Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: Como se Llama, Proud Boys?

War Boys at play
Mod: Tony returns with a tour of the Alt-Right underworld. A Breitbart fueled orb of self-aggrandizing stars and race hustlers, all seeking a truer media glory in the era of Trump.

War Boys
My favorite insane adventure/ dystopian/ action movie is Mad Max Fury Road. I really love it and saw it like a billion times. That is the truth, and there is nothing alternative about it. More than the other films in the franchise, Fury Road had a focus on the War Boys, an army of sacrificial bald guys in white face and quasi spooky make-up. They drive fast and blow stuff up. Muy mas macho. In fanboy land you can get your groove on (click here) and get lost in it all.

Go ahead, spray some chrome paint in your mouth.

War Boys are hand picked at a young age .... and are indoctrinated as zealots in the cult of V8 with Immortan Joe as their immortal leader. They were based on the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of World War II. They are completely loyal, blindly following their leader, never questioning the morality of his actions. They view death in service ..... as an honor.

The War Boy comes across - to me at least - as more like Hitler Youth than the Kamikaze they are supposedly based on.

Is it Performance Art?
Two of the three most famous names in the Alt-Right movement have caught my interest. Mostly because I think they are funny. They are so over the top and out of line that I can't take their rhetoric very seriously.

While Steve Bannon has made his move - and it was a bold one - both Gavin McGinnis and Milo Yiannopoulos have  come across as clowns trying to squeeze into a Jetta. Both of these guys have found love in the Neo-Conservative online magazine Takimag. That is where you can find some of the .... uh .... talent that they have to expend.

Based on the fact that Jim Goad and Joe Bob Briggs are contributors to Takimag as well - not only opens up the very strong possibility that this is a put on at the expense of the gullible at the very least - or a biting satire at its absolute finest.

Devil's advocate
I know it is hard to see this as performance art, but it is. Let us define performance art, shall we? Performance art (click here) is a:

... performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

I have seen some of the most insane performance art up close, and I hate to say it, this is performance art. Maybe I am naive, but I think Gavin McGinnis and Milo Yiannopoulos are putting us on. I really do.

No leader can be that misguided. Oh. Wait.

Gavin McGinnis
A quick neutral bio should kick this off. So. Here is about as mellow and milquetoasty as I can find (click here).

He was born in England, raised in Canada, and now resides in New York City. He married publicist and consultant Emily Jendrisak in 2005. They have three children. In 2013 he said that having children convinced him that he should be pro-life and that he went from being a lifelong atheist to a born-again Roman Catholic.

Roman Catholic? The religion born out of the Middle Eastern black prophet, Jesus, and the Southern European Vatican?

Gavin McGinnis is a comedian.  That means he performs ART for a living. He may not be funny, but satire often isn't.

Don't get the impression that I am excusing anything. I am not. What I am saying is it is very possible that this movement is based on trademarks, copyrights and infamy, i.e. fame at whatever the cost.

No really. He is a comedian (click here), a writer, and a founder of Vice mag. He was bought out, probably for acting a fool. According to one of my frequent reads, Brooklyn Vegan (click here) Gavin McInnes was somebody who fit right in on a bill with future Run the Jewels collaborator Despot, comedians David Cross & Eugene Mirman, and Marnie Stern.

FYI, I hear those are funny people.

Plenty of comedians went the talk show route. Politics pays big money. In the era of Trump, what we are being shown by your president is to lie, cheat, and steal. Not too different from past presidents.

Except for the white power/orange man part. That isn't so funny.

McGinnis is among the funniest guys I have seen on Faux News. I can't help it. He cracks me up. He is funnier than Baskets (click here). Clearly the guy is under Pee-Wee's Bigtop, in the center arena, juggling Trump's balls. The ones Melania keeps on the mantle back at Trump Tower.

McGinnis can best be defined in his own words, which are often an atrocity, but his jewel in the crown for the time being is a little fraternity called Proud Boys. That doesn't  come across as loopy as the rest of his art damaged spiel or rhetoric. It certainly doesn't imply that it is totally farcical, even if its members are so clueless that they are being laughed at. It also doesn't imply that this fails as performance art.

Or maybe. Maybe. Maybe I am the comedian, and McGinnis is simply a troglodyte.

Me, the cultured one. That is pretty damn funny.

Proud Boys Uno
The Proud Boys movement was started by Gavin McGinnis. They are pub crawlers with a mission from their pasty white god. It sounds vaguely familiar. From the same mold that brought all those other good ol' boy clubs like the Bohemian Club (click here) and its ilk. Not unlike the KKK, except these white power guys have the moxy to use their own names.

Probably a bad idea for the followers, no doubt. They will be seen as racist, while the jokers who set this in motion will eventually be seen as artists. The artist gain infamy, the followers forced into a lifetime of quasi regret.

There are differences in the exclusivity of membership for this club.  Everyone can join, if you are white or can fool the panel that you are. And as long as you aren't a chick. If you are, you get a high ranking subservient role, you princess, you. You don't have to be rich to join the club. You just need to be either in on the joke (leadership) - or gullible to a fault (the rest of the dudes buying in).

Once this performance art falls into the hands of followers it loses all credibility as an art and becomes something far more ominous. It becomes just another stupid movement born out of a warped sense of humor, and planting evil as its byproduct.

Performance art, or not, McGinnis is a gang leader. He lets others hit, and take the beatings - while he gets to hang out and cash the checks.

At some point in time he's gotta give up the game and let us know he means it for reals ... or that he is just screwing with us very gullible Americans.

Penis de Milo
Milo Yiannopoulos is an alt-right performance artist. A journalist/ speaker/ senior editor at Breitbart mag. He also writes for Takimag, a neo-conservative online rag funded by some Greek millionaire dude. There is lots of money in free (hate) speech.

Milo's big thing is speaking at universities, outing immigrants who are in America bettering their lives, and outing gay and trans people. Milo is a real work of art (click here).

The 31-year-old, boastfully gay Breitbart writer—or “dangerous faggot”—has quickly become a hero to young conservatives and libertarians for smacking down the ridiculous out-of-control “social justice warriors” who troll college campuses. If Donald Trump defies political correctness, Yiannopoulos—an avid Trump supporter prone to calling The Donald “daddy”—obliterates it.

Milo also a Brit. And Greek. Why he wants to make America great again baffles me, mostly because he doesn't know what a great America is, was, or will be. In fact, I have as much right telling British students how to think, as he has telling my college-age kids the same.

I love that we quibble over the free speech rights of a guest in our country. Here is how the Daily Beast further describes him (link):

Online, he flirted with neo-Nazism, going by the handle “Milo Andreas Wagner,” donning a Nazi iron cross necklace and posing with Hitler tomes, before making a name for himself as a contrarian voice in the #Gamergate controversy and popular voice of the “alt-right”—the trendy moniker for white nationalism. Yiannapoulos is also a wealth of contradictions. He is openly gay, yet appears to despise gay people; tan and camp, yet just a few years ago was unkempt and far less theatrical. In opposition of gay marriage, he once wrote, “[Gay people] see themselves as faulty, so they exaggerate their imperfections in the company of others they see as similarly defective. Ironically, it’s precisely that profound feeling of being somehow broken that means a gay man’s sexuality often comes to be the defining characteristic of his personality. Who wouldn’t want to protect a child from a path that leads to such destructive self-loathing?”

Yiannapoulos is also transphobic, singling out and harassing individual trans students during his controversial college speaking gigs; helped launch a racist online harassment campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones that got him booted from Twitter; and is an avowed misogynist, penning piece after trolltastic piece for Breitbart—a website which former exec (now Trump advisor) Steve Bannon characterized as “a platform for the alt-right”—mocking feminism, including the piece: ‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.’ His campus speaking gigs have provoked protests, most recently by an outside anarchist group at UC Berkeley that turned violent.

His right to speak out against anyone he wishes to - in my country? OK. But I have the right to shout his loudmouth down. He can play whatever card he wants.

This movement is young, they do defy taboos and unfortunately, the alt-right has become impossible to ignore. Because it’s racist. I don’t mean “racist” like the left does, where merely being white and male is a sin. I mean rationalizing that you’re intellectually or culturally superior because you’re white. I mean believing that black and brown people are less valuable to society and should be viewed with contempt.

Does that sound ok to you?

Where do the nationalism and isolationist viewpoints stand now, Moderate Whitey to the Righty? Where is the indignation? Why are the anarchists the only Americans telling Milo to stfu?

The same Trump rules on imports should be applied to Milo as to every other foreign product. Hold him in secondary detention at the airport, check his butthole for explosives or whatever, and make him scale the same wall everyone else now has to jump over in both directions.

Milo is, simply, an outsider. He is an import. We need to tax his ass, check that visa - it is a work visa - and show him the same disrespect he shows Americans.

Just like those other imports with incendiary rules and mores that seem to piss everyone off when it comes from brown people.

Never mind that Milo is Greek and bleaches his coif.

Is he Rand Paul, or is he Ru Paul?

Is it to enhance his whiteness? Is it to poke fun at whitey? Is it simply performance? Is this just to play the game as an outsider? To prove to the northern European descendants in America that they are stupid, racist, heterosexual hypocrites? Is this simply a game?

Is this just the rantings of a flamboyantly gay performance artist?

The Complications of Race
Did I mention that Gavin McGinnis is another Brit with dual citizenship? Yep, Brit-Canadian.

Married an American woman with an eastern European surname. Sounds like Czech or Slovakian to me (click here).

She is part Native American. Like many of us, she is as American as Apple Piroshki. She is, like me, Heinz 57. McGinnis has three kids with his wife. Sounds like they are Heinz 58.

Hitler considered the eastern Europeans to be mongrels, which leads me to the next question. Does that sound like a card carrying member of Stormwatch?

Are you catching my drift? Maybe he is just messing with us.

Proud Boys Dos
Why are the alt right Brit imports so interested in America? I mean outside of making lots of money off the gullible minions? Not sure, but the journalism is probably secondary to the speaking engagements and tv gigs.

But the Proud Boys are nothing to laugh about. They use clever trigger free words, sometimes, and actively promote "white pride" and male chauvinism (click here).

There were about fifty men at this gathering and no women because women are not allowed. The basic tenet of the group is that they are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Like Archie Bunker, they long for the days when “girls were girls and men were men.” This wasn’t controversial even twenty years ago, but being proud of Western culture today is like being a crippled, black, lesbian communist in 1953.

They would like you to believe they are not alt-right, not racist, and terribly misunderstood by outsiders.

Like Milo Yiannopoulos, the Proud Boys confuse the media because the group is anti-SJW without being alt-right. “Western chauvinist” includes all races, religions, and sexual preferences.

Like most manifesto styled bowel movements, the Proud Boys have basic tenets. They are laid out by McGinnis as degrees. There are three of them.

First Degree
You publicly declare you are a Proud Boy. This means you make your Western chauvinism public and you don’t care who knows it. If you support Trump (how can you not if you’re a Proud Boy?) and it comes up in the cafeteria, you proudly state your stance ... Our forefathers died in battle to protect our freedoms. The least we can do is be inconvenienced. There is no anonymity in pride.

Interesting. A Canadian telling Americans about our forefathers. Last I checked, the United States and Canada have different forefathers. He also lets his followers know up front that they need to discard any anonymity they wish to have. In other words, suckers, paint a target on your back.

Second Degree
You must get the crap beaten out of you by at least five guys until you can name five breakfast cereals ... The rationale here is we all need better “adrenaline control.” Both physical fighting and arguing require you to maintain your composure and not get petty with ad hominem attacks or “I just … can’t” forfeitures. Defending the West against the people who want to shut it down is like remembering cereals as you’re being bombarded with ten fists. The bonding and camaraderie this violence produces is inspiring.

In other words, you are jumped in. I'm surprised they aren't calling their chicks mamas, and flying the stars and bars.

The other half of the second degree is #NoWanks as espoused by the “prophet” Dante (his name is often followed by “peace be upon him”). This program allows porn only once every 30 days and insists a man can only ejaculate if he is within one yard of a woman with her consent ... It gets young men off the couch and talking to women and it gets married men away from their computers and back into bed with their significant other. (Gay Proud Boys are exempt from #NoWanks because they are doing just fine for intercourse.)

If this sounds to you like a bunch of jocks getting psyched for the big game, I have to say, 'Yes, it does.' Don't you love the perks for gay men? That is how you cross over. Tweak the rules at the last sentence whenever a new issue arises. Proud (Gay) Boys rejoice. You can jerk off to other Proud Boys as long as you have their permission.

This degree sounds like quite a sticky proposition.

Third Degree
While retaining the principles of the first and second degrees, the third degree involves getting a tattoo that says “Proud Boy.” 

Because what is a tough guy gang without a mandatory tattoo?

Frequently painted as the new bad guys by the people who brought you by your wanna be fascist government, Antifa are probably the single, semi-organized street team who actively stand up to people like McGinnis and the thugs that have collectively embraced him.

Yeah, I know. They are anarchist and they get blamed for vandalism. BFD. I hate the banks too.

It doesn't make it true, it just means people blame it on them. Take my advice people of the left. Ridicule your opposition. You won't lose your mind that way, and it pisses them off way more.


  1. Why do these Trump supporters associate themselves with the trappings of fascism? Is there really a connection?

    1. Taking Advantage of Bias
      Lakoff, a University of California, Berkeley linguist and well-known Democratic activist, cites Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” as the signature “salient exemplar.” Reagan’s straw woman—a minority mother who uses her government money on fancy bling rather than on food for her family—became an effective rhetorical bludgeon to curb public assistance programs even though the vast majority of recipients didn’t abuse the system in that way. The image became iconic, even though it was the exception rather than the rule.

      Psychologists call this bias the “availability heuristic,” an effect Trump has sought to exploit since the launch of his presidential campaign, when he referred to undocumented Mexican immigrants as rapists.

      “It basically works the way memory works: you judge the frequency, the probability, of something based on how easily you can bring it to mind,” says Northeastern University psychologist John Coley. “Creating a vivid, salient image like that is a great way to make it memorable.”

    2. But if you can’t totally eliminate your brain’s predisposition, you can at least work against the potential for bias it creates by understanding that it exists. Journalists in particular need to be mindful because exploiters of this bias, such as the president, are taking advantage not just of the way the human brain works but the way journalism works. The daily news at its worst becomes a catalog of salacious salient exemplars that only serve to distort the reality journalism in its most ideal version aspires to reflect. “We haven’t done as good a job of actually explaining how things function at a higher level, the success stories,” says Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. This failing aided Trump during the campaign, Lipinski says. By focusing on negative stories, the news helped to paint a picture of an America in need of “being made great again.”

      Recently, Trump told an audience of senior military commanders at CENTCOM that the “very, very dishonest media” didn’t report on terrorism. The implication was that journalists bury important news about terrorism because of some alternate agenda. Later that day, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer released a list of terrorist acts the president felt that journalists didn’t spend enough time covering. Journalists pounced: Hey, we reported on ALL OF THOSE! We won Pulitzers for our reporting! Here are a bazillion front page headlines proving it!

      In doing so, journalists took the bait. The stories about their stories fed the narrative that terrorism is everywhere (it’s not). Instead, reporters need to get smarter about covering the non-aberrant, to show that commonplace does not equal mundane. It may not be rare, but it’s reality.

    3. That's the tragedy of all this. By the time more people wake up to the deadly game, the dismemberment of our government will be complete. It will be a world of war and ceaseless destruction. I don't expect our civilization to last a whole lot longer at the rate we're burning through fossil fuels and raping what remains of the environment and its life systems.

  2. Trump Vineyard Requests Visas For Still More Foreign Workers
    “America First” doesn’t apply to Trump wines. While President Donald Trump rails against immigrants and foreign workers taking away American jobs, the Trump Vineyard Estates has filed yet another request for visas for foreign farm workers at its Virginia winery.

  3. Takimag is a piece of work. Alt-right neo-nazi apologists writing right next to crusty old Pat Buchanan. Very very strange. Thanks for the article, Tony. I had no idea.

    1. I hate Nazis. And anonymous trolls who post fake news.

    2. There is a lot of that out there these days. And so much of it coming from people who are not from this country.


  5. Anti semitism is a great reason for the continuation of the alt white and nazis. The ignorance is staggering. White privilege is another part of the ignorance and fear....sadly many are SM residents .

    1. It also come down to social Darwinism - poor whites see Jews, which comprise less than than 2% of the population, as having too much political influence and wealth. Same with how religious conservatives view gays, who comprise less than 4% of the population) as a cultural threat. Or how some deny and dilute the principle behind 'black lives matter'. Black comprise only 12.5% of our population.

      And if you're wondering, muslims barely comprise 1% of the population.

    2. It gives people an easy target to blame for their own failure. A lot of people are being automated out of jobs they long believed were theirs by right. But rather than tell them the truth, it is simpler to blame minorities. Especially when the only thing you really want is their votes.

    3. Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe - Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray".

      McCain, a known Trump critic, told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of the new president's security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington.

      "I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do," said McCain, even as he praised Trump's defense secretary.

      "The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says," he said.

    4. Flynn will be their sacrificial lamb. He won't talk and will take a plea. Not talking will get him a pardon.

    5. He might have company. Stay tuned.

  6. Is it an oxymoron to describe Brandenburg as a breath of fresh air? I'm going to spend a rainy Saturday trying o digest his post because it's ultimately the swamp on which Trump and the Trumpettes are operating. No one brings it better than Tony. Scary sh**.

    1. Thanks. It really is quite a look into a very frightening phenomenon in the West these days. Trump tapped into it and he became our president. The idea of Nazi chic might seem like an oxymoron to some, but at a certain level it is working. This Milo character sells a lot of books. Yet very few understand where that is coming from.

    2. Milo character? Saw him on Real Time last night. More like Milo caricature.

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    4. Looks like a club kid. The kind of person rich people let tag after them because he's amusing and picks up their drinks from the bar.

  7. It was very kind and generous of the moderator of this site to give Tony a platform.

    1. very, very unfair!

    2. Milo goes to the concentration campFebruary 18, 2017 at 11:36 AM


    3. Milo gets a wuppin' from FrankenfurterFebruary 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM

      not good!

  8. Here’s A Fact-Check On Milo Yiannopoulos’ Incendiary Claims About Trans People
    In short: He’s wrong, wrong, wrong. Absolutely wrong.

  9. Why is it that perceived Dem presidential and presidential-contender transgressions typically involve personal, tempest in a teapot issues, while GOP transgressions smack of treason?

    The personal issues, real or imagined, are considered reprehensible by ardent self-described patriots, who ignore the treason.

    1. Good question. Remember when the GOP used to claim they were more patriotic than everyone else? If they made that claim now they'd get laughed at.

    2. like so much of the self-interest serving stuff, they are lined up to serve their party, not to serve our country. treason is apparently ok if it can be played off by the unclothed emperor. let him get the pieces placed while he acts batshit crazy, move him out as soon as it is clear he has served his purpose completely.

  10. Chief Standing RockFebruary 18, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    I agree with Tony. These people are humorous in a fashion but I think it's worth pointing out that Carl Jung says in his study of archetypes that the trickster, although on the one hand being very funny, has the power to reshape and alter society. In the 1920's the average middleclass German looked upon Hitler as some sort of clown, a European version of Charlie Chaplin. It wasn't until later that his policies reshaped Germany into the Third Reich. Intellectuals tend to look on Trump as some sort of clown but his policies are straight out of the Fascist playbook. Caution.

    1. Absolutely right, Chief. Hitler was clearly an undeveloped person, and so, was not taken seriously, until it was too late.

  11. Carl Jung, Charlie Chaplin,Intellectuals; tend to read this glorified s**t on this blog today, as expressions given from useful idiots.

    1. Do you ever get tired of yourself?

    2. I thought we might actually have a troll free discussion today. So close..

    3. Trump Troll is a proud boy.

  12. Antifa try there very hardest to stop people from voicing there right wing views by shutting down events, attacking people and destroying local businesses. The proud boys only exist in retaliation to antifa being a threat to free speech, which, in my opinion, is one of the major building blocks of democracy.

    It seems to be a recurring pattern that lefty views get tons of media coverage and exposure, while if anyone even hints towards being right wing, they are instantly labelled as nazis, or, as many of you like to call trump, "the next Hitler".

    These right wing folk are seem to be the red herrings when it comes to fascism. Antifa, on the other hand...using violence to censor unpopular opinions...sure sounds like a fascist movement to me...