The alternative right movement is a far-right movement that is made up of a group of loosely aligned communities who are against multiculturalism, social justice movements, immigration and political correctness. They embrace center-right ideology’s and they also have traits of nationalism. The movement mostly consist of young white men who see political correctness as a threat to their liberty. Alt-right members are often associated with racism and anti-Semitism. Followers of the alternative right are very active online.
They are very active on sites like Breitbart, Infowars and 4chan. Members are often seen trolling people online and provoking people of the left-wing. Frequently it occurs that members say racist things online, but they don’t see it as an act of hate, but as an act of freedom.
They also use a lot of made up slam words such as ‘cukservative’, which stand for someone who has lost his masculinity. There are not a lot of definitive spokespersons of the alt-right because most of the members are active online. Three believed figureheads of the alternative right movement are Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer and Alex Jones. Milo Yiannopoulos is a British conservative who, until February 2017, worked as the senior editor of Breitbart. He embodies most of the alt-right philosophy and he is very critical against social justice, multiculturalism, feminism and Islam. There have been a lot of controversies about some of the statements that he has made.
Yiannopoulos has stated multiple times that he is gay and he has never hidden it from anyone. Nevertheless has he made statements several times against homosexual people and he is convinced that being gay is a sin. He has also asked a lot of question surrounding him being homosexual and the stated that he would rather be heterosexual if he had the option to choose. Logically Yiannopoulos has gotten a lot of media attention and hate around him for his politically incorrect statements. Another figurehead of the alternative right movement is the American white supremacist Richard Spencer. He is the director of the National Policy Institute and he is also in charge of the Washington Summit Publishers, which is a white nationalist publisher.
The term alt-right is by many believed to be initially promoted by Richard Spencer who used the term alternative right as the name for an online publication in 2010. Spencer has also participated in a lot of rally’s including the rally at Charlottesville which we will furthermore in our essay discuss about.Last we have the nationalist Alex Jones. Jones is a big figure head in the alt-right and he has a lot of followers. The major reason is his radio show “The Alex Jones Show” and his news website Infowars. With his two platforms he has reached a reasonably big audience and made a lot of followers. Jones also has gotten a lot of controversy around him because of the statements that he has made on his radio show and with the articles that he has written on his website. One of the most famous controversies around him is his prediction of 9/11.
Jones claimed that he had predicted the terrorist attack on the twin towers and that he had warned citizens of his radio show.