The alt-right movement
The alternative right movement is a far-right movement that is made up of a
group of loosely aligned communities who are against multiculturalism, social
justice movements, immigration and political correctness. They embrace center-right
ideology’s and they also have traits of nationalism. The movement mostly
consist of young white men who see political correctness as a threat to their
liberty. Alt-right members are often associated with racism and anti-Semitism.
Followers of the
alternative right are very active online. They are very active on sites like
Breibart, Infowars and 4chan. Members are often seen trolling people online and
provoking people of the left wing. Frequently it occurs that members say racist
things online, but they don’t see it as an act of hate, but as an act of
freedom. They also use a lot of made up slam words such as ‘cukservative’,
which stand for someone who has lost his masculinity.
There are not a lot of
definitive spokespersons of the alt-right because most of the members are
active online. Three believed figureheads of the alternative right movement are
Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer and Alex Jones.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a
British conservative who, until February 2017, worked as the senior editor of
Breibart. He embodies most of the alt-right philosophy and he is very critical
against social justice, multiculturalism, feminism and Islam. There have been a
lot of controversies about some of the statements that he has made. Yiannopoulos
have stated multiple times that he is gay and he has never hid it from anyone. Nevertheless
has he made statements several times against homosexual people and he is
convinced that being gay is a sin. He has also asked a lot of question
surrounding him being homosexual and the stated that he would rather be
heterosexual if he had the option to choose. Logically Yiannopoulos has gotten
a lot of media attention and hate around him for his politically incorrect
Another figurehead of
the alternative right movement is the American white supremacist Richard
Spencer. He is the director of the National Policy Institute and he is also in
charge of the Washington Summit Publishers, which is a white nationalist
publisher. The term alt-right is by many believed to be initially promoted by
Richard Spencer who used the term alternative right as the name for an online
publication in 2010. Spencer has also participated in a lot of rally’s including
the rally at Charlottesville which we will furthermore in our essay talk about.
Last we have the nationalist Alex Jones. Jones is a big figure head in the
alt-right and he has a lot of followers. The major reason is his radio show “The
Alex Jones Show” and his news website Infowars. With his two platformers he has
reached a reasonably big audience and made a lot of followers. Jones also has
gotten a lot of controversy around him because of the statements that he has
made on his radio show and with the articles that he has written on his
website. One of the most famous controversies around him is his prediction of 9/11.
Jones claimed that he had predicted the terrorist attack on the twin towers and
that he had warned citizens of his radio show.