The leftist intellectuals claim that “alt-right” denotes the people on the extreme right who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of forms of conservatism that embrace implicit or explicit racism or white supremacy.
But if the issue is “racism” and “white supremacy,” then why not call these people “racist” and “white supremacist”? Why do we need to invent the new term of “alt-right”?
It isn't clear at all what the term “alt-right” means, but the leftists have been able to create the impression that it denotes people who are "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic." The leftists are not interested in fighting racism. Their sole agenda is to denounce and demonize the people who do not accept the leftist worldview.
The leftists are the masters in using new terms for vilifying their ideological opponents. In the erstwhile Soviet Union, Lenin and Stalin used the term “bourgeoisie” to vilify tens of millions of people. Being labelled as the bourgeoise in the Soviet Union was equivalent to a death sentence. The Soviet regime could label anyone as the bourgeoise. No one was safe.
The term "alt-right" is as confusing as the concept of “bourgeoise.” It can be imposed on anyone who is opposed to the leftist agenda.
In her article, “Extremism: The Art of Smearing” (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal) Ayn Rand has explained how the intellectuals smear their ideological opponents by using nasty-sounding meaningless terms. Here’s an excerpt:
“Observe the technique involved . . . . It consists of creating an artificial, unnecessary, and (rationally) unusable term, designed to replace and obliterate some legitimate concepts—a term which sounds like a concept, but stands for a “package-deal” of disparate, incongruous, contradictory elements taken out of any logical conceptual order or context, a “package-deal” whose (approximately) defining characteristic is always a non-essential. This last is the essence of the trick.”In this article Ayn Rand has discussed the controversial term “McCarthyism”:
“In the late 1940’s, another newly coined term was shot into our cultural arteries: “McCarthyism.” Again, it was a derogatory term, suggesting some insidious evil, and without any clear definition. Its alleged meaning was: “Unjust accusations, persecutions, and character assassinations of innocent victims.” Its real meaning was: ‘Anti-communism.’”Today the leftist intellectuals are using of the term "alt-right" for the same reason for which they used "McCarthyism" and "bourgeoisie" in the past. These terms are propaganda tools for smearing those who oppose the leftist agenda.
If you call Global Warming a hoax, you are alt-right.
If you believe in free-markets, you are alt-right.
If you reject the idea of free or subsidized healthcare, you are alt-right.
If you demand better law and order, and a more rational foreign policy, you are alt-right.
If you wish to have smaller government and lower taxes, you are alt-right.
And so on…
The vast majority of the people whom the leftists are trying to herd into the alt-right category are not racist or white-supremacist. They are the traditional conservatives who are now determined to take strong political action for stopping the left from imposing their socialist agenda and destroying whatever is still left of economy and culture.