Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
a book by David Neiwert
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that this book is the story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States.
Just as Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the U.S. presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black U.S. president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the far right, Tea Party movement conservatives, and Republican activists found common ground. Figures such as Stephen Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones, once rightly dismissed as cranks, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism.
Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, he provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.
"By 2015, domestic acts of terrorism had spiked considerably, the vast majority of these acts were committed by American right wing extremists. The most damaging was the attack and bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Most Americans identify terrorism with radical Islam or Al Qaeda, associated with 9/11." Neiwert pointed out that the Justice Department does not officially report or record acts of domestic terror committed by neo-Nazi’s, environmental extremists, militias, war groups or other isolated madmen.
By 2015, domestic acts of terrorism had spiked considerably, the vast majority of these acts were committed by American right wing extremists. The most damaging was the attack and bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995
Extremist white American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners
The unusual views of the Alt-Right include: Barack Obama is a secret Muslim conspiring with terrorist radicals to impose sharia law on Americans. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and a vast majority of politicians are a part of the elite that favor a New World Order and global government. Global Climate Change is a hoax, and a large amount of other conspiracy theories where white people are targeted by those who favor minorities that “suck away” taxpayer dollars and bring crime and disease to the USA. They favor a border wall that Donald Trump has proposed to keep them out.
- How Obama Betrayed America....And No One Is Holding Him Accountable
- The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government
- Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington
- The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama: Black Book of the American Left: Volume VII
- Obama's Enemies List: How Barack Obama Intimidated America and Stole the Election
- The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama
Liberals championed Obama because of what they wanted and needed him to be, and when the truth was revealed, they kept the myth of a great president alive so they didn't look racist to their friends
The powerful prejudice against racial and ethnic minorities including the LGBT population and religious minorities are the backbone of the ALT agenda. The white supremacists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, xenophobes, misogynists and paranoid conspiracy theorists were embraced by Donald Trump, drawn from the fringe, and into mainstream politics." (Source: missmickee-bookreview, miss mickee, Amazon)
Neiwert says these extremist groups live in an alternative dimension 'beyond fact or logic, where the rules of evidence are replaced by paranoia'
The Southern Poverty Law Center documented an upswing in hate groups and extremist organizations in 2008 through 2013 and then noted a decline starting in 2013. They were moving to the internet. Neiwert says these extremist groups live in an alternative dimension “beyond fact or logic, where the rules of evidence are replaced by paranoia.” But just because they live in an alternate reality doesn't in any way mean these are rocket scientists!
Conspiracy theories are a recurrent theme throughout Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump. These theories offer an explanation as to why the United States of America is not the way they wish it was.
The saddest thing about this book is that it dismisses all "conspiracies" too easily, without examining the evidence. And it accepts the CW (conventional "wisdom") in spite of how many times this CW is proven to be misinformation or disinformation. He puts down the conspiracy theorists as foolish but doesn't realize that sometimes they have a point and their evidence trumps his evidence (or sometimes merely "beliefs") to the contrary. At times when Neiwert is spouting the CW, he is actually just showing how gullible he is.
- Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion
- Democracy—an American Delusion
- Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
- Propaganda and the Public Mind
The fact is that the mainstream media feeds our citizens a steady diet of misinformation as part of their propaganda function
The mainstream media is constantly exploited for its propaganda function
The Alt-America people attacked “the Establishment,” "Black Lives Matter" and “political correctness,” and if Neiwert knew anywhere near as much as he thinks he does, he'd realize these things were being denigrated for good reasons—just like the Occupy Wall Street protests were for good reasons.
In 'Don't Make the Black Kids Angry': The hoax of black victimization and those who enable it, a courageous reporter named Colin Flaherty exposes the fraud that white-on-black crime is way up in the USA. The truth is exactly the opposite: black-on-white crime is way up. This highlights Black Lives Matter as a hoax that Obama and Al Sharpton championed. It is and was fake news. When there is a handful of incidents of excessive force by white cops on blacks but thousands of incidents of black-on-white crime, but only the white-on-black incidents are reported while the black-on-white crime stays out of the news, this is a hoax pushed on us by liberal media trying to be politically correct. Apparently we cannot face the truth about black-on-white crime, so we put our politically correct heads in the sand. As a reporter, Colin Flaherty won more than 40 journalism awards, including Best Investigative from the Society of Professional Journalists in San Diego for a story that resulted in the release of an unjustly convicted black man from prison.
There are thousands of incidents of black-on-white crime, but only the white-on-black incidents are reported
There is statistically a heck of a lot more good reasons for White Lives Matter posters than Black Lives Matter. And the liberal media arbitrarily determining that it is politically correct for blacks to kill whites but not vice versa because, as we all know, blacks are VICTIMS—this is a grievious cultural error. Which blacks in our inner cities used to be slaves—victims of white slaveholders? None of them? It's been a century and a half, and no one living in the USA is to blame for slavery, and no one alive in the USA was a slave. Purusing real statistics, we find that whites are victims more than blacks. But our wonderful liberal media—and Al Sharpton—keep telling them they are victims so they carry Black Lives Matter posters and are mad at whites. It's madness. Are these bleeding hearts trying to foment a race war?
In 2012, the International Labour Organization estimated that 21 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 14.2 million (68%) were exploited for labor, 4.5 million (22%) were sexually exploited, and 2.2 million (10%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor. More of these slaves are white or Oriental than black—by a long way.
Strong opposition to slavery reparations is reflected in the general U.S. population: only 6% of whites support this but 59% of blacks support this—demonstrating just how deeply blacks have bought into the black victimization myth. And yet the average U.S. black today is far better off than the average African black. The slaveowners did them a favor by kidnapping their ancestors, although said ancestors had every right to be resentful. We wish the grabbing of slaves from Africa had never happened so U.S. blacks didn't walk around feeling victimized but instead just like citizens who are equal under the law (this is what wiser blacks feel, since the victim game is a dead end street that is psychologically unhealthy).
Nationally, according to the U.S. Census, Blacks are incarcerated five times more than Whites are, and Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be incarcerated as Whites. (Like everything liberals say and do about race, political correctness rules the day and they stay with their "blacks are victims" mantra, concluding that it is all just racism and couldn't possibly be that crime is seen—and acted on—as cool by 5 times as many blacks due to the influence of rap songs and Hollywood movies.)
In table form:
|2010: Inmates in adult facilities, by race and ethnicity. Jails, and state and federal prisons.|
|Race, ethnicity||% of US population||% of U.S.
|% of racial group|
Political correctness that ends up being a cover for fake news about the victimization of blacks or browns is bad enough, but the microaggressions, microinsults, trigger warnings, and being guilty of privilege so one's opinions are less valuable than opinions of minorities is the worst kind of political correctness, and this stuff has turned our liberal colleges into an education in white hatred by whites and minorities alike. With all this White Shame 101 stuff going on right in the classroom, there's little room for a decent education anymore in academia. And Obama, Hillary, and the Democrats were huge supporters of political correctness in all its ugly forms. This is one of the reasons Trump won.
"Historians may determine that [the day Trump was elected] was the date America’s second civil war began. By that perspective, just as the first Civil War was the last gasp of slavery, this second is very likely the last gasp of aging white Americans — their full-throated death rattle against an America that they detest for having changed so dramatically the traditions and power structures by which those whites had lived. Regressions are often like that. They are an angry attempt to prevent a threatening future from arriving. Republicans had long preyed upon these discontents, but did so tepidly — a wink-and-nod approach. Trump voiced them and validated them, making racism, nativism and sexism acceptable. It will be his primary legacy." (Source: Why the Trump Era Won’t Pass Without Serious Damage to America: Conservatism has turned itself into a civic religion and columnist Neal Gabler fears the damages wrought in the Trump era will be permanent and lasting, Neal Gabler, billmoyers.com)
Trump is obviously the poster child for the UNenlightened leader, but the racist, sexist, paranoid, hateful white nationalists wanted a representative and Trump was a perfect fit
"Ultimately, the right-wing populist solution to the world’s problems is to submit to an authoritarian 'enlightened' ruler." says Neiwert. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how far Trump is from being 'enlightened'. He's obviously the poster child for UNenlightened. The Tea Party/Patriots/Right-wing populists movement gave a home to and a voice to racist, sexist, paranoid, hateful white nationalists and supremacists, conspiracy theorists and xenophobes, even Klansmen and skinheads and other violent radicals. They believed that liberals wanted a new world order that would enslave humanity, and they believed that liberal elites were behind 9/11.
But they were wrong that the elites that were screwing them over were specifically liberal or conservative. They were rich neocons and oligarchs of the shadow government. Who is in this organization? People like the Kochs, Dick Cheney, and others. The public doesn't know about them as they choose to be invisible, but act like a puppet government, pulling the strings of major decisions like war, propaganda in the mainstream media, political realities. Right-wing media has been pumping out hateful "liberal elites" paranoia for decades so red state voters found it a natural fit for their paranoia. "And it was in that shared hatred [for Obama] that the extremist and mainstream right finally cemented their growing alliance." So the mainstream right's hostility to “liberal” elites and “parasitic” minorities and immigrants blossomed. It defied logic to believe that a politician could use such exclusionary, divisive, xenophobic platforms and expect to win elections in a country that is nearly half minorities.
And yet Hitler and many other demagogues have done this and won in democracies. Enter Donald Trump, the guy with tapes of the speeches of tyrants, authoritarians, and demagogues in his nightstand. Trump knew he couldn't win as a statesman or standard politician, so he studied what authoritarian strongmen did to win and he copied them, demonizing immigrants and minorities and Muslims as the problem to hate while serving himself up as the violence loving savior that would make America great again—for white males. The reason Trump won is that the alt-right cheated with Russia's help, spewing fake news everywhere on social media. "In this alternative universe," says Neiwert, "facts and the laws of political gravity do not apply."
Despite statistics that found that right-wing terrorism in the U.S. was twice as frequent as Islamicly-inspired terrorism incidents, officialdom and the media focused only on terrorism threats plotted by Islamist radicals. Right-wing pundits viciously attacked and silenced anyone who tried to bring up right-wing violence in the framework of terrorism; they had grown touchy about their own ideological and rhetorical proximity to the extremism that was fueling the violence. And the neocons championing the American empire building going on, which our leaders insisted on calling a War on Terror, did not want their wars impact to be dilluted by homegrown terror, so the media was silenced by the same propaganda techniques that had been used to pump up Islamic hatred and war support.
The far right has been around a long time, which Netwert clearly demonstrates. Netwert says, "People who have studied the extremist right in a historical and socio-political phenomenaon in depth are acutely aware of a simple truth: America has been very, very lucky so far when it comes to fascistic political movements. . . . Trump is the logical end result of a years-long series of assaults by the American right, not just on American liberalism but on democratic institutions themselves. With Trump, the long-term radicalization of the right has come home to roost." See Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
Both Trump and the Republicans have done everything possible to rob the nonrich and stuff the plunder into their greedy overstuffed wallets—these hogs at the trough are barely leaving us nonrich a few scraps to fight over
In the USA, the rich are shaking down the poor
The Establishment refers to many things. It means the 1% that the 99% were protesting about in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. It means the greedy U.S. financial institutions that used to—along with the stock market—share a few crumbs of wealth with the nonrich in decent CD rates and stock investments. It means the greedy rich who are systematically robbing the nonrich in ways insightfully exposed by Noam Chomsky in his excellent book Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. This is one of the most important books (and documentary films) ever written, and it comes at a critical time in American history. It is a coherent narrative of the corruption of our American socio-economic-political systems. In addition to being a requiem, the film is also a post mortem, containing descriptions of the strategies and tactics that have transformed the United States of America into an oligarchy.
The Establishment turns our innocent, unknowing young people into cannon fodder, lying that it is needed because of terrorists we need to deal with. The truth is that the War on Terror is a fraud
A recent government report shows that from Sept. 12, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2016, there were 85 deadly attacks in the United States perpetrated by violent extremists, and most of the attacks were carried out by far-right violent extremists, not radical Islamics. See: A look at the data on domestic terrorism and who’s behind it And there have been no terrorist attacks since 9/11 by extremists from countries in Trump's travel ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The ban makes little sense, since it is Saudi Arabia that most of the 9/11 conspirators came from.
The War on Terror is a fraud: it is a war OF terror and the U.S. oligarchs are not waging it to keep us safe but to get our money. The U.S. military is a terrorist factory—for every one we shoot, we create 10 more composed of mad relatives
The Military establishment turns our innocent, unknowing young people into cannon fodder, lying that it is needed because of terrorists we need to deal with. The truth is that the War on Terror is a fraud, perpetrated by warmongering neocon elites to try to control the world, to line their buddies' pockets (e.g., Halliburton), and to rob the nonrich and give the booty to the oligarchs of the shadow government. Most everything the corrupt leaders do is to perpetrate a massive wealth transfer from the nonrich citizens to the wealthy elites. Examine the Trump tax plan. Over the next decade it screws all nonrich while enriching the greedy elite and the corporations.
Most everything the corrupt leaders do is to perpetrate a massive wealth transfer from the nonrich citizens to the wealthy elites. Examine the Trump tax plan. Over the next decade it screws all nonrich while enriching the greedy elite
“The seemingly sudden reemergence of the far right in America has left many in a state of panic and bewilderment. Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump will be essential in helping us to comprehend the depth of its foundations in national life.”
—Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
“Over the last two decades, David Neiwert has been one of our finest analysts of the American far right, paying sustained, serious and careful attention to the seemingly fringe movements of conspiracy theorists and insurrectionists. Now it turns out these movements are not so fringe after all but have helped elect Donald Trump as president. This crisply written book, grounded in his solid reporting, tells the whole sordid story with clarity and force. More than anyone else, Neiwert understands that Trumpism has deep roots in American culture and history. In this book, he lays out those roots for all to see.” —Jeet Heer, Senior Editor at the New Republic
“For over a decade, David Neiwert has been America’s canary in the coal mine—our national early-warning system on the spread of corrosive, eliminationist, right-wing hatred in our midst.” —Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
“David Neiwert is among the most astute analysts of the contemporary right.” —Joe Conason, author of Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
“Neiwert has not only earned his investigative chops over the past decade or so by exploring the dangerous side of right-wing extremism—he’s proven himself to be one of the more lyrical and elegant writers on the beat.” —Daily Kos
“An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump … A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today.” —Kirkus
“Offers the most comprehensive account of the United States’ renewed extremist cultures … Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump excites in its ability to connect the seemingly extraordinary alt-right to the broader culture of wing-nut conservatism, drawing white nationalism, 4chan, Donald Trump, Alex Jones and Fox News together into a wonky negaverse version of political life.” —John Semley, Globe and Mail
" . . . there is one respect in which Trump’s tenure in office has been rather ordinary: his administration’s year-long effort to push familiar Republican initiatives that shift money and power towards corporations and the rich, and away from everybody else. No, this is not the kind of presidency that Trump promised. As a candidate, he portrayed himself as a different sort of Republican, one who would attack the financial industry, govern independently of wealthy special interests, and protect public programs on which poor and middle-class Americans depend." (Source: Trump’s Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American Workers: He promised to defend “forgotten Americans.” Then he forgot them., Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost)
How the rich responded to Trump bathing the rich in middleclass cash: they rolled around in their money bins laughing their rich greedy asses off