April 9, 2017

‘Alt-right’ is code for left

‘Alt-right’ is code for left

Fears among the fringe alt-right movement that Trump is abandoning the right and morphing into a centrist is absurd. He was never on the right to begin with. And neither were they, argues Simon Gordon. 

Amid the serious business of the US air strike on Syria, it is faintly ridiculous to watch alt-right purists going into meltdown about it. Yes, the President’s military intervention – albeit very minor – is a departure from what he said on the campaign trail. But the broader argument, now emerging in the alt-right Twittersphere, that Trump is abandoning the right and morphing into a centrist is absurd. Because he was never on the right to begin with. And neither were they.

The alt-right reaction to the Syria bombing is tied up with the removal of ex-Breitbart boss Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. Their man in the White House has apparently fallen out of favour in the ever-fluid Trump court.

Alt-rightists see Jared Kushner and his Goldman Sachs ‘globalists’ infiltrating the administration, at the expense of populist ‘economic nationalists’. Bannon allies – per the Washington Post – claim Kushner is pushing the administration in a ‘Democrat Lite’ direction.

That’s pretty rich though. After all, hasn’t Bannon championed a massive deficit-financed infrastructure splurge by the Federal Government? And attacked the Freedom Caucus for blocking tax-credit-based healthcare reform – because ‘limited government… just doesn’t have any depth to it’? And promoted Trump’s campaign pledge not to cut entitlements? In fact, isn’t his signature ‘economic nationalism’ – i.e. protectionism – just Democrat orthodoxy?

If Kushner and Bannon do diverge politically, theirs is a disagreement between different kinds of Democrat.

Of course, Democrats don’t see it that way. On the questions of identity, with which their party is now obsessed, they see themselves as the antithesis of Bannon.

Yet it is the Democrats’ relentless focus on minority issues that has enabled the GOP to capture parts of the white middle and working class vote. Trump exploited that opportunity more effectively than any other Republican. But he did it – with the alt-right’s help – by borrowing from the Democrats’ playbook.

Aping the left’s identity politics, Trump adopted the alt-right’s cultural narrative around the oppression of white people. Gone was the traditional Republican belief in individual responsibility. In its place came the leftist credo of perpetual victimhood.

On fiscal issues, Trump went further still – taking not just style from the Democrats, but content. The alt-right’s trick was to make Trump, the economic centrist, look like a radical anti-establishmentarian, making him impervious to criticism from the right. That’s what won Trump the primary. But what won him the election – thanks to a few thousand votes in the mild-mannered mid-West – was less pugilistic rhetoric than, well, Democrat-lite economics.

Or, to put it another way: if Trump had combined the anti-immigration stance and even the protectionism with conventional Republican policies on entitlements, Clinton would have had a better shot at winning Rust Belt swing states.

So, the alt-right narrative that Trump is being foiled by Democrats in Republican clothing is, as an American might say, baloney. Because that’s what he – and Bannon – are. That’s how he won.

Trump’s election may have proved Mitt Romney’s point that the proportion of Americans dependent on welfare – the ’47 per cent’ – is now so large that anyone planning to reduce entitlements could never be elected. That should be concerning – not just to the GOP, but to everyone. If unfunded entitlements are not reformed, they will ultimately collapse – tanking the world’s largest economy in the process.

But if fiscal conservatism is somehow to prevail at the ballot box, small-state Republicans might begin by calling out the alt-Right inquisitors for the frauds they are. They’re not the loyalists. They’re the infiltrators.

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Simon Gordon
Simon Gordon has worked as a speechwriter for Douglas Carswell MP and the Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St. James’s, and as assistant editor of Mosaic Magazine in New York. He writes in a personal capacity.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see https://mises.org/blog/goal-socialists-socialism-—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/ and https://www.worldheadlines.info/2017/03/after-brexit-9-reasons-to-be-bullish-on-great-britain/

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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