Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What is the Alt Left?

I recently came across the concept of the “Alt Left” or “Alternative Left.” I still can’t find good information on this, or whether it really exists in any significant way, but see here, here, here, here, and here.

See this video below where the “Alt Right” YouTube personality Millennial Woes interviews people who self-identify as “Alt Left.”



For christ’s sake, this is a truly bizarre movement. Curiously, one of them seems to be a lapsed Marxist, but still spouting Marxist claptrap about the labour theory of value. Perhaps some of these current “Alt Left” supporters are more reasonable than others, however. See here for an interesting description of the politics and views of one of the less extreme “Alt Left” bloggers.

The “Alt Left” seems to me – if such a movement does exist – to be mostly a bizarre product of extreme left-wing Postmodernist ethnic-racial identity politics, except – and here is the key – applied to white people.

These are Western white people who have been brainwashed in Postmodernist and Social Justice Warrior identity politics, but suddenly transform into supporters of white identity politics.

I was then struck by something really profound: these “Alt Left” people are just brilliant evidence of how toxic Postmodernism really is, because left-wing people who get disillusioned with Postmodernism and have no sensible left-wing tradition to fall back on – say, a secular but tolerant liberal nationalism – could, by using Postmodernist identity politics ideas, easily morph into a bizarre left-wing mirror image of the right-wing white nationalists or “Alt Right.”

That is the logical end of Postmodernist identity politics, if it were consistently applied and not gripped by such a hatred of white people. And, even worse, this Alt Left movement could then morph into a type of left-wing fascism.

Let this be a warning to us all about the insanity of Postmodernism!

5 comments:

  1. May I ask three questions of clarification?

    I'm struggling to understand what postmodernism actually means. By "modern," do you mean the period beginning sometime around the 16th century? And when would have the modern period "ended"? Finally, in your opinion, what distinguishes modernism from postmodernism?

    I'm sorry if these questions seem dense, but I've always struggled with the word "postmodern".

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    1. It's neomarxism.

      "Postmodern critical theory politicizes social problems by situating them in historical and cultural contexts, to implicate themselves in the process of collecting and analyzing data, and to relativize their findings."

      Lindlof, T. R., & Taylor, B. C. (2002). Qualitative Communication Research Methods, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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  2. I can understand what means postmodernism. More or less. But I ask myself if what we suffer in Spain as new left is postmodern or what. I suppose that the mixture of false Marxism, gramsciism, nationalism, and so on, etc, is a sign of postmodernism.

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  3. i am really want to find a strong movement whcih indeed will be based on moderate liberal national social democratic (in keyensian sense) values.

    actually in israel labour party is pretty close to this description but sadly in israel we have no serious discussions of economics (or maybe from other point of view its for the good).

    but anyway i wish it will happen and i think soon europe and usa will get sick of toxic identity politics and will come to moderate liberal national stances again.

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  4. 'I was then struck by something really profound: these “Alt Left” people are just brilliant evidence of how toxic Postmodernism really is, because left-wing people who get disillusioned with Postmodernism and have no sensible left-wing tradition to fall back on – say, a secular but tolerant liberal nationalism – could, by using Postmodernist identity politics ideas, easily morph into a bizarre left-wing mirror image of the right-wing white nationalists or “Alt Right.”'

    Bingo. It's also funny when leftist Pomos complain about rightists appropriating their favorite authors like Foucault, Deleuze, or Adorno.

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