The post Trump world has exposed a glaring misalignment between the nonsensical worldview which dominates the liberal bubble, against and a predictably complex reality one should expect from a nation of 300 million citizens. To hear liberals tell it, Trump’s election simply affirms everything they already knew, that America is a nation of built upon, and dominated by white supremacy. To be a white person is an indictment that forever links a person to the stained history of slavery and colonialism, a facilitator and beneficiary of oppression, the kin of Klansman who have exchanged their white hoods and robes for a blue uniforms and a badges.
This point should be immediately clear to anyone who has recently stepped foot on a university campus. For those of you who are lost, I recommend you google your favorite colleges policy on safe spaces and trigger warnings. And furthermore if you would like to see this mentality in action look no further than the Yale Halloween costume incident where possibly the most privileged people in human history can be seen throwing temper tantrums at the prospect of someone where anything that could be perceived as insensitive. The professor involved in this confrontation, Nicholas Christakis, was sticking up for his wife Erika who wrote possibly the most benign email ever encouraging students to consider a tempered response in the event they should encounter another individual wearing something they viewed as insensitive. A fatal flaw for both Erika and Nicholas, who no longer work at Yale, as they should have known such an offense as having an opinion, moreover the wrong one, would not survive the offending the sensibilities of the most coddled generation of privilege checking zombies and their fascistic enforcement.
The events at Yale are by no means a singular event. In the past year I have heard an Anthropology professor explain to his class that it would inappropriate to criticize the Islamic practice of female genital mutilation, never mind that aside from its barbarity, the practice also entails a higher vulnerability to the contraction of AIDS in the most affected region of the world. Or my third wave feminist professor of literature who was said their really was no debating the fact that a person’s gender was infinitely amorphous and that it had nothing to do with biological sex. This was a fact.
It is increasingly clear that the Left has villain deficit. Who is this poster supposed to be targeting on a liberal campus, in liberal city, where 80% of the vote went democrat? Where are the white men, in white hoods, burning crosses? And if this is such an issue, and if they are dwelling around this campus, whom should I confront?
I write this a year removed from a four-year stint of service on active duty in US Army, where I served as an armor crewman, or more simply a tanker. The primary mission of the battalion I was assigned concerned weapons and equipment testing through what felt as an endless string of field exercises that typically lasted about two months throughout the vast deserts of New Mexico and west Texas. The soldiers of my company, although all male (as combat arms units tend to be) was about as diverse a collection of people one could imagine. My best friend was a Costa Rican immigrant, my Company First Sergeant was a black Cajun from Louisiana, to dispatch my M1A2 Abrams I had to go through a Specialist who was only 2 years removed from Lagos, Nigeria where all his family still lived. It was about as diverse a collection of people one could imagine, where aside from the usual politically incorrect barbs, identity played no part with regard to discourse. Nobody gave a fuck if you were gay, or Muslim, or used broken English, the only thing that matter was the you fulfilled the obligations before you.
It is my military experience above all that has made my transition back into the civilian world, particularly into the environment of academia all the more confusing, in that almost everything seems driven and reliant on check-mark identity, above the uniqueness of individuality.
Post Mortem On The Election
If you want to understand this mentality, one should look no further than CNN’s election night coverage in which a collection experts who had spent an entire year getting everything wrong, delivered a swan song of nonsense, highlighted by the Van Jones whom reacted with a hilarious display of pathetic bewilderment to the results. What we were witnessing, as he viewed it, could only be described as a “whitelash“. After all, how else could those on the identity driven left comprehend the actions of a nation that twice elected a black president named Barack Hussein Obama. Surely this was the racist core we know motivates the red states in earning their hue.
Enter Richard Spencer and The Alt Right
As someone who enjoys dwelling in the deep and dark excesses of the internet, where Jihadist discuss the most recent edition of Dabiq, or where African supremacist from the Uhuru Movement plan for the impending race war against the white cave dwelling colonizers, I have known of Spencer for sometime which makes his recent spike in coverage rather surprising for above all two reasons.
- The depiction by which he has been portrayed is above all entirely inaccurate with regard to how I have come to know him. Not only with regards to what his message seems to be, but also the mode by which he operates. Anyone who is familiar with Spencer will understand what I mean by this, as to watch him talk is not aligned with some Neo Nazi skinhead reminiscent of Edward Norton’s character in American History X. No, Spencer is instead terrifyingly honest and bookish, more akin to some gender studies professor at Oberlin. In fact his approach has even provoked rumors of closeted homosexuality from the more typical neo Nazi crowds one would associate with Swastika tattoos and Skrewdriver albums.
- The coverage he has gained is in reality the fulfillment of a goal he actively pursued and explicitly described in a series of obscure and scarcely downloaded podcasts about a year ago. This is to say Spencer explicitly wanted to be covered by the media, and he wanted the media to talk about him exactly the way they have. He wants to bring identity politics to the forefront from a white nationalist perspective and he wants to the media to misrepresent him, which is exactly what they have done by showing him as the guy who he wondered whether or not Jews are people.
The Alt Right, as far as I can tell, demonstrates many parallels to the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly in that it is encompassed by a vast collection of people who subscribe to a variety of opinions and on variety of topics. The Alt Right is also similar to Black Lives Matter in that there really is no clear coherent message or leader. Richard Spencer is like BLM’s Deray McKesson or Shaun King, refuses to claim any position of authority although many people both within the movement or observing the movement identify their respective messages as inspirational.
What separates Spencer from King and McKesson, and what really is a point of confusion for me as to why the mainstream media has begun to platform him, is that before the election of Trump, Spencer was almost entirely unknown blogging from utter obscurity in Whitefish, Montana. To put this into context, before his twitter was shut down by Mckesson’s sidekick Jack, Spencer had only 15,000 followers. An absolutely miniscule following compared to McKesson’s 619K, and King’s 541K. Furthermore if you wanted to find Spencer on YouTube his platform was confined to no more than 10 videos, often possessing less than 1,000 views, generally recorded in the form of a google hangout with a Scottish member of the Alt Right’s whose channel is titled Millennial Woes.
All of this for me seems to beg the question, why the fuck has the mainstream media given millions of dollar in platform to a totally obscure white nationalist that would have been totally irrelevant had they not elevated his status? For me the answer is simple, they need the villain that fits their narrative regardless to their reality of total unimportance with regards to Trumps election, that was facilitated primarily of formerly democratic blue-collar workers that make up the rust belt.
But this it is not the truth that is important in a post fact world, and as the liberal elites recklessly double down on identity politics, I say this: You may want to reconsider your strategy if it includes platforming a white nationalist, whose previous audience was a dozen or so lonely trolls killing time in their mothers basement.
(A 2015 conversation about the ALT right by its leaders, in which Spencer states his goal to further the movement. This goal has since been fulfilled by the main stream media. Congrats you fucking idiots.)