The Alt-Right Is Political Punk Rock

The Alt-Right Is Political Punk Rock, by Steve Sailer.

Why is Trump outsmarting Hillary? And what’s this “alt-right” she’s denouncing?

Hillary has been doing almost nothing but politics for over 40 years, while Trump has had a lot of other fun stuff to think about. Shouldn’t she be dominating him on the issues? How is this a close race?

Trump criticized by the establishment and media .. for putting American people first!

But over the years the Establishment has allowed itself to slip into bizarre positions. For example, on Labor Day [Sep 5] the Times cited the following sentence from Trump’s immigration speech as a dog whistle from the candidate to the “shadowy fringes” of the sinister “alt-right”: ”

Mr. Trump says he isn’t signaling the alt-right…when he said—in a line widely quoted on alt-right websites—“There is only one core issue in the immigration debate and it is this: the well-being of the American people.”

Trump, in contrast, subscribes to a sort of American Gaullism that puts the well-being of the American people first.

Is that “alt-right”? Or is it common sense? Or both?

The music:

Hillary’s recent speech denouncing the alt-right has raised eyebrows. It was as if in 1976 progressive-rock titans Emerson, Lake & Palmer had released a double album devoted to excoriating this new band nobody had ever heard of before called the Ramones [the first punk band, before the Sex Pistols, and from New York].

If you can remember back four decades, it might strike you that the alt-right phenomenon of 2016 is basically political punk rock: loud, abrasive, hostile, white, back to basics, and fun.

Johnny Ramone was not as talented a musician as Keith Emerson, but a decade after Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s he had some timely ideas about how rock should get on track again. …

But it didn’t seem that way to many at the time. The punk rockers struck most nice people then as barbaric. Which they sort of were. That was the point of picking up an electric guitar: to make a lot of noise.

Even the most deplorable habit of a few on the alt-right — the use of Nazi imagery — has its punk predecessors. The Ramones’ greatest song was “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

I’d add that the early punks, especially The Clash, even though they were a famously leftist band, were also an implicit white identity movement.

Since attacking the alt-right on Aug 25, Hillary’s poll lead has been shrinking:

Real Clear Polls, 7 Sep 2016

Not sure what the alt-right is about? Don’t let the left wing media define them, let them talk for themselves: