Introduction to the Alt Right Part 2: Vox Day’s Sixteen Points
Back in August, I wrote an introduction to the Alt Right geared towards those who were immersed in the mainstream; an explanation of why the new generation of political thinkers has deviated so greatly from traditional discourse. Around the same time, Vox Day described the movement in sixteen points as a starting point to guide future growth. I think it is an excellent summation; new movements without guiding principles will inevitably fall prey to subversive entryists with pre-established agendas, and his sixteen points serve as a bulwark against that. I prefer to think of myself as a Catholic Medievalist when it comes to political theory, but as far as contemporary politics go, I happily endorse Vox Day’s definitions. His sixteen points, with commentary, are:
1. The Alt Right is of the political right in both the American and the European sense of the term. Socialists are not Alt Right. Progressives are not Alt Right. Liberals are not Alt Right. Communists, Marxists, Marxians, cultural Marxists, and neocons are not Alt Right.
Neocons are best understood as Neo-Trotskyists, the dialectical response to Neo-Liberal Democrats, whose inevitable synthesis is Globalist Stalinism under the influence of figures such as George Soros.
2. The Alt Right is an ALTERNATIVE to the mainstream conservative movement in the USA that is nominally encapsulated by Russel Kirk’s 10 Conservative Principles, but in reality has devolved towards progressivism. It is also an alternative to libertarianism.
Libertarianism is an effect, not a cause, of a well ordered society. Attempting to build policy off of Libertarian principles results in Libertinism, and eventual tyranny.
3. The Alt Right is not a defensive attitude and rejects the concept of noble and principled defeat. It is a forward-thinking philosophy of offense, in every sense of that term. The Alt Right believes in victory through persistence and remaining in harmony with science, reality, cultural tradition, and the lessons of history.
“Harmony” is the crucial term here; the world is an organic whole with a cyclic nature. Any political philosophy which aims for a permanent state of affairs will inevitably fail. As Professor Jordan B. Peterson observed, the evil father (patriarchy) must be overcome, redeemed, and reinvented by each generation – it must not be destroyed, and it cannot be perfected.
4. The Alt Right believes Western civilization is the pinnacle of human achievement and supports its three foundational pillars: Christianity, the European nations, and the Graeco-Roman legacy.
Elsewhere I have heard this described as the spiritual unity of Christianity, the foundation of reason and Law from the Graeco-Roman tradition, and the principle of individual freedom which came from the barbarian tribes.
5. The Alt Right is openly and avowedly nationalist. It supports all nationalisms and the right of all nations to exist, homogeneous and unadulterated by foreign invasion and immigration.
The Globalist agenda seeks to turn humans into fungible assets – nothing more than corporate human resources – and the preservation of unique cultures and nations is paramount if we wish to avoid the horrors of utopia. It should be cautioned, however, that should nationalism arise, these same interests will try and pervert it into jingoism, so that the resultant bloodshed can be leveraged into a new attempt at pacifistic tyranny. Nationalism must be balanced with consideration of others, especially in an era where the entire world is only twelve hours away by flight, and immediately accessible through the Internet.
6. The Alt Right is anti-globalist. It opposes all groups who work for globalist ideals or globalist objectives.
Anti-globalist should not be understood as an extreme form of isolationism; global dialogue is both necessary and good, but in its present manifestation it is nothing more than an attempt to subvert national sovereignty.
7. The Alt Right is anti-equalitarian. It rejects the idea of equality for the same reason it rejects the ideas of unicorns and leprechauns, noting that human equality does not exist in any observable scientific, legal, material, intellectual, sexual, or spiritual form.
The meaning of the term “equality” morphed over the years, first into legal equality (sans a spiritual connection), and eventually into practical equality – the equality of outcome. This heretical perversion must be soundly rejected, but the inclusion of spiritual equality on that list has troubled some Christians; I would like to square that particular circle. Christianity was a radical departure from all previous religions, in that it explicitly stated that every soul was valued by God. Christians were called to treat both outsiders and those of a lower social caste with love and justice: nobody could be considered an “unperson”, and the abuse of the Other was no longer acceptable. However, it does not follow from this that all souls are equal. The Angels are have their various choirs, and every individual human is granted a unique role to play. Souls are equally valuable, but they are not all equal; they are not fungible. Man and woman are of equal worth, but a woman cannot become a priest, and a man cannot become a mother. Let’s not blind ourselves to the reality of individual uniqueness.
8. The Alt Right is scientodific. It presumptively accepts the current conclusions of the scientific method (scientody), while understanding a) these conclusions are liable to future revision, b) that scientistry is susceptible to corruption, and c) that the so-called scientific consensus is not based on scientody, but democracy, and is therefore intrinsically unscientific.
This is an important inclusion because of how politicized and unreliable modern science has become. The social sciences assume their conclusions, psychology normalizes dysfunction, environmentalism prescribes socialism, and medicine and agriculture serve moneyed interests. Obeying modern science is tantamount to obeying whomever is paying the scientists.
9. The Alt Right believes identity > culture > politics.
A healthy political body requires psychologically healthy individuals, and a healthy individual needs a positive identity based upon their heritage and family, not some corporate, mass-produced outfit or subculture. “The Smith family keeps their word. The Jones family helps those in need. The Hamiltons always give it their all.” Without identity, you have rudderless individuals who will subsume themselves in the first narrative which comes along.
10. The Alt Right is opposed to the rule or domination of any native ethnic group by another, particularly in the sovereign homelands of the dominated peoples. The Alt Right is opposed to any non-native ethnic group obtaining excessive influence in any society through nepotism, tribalism, or any other means.
This principle creates some distinct challenges. Race is a centre of gravity, but it is not a monolith; it becomes fuzzy at he edges, and in America we see several groups with historical claims. The Reds (after genociding an earlier group) were the original inhabitants of the continent. The Whites wound up taking over the continent during the age of exploration (primarily due to the social technology of property law, not ethnic hatred as most High Schools teach). The Blacks were settled here against their will, and the ship to Liberia sailed long ago. Since then, many others have taken up habitation, adopted the culture, and intermarried with the other groups. It is one thing to expel the migrants from France – it is quite another to define what it means to be American. Simplistic ethno-nationalism will not only fail, it will be used as a tool by the Global elites in the same manner as jingoism: by promoting violent clashes between extreme elements within different ethnicities, the growth of the police state will be justified. Homogenizing ethnic groups will result in the destruction of the organic individual, but overemphasis on race will serve the agents of chaos. A subtle touch is needed.
11. The Alt Right understands that diversity + proximity = war.
Good fences make good neighbours.
12. The Alt Right doesn’t care what you think of it.
Pursuing the truth will always create enemies out of those who profit by lies. We do not care if we upset the apple cart of your assumptions, and your pearl-clutching will not silence us.
13. The Alt Right rejects international free trade and the free movement of peoples that free trade requires. The benefits of intranational free trade is not evidence for the benefits of international free trade.
Different countries will have different laws and standards: by collapsing all trade barriers, international corporations can exploit loopholes in every country. Hire labour where there are lax employment standards, perform resource extraction where there is lax environmental regulation, et cetera.
14. The Alt Right believes we must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children.
Whites are under distinct attack by the cultural gatekeepers and the international community; partly because Whites are one of their greatest potential adversaries, but also because we have accomplished great and beautiful things, and there’s nothing the agents of chaos hate so much as greatness and beauty. Most of us who align with the Alt Right are White, and we will defend our race. That said, I see great potential for alliances across ethnic lines. The Blacks have had their communities torn apart by 60 years of Democrat pandering, and many of them are beginning to wake up to that fact. Defending the White race doesn’t necessitate attacking or denigrating others.
15. The Alt Right does not believe in the general supremacy of any race, nation, people, or sub-species. Every race, nation, people, and human sub-species has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and possesses the sovereign right to dwell unmolested in the native culture it prefers.
This point affirms my last comment. Supremacism is a stance taken by those who hate themselves, and it inevitably leads to a backlash. A cursory glance at 20th century history will confirm this.
16. The Alt Right is a philosophy that values peace among the various nations of the world and opposes wars to impose the values of one nation upon another as well as efforts to exterminate individual nations through war, genocide, immigration, or genetic assimilation.
As President Eisenhower said, beware of the Military-Industrial Complex.
Otto von Bismark described politics as the art of the possible. Instead of listening to his advice, 20th century political theorists became idealistic, utopian, and mechanistic. It would treat a given variable as independent from the rest of the equation, when in fact it was webbed to the rest of society through a network of feedback mechanisms. “If we could only tweak this one thing, while everything else remains constant, we would be able to create a more perfect world.” The law of unforeseen consequences followed from this, leading to a great deal of misery and destruction.
An organic, holistic approach is needed – one which doesn’t shy away from hard truths – while avoiding the fallacy of world building. Castles in the sky have no place in adult discourse or political debates, and should be shunned by anyone who wishes to be taken seriously. I have no idea if the Alt Right will remain a viable movement, or if it will be taken over by aggressive, subversive interests, but whatever happens to the label itself, Vox Days’ points remain a good starting point for creating a new political understanding of the world which is eminently practical, and capable of leading us away from the brink of societal collapse.