I agree with all of this.
I stopped using the Alt-Right label in 2018. This isn’t because I had changed my core beliefs. It is because the label had become toxic and associated with bad actors who had crawled out of the gutter of internet nihilism. It has become an albatross for us.
We shouldn’t adopt another label or brand ourselves as a movement again. It will just be subverted again in the same way because there is no way to weed out these bad actors. I now identify as a nationalist and a populist blogger. I’m a Southerner, an Alabamian, a Lutheran. I’m a husband and a father. Politically speaking, I see myself as a dissident and a pundit who rejects liberalism.
Among other things, I don’t have anything to do with mass shootings or school shootings. I don’t identify with the incel or MGTOW movement. I’m not a Loser Nationalist or a cartoon Nazi. I’m tired of being associated with dysfunctional people. The “mainstream” is a mess that has failed millions of young White men who lack countless things that previous generations took for granted like a strong and healthy sense of identity, roots in a particular place, a stable and loving family, a loving wife, a supportive community and a strong moral and religious foundation. Those are things which have mostly been erased over the past two generations in the United States and other Western countries.
We have not created these people and their problems. It is the liberal “mainstream” that has failed them. The purpose of the Alt-Right as a social movement was to try to restore that lost sense of identity to White Americans who have been deracinated by mainstream conservatism which is philosophically based on classical liberalism. Unfortunately, that project has failed because in truth it is too large of a task to be carried out online and was too narrowly focused on White identity. These people haven’t just lost their sense of White identity. They have been stripped of everything.
By everything, I mean critical things like real world relationships and a strong moral and religious foundation and when people lack those things – the attachments that make life rich and meaningful- it can drive them literally insane. Combine that with the pressures of the decomposing carcass of American culture and a certain percentage of them will either commit suicide or lash out or the solution that they hit upon to their identity crisis will be a negative one. As liberal democracy inexorably goes down from the weight of its own gravity, it will use these people as an excuse to crush dissidents who recognize and point out the flaws in the system.
RIP the movement. Long live the cause!