Questioning Alt-Right “Thought”

If you have been silly enough to explore the alt-right’s presence online, there’s a high chance you have already encountered this cartoon. It would have you believe that people join the Ku Klux Klan because they find the world isn’t diverse enough. They’ve trekked around the globe, encountered the common threads of multinational capitalism, and were annoyed that the humbling cultural plethora Mark Twain promised was nowhere to be found. And so, they donned the hood. This is patently absurd, but does anyone really believe it?

It’s difficult to tell. Anyone who has followed the mutation maturation of the alt-right movement will know that a good deal of its number simply “fell” into it. There are people who say outrageous, fascistic things for reasons separate from being a fascist (Milo Yiannopoulos built a career around it): for shock, for laughs, for attention, or, in a mixture of the three, for purposes of satire. But, when participating in such activities – particularly through the prism of the internet – one may begin to buy (literally) into what one is saying (ironically). There are those on /pol/ who began by lampooning /pol/, who now subscribe to /pol/’s alt-right agenda. Yes… 4chan can do funny things to people.

Kurt Vonnegurt’s had a message in Mother Night, his only novel with a distinct moral: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.



May’s Red, White and Blue Brexit

Theresa May's "Red, White and Blue Brexit"
Theresa May’s “Red, White and Blue Brexit”

Passing the Baton

From Fruitcake to Fuhrer
From Fruitcake to Fuhrer

Machine Men with Machine Hearts

The original quote is from Charlie Chaplin's The Last Dictator. The mechanistic and ubiquitous nature of Capital
The original quote is from Charlie Chaplin’s The Last Dictator. The mechanistic and ubiquitous nature of Capital

While Pigs Cry Black America Dies

Porkie Tears

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“I think I’m Return of the Jedi”: Not quite, Angela, try another franchise

Diane Abbot recently voiced the concerns of the party base when she defined Angela Eagle’s leadership bid as the Return of the Empire. (Qualified, of course, with some O what a lovely woman all-the-same throat clearing.) This is almost exactly true, except Eagle is no Palpatine, and certainly no Vader – except perhaps in the looks department. The empire in question is Pax Americana, of which the British Parliament sees an existential threat in Jeremy Corbyn – to the same extent as Tecumseh’s grand Native American army, or an embargo on Eton-educated actors.

Pre-Labour leader Corbyn was very vocal about how little he thought of American imperialism. Both in far off places like Nicaragua, where he volunteered for the Sandinistas (and where President Reagan got away with genocide), as well as here in Britain. Where, for several years, it looked as if Washington planned on giving real power to the Orwell’s Airstrip One predictions.

The Americans demand certain things from their junior partner: a voice in the European Union (that’s gone until Poland or some such picks up the baton); a platform for their nuclear arsenal, a forward base for their forces and a ditto on the Security Council. Mr Corbyn is seen as a threat to all of this.

What the Labour Right mean by “Jeremy’s not popular” is Jeremy’s has not been taken by the policy movers n’ shakers in D.C., who have become accustomed to a sub that doesn’t resist.

Anyway, for some unknown or some genuinely bizarre reason, the Labour Right have thrown Angela Eagle forward as their candidate. In a response to Abbot’s comparison she responded – after some umming and arring – that she thought, in fact, she was much more like Luke Skywalker: the Return of the Jedi. If you can bare that voice of hers, you can hear it here.

But this got me thinking, she does rather remind me of another fantasy hero completely, someone else just as sun-starved and untrustworthy…

The New Old Left takes on the Old New Left: Eagle as Gollum, Corbyn as Obi-Wan
The New Old Left takes on the Old New Left: Eagle as Gollum, Corbyn as Obi-Wan