The “Alt-Lite” Is Just Buckley All Over Again

A process that is strange on the surface, but totally predictable and understandable if you have seen it before, is the emergence of the “Alt Lite”, as I believe Hunter Wallace has dubbed it, a new political movement that supports Trump, adopts many nationalist positions, but rejects racism, sexism, anti-semitism, and homophobia.

First of all, this is a classic Jewish move. Prominent “Alt Lite” figures are Mike Cernovich and MILO. Jews don’t come up with new ideas and movements, they look for ones that are up and coming and worm their way in and take over. Trump of course did this with nationalism- which who knows may be proof he’s controlled by Jews- and then the Alt Lite did it with Trump specifically, and nationalism more generally.

What this also reflects is the history of the modern conservative movement. Leftism came to power in the US in the 1930’s, and by the 1950’s people were a little sick of it. A strong backlash against cosmopolitan socialism and the control of urban elites, Jewish, Puritan and Quaker, developed.

This kind of thinking had been culturally marginalized since the 30’s as small-minded, provincial, and mean-spirited. Everybody knew that cosmopolitan socialism of one kind or another- Soviet communism in the more benighted places, social democracy in the West- was the way to go. Communists and Western socialists regarded each other as fellow travelers, each believing themselves the senior partner

The Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe however angered a lot of people. They wanted to know why and how communists had such strong influence in the federal government.

TPTB couldn’t really just blow this off, because Soviet rule was far from democratic, and obviously cruel and unjust to all but the most committed. Politicians like Joseph McCarthy and organizations like the John Birch Society demanded to know who the communists were and what they were doing.

As English-speaking society does, this was deflected as a matter of social taste. To ask these questions was framed as being gauche and cruel. A few good-hearted folks may have been involved with the Communist Party years before, but why ruin their lives with reckless accusations? The term “smear” came to be used. All the best people agreed these questions were not to be asked.

Trouble was, as we know from the Venona transcipts, the US government was chock full of communists sympathizers, Party members, and actual Soviet agents. But it was not socially appropriate to say so.

People still wanted to be conservative though, and William F. Buckley came up with a solution. Form a conservative movement free of the cranks, soreheads and conspiracy theorists of the hinterlands and make it an urbane, gentile movement of Manhattan intellectuals.

This movement was still anti-communist, but dropped the idea that anyone in the US was a communist activist. It was still racist, sexist, and homophobic- this was the 50’s, after all- but not anti-semitic, because this was also socially handicapping by that point.

In rapid order, the left defined racism as socially unacceptable- and conservatives dropped it. Then sexism, then homophobia. As we know now, National Review has always been in favor of gay marriage!

If you want to oppose the corrupt system, but don’t want to be one of the weird kids, then the Alt Lite is for you!

Trouble with all this is that racism, sexism, anti-semitism, and homophobia are all true. Any ideology that does not put objective reality first is not going to work. Conservatism crippled itself by wanting to be socially acceptable first, and true second.

The Alt Lite, just like modern mainstream conservatism, is fundamentally just another form of liberalism and as such can’t compete with the real thing. National Review and William F. Buckley conservatism lasted around sixty years, but the Alt Lite isn’t even a movement, it’s just a pose. MILO is gone, and the rest will not last too much longer.


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10 Responses to The “Alt-Lite” Is Just Buckley All Over Again

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  2. Ryu says:

    Yeah, but the Alt Lite gets beat down just like the conservatives did. They aren’t strong enough to withstand criticism. It is the small core of racists, skins, and Neo Nazis that drive the whole movement we are now seeing.

  3. Hizzle says:

    There has been some reassessment of all the pariahs like Huey Long, Father McCloughlin, and McCarthy recently. And yes, everything Hoover suspected commies of was true, but Hoover stayed in power because he didn’t trouble the friends of powerful people, and once it was revealed that American businessmen who were Soviets at heart had friends in the White House (see Armand Hammer, Amtorg, and Franklin Roosevelt), Hoover let the subject drop. McCarthy didn’t, but he imploded.

    Also even the great capitalist/industrialist, Jew-wise Henry Ford was doing business with Russia, shipping Fordsons to Lenin in order to speed up agricultural production after so many draft horses were killed in World War One. Ford would claim he was making money on humanitarian grounds, but so would Lenin (Communism as an economic idea died with Bronstein/Trotsky, although it is still alive in the judiciary, university, and, as strange as it sounds and as you know, in American business and political communities). The politburo lived very well in Russia, eating caviar in hotels and surrounding themselves with the heirlooms of the people they liquidated.

  4. Everybody laughs at National Socialists until they realize the commies really are trying to kill them. We have now reached that point. It matters little if Trump is for real, cause he’s not on our side anyway. What matters is he won. Trump no doubt was a way the enemy had of dissing Whites without blowback, until the guns started being seen and shined. Trump says something without saying it. The enemy doesn’t have the troops. The revolution fizzled. Those niggers and Mestizos aren’t in it for their “revolution” and if they fight at all, it won’t be for (((them))). Its time to face facts. There is no peaceful solution. These parasites cannot just leave and they don’t seem to want to. You either kill em or run them out now. The life you save will be your own or someone you love. War came already. The enemy has hidden it. For (((them))) it started in 1933 with Hitler and moved on to you after 1945. For others the timetable is irrelevant. You want America back, you have to fight for it. None of (((them))) can be trusted. They will NEVER STOP.

    • GCM says:

      So when are you going to fight to take America back? Talk is cheap.

      • Unfortunately Trump’s election has hit the pause button and everyone in the Alt-Right is taking a wait and see attitude now. Damn. We came close. If that crazy Witch Hillary had won, it would have been go time for sure. I can’t get these clowns alone. They keep following me. Unless some of these guys rise up and block their escape, they’ll just run again. Can’t get them alone. Need a good uprising to keep them distracted and block their escape.

  5. tz says:

    a new political movement that supports Trump, adopts many nationalist positions, but rejects racism, sexism, anti-semitism, and homophobia.
    The error is that the racism, sexism, etc. have lost their power as words, and they are just an insult and have ceased to mean things. Richard Spencer isn’t going to lynch anyone.
    (The Alt-Lite doesn’t reject fat shaming).
    As things narrow and people are forced to take sides, they will either side with the Alt-Right (whatever their utopian preferences might be) or side with the left. Milo is alt-lite, but between Berkeley where he might have been killed, and this character (ok, GUI) assassination, I think he will start shifting and may be to the white of Brother Nathaniel.

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