“Last week I heard an alternative theory. As David French sees it, the alt-right is a tiny group, and its ideology differs significantly from the mainstream of the Republican Party. Yet the alt-right has had a significant, negative influence on conservatives, he contends, through its tactics.
“The alt-right is a combination of ideology and tactics,” French said Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.
“Ideologically, the alt-right is white nationalist. It is post-constitutionalist. And it is often quite pagan … Nobody knows how big it is … if it numbers in the thousands or the tens of thousands … It’s not a huge number of people.
But tactically, he continued, “they punch way above their weight. So how are they doing it? Well, in 2015 and 2016 … they did it as a wave of targeted harassment directed primarily against Trump critics.” The conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was among them. …”
I’ve been one of the strongest critics of Frenchism since 2015.
I’m not a pagan. I’m a Lutheran who finds Pastor French to be an insufferable, milquetoast, spineless, preening weakling. He is one of these people who believes Christianity is synonymous with niceness. The founder of Protestantism would have strongly disagreed.
Unlike David French, I’m also a proud traditional Southerner. There is nothing unusual at all about my political, cultural, racial or religious views. This site has always had one foot in the past and the other in the present. I don’t attack David French nearly as viciously as a 19th century editor of a Democratic newspaper would have done. Imagine what Robert Barnwell Rhett in The Charleston Mercury would have said about French adopting a black kid from Ethiopia or his views about the Constitution.
I’m also a social conservative, but not one in the submissionist tradition of Northern mainstream conservatism aka classical liberalism like David French & Co.