TOTW: the Alt-Right
Over the past few years and especially proceeding Trump's election, there has been a lot of debate about the growth of right-wing authoritarianism. One of the items on the table is the use of terminology to describe relatively new forms of ideology and practice throughout Europe and the United States. In the USA, pundits are taking positions on the label "alt-right;" whether a variety of different sorts of authoritarians ought to be recognized in their particularities, or rather exposed as (or lumped into) an undifferentiated camp that we simply call "fascists" or "white nationalists". A standout article on this topic titled, "Calling them "alt-right" helps us fight them" can be found on the blog Three Way Fight. As the title suggests, the author(s) take the position that we'd be better off recognizing these authoritarians with the new label.
Of particular interest to this thecollectivist is this bullet-list that covers the composition of the Alt-Right:
* The alt-right encompasses rightist ideologies that don’t center on race. White nationalism has been the alt-right’s center of gravity, but the movement also overlaps with other political currents, including:
- the so-called manosphere, an internet subculture of men’s rights activists, pick-up artists, and others focused on destroying feminism and re-intensifying men’s dominance over women;
- the neoreactionary movement (also known as the Dark Enlightenment), a network of authoritarian intellectuals who regard popular sovereignty as a major threat to civilization;
- the right-wing anarchism of Keith Preston’s Attack the System, which blends opposition to big states with a kind of Nietzschean elitism;
- Jack Donovan’s male tribalism, which envisions a system of patriarchy based on close-knit “gangs” of warrior men.
While these four tendencies have had a debatable impact in the official sphere of politics, anarchists have also been dealing with their interventions for some time. It ought to go without saying that as anarchists, authoritarianism isn't seen as contained within the right-wing, with any particular presidential candidate (be it Trump, Clinton, or Sanders), or that "alt-right" ideologies represent a complete summary of contemporary authoritarianism. However for this week, we are inviting you to participate in a conversation on these particular sorts of authoritarians:
What are your thoughts on terminology?
How do you shape your tactics in response to these tendencies?
In your estimate, to what extent does all of this signify a growing Authoritarian International, not a phenomenon bound by the borders of nation-states?
What do you think of the centrality the internet plays in the growth of the Alt-Right?