Bay Area Guy writes:
What amazes me though is that despite lamenting the fact that more whites aren’t on board with the alt right, Alt Righters too often ignore economic issues. There’s a reason why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – who along with his inflammatory rhetoric also denounces free trade deals – have galvanized so many white Americans, albeit in their own radically different ways.
As I told Robert Stark during my first appearance on his radio program over two years ago, the average young white person doesn’t give two flying fucks about the Frankfurt School or subtle Jewish themes in Hollywood films; they’re interested in economic survival.
Alt righters should take a page from Bernie Sanders’s book, as he’s earned the loyal and passionate following of far more young whites than they have – even young white women support Sanders far more than they do fellow female Hillary Clinton.
This election just goes to show that while identity is indeed important, identity politics alone is not enough to build a movement around.
The whole problem with the Alt Right is the “Right” part. They all feel that they are part of a rightwing or conservative movement, and therefore, almost none of them want to support anything “leftwing.” So they have boxed themselves in. Everything they support on any issue has to be “rightwing.”
Even when they tired of rightwing economics for obvious reasons, the only thing they could promote was a basic income of $10,000/yr along with zeroing out all social programs. Now that’s not even liberal. I think everyone on the Left would be against it honestly. But the only reason they could even support that was that conservative hero Milton Friedman supported it.
By calling themselves Alt Right, they have walled off the entire liberal/Left/progressive universe as evil and the enemy, even though we have some pretty damn good ideas on certain things.
I suppose the Alt Right ought to be for people who are basically conservative but are opposed to some aspects of the Right in the US. The Alt Righters seem to be mostly opposed to the Right because they are not rightwing enough. I can’t think of one thing where the Alt Right thinks the Right is too conservative!