Ernesto Antunez/Staff Writer
There is a deep grumbling in the highly agitated guts of the modern conservative movement in the Trump era, especially among its youth wing.
This intestinal discord is due to a severe case of infection caused by the parasitical forces of the alternative right, known colloquially as the “alt-right.”
This far-right ideological freakshow consists of neo-Nazis, fascists, crypto-fascists, white nationalists, white supremacists and white “identitarians” whom wage war on a daily basis (sometimes openly, sometimes covertly) against the mainstream Right and, in a larger sense, against the entire West.
The illiberal musings of these savage denizens of the intellectual slums concerns a variety of issues and takes on a variety of poses: “identitarianism,” ethno-state creation, unbridled contempt for democracy (“the god that failed”), ethnic socialism and concepts of natural racial (and gender) superiority.
These malignant ideas and many of their partisans were with a careful ardor banished to Coventry by all mainstream political forces by the 1950s and 1960s. In today’s era, these corrosive ideas and their opportunistic representatives are making a comeback by taking advantage of the political discombobulation, ideological anarchy and all-in-all general confusion brought about by the Trump era where anything goes, and today’s friend is tomorrow’s enemy.
Today’s usual garden variety scoundrels and cynical grifters are much less dangerous than these political outlaws who have broken free of their fetters and now run amok seeking to convert who they can and intimidate who they must. Their goal is like that of the socialist Left: to upend and transmogrify the West into it becomes utterly unrecognizable.
They do this by striking at the root of the Western project defined by our Founding Fathers as the “self-evident truth that all men are created equal.” This is the philosophical core of democratic governance, and if this be wrong, then the entire structure of all modern Western societies was built upon a grievous error. The “alt-right” implicitly agrees with this latter observation, believing that some men are to other men what apes are to worms.
They hold up smugly Charles Murray’s “The Bell Curve” and dare anyone to utter any blasphemies against the closest thing they have to a deity: “IQ.” It doesn’t occur to these men that the equality of man is not based on “IQ” or other such traits, but upon a shared humanity.
Regardless of the individual differences in intelligence, moral aptitude, physical strength and the other things which are held in competition by men, all men are essentially that: men. In this indisputable fact lies human equality.
This denial of the democratic ethos, along with the idea of the ethnically defined nation-state (in opposition to the civically defined nation-state), gives birth to the hideous creature that is the ethnically defined dictatorship.
This hatred of democracy (political freedom) is also wedded to a simmering hatred of the free market (economic freedom). Mindful that a system of free markets in a multiethnic society may allow “inferior” ethnic groups to take up positions of wealth and power beyond their “superiors,” they seek to destroy the free market then master it completely.
By so doing, they seek to make sure that the “superiors” always have the wealth and power which their “superiority” entitles them too. Therefore, they seek to discombobulate the free market to cement permanent “inequality” while the socialist Left seeks it to cement permanent “equality.”
It’s up to men of good faith and understanding, both liberals and (especially) conservatives, to halt this gangrene from spreading and infecting more of the body politic by once more sending these “alt-right” zombies back to the horrid graves where they crawled out of.
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