I share a lot of Secular Talk videos here.
I do this mainly to spotlight the takes that I agree with on issues like censorship, civil liberties, foreign policy and social democracy. We agree on a lot of those issues and share a lot of common ground, but not on modernism or social liberalism which defines the Left these days.
None of this, of course, is anything new with me. I’ve hated the neocons and liberal internationalists since the Iraq War. I have always disliked censorship. I like to read and consider the widest variety of sources and opposing viewpoints and make up my own mind. This has been my view since the days when I was running The Phora in the early 2000s. It is why I mostly default to giving people free reign to say whatever they want within limits (we can’t host violent content) in the comment section. Finally, Alabama is like the capital of rightwing populism for reasons which go back to the early 19th century.
Kyle talks a lot on his show about the New Deal. Insofar as there was ever anything resembling social democracy in the United States, it was because Southerners in the early 20th century voted for FDR four times. It was Southerners like Huey Long who pushed FDR on the issue. It was Southern and Western populists who were the critics and opponents of Eastern capital who were responsible for the laws and policies which leveled out regional divisions in income inequality and industrial development.
As for the Alt-Right, there were people with all kinds of viewpoints who were involved with it who disliked mainstream conservatism for one reason or another. Richard Spencer spoke for himself on a lot of issues which became increasingly clear as time went on. He has lately gone in a new direction which makes little sense to most people who used to be associated with him. Even at the height of the Alt-Right in 2017, the movement was mostly focused on free speech and civil liberties issues.
In the wake of that experience, many of us have carried on with our traditional causes, especially on censorship and support for civil liberties which came under unprecedented attack from the political establishment during the Trump era. Hostility to the American Empire has always been one of our defining causes before, during and after the Alt-Right era. It was Iraq which caused the Alt-Right more than anything else.