Michael Sebastian at Return of Kings has a short piece on problems inherent with the Alternative Right, which includes neo-reactionaries. I think he addresses several legitimate points about this new “hippie” movement, but I wanted to elaborate on a few and add some of my own observations.
- They tend to confuse race with culture. Thus, they will speak of blacks and whites and Jews and Mexicans as though they all have the same politics and behave the exact same regardless of externalities. They think the people who live in Mexico are the same as those who jump across the border fences. Which leads to the next problem:
- The isolation of non-whites who agree on everything that matters because they don’t fit their version of The Vision. Talking about an white entho-state automatically and logically leads to the assumption that ethnic cleansing and pogroms will have to happen first. A non-white person is naturally not going to find this agreeable.
- The underlying (flawed) belief that white people’s problems are the fault of other ethnic groups. The same way feminism has always required men to implement their agenda and would fail without it, all the political policies that Alt. Right white men hate is due to other white men.They’re quick to attack illegal immigrants, but why do they come here? Because white people voted in politicians who voted to approve laws that give them free stuff. In the People’s Republic of Seattle where I live, the political campaigns are financed by rich, white liberals. Since other white people are white people’s biggest problem, a white entho-state won’t solve the underlying problem.
- Their support for Trump as president, not as a presidential candidate. The two are different, as it happens to be. Enjoy the damage he does by all means, but don’t cause a movement to get inextricably linked to any one person, especially when they’re not personally or directly involved. Focus on efforts outside of elections.
- The emphasis on a centralized state as opposed to a tribal mentality. Obviously they are looking to seize power already accumulated in D.C. This works as long as your man is in charge, and he doesn’t end up getting rid of you because you’re a threat. And this assumes the Deep State doesn’t manipulate things behind the scenes so that they always come out on top.
- Most critical of all, their rejection of libertarianism due not to what the philosophy itself actually teaches but because they mistakenly conflate the Left’s hijacking of the Non-Aggression Principle to fit within their version of The Vision and confuse their cognitive dissonance with political autism.
Nevertheless, I think there is a potency to their movement that could bring about ideal changes, but only if the momentum they provide is harnessed properly. Sadly, I don’t think that will happen. They should know better by now than to put their hope in political elections.