The Alt-Right has a new strategy.
The strategy is basically to stand still. The Great Awokening has the Left moving away from White Middle America at warp speed. Mainstream conservatives are flailing around and passing tax cuts and doing nothing as usual to resist the radicalization of the “mainstream.”
Look, the sheer number of recently discovered -isms and -phobias plaguing American society is exploding as the Left has a collective mental breakdown under Blompf.
All we have to do to scoop up the millions of disaffected White people who are being alienated and driven out of the “mainstream” as this inflatable booty of a negress bounces on their face while they are harangued about “white supremacy” is to keep flying our flag on the internet:
More evidence of YouTube rightwing radicalization. In a study of >79 million YouTube comments, @manoelribeiro et. al. shows that a high % of people who now comment on Alt-Right videos used to comment exclusively on IDW or Alt-lite videos.https://t.co/dcpBcDCvmi pic.twitter.com/PU2mPjVXyW— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
These are the key figures, which show what % of Alt-Right commenters in a given year were commenting on Alt-lite or IDW vids (but not Alt-Right ones) the previous year. You can see in Fig. 4 that Alt-lite is a bigger vector than the IDW, but viewers of both were most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/p7SSzZeYKA— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
For example, about 40% of people who commented on Alt-Right videos in 2018 were commenting only on IDW or Alt-lite videos in previous years. And in case you were wondering, these comments were overwhelmingly positive or neutral. Of 900 randomly sampled, only 5 were critical.— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
Moreover, the authors argue that the three communities increasingly share an overlapping audience of YouTube commenters. So while IDW has historically represented a smaller pipeline to the Alt-Right, this is changing.— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
You can read the paper at the link above. See also this thread from one of the authors summarizing their findings.https://t.co/D1d1rMs2MK— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
Just to clear up a potential confusion, I mean here that 40% of Alt-Right commenters in 2018 started out in a previous year (between 2012 and 2017) commenting solely on Alt-lite or IDW videos.https://t.co/uBk3H1gi6U— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
Yes, this doesn’t tell us the probability thar an Alt-lite/IDW commenter will be radicalized. Only that of those radicalized, a high % started out commenting on Alt-lite or IDW videos. An important point to keep in mind.https://t.co/MZevlX99uK— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
Since a lot of IDW folks are getting their backs up about this, I want to be clear: This study does NOT say that IDW figures/supporters are sympathetic to the Alt-Right. It also does NOT say that a large % of IDW supporters have or will migrate to the Alt-Right.— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
…What it IS saying is that if you comment on Alt-Right videos now, chances are good that you used to (or still do) comment on IDW videos as well. And moreover, that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm probably directed you there, as the links are quite strong.— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
That’s it. There’s no reason to get all defensive. But there’s also no reason to dismiss the study as meaningless. If you’re an ardent fan of the IDW, you should be asking yourself some hard questions right now about why the Alt-Right audience overlaps so heavily with your own.— Jeffrey Sachs (@JeffreyASachs) August 26, 2019
Sometimes there is no immediate solution and patience and endurance turns out to be the best strategy. As the strategic environment of the political battlefield changes, the problem will resolve itself.