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The Alt-Right

So… Hillary Clinton just gave the alt-right the public spotlight. People are Googling like crazy, and people like Richard Spencer are gloating like they haven’t in years.

By the way, Richard if you’re still in Japan by all means give me a call. I could use some hairstyling advice from you. I’m sure he’s getting Japanese groupies just by standing out there in Tokyo looking good and white. He should do some activism while he’s there.

Anyway, so the alt-right is trending, and I guess I should say something. Am I alt-right? Of course I am. Why? Because I say so. I’ve been writing about how language works. Words exist to be useful. What’s the point of having the word “alt-right”? To make friends among fellow dissenters from the progressive mainstream. So yeah, I’m alt-right. I also want a wall. And I could use more readers.

I’m probably the most disagreeable alt-right out there, in that my specialty is pointing out how every single political idea out there is either stupid or impractical, and I use profuse examples from ancient and modern history to make the point. Recently I’ve been pointing out why political ideas are either stupid impractical, and why they still keep coming up because the point of having political ideas is not their brilliance or practicality, but just to get some status points in ad-hoc local signaling games.

But hey, don’t let me discourage you. Because I’m also the guy with the best theory about what the alt-right is about, why it happened, why it’s getting bigger, and why it isn’t going anywhere. Unless the solution we don’t want happens. Or the dysgenic trends just keep going on forever.

So this was my clumsy attempt to catch some of the spotlight that Hillary Clinton was so nice to give us. Oh, by the way, I also have the best theory about what the Clintons are about.

I should get myself a fancy brand. The Philosopher of the Alt-Right. Or maybe something more specific. The Schopenhauer of the Alt-Right. Suggestions are welcome.



46 responses to “The Alt-Right

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  2. Inquiring Mind August 27, 2016 at 03:38

    So the “alt-Right” is this expatriate of a mystery nationality living in Japan, who reads and writes Mandarin and expounds on the Chinese imperial dynasties as offering moral lessons for 21st century western political culture?

    Secretary Clinton is not smart enough to pick up on that — all she sees are some guys who call much more attention to themselves by using bad words in discussions of race. Hillary Clinton remains completely unaware that this particular Web site exists let alone understands what it is about. Maybe this is a good situation to be in?

    • spandrell August 27, 2016 at 03:46

      I also use (euphemisms of) bad words in discussions of race.

    • Col. John August 28, 2016 at 17:58

      You sometimes don’t read what your inquiring mind is going to inquire over, do you?

      I don’t think anybody using bad words (that is how we should call wrong words) has ever worried Parasitocracies like they seem worried currently.
      Perhaps those sites are attracting the U.S. deranged plutocracy’s attention because not all words they use are bad (id est wrong).

  3. infowarrior1 August 27, 2016 at 03:45

    Now that google is doing a lot of censoring all they will find is the leftist perspective on the alt-right.

    • Xopher Halftongue August 27, 2016 at 04:56

      Google’s censorship IT division doesn’t have enough Wise Latinas and Sassy Black Women on it. Google needs some affirmative action. I’m sure Shaniqua Shitavious Jackson is competent enough to protect Google’s IT systems from Tsar Putin’s hackers…

  4. Xopher Halftongue August 27, 2016 at 04:53

    The Alt-Right Legalist…

    • lalit August 27, 2016 at 17:57

      I second this suggestion for now. Any brand name you choose must incorporate your knowledge of China, the fact that you are a dissenter from progressive dogma and the fact that you are a sort of a philosopher. The above suggestion does nicely in these regards. Let me chew on this problem for a bit. I want you to get a brand that sounds cool and conveys all the information.

      Thinka Thinka Think *Wheels Spinning in the head*

  5. Nikolai Vladivostok August 27, 2016 at 05:09

    I was hoping to get a bump in hits from my tenuous connection to the alt-right but nope. I will increase the sexism 15% this quarter and see if that helps.

  6. Giovanni Dannato August 27, 2016 at 06:01

    Simply having a world famous leader who embodies the establishment acknowledge the existence of a nebulous internet opposition, and naming it, is a huge triumph. In less than a decade, online dissidents have gone from shutin pariahs to a force with influence even the most powerful apparently can’t ignore.
    Hillary made an effective, calculated maneuver to win over establishment republicans and win this election but I think she is as usual, as her foreign policy record shows, too focused on narrow, short term payoffs. Her judgment sucks.
    I have also been moved to analyze this landmark event as you will see should you click my name.

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  8. Handle August 27, 2016 at 12:16

    I actually like Sailer’s twist that most of what he’s saying is really just Alt-Centrist or Alt-Mainstream. Not just the Alt-Completely-Normal of 10, 20, or 50 years ago before the leftist singularity got into high gear, but in fact, according to polls, still the actual Alt-Majority position of many Americans and Westerners today.

    As an example, the media often portrays things like Brexit or anti-affirmative-action or anti-gay-marriage or anti-benefits-for-illegal-immigrants referenda as “far right”, and then they win a majority at the actual election and the courts or other political elites have to step in to correct the democracy.

    Yeah, words mean what people say they mean. But if we’re going to try to carve nature at the joints, the point is that the Alt in Alt-Right is best thought about as three ‘Alts’

    One send of Alt could be some collection of viewpoints or opinions only held by fringe groups or tiny minorities.

    Another sense of Alt could be some alternative comprehensive and coherent ideology to rival the fundamental logic progressivism. Or at least a New Religion™ that provides an alternative to the zeitgeist and somehow has some chance of holding its own.

    And the third sense of Alt is that non-progressives just need an alternative to the utterly co-opted GOP and Conservatism Inc. (i.e. outer party / progressivism lite) in order to articulate and represent their actual majoritarian views and modal interests, because the existing elite political establishment-donor-complex just wont do it.

    • spandrell August 27, 2016 at 12:26

      My approach to “carving nature at its joints” is to track back the historical evolution of the term. I find this the most objective and illuminating way.

      I’m honestly not seeing where you’re getting those “three alts” from.

      • Karl August 27, 2016 at 18:35

        Spandrel, Handle interprets Alt as an abreviation and gives 3 plausible meanings how this can be understood, i.e. to what there is an alternative. That’s a reasonable approach to figure out how people might understand the term when they hear about it, especially if they hear about it for the first time without extensive backgorund knowledge.

        Your approach about tracking back the historical evolution of the term tells you what the Alt has meant in the future. That interesting for a Scholar, but you are aware that meaning of word can and does change, especially if lot of people start using a word without being aware of its historical meaning. Hey, if I remember and understood you correctly you even wrote about that.

  9. grey elightenment August 27, 2016 at 14:40

    Maybe you could be the ‘alt-right contrarian’…posts like this

    You’re good at finding ways to look at issues from unexpected, unpredictable angles

    • lalit August 27, 2016 at 18:02

      This is not bad either. But alt-right Legalist is better. Keep thinking mates. Let’s get Spandrell a new name.

      • Rhetocrates August 28, 2016 at 23:14

        Here’s one: Spandrell’s the alt-right Alt-Nexus.
        He’s where people go once they’ve digested enough Moldbug to fully absorb the neoreactionary critique, keep looking, and fall off the back end of Social Matter.

        There are others (nyrdwacu, whose blog format is suspiciously similar), but I think he’s the most popular.

  10. pdimov August 27, 2016 at 15:33

    “Oh, by the way, I also have the best theory about what the Clintons are about.”

    You should develop a theory that explains Soros’s behavior.

  11. B August 27, 2016 at 19:53

    YOU’RE the most disagreeable alt-right?

    I’M the most disagreeable alt-right.

    I’m so disagreeable that I’m beyond alt-right.

    The most alt- of the alt- right want to go back to being Jacobites. Jacobites? Psshhh…they’re all Communists to me. Real reactionaries want to go back to the days before that socialist Jesus decided that we should all do, like, whatever we feel like, maaan, eat whatever you want, all G-d’s chillums gots shoes.

    Anyway, about Hill-dawg. Acknowledging the alt-right shows that she’s clueless and advised by clueless people. Forgive me for quoting my own comment from Jaime the Water Engineer’s blog:

    “The fact that Hillary has decided to make a speech about the alt right is deeply telling. It tells us that she is an idiot and that her staff live in a complete bubble.

    Why would you give a platform to a (for now) marginal movement which is opposed to you on a fundamental level, and which has coherent critiques of everything you represent for?

    Do you know how much traffic to alt-right sites is going to spike now?

    Do you know how much more current alt-right ideas and terminology will become as a result?

    It is inconceivable that anybody who was going to vote for Trump will vote for Hillary as a result of this speech.

    On the other hand, practically every single person on the alt right was originally ideologically mainstream. We all had the standard ideological operating system installed on our hardware right out of the factory. We then became what we are today though exposure to the ideas and discourse of the alt right, which fit observed reality much better than our default settings.

    In other words, this shit is contagious.

    So, what is Hillary doing? Right: “look at this vile disease, which you get by looking at it! In order to help you understand the gravity of what we’re up against, I’ve aerosolized it and will now spray it through the megaphone with which I address you!”

    Oh, fucking brilliant move there!

    I thought it would take another 5-10 years of dindu mayhem, rapefugees, gun confiscation etc. for the ideas of the alt right to become widespread, but these idiots are way ahead of my timeline.”

    Seriously, it’s like an attempt to fight ebola by spraying it over your constituents!

    • spandrell August 28, 2016 at 02:46

      Well I don’t think you’re accepted in the club. But yeah, I’ll readily admit you’re more disagreeable than I am.

    • Thrasymachus August 28, 2016 at 19:21

      B, you’re just a regular ol’ Israeli nationalist, which is to say a regular ol’ Israeli. Sick, twisted ideas about self-determination and human nature are perfectly OK for you people.

      • B August 28, 2016 at 21:01

        You know a lot of Israelis/Israeli nationalists?

        On the left-right spectrum, the typical Israeli is about like the typical New Yorker (both upstate and downstate being taken into account.)

        I’m not a nationalist for nationalism’s sake, by the way-that shit is very 19th century. Until then, everyone was a subject of their monarch/their god (if you wanted to be a Protestant about it.) But then things moved leftwards, it turned out that monarchs were just guys who took shits and put their pants on one leg at a time, and as Nietzsche said, their god was dead (you Euros stopped believing in Him.) So what was left? Right, the nation.

        Being a nationalist is not any different than being a globalist in the really important ways. It’s just an arbitrary waypoint on the downward spiral.

        • Rhetocrates August 28, 2016 at 23:11

          See this shit right here? This is why B is a good man to have around.

          Even if, after we’ve gotten rid of our common enemies, we’ll kill/convert him too.

          (No hard feelings B, you’d do it to use if you could.)

          • B August 29, 2016 at 10:28

            Your optimism is historically unfounded. We’ve buried everyone who’s wanted to kill or convert us. “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

            And no-I wouldn’t want to kill or convert you guys. If you follow the Seven Noahide Laws, you can do whatever else you want. I’d rather your family be blessed through us.

            • gaikokumaniakku August 31, 2016 at 14:00

              The original post was:

              >This is why B is a good man to have around.

              >Even if, after we’ve gotten rid of our common enemies, we’ll kill/convert him too.

              B replied (implicitly asserting identity with the Jews)
              >Your optimism is historically unfounded. We’ve buried everyone who’s wanted to kill or convert us.

              B is making two errors here.

              First, the original post specified “kill him,” as is “kill B alone,” not “kill all the Jews.”

              And yet B replied with “we’ve buried everyone,” confusing his own individual egotism with the collective egotism of Jews.

              Second, B is implying that the Jews have a long and continuous history.

              When did Judaism begin? Probably in 440 BCE. There was probably zero Jewish cohesion before then – if there was, it was primitive and tribal, not literate.

              Further, assuming that there were Jews in 440 BCE, can we further assume that they have genetic continuity with B?

              How do we know B isn’t descended from converts? How do we know B is any more “Jewish” than Luke Ford?

              How do we know that B is genetically entitled to take pride in Jewish history?

              Assuming B really is a true Jew through and through, how do we know he isn’t one of the Jews that will get stabbed in the back by other Jews in order to facilitate a retreat from Amalek? Maybe the entire Jewish community would be happy to see B dead. (And perhaps they would give a donkey-burial of the kind Israel Shahak wrote about.)

              Shlomo Sand wrote _The Invention of the Jewish People_, but perhaps he should have written _The Many Inventions of Jewish Publicity_.

              • B September 4, 2016 at 10:18

                You need to focus on doing you, my man. Don’t worry about my genetics and those of my people so much. Focus on successfully reproducing and raising functional children.

                Keep this in mind: you can’t get an anime pregnant. And there’s an extremely limited amount of women willing to bear the children of an American alt-right otaku. No matter how enthusiastic he is about enlightening her about the invention of the Jewish people and their various evils.

                I know-no justice in this world. Whattaya gonna do…

                • gaikokumaniakku September 5, 2016 at 17:40

                  >Don’t worry about my genetics and those of my people so much.

                  I’m not specifically worried about your genes. I just think you’re bad for the people you claim to help.

                  But if you mention that you don’t want your genes questioned, that’s guaranteed to get you more inconvenient questions about your genes.

  12. magusjanus August 28, 2016 at 09:59

    Spandrell, if you’re ever in a certain Chinese city-state on the tip of Malaysia, give me a holler.

  13. Suprembaum Givorderisky August 28, 2016 at 17:54

    This is for who’s heard about lab experiments for inducing self-destructive behaviour in bugs and other insects and wants to know the success rates.

    What blacks, hispanics to some degree, youths, and females have in common?
    Well, scarcity of something we call “intelligence” although wisewits would be a more fitting word. Or maybe we already have the name for it: sense.


    Clinton: Black 95%, Hispanic 63%, age 18-34 45%, women 51%.
    Trump: Black (100-5)%, Hispanic 27%, age 18-34 29%, women 37%.

    83% of registered Democrats say they’ll vote for the Servant of Shem, 78% of registered Republicans for Trump (very little difference here if you think of #alwaysShem-ers’ grip on the whole mass media).

  14. J. Col August 28, 2016 at 18:26

    I’m probably the most disagreeable alt-right out there, in that my specialty is pointing out how every single political idea out there is either stupid or impractical, and I use profuse examples from ancient and modern history to make the point. Recently I’ve been pointing out why political ideas are either stupid impractical, and why they still keep coming up because the point of having political ideas is not their brilliance or practicality, but just to get some status points in ad-hoc local signaling games.

    Political ideas, and signaling games, are still products of evolution. There is a logic to “stupidity”, it’s no at-random event in the least.
    We can talk of evolution gone awry, ended up on the wrong track and whatever.
    But “nonsense” is never an explanation.

    Humans aren’t “born” (which means: evolved) for freedom. It bewilders their mind; they can’t stand it, like they can’t stand all what their brain aren’t hard-wired for (other example of what their minds can’t stand: objective, inflexible, inadaptable truth).
    Civilizations reach freedom when they peak (more intelligent people are more inclined to demand freedom), and start their sunset short after.

    Even fruit, flowers… isn’t their most beautiful day the day before they begin to decay?
    The idea that decay could be avoid, a skippable phase, may be fantastic.

  15. politicaljudo August 28, 2016 at 21:18

    Did Scott Adams die? You’re definitely chaneling his self promotion style today.

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  17. Ryan August 31, 2016 at 17:25

    Apologies, but I think Jim is more disagreeable than you. Don’t feel bad. It’s hard to go over the top of women love getting raped.

    As for a title, how about “The Alt-Mandarin?” I see three advantages:

    1. It doesn’t really mean anything
    2. People who read your blog can probably intuit why we’d use it for you
    3. You likely hate it, which will help boost your disagreeability street cred

    Regarding HRC’s speech, I think I’m less optimistic than the other people commenting. The left wing revolution of the 60’s and 70’s succeeded in many ways, total takeover of cultural and governmental institutions, it got to wreck decent society in countless ways. But they never got to torture and murder any Kulaks. That’s a void inciting race riots just isn’t going to fill.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m just being paranoid.

  18. parisian September 6, 2016 at 23:18

    If you’re alt-right, does this mean you’re not NRx? There’s all this infighting that is interesting to watch, because some of them are educated enough to know all sorts of things, like the ‘Eiricksson’ vs. ‘Dick Wagner’ business, and then terrible entries on certain Twitter, where they have written about you and one said ‘like renouncing the Emperor to Japanese RW?’ I don’t know if you care about the spectators (that’s about it for me, some of these people never leave the net), but then this slob appears on Twitter and I have to correct household objects, etc., because the slob means ‘point of no return’, it took me a day or two to realize that might be soreness, or, as you guys say, ‘muh feels’. That must mean you’re important and can be just a much an opportunist as the rest of them, just louder. Why not? You can just insult me as fag-git if you want, not that I want it.

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