|"A Tent in the Rockies" by John Singer Sargent|
by The Editors
On Xmas Day, 2013, the Alt-Right was, for all intents and purposes, dead. The first incarnation, alternativeright.com had been shut down and the term “Alternative Right” had been disavowed by some of those with whom it had been most closely associated.
The direction of the True Right seemed to be once again set towards the arid desert of splinterism and petty purism – Duginist Eurasianists over here, Pro-Ukrainian ethno-nats over there, Trad Catholics round the corner, Libertarian Race Realists out in the garden, Pagan Traditionalists in the small cupboard under the stairs, Manosphere types in the basement, etc., etc.
But, rather than declare the Alt-Right dead, we (Andy & Colin) still believed there was a role for an umbrella term and "polymorphous idea space" by which these nascent and embryonic strands could develop and draw strength from each other, without necessarily being in perfect agreement.
So it was that we decided to pick the term out of the gutter, where it had been discarded, and so keep the torch burning. Over the next few years, the term survived and made a remarkable comeback, thanks to it being widely adopted by others, including groups like The Right Stuff and popular vloggers like Millennial Woes and Ramzpaul, to name a few – several Twitter users also played a big part – so that the term Alt-Right even wnet mainstream, being picked up by sites like Breitbart and beyond.
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