Some of the things that I said in talking about Charlottesville and the Alt Right use cheap rhetorical devices and a level of discourse that I am not very comfortable in standing behind.
I hope that you understand that my intentions were not to provide detailed and nuanced commentary of the issues, but to make an appeal in clear and expressive language in order to make the point that the issue is one that is very serious and should be taken as such.
Calling these people "Nazis" is not just for hyperbole, it's not just because they really do hold the same values and strategies as the Nazis, but because they purposefully tried to distance themselves away from the perception of being Nazis because they know that people are against it. That's why they are called the Alt Right, because until recently no one who wasn't a part of it really knew what that meant.
Now that they have been unmasked, they are revising their strategies. We may think that we have succeeded if there aren't anymore KKK rallies or something like that. In Germany it's illegal to show the swastika or any Nazi images, so the Nazis don't do that. That doesn't mean there are no Nazis. There was a group called the Nation Socialist Underground that just went around murdering people, and they didn't do anything to promote Nazism. They got away with it for 20 years because until they were caught, the government didn't even know that it was a Nazi group, and just thought it was typical crime.
Their main method isn't going to be violence, though. So again, that's a good thing, right? less violence is good. That's only because right now violence doesn't work because too many people are against them. What they want is to get people to agree with them so that later when the violence does happen it will be justified and not thought of as violence.
You don't need to use force to make people do what you want. First you need to change the way that they talk by putting your words into their mouth. Then you're already there. If they say what you want them to say, they are now thinking what you want them to think.
Trump said that both sides were equally to blame, both the Alt Right and the Alt Left.
That sounds reasonable, maybe. Think about it. If there is an extremist right wing it makes sense that there is an extremist left wing.
So where did the "Alt Right" come from? It came from them, that's the name that they came up with for themselves. It's to appeal to the right wing and grant them the appearance of legitimacy by attaching themselves to an established and accepted political group. So where did the "Alt Left" come from? It came from the Alt Right. It didn't come from the left, the radical left don't call themselves the Alt Left, why would they? That would equate them with the Alt Right.
So they made up their own counter group, but not for the reason that you might think. Not to attack the left. The Alt Right want to exterminate black people, so therefor the Alt Left must want to exterminate white people...which is exactly the central platform of the Alt Right. That's how they justify it, just like Hitler did.
Since I pointed out that Trump uses Nazi rhetoric, let me be clear that I don't think he is a Nazi. The Nazis aren't in control and they aren't even really the problem. The Third Reich is never going to come again, and I'm not sure if they even believe it. But what they can do is help to empower the people who are the real threat. Those people are smarter and they don't care about any idealogy. The real problem that we have to worry about is the centralization of power and the erosion of individual freedoms. That's been a problem for all of human history and it can happen all too easily.
Spread out all around us is a petrified world, a world of Things, where we ourselves, our gestures, and even our feelings figure in as Things. Nothing can belong to us as truly our own in such a landscape of death. Under commodity occupation the most concrete truth about everything is the truth of it's infinite replaceablity.