I spend a lot of time in and around academia, so when I say I see the “Alt-Right” (or whatever we’re calling it) going down the same dead end as the Left Establishment, I know what I’m talking about. And as I want to see at least part of the Alt-Right agenda succeed — that’s important, write it down, highlight it with glitter paint if you have to, but remember it — what I’m doing here is constructive criticism. I am not interested in authoring (let alone passing) purity tests, doctrinal statements, grand sweeping philosophies, or D&D character classes. Been there, done that, for most of my working life — trust me when I say that academia is often little more than spergy bullshit, Judean People’s Front vs. People’s Front of Judaea-style. Y’all want to avoid that. But that’s where you’re heading.
Successful revolutions, like successful business deals, relationships, and pretty much anything in life more complex than getting a snack and vegging out in front of the PlayStation, have short games and long games. Unsuccessful ones have one or the other, or neither. “Pickup” would be an example of going all-in on the short game. Ok, so you’ve banged her…. now what? This is why “Game” guys like RooshV and Heartiste don’t actually write much about Game anymore; they’ve discovered the need for something more.
The academic Left, meanwhile, went all in on the long game. Before you hit the comments and start yelling about how they control the culture, a) I know, and b) how’s that working out for them? Are they a happy bunch, would you say? More to the point, are they any closer to their ideal society than they were fifty years ago? I like to joke that you know feminism sucks because they’ve been in complete command of everything for half a century, and they still haven’t managed to get the gals that lousy 25 cent raise. The truest of true believers are still out there, whining that Cuba just needs a little more time to build socialism, but most everyone has known the jig’s up for years*. So they retreat even further into their long game of endlessly rejiggering social institutions. Transgender bathrooms? Ah yes, surely that will do it! All we have to do is teach ladies not to care about Bruce Jenner’s wang flopping around in the stall next to them, and we shall finally have Utopia.
At one point, of course, the Left did have a short game, a very effective one. We call it “Alinskyism” now, but back then it was the practical application of all that stuff Gramsci was talking about re: hegemony, combined with Lenin’s stuff about a vanguard party. The theory doesn’t matter, though; point is, they had a long-term goal and a series of short-term, implementable, measurable steps to get them there. They didn’t lack discipline, conviction, and willingness to fight; they only failed because their end goal is impossible. They’re only all-in on the long game now because endless recondite discussions of “intersectionality” and whatnot let them pretend that the goal is still in reach, and their labors have purpose.
I’m starting to wonder if the Alt-Right has either. There’s some semblance of a long-term goal, an end state, somewhere. As the Z Man said somewhere, Vox Day seems to be trying to anoint himself as the Pope of the Alt-Right, so his stuff is worth a look. Here are his “Sixteen Points.” That’s coherent-ish and not obviously self-contradictory.** The problem is, it doesn’t square with history, any more than the Marxists’ platform does, or the Libertarians’. How do the Montenegrins, say, maintain their national identity against the Greeks or Turks or what have you, without banding together with the rest of Serbia? And once banded together for common defense, how do they avoid being internally dominated by the Serbs? Maybe I misremember, but I think Bill Clinton wrestled with a very similar question in between blow jobs. It didn’t end so well (he didn’t read his Hobbes either). Vox Day also frequently goes on about “Fake Americans” who “have to go back,” because America is a White Anglo-Saxon nation which the Founders designed to secure a future for their race. That’s an end state, all right, but about as viable as Communism’s “dictatorship of the proletariat,” and for the same reason (please define “Saxon” and/or “proletariat,” comrade).
Short-term, the situation is even worse. Giving “Antifas” a wedgie is great fun, and I can’t think of a more deserving bunch, but there’s got to be more to it than that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s noble and necessary work, as is pointing out that race is real, that biology and behavior correlate, etc. But they can’t be the only things, especially in a culture that still considers “racist” the worst imaginable insult.
Short-term, if I were in charge, I’d work on sabotaging some of the Left’s hoariest old canards as a prelude to introducing realtalk. If all behavior is cultural, as they insist, then some cultures must generally produce worse outcomes than others (see, for example, Antifa culture, which seems to produce wedgies and beatdowns and doxxing and, at Auburn at least, arrest). From there, suggest that Black culture produces poor outcomes, and once you’ve got that, introduce the idea that maybe, just maybe, biology has something to do with culture. It’s science, after all, and don’t y’all fucking love science?
But that doesn’t address the fundamental issue: What is it, exactly, that the Alt-Right wants? What is the end goal? When all the Black Bloc are unmasked, all the slacktivists wedgied, all the Fake Americans returned and all the traitors thrown from helicopters…. what then?** Figure that part out, and plan accordingly.
I suppose it won’t do any good to remind commenters that I’m actually on your side with this, so hammer that caps lock key down and get to work.
*Obama did us a real solid in that regard, if you think about it — celebretard leftists have been claiming for 50 years that the only reason Cuba isn’t out there kicking the world’s ass with their 100% literacy and free health care is the American embargo. Obama normalized relations with Castro’s shitty gulag of an island, and whaddaya know, it’s still a shitty gulag. Score one more for Soetero’s reverse Midas touch.
** Alas, I suspect that the answer will be something like “and then everyone is left alone to do his own thing.” See what I mean with this “not lining up with history” thing? When has it ever happened, that mobilizing that kind of social and political power resulted in the greater number of citizens being left alone in peace? (If you answer “America after the Revolution!”, I suggest you read up on Shays’ Rebellion, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, the Hartford Convention… basically, the entire history of the Early Republic, starting with the John Adams administration).