Friday, July 13, 2018
Weird Scenes Inside The New Right...
Or alt-right, or whatever it morphs into next.
People keep pushing me towards the alt/new-right community and I keep pulling back. I’ve put up pro-alt right posts here before on behalf of others, but personally I made my feelings for it known in March 2010 in a post titled ‘Oxymoronic’.
But here we are in 2018. And the “scene” is still going. I think.
Some years ago a man named Dave McGowan wrote a book called ‘Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon’. It was a quasi-conspiratorial book chronicling the rise of the counter pop-cultural leaders who had, for some reason, clustered in and around Laurel Canyon in L.A.
The basic thrust of his research was to expose the fact that most, if not all, of the biggest names of the 1960‘s pop counter-cultural movement were the children of well connected families -often with prestigious military backgrounds. For example, Jim Morrison was the rich, preppy, son of Admiral George Steven Morrison -who made his mark in history by commanding the Carrier Division at the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, which effectively sparked the Vietnam War.
A great many of the pop stars of the era who emerged with the counterculture had similar backgrounds. They also had a knack of avoiding the Draft or any serious criminal charges from their very public use of illicit drugs.
And they all gathered around Laurel Canyon which had no musical infrastructure whatsoever but had been heavily populated in the past by military families. It was also the location of a secret military base called Lookout Mountain Laboratory, which, apparently, specialized in media (moves, tv, art, music, etc..) creation.
Which brings me to the alt-right or new-right.
There are a number of people who have put their names and faces out there as not only members of this movement, but, via the publicity they try to generate, implicit leaders of it as well.
And this publicity they seek comes with marketing.
Like the rock stars of the 60's who were promoting “revolution” via their albums that you had to buy and which coincidentally made them rich, the new/alt-right is also promoting “revolution” via platforms from which they sale a wide range of merchandise -t-shirts, coffee cups, books, organized conferences, etc..
And notice that the revolution both alt-right and their forebears in the 60's counter-cultural pop scene promote is the ‘long march through the institutions’ type of revolution. Which, of course, is no revolution at all. It’s just a reformation that actually protects and defends the system and actually enlivens it.
Like the Catholic Church of old -instead of wanting to dismantle Rome and scatter it to the four winds, they want to capture the monstrosity and make it their monstrosity.
In fact the alt-right has almost the exact same fingerprints as the phony 1960's counterculture.
How many of those public faces in the new right/alt-media have backgrounds in media, music, press, etc?
How many of those public faces in the new right/alt-media come from money?
How many of them have well funded patrons?
How many of them are marketing a product while dressed in alt-garb, making pepe memes and espousing a radical ideology that actually (ultimately) defends and supports the system they claim to oppose?
And now we see things like Qanon and justwalkaway which have a suspiciously slick looking research-based marketing style approach of 'oppose the system by making it better' type of bait and switch.
The reality is that the system is so pervasive that there’s not a single movement that it can’t subsume into itself.
No revolutionary ever graduated from college!
If there is ever any real opposition to the system to manifest, all hell will break loose.
The end result will be that either the opposition is crushed or the system and its entire infrastructure is utterly destroyed.
In the meantime enjoy the counter-cultural podcasts. And be sure to buy one of their t-shirts, books or coffee mugs!