The alt-right: reactionary rehabilitation for white masculinity
US alt-right extremism is a logical consequence of mainstream neo-conservatism.
After the 2016 presidential election, as the US media scrambled for ways to understand the sources of Trump’s support, there was a dramatic proliferation on news sites of profiles of figures from the alt-right such as Milo Yiannopolous and Richard Spencer - many of them alarmingly deferential in tone. Almost immediately, however, there was an understandable backlash from liberal commentators and activists, urging journalists to stop using the euphemistic ‘alt-right’ moniker and to instead refer to the loosely-defined digital subculture to which the label was attached as ‘neo-Nazi’.
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