, they will be a hated minority. Virtually all whites everywhere in the world face the same crisis of dispossession. The only exceptions are a few Eastern European countries that refuse to accept immigrants or refugees. Ironically, whites who lived behind the Iron Curtain were protected from the mental poisons that paralyze whites and keep them from taking the most elementary steps to remain masters in their own houses. The Alt Right is a necessary alternative to a respectable right that has completely capitulated. In the 1960s,National ReviewdefendedSouth African apartheid and Southern segregation. It accepted the reality of race and discussed racial differences in average IQ. Today, no publication outside the Alt Right dares discuss the implications of low black and Hispanic IQ or the need for whites to act in the name of their race and culture. Conservatives no longer try to conservewhat is most important: their own people. The Alt Right laughs at the idea that diversity is a strength. Diversity of language, religion, but especially of race bring conflict and tension. The worship of diversity leads to idiotic statements like that ofGeneral George Casey, who commanded the American troops in Iraq: I firmly believe the strength of our Army comes from our diversity. Does General Casey really believe that the army is strong because of black and Mexican and Filipino soldiers? Do equipment and training have something to do with it? Has General Casey forgotten the murderous racial tensions in the Vietnam-era army? Doesnt he remember Major Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 soldiers and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood? Does he think the all-white armies that fought at Gettysburg or on Iwo-Jima were pitiful bands of defectives? Does General Casey believe his own rubbish? Even our generals are eunuchs, taught to believe that dispossession is wonderful. We are told over and over that it is the duty of all Americans to celebrate diversity. It really is a celebration for non-whites, because diversity means greater numbers and growing influencefor them. But to ask whites to celebrate diversity means asking them to rejoice in their own declining numbers and dwindling influence. Only whites, only a thoroughly denatured people could ever be browbeaten into celebrating impending oblivion. As waves of non-white immigrants sweep over us it common to say that diversity is Americas greatest strength. Does anyone realize what that really means? It means that the 90-percent white America of the 1950s and 60s was about to choke to death on its own homogeneity but was saved by Mexicans and Haitians. It means whites were a moribund people brought back to life only by the lucky arrival of people unlike ourselves. Nothing is more grating than when non-white immigrants themselves throw diversity in our facesas if they came for the sole purpose of bringing us this precious gift. They came, of course, because we built a wonderful society. People who have made their own countries miserable come to take advantage of a society they could never have createdand if they come in large enough numbers they will turn our country into something completely alien. And we are supposed to thank them for this. Imagine the shoe on the other foot. Imagine going to China and saying, Its not a bad country you have here, but its got a real problem: too many Chinese. You need to ginger the place up with a couple of million Iraqis, a stiff dose of Haitians, and enough Venezuelans to set up little Caracases in all your big cities. Diversity is a strength! The Chinese would call for the men in white coats. When the Alt Right dissents from racial orthodoxy, it can count on being called names. The liberals favorite is white supremacist, which is the most emotionally charged way to try to discredit a white person. White supremacy implies nostalgia for slavery, Jim Crow, and lynchings, and suggests we want to rule over people of other races. This is foolishness. I have never met anyone who wants to rule other races. We want to be left alone so we can be the people we were meant to be. The expression white supremacist should be dropped from current use, but the more it is used the more ridiculous it sounds. Our opponents call us names because they cannot refute us, and calling us names is the most graceless way of admitting they have no argument. It means no more to call us racists than to call us giraffes. Our opponents must instead explain why we are illogical or mistakenwhich they cannot do. They know that conservatives scurry into dark corners when they are called names; not us. We are proud to stand up for our people, and names will never frighten us. Liberals now call so many things racist the word has practically no meaning. Whatever it means, though, it implies moral inferiority, that we dissidents are not just to mistaken but bad. What nonsense. There is no higher morality than to work for the survival and prosperity of ones people. We spit on the idea that all other groups may advance their rights while only weonly white peoplemay not. What we ask for ourselves is nothing more nor less than what we want for people of all races: the right to pursue their destinies free from the unwanted embrace of others, to seek a future that is uniquely theirs within neighborhoods, institutions, regions, and ultimately nations in which they are the permanent and undisputed majority. It is we who are the champions of true diversity. Imagine the whole world becoming the mult-culti mix to which orthodoxy condemns white countries. Could the delicate culture of Japan survive mass immigration? Would India still be India if millions of foreigners moved there? Of course not. And yet Europe, America, Australia, Canadaall white nations are to welcome aliens and we are to smile as we are submerged. What whites are expected to do is without precedent in human history. We have the power to keep our lands for ourselves, but we are throwing them open to aliens, aliens who despise us as they take what is ours. Many nations have been overrun by powerful invaders. Never has any people or nation let itself be pillaged by the weak. This is a mental sickness unique to whites and unique to our era. The media have tried to attack Donald Trump by blaming him for our support. This is deeply dishonest; the American Communist Party endorses Mrs. Clinton but no one says that discredits her. But the media attention has backfired. It has introduced our ideas to millions of people, many of whom we are winning over to our side. Donald Trump may win or lose, but we will grow, with him or without him. We will not only grow; we will prevail. Our vision of mankind, of society, of history, of right and wrong is deeply rooted in morality and human nature. We are right and our enemies are wrong. The folly that has seized our people will pass, and we will come through this crisis a wiser, stronger people. Adapted from remarks at a press conference on the Alt Right held by the National Policy Institute, September 9, 2016. Topics: Alt-Right, Donald Trump

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Donald Trumps Alt-Right Supporters: Internet Abuse Must End …

I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughters face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles thats an unforgivable sin. Its called race-cucking or raising the enemy. I saw images of my daughters face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a niglet and a dindu. The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with black bucks. People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching. When we both publicized some of the racist attacks I in National Review and Nancy in the Washington Post things took a far more ominous turn. Late the next evening while Nancy was, fortunately, offline attending a veterans charity event in D.C. the darker quarters of the alt-right found her Patheos blog. Several different accounts began posting images and GIFs of extreme violence in her comments section. Click on a post and scroll down and youll see pictures of black men shooting other black men, close-up images of suicides, GIFs of grisly executions the kinds of psyche-scarring things that one cant unsee. Had I not deployed to Iraq and witnessed death up close, the images would have shocked me. I quickly got on the phone with Nancy, told her not to look at her website, and got busy deleting comments and blocking IP addresses, but in the meantime a few friends and neighbors had seen the posts. The next Sunday, friends from church approached, expressing concern not just for our safety but for theirs as well. We live in a community where most of the streets have similar names, and its common for UPS drivers, FedEx deliveries, and friends to end up at the wrong house. They interpreted the images as threats, and they didnt want anyone to drive into our neighborhood, looking for the Frenches, intent on turning image into reality. It took days and hundreds of IP blocks and Twitter reports but things finally calmed down. The racist images slowed from a flood to a trickle, I relaxed a bit at night, and life returned, I thought, to normal. I was wrong. Our normal had changed. This wasnt the beginning of the end of our troubles, but rather the end of the beginning. I share my familys story not because we are unique or because our experience is all that extraordinary, but rather because it is depressingly, disturbingly ordinary this campaign season. The formula is simple: Criticize Trump especially his connection to the alt-right and the backlash will come. Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home. In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trumps anti-Semitic followers, she was called slimy Jewess and told that she deserves the oven. It got worse: Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to dox me a term for adversaries attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report. The phenomenon got some attention in the spring, when the Daily Beast reported not just on Mandels experience but also on Ericksons, Rick Wilsons, and others. Its showing no signs of slowing down, either: Big names, small names, any names if you attack Trump, no matter who you are, your life might just change. Earlier this month, Mi-Ai Parrish, president of the Arizona Republic, wrote a powerful response to the deluge of threats and bullying prompted by the papers endorsement of Hillary Clinton. An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists whove been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NRs own Jonah Goldberg) whove borne the brunt of the attacks, and one my friend Ben Shapiro whos received a staggering amount of hate: Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers hes a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com. Shapiro famously resigned from Breitbart when it refused to support reporter Michelle Fields after thenTrump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed and pulled Fields in the press scrum at a Trump event. More victims are coming forward. In a painful, vulnerable post, commentator Mickey White writes about how the alt-right came after her and her family, triggering a mental-health crisis. In the face of the abuse, she sought help, but help was slow to come: I reached out to people I thought I could trust and to this day Im not sure if that was the right thing to do. At the time I was desperate though, as the trolling had increased from mere tweets, to DMs from very random famous accounts. Then e-mails went out to people suggesting that I might harm myself, even though Id indicated nothing of the sort. Anyone who responded to me would also be shamed or harassed. I was advised that I was about to be swatted. I contacted my local sheriff and eventually the FBI. As all of this was happening, the people behind these accounts made an ominous threat towards a family member. My sister. The single most important person to me in the world. The fuse was lit. The abuse is so common that Ive lost count of other reporters and writers whove told me, often in confidence, of troubling late-night incidents at their homes, or of Tweets and other messages that went far beyond garden-variety Twitter trolling into disturbing threats and sometimes-horrifying images. Online Trump world took that tweet and transformed it into a campaign of harassment directed against me and my wife that continues to this day all of it sexually charged, all of it disturbing. My wife is a tough woman. Shes a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone or even while Im home is intolerable. Its relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin. Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or hed take action. We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-laws home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement. Online hate has become so common that its almost a point of perverse pride among some pundits. If you dont get hateful messages, you must not matter. If you let the hate bother you, then you must be weak. Indeed, in a world where feeding the trolls only makes them stronger, admitting that theyve hurt you at all represents a victory for the worst of the worst. They relish your pain, and you dont want them to relish anything. But Ill be honest: Its miserable. There is nothing at all rewarding, enjoyable, or satisfying about seeing your beautiful young daughter called a niglet. There is nothing at all rewarding, enjoyable, or satisfying about seeing man after man after man brag in graphic terms that he has slept with your wife. Its unsettling to have a phone call interrupted, watch images of murder flicker across your screen, and read threatening e-mails. Its sobering to take your teenage kids out to the farm to make sure theyre both proficient with handguns in case an intruder comes when theyre home alone. The misery is compounded when longtime friends and allies dismiss my experiences and the experiences of my colleagues as nothing more than the normal cost of public advocacy. Its not. I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of Americas most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. Ive never experienced anything like this before. I have to laugh when people accuse me of opposing Trump because it somehow makes me rich, or because Im currying favors with guests at the elite cocktail parties that I never actually attend. I oppose Trump not just because hes an ignorant demagogue and a naked political opportunist, but also because bigotry and intimidation cling to his campaign. Every campaign attracts its share of fools, cranks, and crazies. But Trumps candidacy has weaponized them. Every harassing tweet and every violent threat is like a voice whispering in my ear, telling me to do all that I can to oppose a movement that breeds and exploits such reckless hate. So, no, things have not calmed down, and Im always amused when people tell me that I belong to Never Trump because it makes me feel good about myself. Theres nothing that gives me pleasure about this election season. But if I can do anything to expose and oppose this latest debasement of our politics and culture, and to defend my wife and daughter, then at least I will have purpose. David French is an attorney, and a staff writer at National Review.

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