Where I Stand on the Alt-Right’s Platform
The alt-right is a very diverse group, and there is no where that I know of where there is a concise list of political beliefs of the alt-right in terms of an actual platform. The closest thing I know of to this is Vox Day’s “What the Alternative Right Is.” I will comment on each of the 16 positions it lays out (though some of the 16 items are not actually positions.)
If anyone knows of a more specific listing of what the alt-right believes, written by someone in the alt-right, let me know.
1. The Alt Right is of the political right in both the American and the European sense of the term. Socialists are not Alt Right. Progressives are not Alt Right. Liberals are not Alt Right. Communists, Marxists, Marxians, cultural Marxists, and neocons are not Alt Right. National Socialists are not Alt Right.
This is not a political position, so I have no opinion on it.
2. The Alt Right is an ALTERNATIVE to the mainstream conservative movement in the USA that is nominally encapsulated by Russel Kirk’s 10 Conservative Principles, but in reality has devolved towards progressivism. It is also an alternative to libertarianism.
That’s my biggest problem with the alt-right right. It’s an “alternative to libertarianism,” in other words, it’s yet another big government ideology. As if we don’t have enough of those already.
Vox Day used to be a libertarian. No longer. Stefan Molyneux used to be a libertarian. No longer. Even guys like Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson used to self-identify as libertarians. No longer.
So many voices for small government have been forever destroyed, converted to the alt-right, putting the nails in the coffin of the libertarian philosophy. Not that it ever had a chance to begin with, of course. Modern day humans hate freedom; the alt-right is just another example of this.
3. The Alt Right is not a defensive attitude and rejects the concept of noble and principled defeat. It is a forward-thinking philosophy of offense, in every sense of that term. The Alt Right believes in victory through persistence and remaining in harmony with science, reality, cultural tradition, and the lessons of history.
I have no opinion on this other than to ask what exactly “victory” is. If it’s to return America to the 1950’s, then I’m sorry, that ship has sailed, and was burned to kindling in the sea, a very long time ago. But again, victory is not clearly defined here so I can’t articulate a response to it.
4. The Alt Right believes Western civilization is the pinnacle of human achievement and supports its three foundational pillars: Christianity, the European nations, and the Graeco-Roman legacy.
I agree Western civilization is the pinnacle of human achievement so far. That’s factual and undeniable. I agree that Christianity, Europe, and the Graeco-Roman legacy are all key components of it.
I also think that Christianity is woefully outdated, as is much of European culture (i.e. Western European style socialism), and some things that worked 200 years ago will not work today. Advice that was great for the man in the 1800’s, or even for the 1950’s, is often terrible advice for the 21st Century man.
5. The Alt Right is openly and avowedly nationalist. It supports all nationalisms and the right of all nations to exist, homogeneous and unadulterated by foreign invasion and immigration.
I agree. However, I think immigration is fine as long as you don’t give one penny of government money or one drip of free government services to immigrants, as I explained in detail here. Singapore doesn’t do that, I don’t know why we can’t either.
The problem isn’t immigrants. The problem is the massive wave of incoming immigrants looking for free money that the government welfare state gleefully provides. If no immigrants receive any free cash or services to come to your nation, very few will come, and the few that do are the good, skilled, hardworking ones that can actually help your economy (as long as they aren’t too many all at once), like those who came to the US pre-1960’s.
6. The Alt Right is anti-globalist. It opposes all groups who work for globalist ideals or globalist objectives.
I agree completely.
7. The Alt Right is anti-equalitarian. It rejects the idea of equality for the same reason it rejects the ideas of unicorns and leprechauns, noting that human equality does not exist in any observable scientific, legal, material, intellectual, sexual, or spiritual form.
I agree completely. Equality is a concept that does not exist in nature. As Scott Adams once said, equality was invented so stupid people could participate in arguments.
8. The Alt Right is scientodific. It presumptively accepts the current conclusions of the scientific method (scientody), while understanding a) these conclusions are liable to future revision, b) that scientistry is susceptible to corruption, and c) that the so-called scientific consensus is not based on scientody, but democracy, and is therefore intrinsically unscientific.
Jesus, Vox. What the hell is “scientodific?” C’mon, man.
Anyway, I more or less agree that science is often perverted by politics and money, yes.
9. The Alt Right believes identity > culture > politics.
I 100% agree with that statement. I’m not sure if I agree with what that statement implies. I can’t read Vox’s mind so I agree with the statement as stated.
10. The Alt Right is opposed to the rule or domination of any native ethnic group by another, particularly in the sovereign homelands of the dominated peoples. The Alt Right is opposed to any non-native ethnic group obtaining excessive influence in any society through nepotism, tribalism, or any other means.
Again, if you just keep government very tiny, none of this will ever be a problem.
11. The Alt Right understands that diversity + proximity = war.
I agree, but I don’t think it’s that simple in that there are other factors involved, namely, big government. I have a hard time imagining at lot of black vs. white conflict in a 100% libertarian country where no one gets any free stuff or privileges from the government whatsoever, but this has never happened so I could be wrong.
12. The Alt Right doesn’t care what you think of it.
Not a political view.
13. The Alt Right rejects international free trade and the free movement of peoples that free trade requires. The benefits of intranational free trade is not evidence for the benefits of international free trade.
Disagree. There are far too many historical examples of free trade success stories (like Hong Kong, as just one example) to just say that “free trade is bad.”
That doesn’t mean I’m for unfettered free trade. Some protectionism is warranted. For example, if you have all of your military hardware manufactured in China, what happens if you go to war against China? Therefore, I’m for free trade, but with some exceptions.
14. The Alt Right believes we must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children.
Ha! Sorry, I stopped giving a fuck about my fellow white people a very long time ago. By embracing socialism, war, and political correctness, white people have destroyed themselves. No one made them do it. White people did this to themselves. Now I’m supposed to feel sorry for them? Nope. You shit in your own bed, now lay in it. I’m buggin’ out.
15. The Alt Right does not believe in the general supremacy of any race, nation, people, or sub-species. Every race, nation, people, and human sub-species has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and possesses the sovereign right to dwell unmolested in the native culture it prefers.
16. The Alt Right is a philosophy that values peace among the various nations of the world and opposes wars to impose the values of one nation upon another as well as efforts to exterminate individual nations through war, genocide, immigration, or genetic assimilation.
I agree… but why did you guys vote for Trump then? He loves needless war. Someone like Rand Paul would have been a much better choice if you guys are truly anti-war.