Donald Trump continues to edge up in the U.S. opinion polls. Hillary's speech linking him with the Alt Right made the Alt-Right a thing, might make it a powerful thing and might even make voting GOP cool in the eyes of many of the young. That would be an eighth wonder of the world.
Whether it does or not, the speech was the kind of advertising for the Alt Right that money cannot buy.
What is the Alt Right? A medley of (not necessarily gay) extemporanea. According to an article by Professor Thomas J. Main in the Los Angeles Times
The main challenge to our way of life today now comes not from the radical left, but the Alt-Right. ....The Alt-Right supports the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and protectionist trade policies. It opposes feminism, diversity, gay rights, globalism, gun control and civil rights.If you do not particularly enthuse over feminism, gay rights, diversity or globalism, or are unfazed by the prospect of deporting illegal immigrants, you will find James Delingpole's article about the Alt Right in the Spectator more your cup of tea.
Part of me feels uncomfortable defending the alt-right because it has been associated with anti-Semitism and racism. Yes, most of this stuff is confected and insincere — just mischievous internet kids experimenting with irony, knowing that if there’s one way absolutely guaranteed to rile the grown-ups it’s a hideously tasteless Holocaust joke. But undeniably for some of the alt-right’s more extreme exponents, it’s a sincere expression of their philosophical core.The Alt Right seems to be an olla podrida of identitarians, traditionalists, nativists (meaning people who oppose mass immigration), fascists, racists, contrarians, rather a lot of anti-Semites, Catholics, pagans and people who like hierarchy. A diverse bunch, even though none of them like diversity very much.
Ultimately — as blogger Sargon of Akkad explains on a YouTube investigation — it’s about the idea that white culture (which they identify interchangeably with western civilisation) is under threat and must be preserved for the future of the race. Hence the alt-right’s violent objection to immigration; hence the nationalistic ‘America first’ theme of Trump’s campaigning: it all appeals to that increasingly popular impulse, from northern England to middle America to Angela Merkel’s immigrant-friendly Germany, that this represents ordinary white folks’ last chance to preserve their culture and traditions before they’re overwhelmed by the dusky hordes.
Many are young. Despite the fascists, most seem to be libertarians. All are horrified by how mass migration is changing formerly white countries. All like epater les bourgeois.
A famous Alt Righter is Milo Yiannopoulos, a non-racist British homosexual, who eviscerates feminism here. From the evidence of that clip, he's a very good thing. In this article he explains the Alt Right, who are 'natural conservatives', to 'establishment conservatives'.
For natural conservatives, culture, not economic efficiency, is the paramount value. More specifically, they value the greatest cultural expressions of their tribe. Their perfect society does not necessarily produce a soaring GDP, but it does produce symphonies, basilicas and Old Masters.I must say I am such a natural conservative and if that's what Alt Right means then good for them. I've always disliked the American Republican party - doesn't everyone? It's nineteenth century liberalism plus those awful cowboy hats. And I am not a great lover of the Toryism of the City of London and big business. I like laissez faire economics but not a so called conservatism which is mostly about free markets and economic growth, as opposed to tradition and freedom.
Alt Right has some very unpleasant things mixed with a lot of, from a socially conservative point of view, very good ones. It's a curate's egg. Not by chance is it an American phenomenon, because the US is perhaps the last Western country that still allows (as non-Communist European countries did fifty years ago) free speech, unconstrained by laws against hate speech. I imagine quite a few social conservatives are suddenly wondering if their ideas, by definition out of date, could become fashionable, cutting edge.
The bundle of ideas best described in shorthand as political correctness are taught heavy handedly in schools, universities and by figures of authority. They form a secular religion and, in many cases, are enforced by law. It is therefore odd that young people, who since the 1960s have liked to kick against their elders, have not rebelled against these ideas. It seems some are starting to.
I read in several places that the man who coined the phrase and idea Alternative Right is a philosopher I like hugely, Professor Paul Gottfried, the ultimate palaeoconservative and, incidentally, a Jew. Someone tweeted that, after a lifetime complaining that he had no influence, Professor Gottfried now finds himself described as the Svengali of this important movement. When asked, he distantly remembered the lecture in which he invented the Alternative Right.
Pat Buchanan, whom I often agree with, is broadly the same kind of thinker, as are people who write for Taki's Magazine, as I sometimes do. Breitbart, an online news site, might be Alt Right, I suppose, and I recommend it as a good source of unfiltered information in news related to immigration and Muslims. Breitbart broke the story of the Cologne sex assaults, for example.
Enoch Powell, no racist and a great anti-fascist, would be an Alt Right hero, were he still remembered. So, unfortunately, would the very racist and fascist Sir Oswald Mosley.
Meanwhile, leaked emails make it clear that donors to the Clinton Foundation got little favours like sitting next to powerful politicians at dinners. This sounds like cash for access. It's very possible that Hillary took money and didn't do anything in return besides seating Arabs next to Biden. What would they make of that?
On the other hand, it appears that Hillary helped the Swiss bank UBS, which then gave millions to the Clinton Foundation in payment for speeches by Bill.
No evidence of a quid pro quo but this is unacceptable. Caesar's wife should be above suspicion, especially if she wants Caesar's job.
The mafia complained that John F Kennedy 'took graft' and didn't do anything in return. I heard executives in big companies complain that Mr Obama did nothing in return for campaign donations, but those donations were not by obscure and very rich Arab princes and did not precede the campaign by eight years.