I offered some thoughts of my own about this earlier this evening.
In my view, it is not so much the movement that is the problem as it is the pool of young White men that the Alt-Right has drawn from in the anonymous bowels of the internet that has created problems for it. Many of these young White men are already very angry, alienated, nihilistic and deracinated. My impression is that they were like that BEFORE they joined the movement.
Throw into the mix a handful of self destructive people who suffer from severe mental illnesses and who are always pushed to the margins of society. There is no way to identify and exclude those people before they lash out and damage the movement. They are just floating around like land mines in cyberspace. No one knows how many people like that are out there who are just adrift in life.
It is our degenerate culture that has shaped these people. If they lack a stable sense of identity, a moral center, structure and purpose in their lives or have problems finding a wife, chances are it is largely due to forces that are at work in “mainstream” society. Many of them come from homes that already have all kinds of problems or have political grievances which go unheard. The El Paso shooter was angry about over a million illegal aliens invading his country and the government doing nothing about it.
If every Alt-Right website closed tomorrow, this vast sea of alienation, nihilism and resentment would still exist on the internet. The grievances which tend to cause these people to lash out would also still exist. We live in a toxic culture and environment and it is driving people crazy. A century ago, most people lived on the farm in a small community in a more natural environment and we didn’t have this problem even though we had more guns and a far more extreme version of white supremacy.
It is not enough to say “white supremacy” is the problem. Shooting random people is a peculiarly modern problem. It is a trend of the last twenty or thirty years. I would argue that the true cause of this has a lot more to do with the images below than either guns or white supremacy: the social breakdown going on under late 20th century hyper commercialized America which is a breeding ground for atomization and alienation combined with the attention of being heard in the 24/7 cable news cycle.