An Alt Right Primer

While I was passingly familiar with the alt right movement, I found this piece from Buzzfeed to be informative (and depressing):  How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement.

And, unfortunately, 2016 is going to provide additional chances to discuss this topic given the racism and nationalism fueling the Trump campaign.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Franklin says:

    Thanks for depressing me on a Monday morning.

  2. @Franklin: Hey, I do what I can.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Uhhhh, thanx Steven, but no thanx. I’ve got a broken ankle and foot and that’s depressing enuf.

  4. CSK says:

    Well, yes, that was depressing, but also informative. I’d heard of the “alt right,” and was somewhat familiar with the names of the major players, but I didn’t really know exactly what it was.

    I did a little Googling, and discovered that there seems to be a bit of a dispute among white nationalists about what constitutes a European-American. Some define a European-American as an individual whose ancestors came from western Europe. Others claim that the only true European-Americans are those descended from Germans and Anglo-Saxons, with a courtesy nod to non-Finnish Scandinavians.

    The latter want to “take back America.” They don’t seem to realize that they may be a tad outnumbered.

  5. DrDaveT says:

    If we control alt right, does the system reboot?

  6. Franklin says:

    @DrDaveT: Well played, good sir!

  7. @DrDaveT: If only.

  8. Jeremy says:

    @DrDaveT: Yes, but into Windows 95.

  9. humanoid.panda says:

    Honestly, my impression of this story was a general meh. The internet allows all kinds of degenerates to congregate, and I’d betcha there are more furries online than alt-righters.

  10. Indiana Jones says:

    Nazis. I hate these guys.

  11. ernieyeball says: