Milo’s recent attempted hit job on me — “Jack Hunter: Anatomy of a Cuckening” at Breitbart — was a response to what he considered my attempted “takedown” of him at The Daily Beast with my piece, “Meet Milo Yiannopoulos, the Appealing Face of the Racist Alt-Right.”
I really wasn’t trying to demean Milo. I still think how he takes on the extreme left is great and hilarious. “Social Justice Warriors” are a plague on campuses across the country.
But I did want to warn young libertarians about the true nature of the alt-right.
I did want them to know that being alt-right also meant becoming something really nasty.
It turns you into an asshole.
It’s a movement that is perpetually somewhere between race-obsessed and explicitly racist — with pride.
I explained how the alt-right’s characteristic tribalism inevitably leads to racial collectivist thinking (the mirror image of social justice warriors’ left identity politics) and was the polar opposite of libertarianism, which emphasizes individual freedom and dignity.
Milo never addressed the philosophical part. Makes sense.
Stick to what you’re good at.
He did call me faggy.
He did contend that the alt-right wasn’t really racist, that I was just making excuses for my paleoconservative past to suck up the Basically Decent Republican “establishment” (because we all know how much the GOP establishment just adores my former bosses Ron and Rand Paul).
But also, strangely, still admits the alt-right is kind of racist and that he thinks that’s cool.
Anyone who doesn’t think it’s cool is a “cuck.”
When Barack Obama was elected president, I wrote a piece for the paleoconservative Taki’s Magazine called “Obama and Black Pride.” I wrote in January 2009, “The joy I see in my black neighbors and friends, seems to be a sense that a new level of respect, perhaps the greatest respect, has now been paid to them by their nation.”
All Americans should be happy for black Americans with the election of the first black president, despite any political disagreements, I said.
I was told that one of the leading paleoconservatives who contributed to Taki’s Magazine was mad about my piece.
Because I was being sympathetic to black Americans.
This well-respected paleocon was basically calling me a “cuck” before it was a thing.
I thought he was being a complete ass.
Today, I still agree with some of what paleoconservatives believed, particularly tempering individual liberty with a legitimate need for some collective goods.
Paleos tended to emphasize America’s cultural, religious, and constitutional heritage — but also its Southern, Northern and Midwestern diversity. Someone that many of us considered a pre-paleo of sorts was conservative icon Russell Kirk. His groundbreaking The Conservative Mind, published in 1953, even broke up American conservatism into not only different political and literary traditions, but regional ones as well.
Paleocons usually stressed culture first, which by definition is a collectivist dynamic — family, community and country.
Eventually, some paleocons began to take this collectivist thinking to the extreme end of race.
Most have dead-ended today in what’s become the alt-right.
I don’t advertise their names because they don’t deserve the publicity.
That’s what Milo does.
It’s one thing to say you’re not afraid of Basic Human Decency and are willing to discuss racial issues. It’s another thing to embrace racial hatred in the name of being politically incorrect.
The alt-right doesn’t seem to know the difference.
Today’s “newsletters” would be blogs and Twitter accounts, where alt-righters try to feel better about themselves at the expense of some of the most historically powerless people in our society, racial minorities.
Not every, and indeed not most, of the paleoconservatives of the last 20 years could fairly be called racist, but some did legitimately become that eventually. There’s so much baggage associated with “paleoconservatism” as a term and movement that I simply don’t want anything to do with it anymore.
Take and learn from the good (and there’s plenty of that too). Leave behind the bad.
The first time I heard about an actual website called “alternative right” I was told it wasn’t much different from a neo-Nazi page.
I wondered what in God’s name that had to do with the Ronpaul libertarianism.
It had nothing to do with it.
It certainly had nothing to do with me.
It’s extremely insulting and dismissive to put someone’s present in your past. The question for the reader is whether you grew or “cucked” out.
It serves Milo and the alt-right’s purposes to assume the latter.
No matter how bad the left is, not everything about the right is good, and the alt-right seems to take great pride in representing the worst of it.
Taboo smashing is great. Smash away. But it can be a gateway to worse things.
Like becoming a racist asshole.
Right now, some see an opportunity to pull young rightists back toward the darkness.
And fuck anyone who helps it happen.