Reviewing My Take On The Alt. Right

This has been on my mind for a while, but I think it’s important to state here.

Last year I wrote an analysis of the 16 Points of the Alt. Right by Vox Day. My conclusion at the time was that there was enough common ground between the Alt. Right and libertarians for some significant partnering, due to our mutual opposition to globalism undermining decentralization and promoting fewer governments with greater power.

I still stand by my opinion, to some degree, of anyone who adheres to that definition. However, Vox Day’s points are not an accurate reflection of what the Alt. Right as a movement today believes or emphasizes.

In fact, it is difficult to describe what the Alt. Right is, precisely. That isn’t just caused by infiltrators, trolls, and the Establishment. Its own self-described members have fought and quarrel since Charlottesville over its direction.

As such, I feel a need to clarify and elaborate briefly on my stance.

Libertarians should be willing to work with anyone of any ideology where there is common ground, yet healthy boundaries are maintained and the cooperation is mutually beneficial. It’s the last part that I would offer the greatest caveat, because there are clearly elements within that movement that are detrimental to anyone associated with them – just as there had been within libertarianism.

However, I do not see the Alt. Right as natural allies. Collaboration, if done at all, has to be carried out on a case-by-case basis just like other any political group.

That is all.

 

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3 Responses to Reviewing My Take On The Alt. Right

  1. The problem is that the Alt-Right is an umbrella term that covers a lot of ground. I believe there are good alliance-worthy groups within the Alt-Right, such as paleo-conservatives and remnants of the Old Right, but there are also clearly some backwards state-loving reactionaries in there as well.

    Vox’s principles were mostly respectable, but as you’ve said, he doesn’t speak for the entire Alt-Right.

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    • The Question says:

      The problem is that the Alt-Right is an umbrella term that covers a lot of ground.

      Yes, it’s like being anti-war. Code Pink is anti-war (or unless a Democrat is president). Lew Rockwell is also anti-war. There is no common ground between them.

      I believe there are good alliance-worthy groups within the Alt-Right, such as paleo-conservatives and remnants of the Old Right, but there are also clearly some backwards state-loving reactionaries in there as well.

      I think it’s worse than that, actually, just not regarding political ideology. I don’t want to mention anyone specific, but there are figures who are dangerous to anyone associated with them because of their behavior and the things they say.

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