Amidst the cornucopia of the varied groups that comprises the AltRight, the center piece is racism, white supremacy and anti-semitic indoctrination of the lost tribes.
Who are the lost tribes?
If you have read my previous blogs, i have mentioned the creation of a swath of left behind generation that subscribes to irrational believes and conspiracies. The left behind are created by decades of capitalistic leaning and dominance of a democratic society that neglected and created a class of “Have-Not’s”, from flight of business via NAFTA (Agricultural), China (Manufacturing), or India/SE Asia (Back office/BPO).
No retooling was done to assimilate this class into the new capitalistic order. Instead, white and blue collar workers from foreign land were sought to fill the newly created knowledge based industry. These are the left behind.
Those in metropolitan US never get a feel of these sentiments but my farming experience exposed me to these raw sentiments, which i gathered from the countryside.
It is perfectly right for the market to prevail and behave in a natural order of market driven forces. However, if you revisit the history of successful civilizations and nations in the last few centennial, you will note that the rulers were always cognisant of the masses and did the best in the interest of the masses. Empires and Kingdoms flourished or perished based on this single nuance of sentiments connected to the ground.
Successive regimes of republicans and democrats willfully ignored understanding and catering to these pain points. Trump skillfully exploited their sentiments and again, if you review any right leaning movement, it is not unusual to usurp such suppressed sentiments without exploitation and ‘use and throw’ to suite the ends.
Ultimately, the common man – irrespective of right or left leaning, is at the mercy of politicians and policies. I strongly do not consider them to be the culprits but those creating them or exploiting them. Finally, a permanent solution lies in address this chasm.
We need to understand QANon, Proud Boys, Alt-Right, three percenters, and the Oath Keepers as a single set –
QAnon – QAnon originated in 2017 as an exceptionally bizarre conspiracy theory, centered around the premise that the country is run by a cabal of pedophiles whom Trump is bringing down. It has since morphed into something even stranger. More than a single conspiracy theory, QAnon is best regarded as a general-purpose conspiracy infrastructure, spreading lies across a range of subjects, from coronavirus denial to mask and vaccine skepticism and, now, to a grab bag of theories about election fraud.
The Oath Keepers are an anti-government, pro-gun militia composed largely of former law enforcement and military veterans “who believe that the federal government has been co-opted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights,” according to the F.B.I. The name of the Three Percenters, an anti-government group, is a reference to the purported 3 percent of the American colonial population that rose up to fight the British Army in the Revolution.
According to Wikipedia, The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist, and male-only political organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada.
On the other end of the spectrum, is Antifa. Antifa stands for anti fascism, its a far left movement which opposes racial discrimination. Excerpts from NY Times below –
Antifa, a contraction of the phrase “anti-fascist,” is not an organization with a leader, a defined structure or membership roles. Rather, Antifa is more of a loose movement of activists whose followers share some philosophies and tactics. They have made their presence known at protests around the country in recent years, including the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.