Being an alt righter who lives in the Bay Area, I’ve spent most of my life alienated from liberals. It’s not like I’ve suffered ostracism or anything that severe; code switching has definitely served me well. Rather, I always felt like I was being crushed by weight of liberal lunacy – a lunacy that would consume the entire country in due time. For a while, such pessimism sure as hell seemed warranted. The twin forces of liberal cultural dominance and demographic changes made the triumph of liberal lunacy appear all but inevitable.
Good thing I was wrong! As I’ve argued before, far from being ascendant, liberals (along with SJWs and neoliberals) are rapidly becoming an endangered species. You’d think that now is the time for a dying sect to engage in some critical introspection – and the worst time to pick fights with potential allies. But unlike the supposedly ignorant white peasants they smugly deride, today’s liberals just don’t seem to know what’s best for them. That’s why they’ve alienated left-leaning Bernie Sanders supporters at every turn. Whether it’s employing the”Bernie Bro” slander, decrying the “privilege” of Berners who refuse to vote for Crooked Hillary, or what progressive blogger Matt Bruenig described as “get off my lawn!” politics, identitarian liberals are pissing on the very people whose votes they’ll desperately need come November.
Speaking of Matt Bruenig, he was recently cast aside by his former employer Demos. His crime? Mixing it up with Hillary Hags Joan Walsh and Neera Tanden. I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I think there are a few important takeaways here.
The controversy engendered by this tiff lays bare the bitter divisions that are currently plaguing the left – divisions that will only endure following this turbulent campaign season. Just like the North in Game of Thrones, Berners will remember; they won’t so easily forget the various insults and calumnies emanating from Camp Hillbot. They also won’t forget the shameless venality of so-called “journalists” who zealously defend a rotten status quo. On the flip side, judging by their aggressive attacks against a once marginal “socialist,” Democratic apparatchiks (and their SJW sycophants) will fight tooth-and-nail to retain their privileged status.
Since we’re talking about privilege, I strongly believe that “privilege” discourse and cultural leftism will become casualties of this election. As I pointed out in my article about Rodrigo Duterte, white conservatives and alt righters aren’t the only ones who despise SJW types; now the Jacobin crowd also loathes liberal identitarians. What makes 2016 different from 2008-2012 is that the populist left can no longer be easily placated. The bullshit economic “recovery” and the rise of Bernie Sanders – which has put Social Democracy on the table for the first time in decades – means that economic progressives will no longer tolerate identitarian “incrementalists.” It also doesn’t help that Hillary Clinton lacks Barack Obama’s charisma and appeal to young people.
At the end of the day, regardless of how this election plays out, we are in for some very interesting times. As the rainbow alliance collapses, millions of alienated and frustrated individuals – particularly young white men – will look for new movements to join. This is where the Alternative Right comes in. By combining the best of Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader (or the best of Bernie and the Donald), I am convinced the the Alternative Right can bring many more passionate young white people into the fold.
Now is the perfect time to exploit these cracks in the leftist coalition.