Co-option and loss of ideological diversity.
There has been concern in the Alt-Right about being co-opted by more mainstream, conservative, lukewarm, non-racialist elements. I myself have been expressing concern that the WN Alt-Right faction can become co-opted by the anti-WN pro-Jewish and pro-Asian HBD Alt-Wrong faction.
But I see an even larger, more fundamental concern: that White racial nationalism in general will become subsumed (co-opted?) by the Alt-Right, that the diversity (if I may use that word) of racial nationalist thought will become homogenized by Pepe the Frog, Trump as God Emperor, “game,” HBD race realism, juvenile snark, undercuts, and all the other memes characteristic of the broad Alt-Right. The wider range of WN thought and ideology will become buried under the pop-culture Alt-Right, and those who do not “join the fun” will find themselves marginalized.
I for one am not of the Alt-Right, and although I cannot speak for anyone else, I do not see, for example, someone like Strom fitting in, nor Duke. If Pierce and Carto were still alive, I doubt they’d consider themselves part of the Alt-Right as well.
Some may say: so what? After all, it is natural selection and competition at work; if the Alt-Right is more successful, if it takes up the “far-Right” niche space, then that is quite proper. Stop complaining!
The problem is that – besides the obvious concern of “not putting all your eggs in one basket” – being successful is not enough. One needs to be successful and also right. And it is not clear that the Alt-Right approach - regardless of the attention (briefly) showered upon them by Hillary’s malevolence, Trump’s “coattails,” and the enthusiasm the millennial social media crowd seem to have with Pepe and flip snark - is the right approach. It is not clear whether Alt-Right attitudes, ideologies, strategies, and tactics are, in the long term, correct.
Being popular does not make one right – doesn’t the position of WN in today’s degenerate culture illustrate that well enough? If the popularity of racial liberalism in the broader society does not make such liberalism right, then the popularity – based as it is more on superficial style than on deep ideology – of the Alt-Right in Der Movement does not make the Alt-Right approach right either.
Then we have the problem of what I would call “double co-option.” That is: if Der Movement is co-opted and subsumed by the Alt-Right, and if the Alt-Right itself is co-opted by the HBD Alt-Wrong, then White Nationalism becomes effectively replaced by a cult worshiping Jewish and Asian IQ. This need not be immediately overt and obvious, a shallow facade of cardboard racialism could be put up as a front, with the ironclad edifice of Jewish/Asian supremacy setting the agenda just behind that facade and manipulating all the “latrine flies” against their own racial interests. That is not far-fetched if you consider that the described scenario represents what is already going on in certain precincts of the “movement.”
All of this bears close watching, close monitoring. I would advise a double strategy: on the narrower, intra-Alt Right level, the WN Alt-Right needs to fully and definitively separate from the HBD Alt-Wrong. On the broader “movement”-scale level, there needs to be a critical mass of quality activists who remain separate from the Alt-Right (although there may of course be cooperation between these activists and the hardcore WN Alt-Right action).
If that doesn’t happen, I fear that all the eggs in that basket of deplorables will end up being clones of Humpty Dumpty. And we’re all headed for a great fall.