Sunday, 27 November 2016

the alt-right direction

Of late I have taken a keener interest than normal in politics. The Trump election has been a big reason but also there are signs that even internationally we are headed into dangerous waters.

The alt-right (or alternative right) movement has been gaining ground in some parts of the world and, emboldened by internet anonymity and an appetite for rhetoric, they have found an audience among some disgruntled white men who view the encroachment of foreigners into their territory as anathema.

Make no mistake in that these are white supremacists who pine for a society devoid of visible minorities, jews or any other group that threatens their vision of a “Leave it to Beaver” world that no longer exists. Most are not religious and in fact their viewpoint contrasts sharply with the idea of love of neighbour which forms an inherent part of most faiths.

Trump’s adoption of Steve Bannon (of slimy Breibart news fame) as a political advisor has certainly not helped matters and there are videos online showing people doing hand salutes to Trump (a la hail Hitler) which will give you the shivers. Somehow his election has sent them the message that this new administration is on their side.

It's not so much that Trump went looking for these trolls (I don't think he's that well informed) but by simply basing his campaign on inflammatory rhetoric it was enough to embolden them....

5 comments:

  1. Interesting but the speaker does not give an alternative. I didn't know about the Alt-Right until this last election and they are scary. God help us.

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    1. Steve Bannon is a proponent and well known member but not the scariest of the bunch. There are more radical fringe members. Needless to say they are not friends of the LGBT community and you will never see a Briebart article refer to any transitioned person (no matter how long ago) referred to in their preferred pronouns.

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  2. The alt-right and the fascism of the 20th century have all these traits in common:

    - racism and xenophobia
    - scapegoating
    - extreme nationalism
    - aggressive demagoguery
    - religion and government becomes intertwined (even when the activists do not believe in God)
    - belief in punishment as the main solution for crime
    - the acceptance of violence and intimidation as a political tool
    - disdain for the protection of human rights
    - systematic use of misinformation and lies as propaganda tools
    - using fear as a motivational tool
    - the promotion of a great leader who will solve all problems
    - the promotion of traditional gender roles (Kinder, Kirche und Küche), misogyny and control of women's reproductive rights
    - homophobia
    - hypermasculinity and a dismissal of femininity in men
    - transphobia
    - the promotion of an idealized past (that never existed) as a model for the future
    - cronyism and corruption
    - anti-intellectualism
    - a desire to control media and the public discourse
    - a fetish for military uniforms and occult symbols

    All good people need to mobilize now before the change becomes irreversible.

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    1. Thanks Jack, that helps.
      Thanks Joanna for the discussion.

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