July 12, 2017

THE KIDS ARE ALT-RIGHT: Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies Explores Alt-Right’s Roots & Rise:

Nagle has many arch observations. This right wing learns quickly from the online Left and imitates or parodies its tactics. The movement’s transgressive performances are a way of effecting its “final detachment from any egalitarian philosophy of the left or Christian morality of the right.” And its commitment to itself as a vanguard means it has rejected Buckleyite conservatives’ belief that “the masses were their naturally traditionalist allies.” (“If one imagines where Milo would line up politically in terms of the infamous William F. Buckley v. Gore Vidal televised presidential debates of 1968,” Nagle writes at one point, “It would probably be closer to that of Vidal, whose libertinism and mischievous gay rhetorical style was so abhorrent to Buckley.”)

Kill All Normies is just as sharp, and perhaps twice as cutting, when it observes the young online Left. At points, Nagle dances close to suggesting that the Left brought this on itself: “After crying wolf throughout these years, calling everyone from saccharine pop stars to Justin Trudeau a ‘white supremacist’ and everyone who wasn’t With Her a sexist, the real wolf eventually arrived.”

Even as they pose as owning the moral high ground, the left runs around shouting “white privilege” at everyone from college students to Hollywood and Sillicon Valley moguls, while calling its own middle class supporters “bitter,” because “they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” It increasingly believes (once again) in separate but equal education. Last year, multiple leftwing sources offered cheers and guffaws in response to the North Koreans’ slow-motion murder of Otto Warmbier because, as Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore told his audience last year, “You’ve got to read the fine print on your American frat bro warranty. It says, ‘Frat Bro Privilege not valid in totalitarian dystopias” – or as Steve Green summed up the left’s tone regarding Warmbier, “White men deserve whatever happens to them, because justice.” More recently, CNN employees alternately hold up a severed head of the president and threaten to dox his supporters.

Naturally, like Claude Rains in Casablanca, leftists are shocked – shocked! – that some on the right have begun imitating their tone and tactics. As Kurt Schlichter warned them, the left isn’t enjoying living under the rules, and morality, they created.