Your Blogmeister’s Desk
All these pundits tripping all over themselves trying to figure out the Alt-Right amuse me, especially since it is so easy to define the Alt-Right.
One is Alt-Right if one’s rightist politics are chiefly motivated by some form of anti-egalitarianism, AND one is at least less than comfortable with identifying one’s self with the incumbent categories of rightist politics.
Meaning it’s an umbrella term that covers a lot of people, groups and ways of thinking; the umbrella is big enough such that not everyone underneath it agree with each other on everything. For instance, RooshV is Alt-Right, (gender and sex issues), Jared Taylor is Alt-Right, (race issues), under this definition, but this has not precluded the former from taking swipes at the latter. Also meaning that one should avoid the temptation to analyze the Alt-Right in terms of one of its constituent parts; don’t make any one a bigger deal within the Alt-Right than it is. As an example, #NRx is not a perfect drop-in synonym for Alt-Right, because while all #NRx is Alt-Right, not all Alt-Righters are #NRx, as not all Alt-Righters have totally given up on democratic republicanism. That’s an inward admonition as much as it is an outward; if you’re part of one of the Alt-Right’s many constituent parts, don’t think the Alt-Right is all about you and that anyone who is not part of your niche ideology isn’t Alt-Right.
Another interesting question is how to classify people and groups that may have the veneer of Alt-Rightness for outward consumption. For instance, here’s this WaPo weekend feature that Drudge has been splashing all weekend. Are these people Alt-Right? I don’t know how anti-egalitarian they are, if they are, and there’s no guarantee that they are, as cuckservatism is a big problem with that universe, but the reason I would not classify them as Alt-Right is because even if they are, their politics are not chiefly motivated by whatever form of anti-egalitarianism they might be sympathetic toward.