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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Just how "Alt" IS the Alt Right?

I just noticed the pattern. Donald Trump and his coterie have convinced the American right to hate the following:

Football players
FBI agents
CIA agents
John McCain (war hero)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert DeNiro

What's next? Are they going to tell us not to watch old John Wayne movies?

Meanwhile, the first Alt Right athlete appears to be a tennis player. The Alt Right has embraced Milo Yiannopoulos, Jack Donovan, James O'Meara and Chelsea Manning. The symbol of the Alt Right is a cartoon frog who represents every attic-dwelling male loser who couldn't get laid if he walked into a brothel with a suitcase full of C-notes. Roger Stone -- fashion expert, Roy Cohn acolyte, weenie -- is both Trump's best friend and an Alt Right diva.

Headline from last June: "How the Alt-Right Is Using Sex and Camp to Attract Gay Men to Fascism."  (The "camp" aspect of the Alt Right has been pretty damned apparent for a while now.) Headline from last April: "The Philosophical Fascists of the Gay Alt-Right." From October: "The troubling ascent of the LGBT right wing."

Even Alex Jones fits the pattern. His voice may be gravelly, but his flamboyance is undeniable. In my generation, we learned about the Ways of Manliness from Joel McCrae and Randolph Scott. Alex Jones ain't that. There's nothing masculine about hyperbolic outbursts of extreme emotion and screeching irrationality. He may be the first male to suffer from PMS.

Lose the frog, my Alt Right friends: You need a new symbol. I suggest the pansy. To be specific: A stylized pansy known as the fleur-de-pensee. A hundred or so years ago, this device was occasionally used as a symbol for atheism or freethinking, an association which nobody now recalls. Besides, all sorts of symbols have been re-purposed over the years. It looks a bit swastika-esque, dunnit?

And if you need a theme song, how about "Macho Man" by the Village People?
Looks like an extreme close-up of Daffy Duck's face during full psychotic meltdown.
Joseph, you return again to the increasingly strange yet obviously kinky psych-sexual politics of the extreme right wing.

So, it was with fascination mixed with the usual distaste that I approached today's (Jan 26, 2017) David Brooks product. Link:

It concerns Jordan Peterson, who, from Brooks's telling, is another psychologist who has discovered that it's the Liberals fault.

With the overlay of Brooks unreliability, it is hard to know what belongs to Peterson, but since he's a YouTube star who eviscerates identity politics, and promotes old fashioned masculinity, it should be easy to find out.
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