Millennials—people born between the early 1980s and 2000s—are often stereotypically viewed as being left-wing, Bernie Sanders-loving, social justice warrior “snowflakes” who require “safe spaces” to be protected from “microaggressions.” The word “Millennial” is often used in a pejorative manner by older, more conservative people, and conjures up an image of an underemployed, latte-sipping hipster at a Starbucks who has a worthless liberal arts degree—paid for by his or her parents.
The 2015 U.S. Census data revealed that there are approximately 75.4 million Millennials in the U.S. Although Millennials are oftentimes left-wing—a 2015 Pew Research study found that forty percent of Millennials in the United States support government-imposed restrictions on speech offensive to racial minority groups, which is a significant increase compared to only twenty-four percent of Baby Boomers supporting such restrictions—, Millennials also have created—and are disproportionately represented within—the Alt-Right movement.
The Alt-Right—short for alternative right—, is a term used to describe a decentralized group of political activists in the U.S. who aggressively advocate white nationalism, counter-Semitism, and economic protectionism, and its activists have advanced their cause via the use of social media websites, attending conferences—such as those hosted by National Policy Institute, American Renaissance, and the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas—, by organizing protests, and by hanging up politically incorrect posters on college campuses.
Journalists of the mainstream media who have written about the Alt-Right have noted that its activists are often young, highly educated, physically fit, and are excited about their mission.
It should not be a surprise that the Alt-Right is comprised of Millennials, because it is Millennials throughout Europe who have supported nationalistic politicians, formed activist groups—like Génération Identitaire—, and participate in night protests during which participants carry torches to protest left-wing policies. Due to the problems caused throughout Europe via mass immigration, multiculturalism, and attempts to impose thought control via hate speech laws, it is not surprising that the youth are rebelling against the System.
As the U.S. continues to decline in power, prestige, and prosperity as its European character wanes away, American youth will naturally gravitate to finding solutions to the problems. The current Alt-Right activists are simply a vanguard of a much large movement whose time will come.
Decentralized Alt-Right activist groups throughout the U.S. continue to form, and to encourage their growth and activation, there are a number of things that can be done:
Strong and assertive leadership is required whereby the philosophies and goals of the Alt-Right are succinctly relayed to the public via a figurehead. In recent years, this has been Richard Spencer—who has fulfilled this role brilliantly. By having such a philosophical leader, the ideology is personified and becomes tangible to insiders and outsiders alike; all successful political movements have such a figure: communists (Karl Marx), libertarians (Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul), neoconservatives (Leo Strauss, William F. Buckley, Jr), and paleoconservatives (Patrick Buchanan, Joseph Sobran, Sam Francis). Eventually, the leaders of the Alt-Right movement should try to attain public office; even if they are not elected, they will nevertheless bring much needed attention to their cause.
Alt-Right activists and the organizations they create should be financially supported by people who are sympathetic with their missions. It can be costly to be an Alt-Right activist, and it is not equitable for the burden to be borne solely by those who are willing to incur risks to promote Alt-Right goals. Jobs can be lost and careers derailed (Emily Youcis, Frank Borzellieri, Mike “Enoch” Peinovich) and criminal prosecutions can occur (Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman and John Rivello) at worst, but costs associated with hosting conferences and engaging in activism also exist. Donations to www.freedomfront.org, www.therightstuff.biz, and www.identityevropa.com go a long way.
Disavowals and infighting should be avoided, because such condemnation and controversy is utilized by the Left to disparage the Alt-Right so as to delegitimize it. Further, it deters would-be activists from associating with the movement. During the Bolshevik Revolution, Alexander Kerensky advanced a rule for leftist activists to adhere: “No enemies to the left.” Supporters, activists, and leaders of the Alt-Right should, likewise, refrain from publicly condemning their fellow travelers, for there are no enemies to the right.
Alt-Right activists should continue to do what they are doing, because it is working to grow the movement. Specifically, they should continue: (1) to network via social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and The Right Stuff forum; (2) to hang up thought-provoking and politically incorrect posters at public universities to recruit new members; (3) to organize and attend conferences and events; (4) to write and read scholarly content for websites like www.radixjournal.com, www.theoccidentalobserver.net, and www.dailystormer.com; and (5) to aggressively assert their existence, ideas, and rights via public protests, lawsuits, and other vehicles by which political theory is made political reality.
The Alt-Right movement in Southeast Michigan is thriving—over one hundred activists coordinate their activities via Facebook and Twitter—, and they regularly meet up at microbreweries—of which Metro Detroit is known—to plan future activities. The meetings are fun and have proximately resulted in significant accomplishments, such as a highly publicized Alt-Right poster campaign at the University of Michigan which has caused the university administrators to waste $85 million in diversity programs to counter it and a weekend-long conference in Detroit during the summer of 2016 at which Richard Spencer, Sam Dickson, Nathan Damigo, and others hobnobbed with seventy Alt-Right activists.
During the 2016 conference, attendees visited one morning a swank bistro in Royal Oak, MI, for brunch and fellowship. There was an aura of excitement and purpose exuded by the group of seventy-some young, healthy, highly educated, physically fit whites, which was not lost on the young white waiter who said to one of the event’s organizers, “I don’t know who you guys are, but I want to join.”