Defining Alt-Lite

3 09 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Hotel Room

Alt-Lite is the newly minted term to refer to a political ergoregion that was known as the Alt-Right Lite, and that term itself came into existence only a handful of days ago.  It refers to people who are close enough to the alt-right but whose line drives land just foul.

Repeating for those needing, my proposed definition of alt-right:

The alt-right is the space of the political right consisting of people and groups whose rightist politics are chiefly motivated by some form of anti-egalitarianism, and at the same time are not comfortable with associating with the incumbent categories of modern rightist politics.

My proposed definition of alt-lite:

The alt-lite is a ergoregional space surrounding the alt-right, which consists of people and groups whose rightist politics have some noticeable and obvious anti-egalitarian propensities but are not chiefly motivated by anti-egalitarianism, and whose relationships with the incumbent categories of modern rightist politics are generally strained and murky but could range to amicable to hostile, and may be but are not necessarily sympathetic to the alt-right.

Breitbart, Milo, Alex Jones, the remnants of paleoconservatism, and many like them, while they don’t qualify as alt-right, definitely do as alt-lite.

My use of the word “ergoregion(al),” which comes from the theoretical astrophysics of rotating black holes, isn’t just a cute rhetorical device. I actually do think that there are parallels to be drawn between things like singularity, event horizon and ergoregion of black holes and the political interaction between the alt-right, the alt-lite and the general political universe.



2 responses

8 09 2016
Hard Right

If you can remember back four decades, it might strike you that the alt-right phenomenon of 2016 is basically political punk rock: loud, abrasive, hostile, white, back to basics, and fun.

30 11 2016

It might be more accurate if you specify anti-RACIAL egalitarianism. I do like the analogy of the black hole etc.

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