By George Cook
America has found itself caught up in a series of rather unfortunate events as a result of the proliferating impact of the so called ‘alt-right’. The embodiment of its position within mainstream American society has led to the term and its ideas penetrating vast corners of the globe. Credited with forming the intellectual basis for the unforeseen election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, people are now beginning question the ideological underpinnings of one of the most dangerous ideals in the 21st century.
Those who have studied this phenomenon have argued that the corroboration of the ‘alt-right’ in America has been abetted because of the struggles of white, working class Americans. The stagnation of wages, reduction in living standards and an ignorance by the liberal and ‘Fake News’ purporting elite has culminated in a situation whereby white Americans feel a sense of solitary isolation from the rest of society. However, it is not just white, working class Americans who have found themselves caught up in the increasing conformity with the ‘alt-right’. Through the propositions to ban Muslims from entering the United States and the derogatory terms to describe immigrants, the ‘America First’ notion has achieved an admiring declaration from Trump himself. Bound up in a tangle of delusion and hypocrisy, it appears this Administration fails to comprehend that the great office they occupy was in fact constructed through the gruelling and harrowing efforts of enslaved African Americans.
As such, the ideas of the ‘alt-right’ have seen a surge in unsuspecting sympathisers who are unaware of what it truly epitomises. The founders of the ‘alt-right’ embody everything that would lead most to accuse them of being nothing but fascists, who embody some characteristics no different from those donned from head to toe in a white gown clutching a flame of abhorrence and animosity. In their pursuit for the ‘white homeland’, Richard Spencer and other leading figures in the movement give no credence nor an ounce of dignity to anyone who has a different ethnic origin or speaks a different tongue to themselves. Such obliviousness to the diversity of respective national cultures runs the risk of an assimilation of similarity, failing to recognise that a successful America is unlikely to exist when whites live with whites and vice-versa. However, I sadly suspect this is what the ‘alt-right’ desire.
Whilst its leaders try to distinguish themselves from the ideas of fascism, the reality is that the similarities between them are truly frightening. The prospect of fear fuels the rhetoric of the ‘alt-right’ resulting in its increasing support. Even though many of its sympathisers do not share beliefs that are as extreme and dangerous as those like Spencer, the ‘alt-right’ exploits the vulnerabilities of people to advance its own treacherous and gravely perturbing ideology.
The Bible states ‘beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves’, and that is how the ‘alt-right’ manifests itself. It clearly has some appeal to a substantial proportion of the American population. Despite this veil of allure, the real materialisation is full of deception and repugnance. If society is to overcome the perils of the ‘alt-right’, it needs to be faced with the utmost condemnation and denunciation. That needs to start at the very top, in the rather aptly named White House.