Campus liberalism has enjoyed considerable rampancy in the contemporary social landscape, and there are few academics, activists, and commentators who have gone untouched by the phenomena of postmodernism, moral relativism, and globalism. A multitude of popular personalities have heralded leftist agendas, including Milo Stewart, Riley J. Dennis, Anita Sarkeesian, and Laci Green (although Green has recently expressed uncharacteristically anti-SJW rhetoric). Cultural Marxism, that is, the application of Marx’s theoretical social and economic reforms into sociology, has enjoyed almost untouched fame and unquestionable support by institutions of higher education and social media platforms.
American University, for example, allows students to refer to themselves with “non-binary pronouns” and expects faculty to follow suit. The University of Vermont has since issued similar reforms to support the lifestyles of those who choose to identify as a supposed gender that is neither male nor female. Even Harvard University permits students to identify themselves with unorthodox gender pronouns such as ze, hir, and hirs.
But, as with most social crises, the pendulum swings from the left to the right, and its growing momentum is witnessed on the large presence that those on the far right boast on the internet. The advent of Donald J. Trump proves that the United States is not wholly submissive to the SJW policies of radical foreign inclusion, gender progressivism, and moral relativism. It is wisely acknowledged by social critics that this social and political pendulum swung left with great force in 2008 when Obama’s rhetorical flourishes concerning unity and hope appealed to a considerable majority of the American populace.
Now, however, the pendulum swings right.
According to Google Trends, interest in the alt-right movement skyrocketed in late 2016, peaking in November. Despite constant belittlement by liberal voices such as The Anti-Defamation League, the alt-right has only gone on to enjoy increasing favor by younger people groups, specifically those born after 2000. This new generation of young men and women are revealing themselves to be the most conservative generation since the Baby Boomers, essentially meaning that your four-year-old niece is like to be a white nationalist than your great-grandfather.
Offering a number for the amount of people wittingly or unwittingly within the alt-right movement is a difficult feat, because the alt-right is a fluid movement that often transcends the common two-party system of the United States political paradigm. The sudden increase in traffic to websites that are considered by many as “alt-right outlets” such as Breitbart, Info Wars, and the National Policy Institute in 2016-2017 reveals that there is certainly some sort of social stimulation regarding far right ideologies.
Figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer have been receiving an asinine amount of press coverage lately, presumably under the guise of discrediting their relatively “extremist” stance on certain social issues. However, the press received by those in the reactionary movement doesn’t appear to decrease approval for far-right ideologies such as fascism, white nationalism and supremacism, Western chauvinism, anti-globalism, and anti-multiculturalism. In fact, these ideologies only seem to be growing based on the growth off of internet statistics.
4chan.org, an internet outlet notorious for the promulgation of neo-Nazism and anti-leftism on /pol/ together with the hive-mind type of generating (or hijacking) memes with an alt-right bent. 4chan has seen unprecedented rates of growth in terms of visitation and engagement. With an extremely low bounce rate of 17.60% (-5%) and an increase in global ranking from 317 to 212 in the past three months.
Allum Bokhari and Milo Yiannopoulos defined the gradual increase in those associated with the alt-right as “isolationists, pro-Russians and ex-Ron Paul supporters frustrated with continued neoconservative domination of the Republican party.” As the Republican Party begins to express softness on certain political issues and as the progressive left continues to riot against instances of free speech, gun rights, and classical national identity, the alt-right is seeing a large influx of alumni from both sides of the Republican-Democratic coin. The far left has enjoyed the pendulum being on their side for far too long, and now, as always, the pendulum swings.