Thursday, March 22, 2018

Atlantic Magazine's short film: "Rebranding White Nationalism: Inside the Alt-Right"



Atlantic Magazine did indeed create a lot of controversy at the end of 2016 with the 11 minute documentary “Rebranding White Nationalism: Inside the Alt-Right”, directed by Daniel Lambroso.  The film has an alternative title, “Inside Richard Spencer’s Alt-Right”.
  

The visitor is advised to play the film on YouTube and read “The Atlantic” ‘s own descriptive comments, which are quite extensive.

An excerpt from this film got “pseudo-deleted” (removed from the search index) by YouTube for a while as hate speech, but was restored after Atlantic complained.
  
The film does open with Spencer’s “Hail Trump” before it gets into documentary mode.  In the beginning, Spencer seems to be articulating merely a frustration with minority identity politics and intersectionality.  That would be OK.  But soon he seems to shift to wanting a white identity, and makes a bizarre suggestion for a return of the (Holy) Roman Empire as a “safe space” for “Europeans”, a kind of perversion of campus speech codes on a continental scale.  Another, elderly, supporter describes himself as a “tribalist”, but for white people.  The documentary does show some screen shots of “Daily Stormer” stuff, and mentions 4chan.  It also shows a scene from the Charlottesville riots, where Antifa is apparently fighting back physically.
   
Some viewers will find this video disturbing.

Milo Yiannopoulos talks about this on CNBC, here (Sept. 2016).

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