Alternative Right is in the news again.
This time, rather than Rachel Maddow at MSNBC huffing about the extremists at NPI, we have a reporter named Anna Merlan at the Village Voice sneering about the "old white guys" at the Mencken Club, which has recently (and predictably) been labeled a "hate group" by the ever-vigilant, eagle-eyed watchdogs at the Southern Poverty Law Center:
The focus of the piece is Mencken Club founder Paul Gottfried, an esteemed academic and longtime contributor to Alternative Right, but not one directly affiliated with our little journal. Yet Gottfried is not the only luminary mentioned in Ms. Merlan's article. While most of the piece is spent ridiculing the Mencken Club as "geriatric" and irrelevant, thus inviting its Village-dwelling readers' snickers of lordly, bohemian, trust-fund fed contempt, that condescension is leavened with an ounce of good old-fashioned fear of (dun-dun-DUNNN!) the return of the spectre of good-old fashioned Fascism.
And that is where Alt Right, and its hardly geriatric, dapper, square-jawed founder enters the mix about two-thirds of the way in:
"Yet the notion that American culture is mostly "European" is the sort of thing that frequently gets the club into hot water. Board member Richard B. Spencer, founder of AlternativeRight.com, has been known to wax on about things like the need to strengthen the right wing's 'historical Anglo-American majority' as the 'indigenous ruling class of this country.' "
Gasp! Gulp! The horror, the horror. It can't happen here, can it???
Andy Nowicki, co-editor of Alternative Right, is a Catholic reactionary writer who loathes all modernist dogmas and superstitions. He is the author of five books, including Heart Killer and The Columbine Pilgrim. He occasionally updates his blog (www.andynowicki.blogspot.com ) when the spirit moves him to do so.