Monday, March 6, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: The Alternative Reich

Alt-Right/Neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer
The Alternative Reich
The Southern Poverty Law Center (click here) was introduced to me by my friend Eddy back in the eighties. Back before the internet made it easy to support a group as upright as this. Back before I understood how important they are. And way before Donald Trump, Usurper of the Presidency, called them fake news. I will not call Donald Trump the United States President.

He will be referred to here as Trump, or "the usurper." He might be your president, but he sure as hell isn't mine.

Today I will teach myself about the current state of affairs. I'm going to read, and get myself caught up. If nothing else, I can thank the new right and it's hate politics as the catalyst to get me involved in my country again - or at least with trepidation, awe, and activism. Take the ride with me if you choose, but I am not here to debate. I am here to explore. And honest to God I don't care what anyone thinks.

Go practice your free speech with someone who actually likes debates. I don't. Well, OK, I do. Just not so much lately. I have become grumpy and foggy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center
Like I said, I found out about Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) through my friend Eddy back in the eighties. At that time there was a white power Nazi group up in north Orange County Placentia or Yorba Linda  (you know, Nixon town) that had a robo-phone message laying out their philosophy. Think of it as old school recruitment. This was before people like Metzger (click here) figured out how to recruit the most disillusioned of United States skinhead outliers and use them to kill people of color.

You had to seek that group out if you were interested. They weren't exactly an outreach church group.  Occasionally someone would distribute their literature to area houses in the form of fliers dropped off late at night. Like I said, it was in the eighties.

We really didn't take them too seriously. We'd call the number, laugh and leave obnoxious messages. They had zero marketability. None, and nowhere to publish their drivel, either. We never, for a second, gave them another thought. We chalked their movement up to the rantings of stupid rednecks, hillbillies, or outlaw bikers. Not for a second, in my generalized and culture-centric superiority, did I even consider that they could be anything else but that.

I was short sighted. It never dawned on me that some of them might actually be intellectuals, or artists, or even parents. In my view it was easier to classify as them: stupid, arrogant, and hateful white people.

Alties getting their Sieg Heil on.
The Southern Poverty Law Center came under fire for reporting hate crimes in the weeks prior to and following last November's elections. Most of this battle between accuracy and hyperbole was played out in various rightwing blogs, and the SPLC came out of it a little bruised, if you ask me. It certainly didn't change my opinion of them much, though. I still consider them an important watchdog group.

It is no surprise that the SPLC is a left leaning group. What has been a surprise was the volume of criticism when their post election data was seen by certain groups as being skewed. Bloggers on the far right have been generally merciless in their response to SPLC over the years, and this election was no exception. That these bloggers tend to lean way over on the right side of libertarian shouldn't suggest that their concerns are unwarranted or incorrect. Just a banana step more skewed than the data they are challenging.

In this atmosphere of digital warfare there are people on both sides of this issue fighting it out, exposing personal information, and wrecking (or attempting to wreck) one another's livelihood by infusing their professional life with their political beliefs. This should come as hardly a surprise - what, with hardcore anarchists to the left, and quasi-white nationalists to the right - today scrapping it out on the streets (click here). Things have become increasingly volatile.

But this seemingly ridiculous concept - often presented by people from outside of this country - blows my mind. It is hardly novel - a group of angry white men asserting their ethnicity (lots of young people do the same) - but there is something about it that smells very strange. It is insanity bordering on performance art that is being taken way too seriously, and giving an unfortunate platform to quasi-intellectuals that speak quite well, are quick thinkers, and preach divisive poison.

Yes, I do have a bias. I will review the literature, but I promise it will be slanted. I, too, am allowed to use propaganda and choose my own sources. I also enjoy free speech. I too am a proud American, and patriotism does not belong to the right. It belongs to all of us. Maybe it is time that we take our country back from theses fascists who use nationalism to destroy our freedom.

The Alt-Right
The Alternative, or Alt-Right, is a term frequently dropped in the news. Like any other frequently over-used term, it means different things to different people. The Alt-Right seem to be the scourge of the right, enemy of the left - increasingly high profile thanks to a couple of demonstrations that have catapulted some of their most vocal speakers into the limelight, and the choice of Breitbart chairman Stephen K. Bannon to chief strategist and senior adviser to Trump.

That Breitbart and the Alt-Right were active during the election - and the target of Hillary Clinton - should come as no surprise. Typical political mud slinging is what elections in America have become. They aren't merit based. They are propaganda and publicity based. That Trump took their very obvious and enthusiastic support under his wing should come as no surprise. He is a master manipulator.

What should come as a concern is exactly why Trump continues to coddle the Alt-Right. For someone so clearly needing to be loved, Trump continues to offend and divide. There really is no defending them. Their rhetoric is filled with subtle, or even at times outright, racism.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Alt-Right is defined this way (click here):

..... a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.

The term Alt-Right was coined by famed fist magnet/"Hail Trump" shouter Richard Spencer to essentially embrace the agenda of 'European ideology.' I suppose we must infer that this is 'western' European ideology, whatever the hell that means.

Spencer is the president of a nationalist (read that as white) think tank, the National Policy Institute (click here) and Washington Summit Publishers (click here). It is more of the same, a pollutant that goes back at least 150 years in its pseudo-science beginnings. And again, the specter of social Darwinism rears its ugly head. You may recall that much of the foundation of Eugenics was founded in California (click here) and the foundation of the current rhetoric has been lifted, altered, and renewed.

White power, anti-semitism, exclusionary power tripping. Same old crap, and it. is. crap.

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36 comments:

  1. Alt-right, jihadists, kkk, sendero luminoso, hitler youth... names are different but their followers all the same- young and exploitable or old and marginalized (often voluntarily).

    Protect the constitution from all enemies - foreign and domestic.

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    1. Southern Poverty Law Center is a far left organization that labels many Christian groups as hate groups. The fact that you support them reveals your far left bias and your suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. I know you wish Hillary would have won and that the Clinton Foundation could have continued with their corruption but it's not to be. Trump will keep fulfilling the campaign promises he was elected for and I guess you will just have to keep whining about it.

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    2. Which Christian groups? Can you point out a few who have been identified as hate groups by the SPLC?

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    3. 6:46 possible, but facts to support your accusation or STFU

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    4. Wikipedia lists all of the organizations the SPLC regards as hate groups.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_designated_by_the_Southern_Poverty_Law_Center_as_hate_groups

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    5. Here is how the SPLC describes their criteria for labeling an organization a "hate group."

      Groups are categorized as Ku Klux Klan, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederate, Black Separatist, and General Hate. Because skinheads are migratory and often not affiliated with groups, this listing understates their numbers. Christian Identity describes a religion that is fundamentally racist and anti-Semitic. Black Separatist groups are organizations whose ideologies include tenets of racially based hatred. Neo-Confederate groups seek to revive many of the racist principles of the antebellum South. White Nationalist groups espouse white supremacy or white separatism but generally avoid anti-Semitism. General Hate groups espouse various ideologies of hatred and include the sub-categories of Anti-LGBT groups, Anti-Immigrant groups, Anti-Muslim groups, Holocaust Denial groups, Racist Music labels, Radical Traditionalist Catholic groups (which reject core Catholic teachings and espouse anti-Semitism) and Other (a variety of groups endorsing a hodge-podge of hate doctrines).

      https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2016/active-hate-groups-united-states-2015

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    6. Maybe 6:46 is upset that this Christian group has been singled out:

      Westboro Baptist Church
      The group is basically a family-based cult of personality built around its patriarch, Fred Phelps. Typified by its slogan, “God Hates Fags,” WBC is known for its harsh anti-gay beliefs and the crude signs its members carry at their frequent protests. In Its Own Words "Filthy sodomites crave...

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    7. So, as would make sense, it's the fake Christian imposter groups that have been singled out.

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    8. Nothing more from 6:46? Damn.

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  2. Poll: Majority support special prosecutor to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties

    Despite claims from the White House that no such ties exist, 65 percent of respondents to a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday morning said the investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and the Russian government should be handled by a special prosecutor.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/poll-trump-russia-special-prosecutor-235707

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  3. Divide and conquer is working so well. Just keep fanning the hatred as you play right into the divide. Forgive them for they know not what they do.

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    1. I am not sure what you are getting at here. Are you saying that the people of the world should join in and form a Love Train?

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    2. 7:19 - Are you one of the guys from the O'Jays?

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  4. I am reading The Plot Against America, written by Philip Roth in 2004. It js fiction about Lindbergh becoming president instead of Roosevelt in 1938. He was anti Semitic and pro Hitler. The similarity to today is frightening.

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  5. Nafeez Ahmed reports. EXCLUSIVE: In my interview with Mike Lofgren, a former Republican insider who spent 28 years as a Congressional staff member holding a top national security clearance, he speaks out about the Donald Trump administration, its dangerous relationship with the American Deep State — and what it means for the American Republic.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/republican-insider-trump-is-creating-deep-state-2-0-but-it-might-crash-the-economy-exclusive-704522e6761a#.rv238ru11

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  6. Kumbaya, the 60's revivals are back. History does repeat itself. Place a daisy in a barrel of a gun, place flowers in your hair. Peace & love no hate.
    Not sure what rights are taken away? This continues to be a country of free speech. Havn't seen water cannons used to break up riots. Marijuana is making a legal comback. I agree, it's good to see individuals getting involved.
    Short sightedness 40 years later, there are more homeless on the streets.
    Now the grandkids of the 60's protesters march by and the grandkids of the homeless continue to be faceless and ignored.
    Somethings do remain the same.
    Very sad. This is a good day to practice a random act of kindness.
    I think Starbucks has a two for one today. In this ever consuming tech world; why not share a latte with the guy/gal standing on the corner? Not trying to be "snarky", just keeping it real....Peace out and have a good day. Kilroy lives!

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    1. The 1960s happened in the shadow of one of the most disastrous foreign policy mistakes of all time, the Vietnam War. People were speaking out, and it was a very divisive issue. It was also the time of Richard NIXon, the Donald Trump of the era. Your comparison to what is going on today to the '60s is a valid one, but your interpretation of what was happening then is way off.

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    2. Keep working on your material and you might make the vaudeville circuit one of these days. Otherwise you'll just be oiling your gun home alone again.

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    3. Okey dokie.

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  7. 7:54am. Thanks for the similarities. President Trumps daughter and family are Jewish; and Hilary Clinton has "helmet "; hair.
    The Spruce Goose and Trumps plane tethered in a hanger, he now flys on AirForce One.

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    1. Donald Trump's father Fred was arrested for participating in a KKK rally. Plus the Trump family business was busted by the Feds for refusing to rent to African Americans. The truth is always more complex than ideologies.

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    2. Do you mean the Fred Trump from whom the Orange Menace inherited his wealth, wealth that had Orangina simply placed it in mutual funds according to some would now be worth more than it is despite the failure to pay employees and contractors, using foreign steel, and stiffing creditors in multiple bankruptcies? That Fred Trump?

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  8. ACLU is building a grassroots movement called People Power. We will learn how to defend our basic freedoms and how to hold this administration accountable. We will receive training on knowing our rights as protesters, defend sanctuary cities, resist deportation raids, oppose the Muslim Ban, and maintain Planned Parenthood funding.
    We can work in our own communities with our neighbors and friends! Learn how on March 11at 1:30pm in Altadena!

    ... an event in Altadena at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
    To join in Altadena go here to RSVP https://go.peoplepower.org/event/launch/1113/signup/?source=fbshare

    To find a location closer to you please go to https://map.peoplepower.org and put in your zip code.

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    1. 8:33am. Baby; you havn't lived, if you didn't experience the 60's. But, you can read up about all that when you get a book at the library.

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    2. Funny, some people are still stuck in that decade.

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  9. New Executive Order just signed. The revised order imposes a 90 day suspension on immigration and temp travel ban from Countries that suport terror.There are 300 people who came here as refugees that are under investigation now for terror.
    Enhanced screening and vetting from designated countries.

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    1. The new order represents a major political defeat for the Trump administration, which decided to shove aside the dozens of lawsuits that were filed after the first order was signed and just sign a new order. Top Trump officials significantly watered down their language this time around. Gone were the overt mentions of “extreme vetting” and rooting out “radical Islamic terrorism.”

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  10. Will the Coffee Gallery on Lake Ave. offer free coffee and snacks? Some new tunes as background sound added in, along with the "talks"?

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    1. Trump troll is desperate

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    2. True, but he's probably used to it.

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  11. I haven't checked in with the SPLC in a while, but once saw Morris Dees speak. I hope they're continuing with the strategy of using the lawsuits as a tool to overturn bad law and to drain the bank account of hate groups and financially obliviate them.

    I know that Trump guy and other ignoramouses will rail against the notion of courts overturning unconstitutional legislation, but Marbury v. Madison was decided over 200 years ago. Get over it.

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  12. Morris Dees? Wasn't he back up singer with Prince?

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    1. Morris Day. But he was the opening act.

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    2. Any "bad" law in particular?
      Unconstitutional legislation?
      What's with the "old Left" and the generations of untruths? and the taking of credit for fighting for those under served?
      Try sometime to give a listen to the Sage of L.A. , talk show host Larry Elder; he is black, he'll admit to that. You may not be comfortable, because you are blogging about white rage. Do try to give a listen. Expand your mind.
      Yes, I said RADIO; some of us still listen to the airwaves.

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    3. 2:06 apparently "believes" legislation can't be unconstitutional.

      So 214 years and 10 days of Supreme Court judicial review is just a mirage? Vested legal rights enshrined in the Constitution can be erased by any given Congress?

      These Trump supporters not only are beholden by a personality cult, they're anarchists, too.

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  13. Khizr Khan, the Muslim American Gold Star father who famously railed against President Donald Trump at last year’s Democratic National Convention, has cancelled a planned speech he was scheduled to give in Toronto after being informed that his travel privileges are “under review.”

    Rosa Hwang, a senior producer at CTV National News, reports that Khan received word that his privileges were under review on Sunday evening. It is not clear from Khan’s account who has put him under review.

    “This turn of events is not just concerning to me, but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” said Khan, whose son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, died in Iraq in 2004. “I have not been given any reason as to why.”

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