Alternative Right

Alternative Right, the most recent project of Richard Spencer, the gentleman who edited Taki Magazine back to a position of power, has reprinted the article “Whitey Lost the Moon” from Amerika.org.

To these ears, “alternative right” is a powerful term. It implies neither vanguardist nor mainstream conservative. In my experience, the people clustering around traditionalism, New Right and deep ecology are looking for a type of conservative-like values system that does not have the obliviousness of mainstream conservatism nor the savage ethnic violence of the vanguardists.

Alternative Right seems to be providing a good forum to those who work in these areas, with a great deal of variation in their articles. It is thus encouraging to me to see an article of mine be published there, and I hope it provokes the kind of introspection that has brought the alternative, traditionalist and deep ecologic right from a disorganized rabble into a full-blown social movement.

10 Comments

  1. Bruce Charlton says:

    Alternative Right publishes or has published some good people: you, me, Dennis Mangan and Scott Locklin to mention but a few.

    But as a *project* it is destined to fail, since it is essentially a secular magazine, and I don’t think there really is such a think as a new *Alternative* Secular Right.

    I know that one can be constructed in a pick and mix way, from all the desirable features a person can draw from the Right – but what actually coheres and might perhaps be electable on the secular Right is a kind of commonsense nationalism which is pretty hard to distinguish from fascism (non-Nazi fascism).

    I don’t say ‘fascism’ to mean it is the worst possible political system (communism is certainly worse, and political correctness has potential to be worse) – but it means that this is not really anything alternative or new.

    (This is assuming, as I do, that libertarianism is a complete non-starter; and in practice supportive of the Left.)

    As for secular Green conservatism; when it is serious it is pretty much the same as fascism – indeed the early Nazis (before anti-semitism took over completely) was probably the Greenest secular Western government ever. Which is not to say that sGc necessarily the worst option (certainly there are worse) but that it is not anything really new.

    1. I was just reading The poison of literalism – the necessity of ‘fantasy’, which reminds me of how much mythic imagination is necessary for reverence of life, and seeing outside the box of immediate, causal, physical interaction.

      I don’t think there really is such a thing as a new *Alternative* Secular Right.

      It seems to me that whether we define it as religious or not, there is no escaping that the right is the side of reverence — for nature, for a cosmic order, for all of this making sense even if there is no “inherent” path. This is similar to the “faith” I hear many people describing, where they acknowledge that the universe directly communicates nothing — but if we are able to listen into it with our hearts and higher minds, we will discover the source of its organization and find it transcendent.

      I like this thought.

      In the meantime, I think conservatism without reverence — meaning on a purely practical level — is a difficult and somewhat contradictory prospect. Even at my most atheistic, I always had what Paul Woodruff calls “reverence,” which is a religious level of appreciation for life and the cosmos, and from that, a recognition that there is an underlying order to all of this, and that its goal is something quite good, which we describe in varying oblique slices as love, beauty, goodness, compassion and intelligence.

      (This is assuming, as I do, that libertarianism is a complete non-starter; and in practice supportive of the Left.)

      I agree here. Libertarianism is a form of anarchy and, like all forms of permissiveness, defaults toward a liberal worldview despite being essentially a middle class movement to unhook the entitlement state from its wallet, and thus permit forms of government like nationalism. In that latter part, it has promise; however, its utility is limited beyond keeping the parasites, bureaucrats and other controllers away.

  2. Ouroborus says:

    I enjoy a lot of the articles they publish, but there is a worrying amount of Jew-blame on there.

    1. I enjoy a lot of the articles they publish, but there is a worrying amount of Jew-blame on there.

      On both right and left now, many people blame Jews for many things. We at Amerika will continue to lead in the opposite direction, but in the meantime, demonstrate tolerance for differing viewpoints. I don’t know of a fairer way to handle this.

  3. Dack Thrombosis says:

    Now you might have more than four readers! ;)

    1. crow says:

      He has plenty more than four readers :)
      I don’t know why he is always claiming there are so few.
      Is this what passes for Conservative Humor???
      Could be worse.

      1. It’s probably unfair to blame my idiotic sense of humor on Conservatism. I like the assumption that there are four readers as I imagine us all around a fireside somewhere, with hot chocolate. That imagery works better in winter.

        1. E. v.Südland says:

          Or perhaps in the summer with a freshly brewed coffee or nice herbal tea. :-)

          1. Anon says:

            Hot chocolate! Coffee! HERBAL TEA! Blaspheming the blasphemous blasphemies! Conservatism demands that you drink only water direct from a mountain stream!:-)

            1. Conservatism demands that you drink only water direct from a mountain stream!

              Or use that drink that water while you brew up some hot chocolate with whole milk, real sugar and pure cocoa.

              On a side note, I recently found out that the restaurant chain “La Madeleine” will serve you a double hot chocolate for $3.19 plus tax.

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