This was published September 1st of 2016 while the 2016 Election campaign was at its height, but it seems so appropriate now, I am re-posting it:
Alt-Right is the name given to itself by a loose knit American movement that has thrown its support behind Donald Trump. This movement represents a youthful, technologically savvy demographic, whose popularity has spread through the use of the internet and social media. While it has no standardized political philosophy, I see that as analogous to the rise of Fascism in Germany and Italy after their being defeated in World War I.
Fascism is less a coherent theory of a political system, rather it is an amalgam of various strains of thought incorporating an acceptance of the pseudo-science of Eugenics in a blend with ultra-Nationalism and the desire for authoritarian leadership. The lack of ideology behind Fascism is most typified by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NAZI) which was neither socialist, nor a defender of worker’s rights. However, just as “Billionaire” Donald Trump has promised to “fight the corporations and defend American workers”, Adolph Hitler did the same. While Hitler’s Germany was staggered by the Great Depression, Americans have seen their workers wages diminish, their graduate students being crushed by outrageous student debt and a Billionaire class being enriched beyond belief. At the same time people of color are demanding that they are treated with the same benefits of citizenship as their White fellow Americans, thus making a certain racist segment of the American population feel encroached upon.
My contention is that just as I’ve equated Donald Trump‘s rise with that of Adolph Hitler, as I wrote in Godwin’s Law, Donald Trump, Rising American Fascism and its Eerie Similarity to the NAZI’s, the Alt-Right movement reflects the rise of again of American Fascism. This is Fascism the like of which we haven’s seen since the 1930’s and the height of the German-American Bund, Ku klux Klan and Father Coughlin’s millions of radio listeners following his bigoted screeds. Below are a number of pertinent quotes that make my case:
Adolph Hitler on Democracy:
“Hitler often denounced democracy, equating it with internationalism. Since democratic ideals espoused equality for all men, it represented to Hitler and his Nazi ideologues the notion of mob rule and the hatred of excellence. Not only was democracy antithetical to their social-Darwinist abstractions, but its international-capitalist framework was considered an exclusively Jewish-derived conception.”
Peter Thiel Billionaire Trump Supporter on Democracy
“Peter Thiel wrote, on April 13, 2009, in the Libertarian ‘Cato Unbound’ blog, “Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” In the same article, he also wrote, “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.”
David Duke, Trump Supporter Running to Become Senator from Louisiana, on Democracy
“We have the best democracy Jewish money can buy”
“Duke describes himself as a “racial realist,” asserting that “all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage.” Duke also speaks against what he describes as Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. federal government and the media. Duke supports the preservation of what he considers to be Western culture and traditionalist Christian family values, Constitutionalism, abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, voluntary racial segregation, anti-communism and white separatism.”
What is Alt-Right?:
The alt-right is a segment of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism in the United States. It has been described as a movement unified by support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as well as by opposition to multiculturalism and immigration.
The alt-right has no official ideology, although various sources have said that it is associated with white nationalism, white supremacism, antisemitism, right-wing populism, nativism, and the neoreactionary movement.
The term’s modern usage, however, is most commonly attributed to white nationalist and self-described “identitarian” Richard B. Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and founder of Alternative Right.
Here are some quotes from Richard B. Spencer and his National Policy Institute:
“Martin Luther King Jr., a fraud and degenerate in his life, has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of Occidental civilization. We must overcome!”
—National Policy Institute column, January 2014
“Immigration is a kind a proxy war—and maybe a last stand—for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile.”
—National Policy Institute column, February 2014