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Alt-Right: Internal Definition 
14th-Apr-2017 02:46 pm
Inspiration
Defining things from the perspective of outsiders has many inherent risks: the most obvious being that if you decide you don't like them, your observations will be skewed by that. Example: any of the definitions of Alt-Right the mainstream media presented from the time Hillary spoke about it to the present. All of them manifest distaste and condescension, and none of them were used by members of the Alt-Right to define their movement.

The basic lesson of dialectic in Plato is a simple one: you try and state the case of the person on the other side in your own words SO WELL that they are compelled to agree that you understand it, and willing to engage with you in a positive way as you evolve your understanding of it. While the lesson is simple, apparently no one in power, or hoping to be in power, in the US understands it outside of Trump and a few members of his advisors.

In light of that, let's refer to the 16 points of the Alt-Right, a statement presented on Vox Day's website as a definition of the Alt-Right from their own perspective. Note that it is wildly inclusive: translated into more languages than any social justice warrior's manifesto, and open to restatement by other groups.

First, I note statement 15: "The Alt Right does not believe in the general supremacy of any race, nation, people, or sub-species. Every race, nation, people, and human sub-species has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and possesses the sovereign right to dwell unmolested in the native culture it prefers." So statements using the word "supremacist" will be happily denied by the Alt-Right, as in fact they are, to the general disbelief of the illiterate media (Luegenpresse).

Second, statement 10: "The Alt Right is opposed to the rule or domination of any native ethnic group by another, particularly in the sovereign homelands of the dominated peoples. The Alt Right is opposed to any non-native ethnic group obtaining excessive influence in any society through nepotism, tribalism, or any other means." This leads to a certain suspicion of other groups seeking power within society. Is this related?

Third: statement 14: "The Alt Right believes we must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children." I suppose the response must be that securing the existence of people of other colors is up to those with that color of skin, and I wonder if I'd get a "yes" to that one, despite 15. Insofar as the family appears to be the model of the state, I suspect that statements 9 and 11 rule out any multi-ethnic society, and wonder what the surviving society on this continent would look like.

Any ideas?
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