There’s an interesting moment in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’ book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign when two obscure Democrat operatives who involved in her presidential debate-prep sessions, Karen Dunn and Ron Klain, “stressed that Trump, contrary to popular opinion, had actually put forth a lot of policy ideas.” (VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow had the same perception). President Trump just done it again. In his August 15 press conference, he very reasonably asked the Main Stream Media/ Opposition Party, in the context of their Charlottesville Fake News, “What about the Alt-Left that came charging at the, as you say, the Alt Right?” And in his August 23 Phoenix speech, as Leftists rioted in the streets and the MSM covered for them, he called out “AntiFa” by name. [Donald Trump Calls Out Antifa for Violence, Breitbart, August 23, 2017]
Neither of these concepts are welcome to our Ruling Class. An ADL analyst sniffs “the word was made up to create a false equivalence between the far-right and ‘anything vaguely left-seeming that they didn’t like’ “.[‘No such thing as the alt-left:’ Donald Trump’s phrase for counter-protesters dismissed by extremism experts, by Liam Stack, UK Independent, August 16, 2017]
This tells us, of course, that the terms are both useful and capture something essential about this movement. The Alt Left is an explicitly Cultural Marxist and overtly totalitarian movement with nothing in common with the classical liberalism which once defined the Left and, for much of its history, the Democratic Party. AntiFa is its communist paramilitary wing, completely without parallel on the Right. [ “They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group, by Sean Illing, Vox.com, August 25, 2017] This Alt Left, along with race-based identity politics, have now completely captured the party of Jefferson and Jackson (and are in fact evicting them).
The term is “Alt Left” not totally new. It was used in two main forms before Charlottesville:
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