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The National Policy Institute is Holding The Largest White Nationalist Conference of the Year November 19th

On Saturday, November 20th, the Ronald Reagan building in Washington D.C. will host the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year. After a year and a half of Breitbart and the Donald Trump campaign mainstreaming their message of ethnic nationalism and minority blame, they have seen the kind of unprecedented growth that white nationalism hasn’t seen since segregation. The conference is coordinated by the National Policy Institute, the white bread named non-profit that props up The Radix Journal, Washington Summit Publishers, and the twice-yearly conferences that they hold. The project is all centered on the most prolific, and interviewed, white nationalist personalities of the year: Richard Spencer.

Spencer coined the term Alternative Right in 2010 and set out creating a movement, and string of publications, that were centered on a new “intellectual” brand fascism that brought together white nationalism with masculanism, Southern nationalism, reactionary conservatism, right libertarianism, paleoconservatism, ethnic paganism, and so on. That movement evolved into the snarky internet trolldom we have today after it was picked up by racist nerds on /pol/ and 4Chan/8Chan, and now we have a Trump supporting brand of meme-oriented fascists that have grown far beyond their well-vetted chat rooms.

On Saturday their largest conference will bring them together, with a special focus on younger Millennial “shitlords,” who get a discount on the hefty conference price. The conference is in a public facility that has been resistant to anti-fascist pressure, but as their profile grows it only becomes more vulnerable.

Spencer will be speaking, as always, as he has become a celebrity in their movement and is the one trying to bring an academic tone and fashionable appearance. He is able to do this as his parents still fund most of his luxurious living and he gets a heavy influx of money from William Regnery of the Regnery Publishing legacy.

He will be joined by various speakers popular in the Alt Right today, with a shift from conferences of the past away from fascist philosophers like those of the French New Right and towards internet YouTube magnets that gauge their political effectiveness by the number of “Likes” they get in internet back alleys.

Millennial Woes will be one of these, who has become popular as a YouTube commentator where he essentially holds Google Hangouts with the “Who’s who” of that week’s Alt Right fame. Being inspired mainly by the people at the Daily Shoah, he keeps the content reasonably low-bar, even though he tries to bring on the few PhDs that they have in their ranks.

The headliners, besides Spencer, will be Peter Brimelow and Kevin MacDonald. Brimelow is known for his time in the Beltway conservative journalism world, formerly writing for Forbes and on a crusade to bust the teacher’s unions. This led him to the belief that education outcomes were not the result of actual education state policies, but that some people were innately less able to pick up those smarts in the classroom. This lead to his landmark racialist book Alien Nation in 1995 that set him on his later trajectory, which was founding the racist immigration restrictionist website VDare. Over the last few years he has become increasingly radical in his white nationalism, speaking at places like American Renaissance and the H.L. Mencken Club.

Kevin MacDonald bridges the world of the Alt Right and the insurrectionary world of explicit neo-Nazis and KKK members (many of whom will also be attending NPI). MacDonald is best known for creating a series of books that act as the Das Kapital of anti-Semitism, creating a “Grand Theory” to explain all the disparate conspiracy theories about Jews. Believing that Judaism is a “Group Evolutionary Strategy” to compete with Gentiles for resources, he argues that Jews use their high IQs and eugenic behavior to create a parasitic super-race that dissolves “white racial consciousness” through their false ideologies of communism, capitalism Freudianism, Boasian anthropology, Feminism, and “Cultural Marxism.” He is a “race realist” that believes that black people have innately low IQs and is an avid white nationalist.

F. Roger Devlin bridges the “manosphere” with the Alt Right, being well known for trying to construct crudely realized science and anthropology to buff up his belief that white men are genetically superior creatures. He has latched himself onto Radix as a vessel and is hoping to slide in under its banner into the perception that he is an intellectual of the white nationalist movement. His image is not well known at this point, so this provides anti-fascists an opportunity to reveal him and his real name.

The pair from Red Ice Radio will be in the house as well, both Henrik and Lana. They have become the defining Alt Right media operation at this point, building up over the last ten years on a subscription model to doing regular podcasts and video broadcasts. Their content is a mix of bizarre conspiracy theories, embarrassing occult ramblings, attempts at Fedora faux-intellectualism, and “alt health” ideas like that Vaccines were invented by Jews to sterilize gentiles.

Matthew Tait will bring in a foreign nationalist perspective, as he has been a voice in various nationalist parties in Britain, such as the now-defunct British Nationalist Party. He vocally jumped behind the UK Independence Party and its Brexit plan, one that Richard Spencer has been highly critical of. He will likely be there to discuss the recent Brexit vote, which is being called the British equivalent of the Donald Trump election.

One thing that Spencer has been avid about is the building of a “meta-politic,” one that develops a right wing culture, mindset, and identity before it even seeks out political goals. In this way he has set out, mostly unsuccessfully, to make Radix a cultural magnate for the Alt Right. In this way he is including live music at his conferences from here on out, in the past hosting half of the neofolk band Changes. This year he will have neofolk acts Xurious and Upward Path, both of which have been well known for their fascination with racialist Odinism and various nationalist European movements.

What most the press is likely to focus on, besides Spencer’s glee at Trump’s victory, is that in their pre-event they will be hosting a “talk” by reality-celebrity Tila Tequila. Since she faded from television programming, she has made headlines for using her website as a platform for Holocaust Denial, virulent anti-Semitism, anti-black racism, and various fascist allegiances. She recently gained headlines for openly denying that the world was round, a claim that seems to have been neither a joke nor a satire. This is the first non-white speaker at an NPI gathering (she is half Asian), which many white nationalists have criticized, especially after a story in Mother Jones revealed that Spencer had romantic relationships with women of Asian descent.

The conference is being held on Saturday from 10am -11pm, with music and drinks in the evening. The night before, Friday, there will be a private event for conference attendees that has not been made public, as well as a brunch for the Sunday morning following the main conference. Spencer hopes to build camaraderie amongst the fascists and help to build networks that can help with on-the-ground organizing.

The One People’s Project has continued their years of incredible work by joining with the DC Anti-Fascist Coalition and Smash Racism DC and organizing the counter-demonstration for NPI. The OPP has been identifying and challenging Alt Right fascists for years, and they will also be photographing conference attendants as they enter the building so that they can be identified.

 

The action will be held at the Ronald Reagan building from 12:30-3:30, show up early if you can.

 

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE.

 

Location Information:

 

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C.

 

12:30-3:30

 

You can also contact the Ronald Reagan Building administration to let them know what you think about them hosting a white nationalist conference.

 

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Meet the Alt Lite, the People Mainstreaming the Alt Right’s White Nationalism

What a fascist ideological current needs to become a movement is a way to crossover. To gain entry into the culture, into public discourse, into the collective consciousness. Over the years, fascism, with its various ideological positions like innate human inequality and essentialized identities, has found people that could bridge the edge of acceptability to their world of racism. In the 1980s and 1990s this was largely made up of Paleoconservatism, where the high water mark was people like Pat Buchanan. It also took the form of the broader conspiracy theorist world, which mainstreamed ideas like the Jews being responsible for 9/11 or the notion that the Holocaust was a Jewish fabrication.

Today, the Alt Right is the latest successful branding of the ongoing fascist movement, and it simply brings white nationalism into the current world of memes and ironic hashtags. Its massive growth has come, largely, from an internal culture where someone can rise to the status of subcultural celebrity without ever being known to the mainstream. Within this world they have still had to find ways of mainstreaming their message, and they have done this by cozying up to people who make many of their larger political points without all of the baggage.

This group of people has been termed the Alt Lite: a sort of Diet Alt Right who brings in a lot of their ideas and their cultural behavior without committing to the hard white nationalism, traditionalism, and reactionary revolutionary ideology. We have compiled a list of the key Alt Lite players who are helping to bring this movement to the surface, and discuss how they are important to target as mouthpieces for fascism.

 

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Milo Yiannopoulos

No person has done more to mainstream the Alt Right than Milo. After coming to fame while leading the charge to harass women over the ridiculous nonsense of GamerGate, Milo moved on to writing at Breitbart where he contributes click-bait fluff intended to incite anger against women, transgendered people, Muslims, and just about everyone else. As a publicly gay man, he has used his marginalized identity as a cover to basically go on violently anti-LGBT tirades, while at the same time championing Donald Trump as “pro-gay” since he is anti-Muslim. Milo wrote a guide to the Alt Right for Breitbart and has done many speeches about it, while also allowing people like the Radix Journal’s Richard Spencer attend his RNC party, interviewing people like Jack Donovan on his podcast, and speaks highly of race realist Jared Taylor. Milo has lacked the ideological consistency that the Alt Right prefers, which has made many turn on him, but he has made a celebrity for himself (and sizeable fortune) traveling to colleges and ramping up vicious reactionary sentiment.

 

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Gavin McGinnis

Gavin was the co-founder of Vice magazine, back when it was just reactionary hipster schlock and before it became a culturally relevant publication. In 2007 he was eventually forced out for his reactionary ideas, which he was propagating in op-eds for places like the American Conservative. Over the years he has popped up in a number of trendy publications and projects, always coming in with “anti-PC” talking points, usually drudging up openly racist, sexist, and homophobic tirades. Now he has his own talk show and contributes to places like the proto-Alt Right website Taki’s Magazine (more on this later), and he likes to interview people like, again, Jared Taylor and Richard Spencer. He openly professes American nationalism, usually with open racialism, and has committed to “IQ realism” between the sexes. He has uttered all but the most radical propositions of the Alt Right, even though he hints at under his awkward smile and handlebar moustache.

 

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Alex Jones

Over the years Alex Jones and Infowars have evolved in many ways. Best known for being a warehouse for various bizarre conspiracy theories, from 9/11 Truth to the Branch-Dividian compound raid in Waco, Jones represented a sort of paleolibertarianism that was against “globalism.” Though always on the right, he has shifted his publications even more so, and now represents a sizeable pro-Trump faction. Several of these commentators have referred to themselves as Alt Right (more on that in a moment), and Infowars itself has made its prime directive to harass leftists and post memes and videos attempting to mock them. It is difficult, of course, to mock the intelligence of anti-fascist protesters when you have built your career with announcements that Freemasons use the Washington monument to channel psychic energy. Though Jones himself has become a prime figure in the Alt Lite, it is more Infowars as an institution that acts in this service. This has been especially true since it has been very vulnerable to manipulation by Alt Right people, especially through their support of Students for Trump organizations and has had participation from people like Johnny Monoxide from The Right Stuff (Now featured on the podcast The Paranormies and does video for Red Ice TV).

 

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Stefan Molyneaux

Though known for his popular YouTube channel and basic libertarianism, Molyneaux has headed to the right as his videos increasingly focus on race and IQ, the anti-Semitic ideas of Kevin MacDonald, and the “realities” of black on white crime. He props up some of the key issues of the Alt Right, including interviewing Jared Taylor and others, and is seeming to take the same right-hand turn that people like Christopher Cantwell have. His deep participation in libertarianism as a political movement has given him a pass by many, and you will even find his videos on places like the Students for Liberty website (A note to SfL, if you want to deny your associations with the Alt Right, maybe you should drop Molyneaux videos from your website, stop hosting Milo events, and disallow Cantwell at your conventions.).

 

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Vox Day

This is a name that we actually may need to remove from the Alt Lite list and simply put in the camp of the Alt Right. Vox Day is best known as a Science Fiction author who staged a coup on the Hugo Awards, attempting to block writers of color and women from nominations. He is also a videogame designer and general social critic, one who spends his time going on The Daily Shoah, the Counter Currents podcast, and most other white nationalist enclaves. He calls himself Alt West as opposed to Alt White, mainly meaning he is a civic nationalist rather than a racial one (he is actually tri-racial himself). He is fine, however, with the violent level of racism in the Alt Right, and tries to give it a loudspeaker whenever possible. His book SJWs Always Lie has been one of the most read of the Alt Right tomes, and equally embarrassing in arguments and sophistication.

 

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Anne Coulter

This again might be a bit of a cheat since Coulter does not hit the same cultural scene that the rest of the Alt Lite does, but her power in the Alt Right makes her an important crossover point. Coulter has been a racial arsonist for years, tapping into the white rage implicit in the Republican Party and stoking racial animosity. She is one of the few traditional GOP apologists that has linked themselves to Trump, and she has done this since she has become a “single issue voter” when it comes to immigration. She said recently on Bill Maher that Trump could “do abortions in the Oval Office” if he built the border wall with Mexico. She has been a favorite on the Alt Right and has often been celebrated as she takes on their message about women, queer people, Muslims, and immigrants and sending it to a larger audience. She has even rubbed shoulders with the Alt Right at times, like at the 2012 CPAC where she called the Traditionalist Youth Network’s Scott Terry a “handsome Southern stud” after he spoke up at a panel in favor of chattel slavery.

 

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Sargon of Akkad

Named after the first ruler of Akkadian Empire of 24th Century BC, this prolific YouTuber has used his popularity to help the Alt Right edge itself into the more popular libertarian and Manosphere. Often indulging in “anti-SJW” attacks on women, bizarre misreadings of history, and various celebrations of Trump, he represents the kind of personality that most makes up the Alt Right. He trolls for donations since this appears to be his job, yet he has been unwilling to go far enough to make the Alt Right neo-Nazis happy.

 

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Joshua Seidel

This entry may be a bit of a cheat as well since the Alt Right has almost universally rejected him. Seidel is a Jewish writer who writes for Forward and has identified himself as Alt Right since he essentially doesn’t like “political correctness” and revels in insulting liberals. His article made literally every Alt Right website (including American Renaissance) say that he was not Alt Right since the Alt Right was anti-Jew (Andrew Anglin had even more choice words for him). What Seidel has done is to help confuse the actual nature of the Alt Right (just as Milo has) and made it seem like a slightly more acceptable political ideology than it actually is. If you hear Alt Right leaders uncritically invited to comment on social issues on cable news, it is because people like Seidel have softened their edge enough so that they seem like just another edge of modern conservatism.

 

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Paul Joseph Watson

The most popular co-host at Infowars, Paul Joseph Watson often refers to the Alt Right as “us” and seems like a “fellow traveler.” His focus has been on Trump and the “problem of Globalism,” voicing the anger of white men who feel threatened by changing demographics and an internationally connected world. He is less ideological than many, especially since there is not a lot of content at Infowars that is running too deep.

 

 

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Lauren Southern

Southern has taken on the role as a female Canadian libertarian who spends most of her time attempting to antagonize the left. When Augustus Sol Invictus was banned from entering Canada to speak at an American Front event, she came to his defense and harassed protesters until she had urine thrown on her. In 2015 she ran as a libertarian candidate in Canadian elections and currently runs Rebel Media where she mocks Slutwalks and the International Women’s Day.

 

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Sam Hyde

The internet comedian who founded the Million Dollar Extreme sketch show has been known for parroting Alt Right talking points, and getting his voice onto places like Adult Swim and a controversial and satirical Ted Talk. Hyde has often come under the radar in many of these exposes, but has clear ties to white nationalist hacker Weev, who is known for his Nazism, pro-genocide views, and his work at the neo-Nazi Alt Right website The Daily Stormer. Hyde is often used as a meme by Alt Right Twitter handles, and they see him as a strategic tool to get their ideas out under the guise of humor. His troll behavior and white supremacy has been well known in media circles for quite some time, but it is only counter-trolling about Hyde being a “mass shooter” suspect that has gotten the press talking. Hyde joined in on harassing women during the GamerGate controversy, which also started the fame of Milo. Between his Twitter account, his racist TV show, and his various campus speaking events, Hyde mocks the LGBT community, accuses black people of low intelligence and criminal behavior, and rails against immigration.

 

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Breitbart

No outlet is more important to the Alt Lite than Breitbart. Those on the liberal left often uncritically parrot that it is the center of the Alt Right, which is untrue and presents a problem. If the Alt Right is Breitbart, then it represents an incredibly sizeable part of the conservative establishment. The Alt Right, instead, is just white nationalism rebranded, complete with the belief in the genetic inferiority of black people and the pernicious world conspiracy of Global Jewry. Breitbart is instead more of a reactionary conservative outlet that revels in race baiting and woman bashing. It has been a major source for Alt Right research, fueling their “hate facts” that they use to present a narrative about the white world “under attack.” They have given an incredible platform to people like Milo, including articles that were friendly to the Alt Right and certainly support their worldview. It has helped to mainstream their message in very broad ways and should be confronted on those terms.

 

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Taki’s Magazine

Taki was Breitbart back when Breitbart was shilling for the Tea Party. The magazine has been around for many years as a paleoconservative outlet that was “pop culture savvy.” After Richard Spencer was fired for being too racist for the American Conservative, Scott McConnell helped him to get the job as the editor of Taki, taking his racial arsonist perspective and refashioning it for social media clickbait. It has made a habit of picking up the work of people who have been dropped by the mainstream conservative movement for their racialism, like Paul Gottfried, former National Review writer John Derbyshire, former Forbes writer and VDare founder Peter Brimelow, race realist Jared Taylor, and disgraced Heritage Foundation researcher Jason Richwine. After Spencer left Taki to found Alternative Right (and the Alt Right in general), Taki remained the proto-Alt Right publication it had always been, and has continued forward publishing “edgy” racists like Gavin McGinnis.

 

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Infowars

As mentioned above, Infowars has become a huge internet sensation that mixes silly conspiracy theories with “Old Right” style isolationist nationalism. Its daily functions are mainly to attack liberals, posting videos calling protesters “trannies,” saying that they are “triggered,” and trying to show them in stupid debates. While the host, Alex Jones, has taken a sharp rightward turn, the website broadly has been taken up by a pro-militia, pro-nationalist cadre that spends more time attacking minorities than fighting the “New World Order.”

 

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Property and Freedom Society

This is not exactly a publication, but more of a conference. It is essentially a libertarian conference that happens abroad, but it has hosted most Alt Right leaders in conversations that were openly racist and anti-Semitic. People like Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, racist scientist Richard Lynn, and others have all appeared there, showing some of the crossover that libertarianism has traditionally had with the far right. Even against pressure it has maintained these racialist guests and has become an international forum that they have used to their advantage. We would also put the Mises Institute as following many of these connections as well, especially with the neo-Confederate movement, but not quite to the level of the Property and Freedom Society.

 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans

Again, not a publication but an organization that often positions itself as non-political. It was from this relatively neutral Confederate memorial organization, which does things like Civil War remembrance events and setting up cemetery monuments to Confederate soldiers, that the League of the South developed to make a more revolutionary neo-Confederate and Southern Nationalist movement. The Sons of Confederate Veterans continue to come out and support the more radical fringe of the movement, and shares a lot of members with the LoS, the Council of Conservative Citizens, and even the KKK.

 

 

There is a certain complexity to the way that the Alt Right plays with the Alt Lite, and the two are often at odds. What is important is that the Alt Lite gets the “red carpet” by institutions, schools, and companies in ways that the Alt Right rarely does. They have also forced major media institutes to accommodate even the most radical voices in the Alt Right, and are allowing their views to have a seat at the table.

Because of their major profile they are also more vulnerable to pressure. Milo is continuing on his expensive “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” and he will be doing well-paid events at campuses around the country from now until mid-2017. Campaigns can be done at colleges to stop his events from happening, or shutting them down when they do. People like Molyneaux are equally vulnerable, and pressure can be put on libertarian organizations like Reason, Caito, and others who attempt to ally with left movements. As he is further marginalized he will have less and less access to mainstream discourse. With YouTube, podcast, and web hosting, complaints can be put in to the service providers since they are almost universally violating the Terms of Service. This presents an easy pressure point to cut off their voice, and this has been incredibly successful when shutting down full Alt Right podcasts like The Daily Shoah and Fash the Nation.

With places like Infowars, people are often going to see them in public antagonizing protesters at Trump actions or general left-oriented social movements. This can be dealt with in its own way, and it is great to stonewall their antagonisms by refusing to engage and blocking their cameras while overwhelming their microphones with sirens and megaphones. What they want more than anything is to get a protester to engage with them so they can try an antagonize them into doing something foolish or attempt to throw silly talking points out, so they can instead by blocked from having a voice entirely. We stand in solidarity with the IWW members who blocked Alex Jones at the RNC, the PSUSU and supporters in Portland who silenced Infowars supporting the Portland State Students for Trump, and the various anti-Trump protesters that made Infowars correspondants look like fools during the primaries.

The Alt Lite is likely to stay int the semi-mainstream past a Trump loss and the further marginalization of the Alt Right. They have used the brief moment of half-way acceptability the Alt Right has achieved, where they think it is safe to flirt with the Alt Right to gain “street cred.” After this white nationalism is further marginalized they will likely attempt to put distance between themselves and its racial nationalism, and it is up to us to stop them from doing this. Milo’s career needs to never lose the taint of his open racism, even if he tempers his rhetoric. We need to continue to hold their feet to the fire and to set a standard that nationalism of any form will not be tolerated.

Those on the Alt Right: Why We Hate Hillary Clinton, But Loved Her Speech

Yep, she said it.

 

Hillary’s speech from August 25th was rumored for days in advance, with the fact that she was addressing the Alt Right well known. This sent many in the press running to get this phenomenon figured out, while at the same time the Alt Righters were waiting to hit their moment of peak visibility. With their media savvy, their ability to dominate social media, and their focus on well-packaged talking points, it was quite possible that they were going to be able to set the conversation after Hillary spoke in vague platitudes.

Except this time Hillary was prepped well, and named the fascist. Her speech identified the Alt Right as one element of the racist right wing that is giving Donald Trump his surging popularity. She mentioned Twitter accounts like White Genocide, went after the KKK members that support Trump openly, and even lamented the ludicrous conspiracy theorizing of Alex Jones and Infowars. She took on Breitbart, reading aloud some of the more offensive recent article titles where they showed their hate for women, minorities, and LGBT people.

Hillary’s endgame here is simple: to scare you into voting for her. For our side of things, we recognize that both the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign are representing the interests of capital. They made up a middle-ground of establishment financial politics, ones steeped in Neoconservative foreign policy, international commercial interests, and environmental ruin. Donald Trump shares this position in politics, and laughs about the deregulated markets he attempts to foist on an already drained working class. Together, they make up what we have always expected from American politics: the choice between members of the capitalist class.

As we listened to Hillary’s speech, we knew that she had scored herself a campaign point. She also scored one for us, just not the one she wants.

We will never support the Clinton campaign, or the campaign of any bourgeois politician (this includes Jill Stein). Instead we think that the power of the working class is in movements from the ground up, and in today’s climate that includes organized anti-fascism. What Hillary’s speech did was accurately describe the phenomenon(to a point), named some of the key players, and then tied them directly to their support of Donald Trump.

Over the last couple of weeks, and especially in the last two days, we have seen a number of major news outlets clamor to make sense of the Alt Right. Anti-Fascist News was founded just over a year ago specifically with the idea that we wanted to focus in on the Alt Right from an anti-fascist perspective. Some major media coverage of the Alt Right has been better than others, but many miss the key factors at play with this movement. The recent segments from Fox News painted the Alt Right as synonymous with Donald Trump’s working class white, Middle American base. This confuses the situation and lacks the key lineage that the Alt Right comes from.

Drawing on the racialist organizations of the past, the European neo-fascist organizations, the history of fascist philosophy and spirituality, and various interlocking “traditionalist” and “identitarian” movements, the Alt Right is the latest and most popular confederation of what we would clearly label as fascist. This word is thrown around a lot, often used to mean authoritarian or violent. Instead, the word means a political movement founded in inequality, elitism, “essential” identity such as race or gender, hierarchy, “traditional values,” and a romantic view of the past. While this has some common historical forms, it can creep up with a variety of different political structures and programs. National anarchists, radical traditionalists, the Dark Enlightenment, paleoconservatism, “race realism,” racial paganism, identitarianism, and many other self-important philosophies fit under this broader fascist ideological banner, and all of them make up the various wings of the Alt Right. Together they are founded on the idea that there are racial differences in intelligence and “criminality,” that Jews are secretly in control of the government and the media, that feminism is eroding the true structures of man, and that we need to return to the identity and authority of our ancestors.

While Breitbart, Milo, and Donald Trump may only be the “diet” version of the Alt Right, they are taking their most palatable points and putting them out into bite sizes morsels. The Alt Right has taken the key fascist ideas built over a century of violence and attempts at power and turned them into “fashy memes,” jokes told on 4chan and celebrated at My Posting Career.

 

In short: the Alt Right has made fascism tweetable. And we are here to shut them down.

 

With Hillary Clinton’s most recent campaign ad and the direction spoken of in her speech, she has simply helped to mainstream the anti-fascist messaging in the same way that Donald Trump added a loudspeaker to the Alt Right. That does not make her our ally, she never will be. Instead, her speech helped to make the Alt Right known as a racist caricature of itself; a violent movement of vile racism bent on attacking communities of color, putting women in their place, and locking up trans people. While places like the Radix Journal and the Daily Shoah were celebrating the attention, and Alt Right vloggers like Millenial Woes were using it as an opportunity to create a racially-charged promotional video, we get more out of this mention than they could ever hope to.

Now our task is to take her rhetoric much further, and to put the logic of it into practice. It is not enough to name a fascist on the Internet; we need movements capable of undermining them when they show up.

 

And they have.

Alt Right Writer Milo Yiannopoulos Speaking at University of Oregon

The Alt Right’s new renaissance is being facilitated by crossover points into the semi-mainstream that it needs to survive. Infowars connects it to conspiracy theory and militia movements. Donald Trump mainstreams their narratives about nationalism and immigration. Breitbart, and its hip younger correspondents, are helping to bridge their fascist perspectives with the fashionable right-wing side of Conservative America.

As we covered at length in an early article on Breitbart’s portrayal of the Alt Right, Milo Yiannopoulos has become the primary vessel for that Breitbart crossover. Milo’s primary goal seems to be insulting and offensive to what he derides as the “PC culture” of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and micro aggressions. Since he describes himself as a libertarian, his language choices are often intended to make him simply sound like a brash, iconoclastic attention-seeker. It is the fact that he openly admires and identifies with the Alt Right and that he uses a fascist lining in his rhetoric that is making him of interest to anti-fascists.

In Eugene, Oregon, which recently saw a visit by Donald Trump and has been seeing threats on students of color from KKK affiliates, the University of Oregon chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is bringing Milo to campus for an evening of “trigger warnings.” YAL has been around since the 2008 failed candidacy of Ron Paul, and generally brings together the right-wing cultural side of the Paul campaign that has always bridged paleolibertarianism with white nationalist influences. Their Visualize the Debt campaign was their largest effort, which was a relatively generic national debt alarmist approach to force in aggressive austerity cuts to social services. They have done general rabble-rousing things like handing out cigarettes at “no smoking” college campuses and making issues about GoProud’s invitation at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

In a more real way, they are filling the space that was earlier occupied by Youth for Western Civilization (YWC). That organization, founded by right-wing activist Kevin DeAnna who is now a member of the Wolves of Vinland, was an edge organization that used conservative cover for nationalist goals. Hosting people like anti-immigration extremist politician Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan’s offensive sister, Bay Buchanan, they flirted openly with people like American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor. Members of YWC went on to form White Student Unions as well as the Traditionalist Youth Network, while somehow Kevin DeAnna has maintained his connections to the broader Beltway conservative movement through a staff position at the Leadership Institute and World Net Daily.

The campus activism of YAL does seem to be slightly more libertarian focused in terms of economics, but its social space is intended to be exactly what Milo represents.  Thomas Tullis, the YAL organizer bringing Milo, says that they don’t agree with everything he says, but it is sort of a litmus test for Free Speech.  Milo’s version of the Alt Right is one where by certain pieces of the ideology are pulled out of context, while others are softened. He does acknowledge the racial identity and anti-egalitarianism of the Alt Right, which he seems to share, but he says that much of the more blatant white nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism are really just offensive jokes meant to attack progressive PC culture. It is this false characterization that has gotten him critics on the Alt Right, most loudly Andrew Anglin of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer.

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Milo’s general point of view has been one that flirts with the open racial politics under the cover of offensive double-speak, and his queer identity is one that has often shielded him from critics. The fact that his “homosexual” identification is a non-issue for groups like YAL is a further testament that homophobia is on the chopping block for the fascist Alt Right, who would rather have masculine queer men that stand against race mixing and feminism.

This can be seen especially clearly with his relationship with Jack Donovan, a queer tribalist author who is also a member of the Wolves of Vinland and speaks at National Policy Institute and American Renaissance conferences. When Milo publishes his feature article on the Alt Right, Donovan commended him for it, which noted that they were Facebook friends. Donovan recently went on Milo’s own podcast, where they further celebrated Donovan’s new book, “Becoming a Barbarian.”

Milo is coming to the University of Oregon on May 10th, where he will be speaking in Columbia Hall, room 150, at 7:00pm. In their advertisement for the event he threatens that anyone who attempts to challenge him will be on video from “50 cameras,” and it has been his general career path to try and single out people for harassment and threats. Milo’s official title is Technology Editor at Breitbart, but he is more and more becoming a professional personality for the offensive Internet far right who has made trolling and hate speech its bread and butter. Somehow he is still allowed into major political press events, including White House press briefings.

What Milo presents is an opening for anti-fascists to confront the crossover points that fascist commentary has had into the broader right-wing. Breitbart and other publications should be pressured to single out and cut ties with people like Milo for their racialist perspective and the way they use their professional resources to embolden white nationalists.

This can start by confronting Milo at this event, coordinating with student and anti-fascist organizations, and making campuses a hostile place both for him and the organizations that support him.