The alternative right must clarify itself


The alternative Right, referred to by mainstream politicians with derision for not working the system like a good little rent-seeker, has seeped into mainstream consciousness. But what greets those who investigate is a complex maze of theories and references, and this leads to confusion about what the alternative Right is.

Let us clarify this quickly: the alternative Right is that which speaks right-wing truths the mainstream conservatives are afraid to articulate. Its goal is to change the internal orientation of Western Europeans so that they feel comfortable standing up for their self-interest as a group, and even more, so they feel pride in that identity once again — and can turn that into a pursuit of creative self-interest.

Creative self-interest distinguishes itself from garden variety self-interest by aiming toward the future instead of known options. Where self-interest says to choose the best option on the shelf like a good shopper, creative self-interest says that we should create our own shelf based not on reaction to what is but by pointing ourselves toward what is not yet extant and can never fully be extant.

When someone says for example that they want to make their society dedicated to excellence, heroism and glory in the vein of ancient Greece, they have both a goal they can visualize, and an intangible and forever ongoing quest to improve themselves successively toward an ideal, not fully attainable state. This is like the athlete who forever wants to beat her best time, improve her form and intensify her mental discipline.

The alternative Right is an internal revolution aimed at the core of Western civilization. We have forgotten our appetite for excellence because we replaced it with anti-excellence, or egalitarianism, which says “good enough is the same as good.” Its goal is to remake our thinking so that we see nothing wrong with acting in self-interest but even more so that we discard the egalitarian sentiments which divide us, and instead focus on working together toward something greater than the individual.

As part of this, the alternative Right advances two important ideas: the death of modernity and the whole society.

By acknowledging the death of modernity, the alternative Right tells us that modernity has completed its arc. There were new ideas; we tried them; now, centuries later, we are seeing how those ideas end and we realize it is failure, misery and suicide. Like any sane person, when we recognize an error we correct it, and in the case of our present situation, that means reversing away from equality, democracy, atheism, promiscuity and the welfare state.

All of those ideas are related, by the way, in that they are all individualistic. Equality means that each individual is included no matter how crazy or wrong; democracy gives those individuals power to protect themselves from those who might know better. Atheism is a comforting affirmation of the individual as the highest power, while hedonism and promiscuity celebrate the appetites of the individual as more important than achievement. The welfare state subsidizes democracy and allows individuals to demand sustenance for non-contribution, which makes them equal in survival as well as in theory.

The whole society, on the other hand, is the idea that we cannot use one method of unifying ourselves and moving toward health. Many argue that we should use religion, race or an economic system alone to motivate ourselves; thi will not work. People need a whole society, or a balance of institutions and purposes, which addresses all of the needs of the individual and civilization.

I summarize the alternative Right whole civilization as having four parts:

  1. Aristocracy: We are either led by our best, or by the rest, and the rest have failed. End democracy and pick people of quality, not a maze of laws, to lead us.
  2. Nationalism: Homogeneous societies are healthiest and happiest. We need our countries to be for us alone by both race and ethnicity, which is American Nativist in the USA.
  3. Capitalism: Socialism does not work both because it drains the wealth of a society and because it drives good people mad. Let people bring products to market and thrive.
  4. Transcendentalism: As individuals and as a civilization, we need transcendent goals — ideals that guide us in all situations toward a healthy purpose — and not concrete goals, because those are methods alone.

We exist right now in a cage. That cage is formed of the individual and the collective mentality that enforces individualism as our goal in the form of egalitarianism, altruism, pluralism, liberalism and democracy. This cage narrows our focus through its definitions and moral restrictions, reducing all of our actions to variations of itself, so that perpetual compromise toward its logical extreme is the only path open to us. That way leads to death.

Our societies are clearly in deep trouble. Across the developing world, every country is deep in debt and its citizens are not reproducing at replacement levels. This suggests they are miserable and see no future in what society offers us. This is suicide caused by following illusory goals starting with egalitarianism, which flatters the individual but also destroys it.

The alternative Right is a political movement that encloses a cultural revolution. Our goal is to restore a sense of purpose to our people by removing their guilt over their need to stop saving the rest of the world from itself. We are unique and must follow our own path; the rest of the world will continue on its path, and they are not our responsibility.

With that realization we will breathe the air of the only freedom that really exists, which is the ability to rise to the greatest heights possible without being constrained by the failure of others. Most of humanity will always exist in filth, disease, superstition, corruption and stupidity. We can rise above to fulfill our destiny alone, instead of trying to bring them with us.

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10 Responses to “The alternative right must clarify itself”

  1. Sonnenrad says:

    And doesn’t the alt-right also call attention to parasitic, disproportionately powerful ethnic minorities with no loyalty to the nations whose institutions and culture they manipulate with vast international wealth?

  2. -A says:

    The words on the screen alone are quite refreshing.

  3. crow says:

    What a commentary on the state of things when the obvious becomes cutting-edge outlaw-speak.

  4. Tom Iron says:

    The alternative right must clarify itself
    When the nation sees people who know how to control their breathing, get into a good position, bring sights to 6 o’clock bull, take up trigger slack, and let the round go at exactly the right moment – one round, one hit. That’s all the clarification anyone needs.

  5. Jpw says:

    And that’s just it. If tou don’t rent seek, you blow up the control mechanism. Every man has to have his price. Or else…..

  6. ChevalierdeJohnstone says:

    This is a noble undertaking but I think you have missed the boat by not adequately following up on the example of an apocryphal ancient Greek civilization aimed at excellence, heroism, and glory.

    A) The primary characteristic of a healthy culture is that it promotes and protects virtue. Cultures differ in the virtues which they value; those virtues which define Western Civ are Prudence, Temperance, Justice, Courage, Faith, Hope, and Charity. This is very much in keeping with your point #1, leadership by aristocracy, except that you leave undefined what is meant by “best”. We must be led by the virtuous.

    B) Patriotism, not nationalism. I refer to Chesterton’s discussion of the two. Nativism is a prescription, not a goal: it is good because it promotes the good of the homeland by better ensuring a focus on those virtues mentioned in (A). This is an important difference even if the outcome is the same in practice. We do not need our society to be homogeneous: we need our society to be virtuous, _and therefore_ we need our society to be homogeneous.

    C) An end to materialism. Both capitalism and socialism are wrong because each treats economics as an end and not a means. There is no such animal as “economic man”. The economic sphere of human action matters only in as much as it promotes the development of our cultural virtues. For the most part socialism is antithetical to those virtues and capitalism promotes them, but the economic system is a means, not an end. Where adherence to capitalism fails to promote and protect virtue it must be discarded. (E.g., for every man to have honest and wholesome work to do is more important than economic efficiency.)

    D) I have no issue with your point #4, except that those transcendent goals (that is, virtues) ought to be the first point of the platform, not the 4th.

    • We do not need our society to be homogeneous: we need our society to be virtuous, _and therefore_ we need our society to be homogeneous.

      While that’s an interesting argument, it goes about this all wrong: a healthy society is homogeneous, thus that is a condition for anything else. We cannot achieve a virtuous society without first having a healthy one. External traits bring out internal ones, and vice-versa. Further, while I admire the “virtuous society” viewpoint, I choose the word “best” to mean not just noble — what I will always prefer to “virtuous” — but highly competent. Under populist religion, people ran around for centuries looking for “virtue,” forgetting that to the Greeks it meant the ability to be effective while also remaining aware of the hierarchy of nature. That requires two things at once, where moderns, schooled in ideology, can handle only one.

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