The loose coalition of far right white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and white nationalists who call themselves the alternative right (alt-right) seemed like a force of negativity to be reckoned with, at least that’s what most of them considered themselves to be. Their politics are strictly race-based, gender-based and religion-based with white male Christians screaming to the world that they have it so hard. The election of Donald Trump seemed – at the very least – like an answer to a prayer as he exhibited their primitive sentiments to varying degrees. They hoped that the white man will retake their place as the rulers of the world fighting against other groups who dared to ask for fairness, equality and justice.
Soon, their hopes seemed lowly but surely dashed. Not only did Trump’s election did nothing to truly empower the alt-right, but their own foundation was starting to cave in under the weight of their own hate, and part of the blame goes to none other than the alt-right itself.
Each chapter in his short book takes on one aspect of the alt-right. Wendling writes about the “Intellectuals” (like the democracy-hating Curtis Yarvin), the “Racialists” (peddlers of racist pseudoscience), the “Channers” (4chan forum posters) and the “Meninists” (male anti-feminist activists). He discusses the movement’s abuses of language and its obsession with the media. Finally, he describes the neo-Nazis and other violent white supremacists who have come more to the front since the election of Trump. What united all these groups was a (sometimes irony-cloaked) attachment to hard-right politics, especially on race and gender, together with a seething hatred of liberals, leftists and above all “social justice warriors,” those campus leftists supposedly obsessed with political correctness, safe spaces and trigger warnings…
Although Trump’s victory was a tremendous boost for the alt-right, Wendling argues convincingly that it is already cracking up under the weight of its own contradictions. Winning the presidency sapped much of the strength of a movement that defines itself almost exclusively through what it hates. Wendling shrewdly notes that despite its edgy, countercultural pretensions, the alt-right is almost entirely “culturally sterile.” Endless piles of ephemeral internet memes aside, it has produced little or no music, literature, film or poetry.
Without a solid foundation, the alt-right’s charge into a superior political faction has so far been nothing more than a joke with their members as punchlines. Their unity is as fragile as sugar-made class, and with their obsession with hatred is so strong, it’s no surprise that they would turn on each other.
Things started looking grim as hell for the alt-right during their Charlottesville rally they held in August of 2017, a rally that turned violent and deadly as a confrontation with leftists ensued and a counter protester was killed by an alt-right assailant. Trump, in all of his moral upstanding, blamed both sides, however.
You have the lovers’ triangle that ended in a trailer park smack down and led to the crippling of a white nationalist group the Traditionalist Worker Party led by Matthew Heimbach. But before that, the Neo-Nazi leader was involved with spats against other alt-right groups, and it was his own family of white nationalists that exposed his two-timing ways.
Plus, there’s Richard Spencer, one of the most well-known figures of the movement and a victim of the fist of justice. He had a speaking tour set hoping to invade America’s cities and spread the gospel of ignorance. But after he dropped the lawsuit against Kent State University, anti-fascist groups opposed him at virtually every turn and his own alt-right lawyer Kyle Bristow dropped out, Spencer decided that his mission wasn’t “fun” anymore and cancelled his tour.
Next, you have Christopher Cantwell a.k.a. the crying Nazi. He’s pretty much a punk in the eyes of his comrades who are mostly former comrades. And it didn’t help much that he became an FBI informant and accused alt-right shit stain Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer of trying to undermine the movement.
You have Andrew Anglin who’s currently on the lam trying to hide from a lawsuit against him by a Jewish woman whom he urged supporters of his site the Daily Stormer to harass her after she argued with Spencer’s mother. Still, he claims he’s in faraway places like Cambodia even though it’s highly likely he’s still in the States praying to his white male Jesus to keep him away from the evil Jewish justice system.
Finally, for now, there’s alt-right politician wannabe Paul Nehlen, who exposed another alt-right figure who goes by the pseudonym Ricky Vaughn as a dude name Doug Mackey who’s been bashing Nehlen’s congressional campaign on a podcast.
There’s so much beef among the deplorable army that mutinies and coup d’etats are happening more and more often. Their “leaders”, and I use that term very loosely, are being overthrown by other “leaders”. But, all is not quite lost. They still have powerful supporters on Fox News and the Republican Party who, more or less, echo their ideals into the mainstream making bigotry and chauvinism more acceptable and necessary in a shameless shroud of free speech.
The varitable clusterfuck known as the alt-right may be showing some cracks, and it will likely fall apart before they realize it. Even though they may scapegoat their eventual disintegration on Jews, feminism, people of color and conspiracy theories that hold no merit, in the end, they’re the catalysts of their own self-destruction.