Examing the alt-right

A lot of ink has been spilled about the alt-right this election season. As Trump's star is rising so too is that of the alt-right,  an obscure (relatively speaking) political movement that found a home on websites like 4chan and Reddit. This hodge-podge of technocratic, racist, authoritarians have, scarily enough, gotten themselves a foothold on legitimacy over the past few months.

Vox has by far the the most nuanced look at the philosophy behind the movement that I've seen so far.

But win or lose, Trump has shown that overt contempt for racial equality, naked tribalistic appeals to white racial solidarity, and vaguely authoritarian rhetoric can add up to a very successful campaign, at least within the Republican Party. That gives the alt-right new relevance, and helps convince its members that America might be ready for their ideas.

It also opens the door for a more sophisticated future candidate, one reared on alt-right arguments rather than stumbling into them the way Trump has. Such a candidate could effectively whip up an alt-right base of support, but potentially use it more intelligently and effectively than Trump. If this sounds fantastical, it’s worth remembering that open white supremacists like Strom Thurmond and James Eastland were serving in the US Senate 40, 30, even 20 years ago. Our current period without avowed white nationalists in power, backed by an organized constituency of the same, is the exception, not the norm.
— The alt-right is more than warmed-over white supremacy. It’s that, but way way weirder.