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The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know should be read by anyone curious about the genesis and growth of the movement it examines. Comprehensive and approachable, it provides the reader opposed to fascism but uncertain as to why with information and knowledge certain to enhance one's understanding of the movement and, importantly, why it must be fought.--CounterPunch


Structured like a primer - part glossary, part who's who - [
The Alt-Right] situates the loose-knit tendency known as the alternative right within the broader context of American conservatism.--The Guardian


--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know should be read by anyone curious about the genesis and growth of the movement it examines. Comprehensive and approachable, it provides the reader opposed to fascism but uncertain as to why with information and knowledge certain to enhance one's understanding of the movement and, importantly, why it must be fought."--CounterPunch "Structured like a primer - part glossary, part who's who - [The Alt-Right] situates the loose-knit tendency known as the "alternative right" within the broader context of American conservatism."--The Guardian --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JFN4KYS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press (7 November 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1490 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
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I am an associate professor of political science at the University of Alabama. My research interests include demography, electoral behavior, political parties, immigration policy, the radical right, and the conservative movement in America.

I earned my Ph.D in political science from the University of Houston and my undergraduate degrees in political science and print journalism from Central Washington University.

Before entering graduate school, I worked in politics in Washington, DC, for multiple groups and individuals. While my teaching and academic research keep me busy, I am also an active consultant and media commentator (and always looking for new projects).

While I am a proud native of the Pacific Northwest, I presently enjoy life with my wife and children here in the heart of Dixie.

Visit my website at www.georgehawley.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So BASED! It covers (((Jews))), Milo, Lauren Southern, Mike Enoch and Cernovich. Accurate. Fair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So BASED! It covers (((Jews))), Milo, Lauren Southern, Mike Enoch and Cernovich. Accurate. Fair.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2019
Here are some things that I found interesting. I think they'll give you a flavour of the book. (TBH, it's quite waffly so I wouldn't blame you if you didn't want to read it !)

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### ON ANTIFA
• The author acknowledges that some of them commit really bad violence.
• Hawley points out they do NOT want free speech.
• [This is refreshing to see! Few people point out there's unacceptable violence on both sides!]

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### IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE
• The author acknowledges that it is in fact okay (to be white) [a very obviously true statement]
• Whenever there's a backlash to it, it *looks* like those people are saying it's *not* okay to be white. [They look silly.]
• This is something that Fox News host Tucker Carlson has used to his advantage

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### WHAT DOES "ALT-RIGHT" EVEN MEAN? 🤔
• The author *gets* that meanings change over time.
• So, back in 2015/6 some people said they were "alt-right". This was *before* it came to mean ethno-nationalist.
🎖 I think this is very honest — Hawley could have easily smeared prominent civic nationalists as white nationalists.
• The author correctly states that the book may become out-of-date as time goes on. [Its meaning may change again in the next few years.]

## OUT OF DATE
• As if to demonstrate how fast things move, as of March 2019, Baked Alaska says he's "left the Alt-Right".. this happened after the book was printed. [I see many now calling him "Blacked Alascuck", which is highly creative.]

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### ON PEPE THE FROG
🐸 The author correctly states that people who use the image (for memes or whatever) may have absolutely nothing to do with the alt-right.
🐸 A lot of Alt-Right people have now moved onto "groypers" anyway.

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### ON MIKE CERNOVICH
• Author notes that Cernovich fell-out with a bunch of people, around the time the Ball ("Deploro-Ball") thing happened.
• Since then, he has aligned with the Alt-Lite (for the most part).
• Cernovich was a "pizzagate" believer 🙄

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### ON RICHARD SPENCER
• He isn’t actually the leader, he's just some bloke. [There is no leader.]
• Because his family is well off, he hasn't cared about being doxed (and it impacting his livelihood)
• Mike Cernovich, for example, has way more twitter followers. (later in the book, hawley points out that Cernovich is alt-lite)

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### ORANGE MAN BAD
Some in Alt-Right are VERY disappointed with Trump:
💣 The Alt-Right were outraged by Trump's decision in 2017 to bomb Syria 🇸🇾.
🧱 No wall in actual reality (🇺🇸/🇲🇽)

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### ON (((JEWS)))
✡️ Holocaust denial (and antisemitism) is extremely prevalent ☹️
• The author points out that, while many in the Alt-Right are not fond of (((jews))), some are friendly with them?
• For example, Hawley says that a man called Jared Taylor likes Jews (or is at least not hostile to them, maybe "likes" is the wrong word?)
⭐️ I had no idea there was this amount of diversity [of thought] in the Alt-Right.

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### HIGHBROW WHITE NATIONALISM:
• Some in the alt-right, the author says, like Jared Taylor, aspire to be more highbrow. [I think he's the guy who says "Hwite"?]
• They don't use racial slurs.
• They denounce stuff like Hitler salutes.
• Hawley doesn't seem impressed.

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### ON GAVIN McINESS:
• It correctly says he is alt-LITE; I expected the book to smear him as alt-right.
• [I randomly watched a YouTube video where McIness was at pains to say he disavowed nazi type stuff.]
• McIness is "married to a nonwhite woman and has mixed-race children".
• On page 195, Hawley says he has "expressed hostility to feminism" and "disgust towards transgendered people".
• On page 196 there are descriptions of "Proud Boys" rituals — They are very strange! It reads like a joke so not sure if they're true.

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### ON CUCKS:
• The word "cuckold" is in this book.
• The term "cuck-servatives" is explained.
• Author mentions "cucking" 🤣
• [A great deal of discourse in the Alt-Right seems to involve calling people "cucks", so I'd be disappointed if this was missing.]

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### ON TROLLING:
• Hawley mentions the /pol/ message boards on 4chan and 8chan, where virulent racism is prevalent, and trolls say offensive things.
• The author observed that 👌🏻 [okay gesture] started out as a hoax, planned by 4chan trolls.
• Many media outlets got trolled into believing 👌🏻 was a secret white supremacist sign.
• Trolls love to provoke a reaction — even a negative reaction, it causes them great entertainment.
• There is a lot of irony and in-jokes. You can't take anything at face value.

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### MILO YIANNOPOULOS
• The book mentions his based black husband and half-(((Jewish))) ancestry.
• it talked about a Buzfeed scoop that showed he collaborated some naughty people behind the scenes.
• Basically he exchanged emails with neo nazis while pretending he disavowed them.
• The book summaries Milo's downfall, around CPAC, when his old podcast interviews were bought up, where it sounded like he was possibly condoning something extremely degenerate.

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### ON TWITTER:
• Twitter is inconsistent with how they dish out bans — they banned the polite Jarred Taylor but not [the arguably far more problematic] David Duke.
• Twitter sanctioned some people by removing their blue verification ✔️ (e.g. Richard Spencer)
• It covers Milo being banned for being unkind to Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters 3).

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### ALT-TECH (ALTERNATIVE TECH)
• Gab 🐸 is discussed.
• "Patreon" alternatives (all of which have died) are mentioned — "Hatreon", and one that I hadn't heard of, called "GoyFundMe" 🙄

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### ON LAUREN SOUTHERN
• The book basically said she could be either alt-right or (((alt-lite))) — and basically who cares. It's just a label.
• The book didn't lie about that thing where she shot flares — it just described matter-of-fact what she did. [it was a protest with some identitarians][it's often exaggerated.]

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### DOXING ETHICS
• The book's author mentions that Scottish vlogger Millennial Woes has been widely doxed by the UK press.
• Even so, George Hawley does NOT print his real name.
⭐️ That's mature and surprising. It gives the author more gravitas.
• The book talks about a guy who goes by the moniker "Mike Enoch". He has been widely doxed apparently. Hawley doesn't repeat his "dox".

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### WHAT'S MISSING?
• NOT in this book at all: Sam Hyde, the Mürdoch Mürdoch cartoon 🤔. [This is not a criticism as no one can possibly include everything.]

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### BIAS?
• I wonder if the author goes too hard on people for perceived islamophobia. While anti Muslim bigotry is very prevalent, and deplorable, there are some legitimate criticisms that people make — e.g. values that are diametrically opposed to western freedom.
• There are allusions to opposition to feminism. This is prevalent in regular (non-racist) conservatism. Furthermore, a lot of people on the left (and centre) are not delighted with (3rd wave) feminism.

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### WHITE SHARIAH
• In the context of women, Hawley talks about "white Shariah" advocated by some personalities. While this is the case, I think it is a meme? I always thought it was people being ironic? It's hard to tell! Hawley may be trolled 🤔 [page 15]

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### CITATIONS :

# SPLC TRUSTWORTHINESS?
• The author cites Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC).
• I think their credibility was irreparably damaged when they lied 🤥 about Majid Nawaz.
• [SPLC settled out of court with Nawaz, paying damages and admitted what they said was defamatory.]
• So, for example, when SPLC designates the "Proud Boys" a hate group, can you actually trust them 🤔?

# MANUALLY TYPING LINKS:
🔗 There's a massive list of links at the end — a section called "notes".
🔗 This is good but there needs to be an electronic version as well because it's too onerous to type them out 😩

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### CAVEATS:
• I haven't read the whole book; I've only skimmed parts.
• I'm a slow reader 🤪
• Please be patient with me — I have autism. (Please no bully.)
• My knowledge is very fractured — while I know about some stuff that has occurred in the last 3 or 4 years, I know **nothing** about White Nationalism/Supremacy from the olden days (70s/80s especially)

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### CONCLUSION:
⭐️ I think credit is due to the author for being succinct, dispassionate, and perceptive.
⭐️ Hawley isn't some idiot who misreads everything as a "dog whistle".
⭐️ It seems generally accurate and fair. I imagine that even people in Alt-Right will think so?
🧠 It gets my noggin jogging.
🎓 This is a good scholarly resource, as long as you realise it will be out-of-date very quickly.

TL;DR — seems pretty good
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