Here is the current state of my Inbox:
This was a good email.
The coronavirus has provoked some strong reactions:
This is my own fault.
The Alt-Right was always deeply flawed. I’ve known that for years. I have come to dislike all these terms and regret having ever identified with any of them. They invariably become toxic.
It is clear now the term “Dissident Right” is also overly broad and this crisis has just exposed a preexisting fault line. There are people who are “dissidents” in the sense that they believe things like the earth is flat, the moon landing was a hoax, the victims of mass shootings are “crisis actors,” viruses are not real, microchips are being implanted in our brains to create “a worldwide slave grid,” SARS is the flu, women are the enemy of men, Harvey Weinstein is a hero, and so on. It makes no sense to continue to use a term that lumps together people who have such radically different values, perspectives and temperaments. Many of these people tend to overlap with the fringes of conservatism and libertarianism.
I just shake my head in disbelief. The coronavirus was a once in a lifetime crisis that came along and vindicated pretty much everything we believe: unregulated immigration, the foolishness of outsourcing our manufacturing base to China, the Left’s unhealthy obsession with “racism” and “xenophobia,” the Right’s unhealthy obsession with the stock market, the entire liberal mainstream dismissing the virus as the flu, etc. Instead of nailing our elites to the wall though on these issues, much of the Dissident Right plunged head first into an abyss of conservative and libertarian conspiracy theories.
How many people have family members who have gotten the virus? How many people have friends and family members who work in the hospitals and who are dealing with this crisis right now? There are people who support this website who have actually gotten coronavirus and are recovering from it. Some people in the Dissident Right are determined to tell those people it is a HOAX and none of it is real. I’m not even sure what we are doing at this point or who we are trying to convince. Instead of discrediting the political establishment which didn’t have its eye on the ball, this is a missed opportunity that has discredited many of its critics. Those early missteps will be conveniently forgotten and instead the narrative will be “look at this nuttery” on the Right as the global death toll from this mounts.