Our leftie commentors’ response to yesterday’s post on this was interesting – by what they never said. First, only 2 showed up. (Not that we have many to begin with, but on something big and controversial, usually they’ll support each other a bit more.) Second, they made zero effort to address the post’s main points:
- that Nazis were/are socialists.
- that, in all of American history (including today), the Democrats/Left have been the side of racist thinking (or racial categories), racial segregation, so-called “eugenics”, etc.
- that there is nothing right-wing about the so-called Alt Right of 2017; excepting alone their choice to *claim* that they are somehow rightist.
- (In 2016 or earlier, some actual rightists did adopt the “Alt Right” label thinking it was kicky and fun, but discarded the label when the #WhiteLivesMatter racists took it over.)
- that, despite appearances, it’s ideologically and psychologically easy for white supremacists and hard leftists/Democrats to change into each other, pretend to be each other, etc.
- Because the essence of both sides is tribal collectivism and the desire to punish one’s dissenting or dissimilar neighbor.
By contrast – What is it, to be conservative or right-wing? I’m no expert but the answers usually given will boil down to:
- Standing up for tradition. E.g., Catholic or other Christian rightists (whom, by the way, the Nazis hated). In the UK, it could mean monarchists supporting the Queen.
- Standing up for Liberty under the Rule of Law. In America, this means a love of everyone’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property.
Neither are what white supremacists stand for. What they stand for is their approximation of racism-with-socialism; in other words, left-wing politics.
When will we start labeling them, not on the basis of what they *claim* to be (for some horrible marketing purpose of their own), but on the basis of their actual views? “Alt Left” would be closer.
For dessert: Steven Crowder on The Top 3 Ways in which Antifa and white nationalists are the same. In brief:
- Both readily disregard the law and Constitution.
- Both promote identity politics and play the Victim card.
- Both support Big Government / left-liberal policies (e.g., both want nationalized / single-payer health care).
- Bonus round: Both hate Israel.
Also, V the K’s comment:
The other truth that must not be spoken: The left is absolutely thrilled and delighted with what happened in Charlottesville.
The only way it could have made them happier is if their Antifa protesters had been shot by an NRA member.