Garry Reed combined a professional technical writing career and a passion for all things libertarian to become The Libertarian Opinionizer.
During this 2016 Presidential Election cycle, perhaps the most entertaining spectacle since Ross Perot popped up on the scene in 1992 with his universal political cure-all sideshow of “Just open the hood and fix it” the phrase Alt-Right, short for “the Alternative Right” was dredged up from the bowels of the SPLC by the Hillary Clinton Campaign when she flung her “Basket of Deplorables” into mainstream America’s face like a caged monkey flinging its own feces at zoo-goers.
SPLC stands for the Southern Poverty Law Center, a “civil rights” (i.e., “group rights,” not “individual rights”) organization that sees the entire world through the cynical prism of racist politics. It is they who supplied Hillary with her Alt-Right talking point:
“The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is 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.”
Further, someone updated this definition for Wikipedia:
“The alt-right is a segment of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism in the United States. It has been described as a movement unified by support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as well as by opposition to multiculturalism and immigration."
In response, the definition of Alt-Left was supplied recently by Town hall columnist Katie Kieffer as anyone who has “fallen away from the pragmatic Democratic ideals of John F. Kennedy and embraced a radical ‘power at any cost’ fringe philosophy.”
So a parallel definition to that Alt-Left definition could be used for the Alt-Right as anyone who has “fallen away from the pragmatic Republican ideals of Dwight D. Eisenhower and embraced a radical ‘power at any cost’ fringe philosophy.”
Alt-Right vs. Alt-Left
Deplorables and Despicables
These Alt-Righties and Alt-Lefties were the only people Hillary saw when she fleetingly squinted into her “Basket of Deplorables” and the only people Trump would have seen had he glanced cross-eyed into a similar “Bucket of Despicables.”
For years the two mainstream criminal gang parties had settled into a very comfortable, easily defined rut of identifying their respective political bases; Democrats were for “the little guy” and Republicans were for “the middle class.” Simple. Pull out the same old script from four years ago, run the usual popularity contest based on the same old phony promises and whichever candidate was more popular than the other party’s candidate would win, and then proceed to divvy up the spoils amongst their cronies.
The losing side of this single “two-party” coin would get their chance to do the same at a later date. It would be disingenuous to call it a “gentleman’s agreement” (or “gentleperson’s agreement” to make it PC) since the term “honor among thieves” would be more accurate.
But now too many “Alts” are upsetting that carefully controlled “long con” of fleecing taxpayers. In addition to the politics-as-usual Republican and Democratic candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders entered the complacent division-of-spoils scene as outliers; Trump as a politically-connected “outsider” even as he has long been a corporatist insider, and Sanders as an explicit socialist even though he is deeply rooted in the hard left Democratic Party’s euphemism for socialism, “progressivism.”
Then too there is the sudden surge in popularity of Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party but that’s a few paragraphs away in this story.
The SPLC Bullies
The SPLC Bullies
To really understand what “Alt-Left” really means is to understand that the Southern Poverty Law Center is itself the most hatefully divisive organization in America today. It is so far left in its leftism and blindly buried in its collectivist worship of “multiculturalism,” “political correctness” and “social justice” that the SPLC itself is the ultimate Alt-Left.
A long article from 2010 details how the once-admirable SPLC took on real hate groups like the Klan, neo-Nazis and Skin Heads and then sold out to become the ultimate Alt-Left Hate Group themselves in the name of money, power and influence.
Today the SPLC’s definition of “Alt-Right” refers to any thought, action, idea, policy or process that so much as hints at deviating from the old , comfortable, dependable, traditional, boring Republican Party conservatism of the 1950s. The dead giveaway that their definitions are purely statist/political rather than social, cultural, philosophical or otherwise nonsectarian is the fact that they include “libertarian” in their hatred for all things Alt-Right.
From their Fighting Hate/Extremist Files they denigrate “libertarian thought as exemplified by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas); anarcho-capitalism, which advocates individual sovereignty and open markets in place of an organized state” and further condemns “the nomination of Barry Goldwater for the presidency in 1964” and “an emphasis on liberty, freedom, free markets and capitalism.”
They apparently cannot think outside the iron cage of political authoritarianism:
“The political expression of altruism is collectivism or statism, which holds that man’s life and work belong to the state – to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation – and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.” – The Ayn Rand Lexicon
Politically-oriented capital L Libertarians, such as Libertarian-Republicans, Libertarian-leaning politicians, Libertarian Party members and Minarchists typically have conservative political viewpoints even though the fundamental concept of libertarianism is the apolitical philosophical axiom that all individuals own their own lives and may do whatever they wish as long as they abide by the non-aggression principle against coercion, intimidation and fraud.
Note the phrase “all individuals.” There is no hint of racism, ethnicism, cultural or national supremacy or any other suggestion of bigotry commonly put forth by race-baiting Democrats, progressives, Southern Poverty Race War-mongers or their fellow Social Justice Warriors. “All individuals” means “all individuals.” There is simply no room in libertarianism for racism.
It makes one wonder what the politically race-based SPLCers make of the L-word when they encounter it in such concepts as “Left Libertarianism,” “Libertarian Socialism” and even “Libertarian Communism.” The periscope-visioned left-right worldview can hardly consign them to the Alt-Right level of Hell because of those “Left,” “Socialism” and “Communism” words in those phrases, nor can they consider them good true-blue collectivist lefties because of that awful “L” word.
They’ll likely have to do what most light-thinking narrow-minded ideologues end up doing: Declare such terms as “oxymorons” and “nonexistent” and go back to their simple politico-religious catechisms.
Unfortunately for the SPLC, the reality is that libertarians are neither Alt-Right nor Alt-Left but clearly Alt-Politics. Even their “politics,” correctly applied, rejects all forms of authoritarianism including the obsolete Left-Right political spectrum, the fake “two-party system,” the false conservative-liberal choices, the corruption-as-usual, the inherent cronyism of the statist-corporatist-bankster ruling class and instead demands something virtually unique in world policymaking: a mutually voluntary society of individual freedom and personal responsibility based on the non-aggression principle against coercion, intimidation and fraud.
The result is that Politics-As-Usual has no meaningful mechanism outside of outright violent aggression with which to deal with real libertarianism since libertarianism embraces and co-opts the best of both the left (social policies) and right (economic policy) while rejecting authoritarianism for voluntaryism.
Little wonder every non-libertarian is running scared at the growing popularity of libertarian thought. Such a concept threatens to turn off the spigot that delivers everything that gladdens the hearts of the psychopathic ruling class and every trained dog who sits under their banquet table licking up a share of the wealth and power crumbs.
In the classic 1936 movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town two spinster sisters tell Gary Cooper that everyone is “pixilated” in their hometown, “Except us.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center knows that every political group is a Hate Group “Except us.”
With Hillary’s “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the SPLC’s Alt-Right hate-baiting it becomes clear that left-wingers have their own conspiracy theory nuts. They and their kind are one reason that libertarianism is the Alt-Politics of the future.