According to alt-right leader Richard Spencer, the alt-right movement is something very specific. People such as Spenser are very clear that this movement is primarily about race, precisely that they believe that Western Civilization can only be promoted and developed by white people. I won't give you the links (I'd rather not insult your intelligence or your moral sense), but you can examine this for yourself, and I think you'll quickly see that the alt-right movement is indeed white supremacist at its very core, and they're proud of that.
This is NOT conservative, and it is not even right-wing.
For the alt-right, race comes before everything, including personal and economic freedom, whereas for the authentic right, personal freedom and liberty come before anything else. A true conservative will promote the concept of the free-market as the best means to pull the most people out of poverty, regardless of race or culture, whereas the alt-right have a more fascistic view of economics, valuing the collective over the individual. The authentic right wants everyone to succeed, and to be able to compete in the marketplace, knowing that a more robust market and trade atmosphere benefits everyone, including those who are disadvantaged, whereas the alt-right wants white people to succeed over everyone else.
It's a disgrace to listen to both media figures and politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, and many more, brand all conservatives as alt-right, when this is far from true. At the same time, it's also a disgrace that many conservatives, including the President, not take a clear stance against the alt-right. Both sides only prop up the alt-right, along with their radical twin, ANTIFA, and then nothing gets resolved.
Identity politics are never healthy because they are automatically exclusionary, and in the long run, they seek to "other" anyone deemed an outsider. Identitarian movements come in all shades and lifestyles, but rather than bringing diverse people together, they shut everyone else out by saying "your ______ privilege makes you incapable of understanding my experience." That's when dialogue shuts down and where demagoguing and virtue-signaling starts. Take that to the extreme, and you end up with Charlottesville or Ferguson or Berkeley or any of the growing number of incidents blowing up all over the nation.
None of that is remotely conservative. Conservatives want people to be happy, to push themselves and work hard, to succeed in the world and the economy, to be able to start their own business free from over regulation, and to be able to provide opportunities other others. No identity politics, no obsession with privilege, no macing people they don't like, nor keeping down any race.
So what do we do about this? The mainstream media has long declared war on conservatives, which means that the authentic right MUST loudly disavow the alt-right and to send the message again and again that the alt-right is not conservative and doesn't represent the authentic right. The media may not listen, of course, but that doesn't mean that conservatives should continue to let the alt-right speak in the name of conservatives or to appropriate conservative ideas. Conservatives' failure to completely condemn the alt-right as robustly as they have condemned ANTIFA has helped give rise to the current situation (in part, not all).
The alt-right and ANTIFA are two sides of the same, fascist coin, and both should be denounced so that both kinds of regressive extremism can float into the background, where it belongs.
PS: ANTIFA is nothing like the soldiers during WWII, unlike how some in the media are portraying them. To make this comparison is an insult to those who fought and died fighting against Hitler, and to those who suffered under the Nazis.
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