How to define what Alt Right is? How much can traditional Catholics get involved in the Alt Right?
It's Saturday morning, and the caffeine from my morning coffee is setting in. I'll be addressing these poignant questions in today's segment.
You'll be very hard pressed to get an Alt Right advocate to clearly explain what the Alt Right is, define it, list its specific ideals, especially it's positive goals and truths. But I'll try and give my own fair take on what it is.
The Okie Traditionalist's Definition of the Alt Right!
The "Alt Right" is an ideology and socio-political movement, mainly on the internet, of websites, blogs, and forums, which opposes liberalism, neconservativism, multiculturalism, and globalism, while promoting a mainly caucasian European-American nationalism, return to foundations of Western Civilization, and restoration of the dignity of white men.Can we get involved in this movement?
I think we can, but marginally at most. There are good alt-right authors and principles, but in my observations this online phenomenon is riddled with serious problems, from the perspective of Catholic morality and Catholic teaching on race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.. The Alt Right does not per se hold a Christian society as an ideal, as one of its central values. Some may, but generally the ideology is not promoting a Christian society or world view. It's conservativism is libertarian and nationalistic, but not "socially conservative."
Can there be a "traditional Catholic niche" within the Alt Right movement? Hirsch thinks so, and is an advocate for the notion, God bless him. But I remain skeptical.
What is the alternative?
As Catholics we must be political. We must promote just government and a society that is based on Christian morality. The Church says that. How much we get involved in any political movement would depend on the proportion that movement is in conformity with this standard.
But I don't see the need for a loose "umbrella" which the Alt Right says it is, under which conservatives dwell, i.e. those who reject liberalism and neo-conservativism. It's like Hans Solo walking into that bar with all the different exotic aliens. So what if all sorts of species fit into the intergalactic Empire. Unless the "Empire" presents itself as a clearly definable, definite entity with a specific creed--and a creed that is in conformity with the true religion--then it comes across nonsensical to be seriously part of it. Why not just be under the smaller umbrella of a more specific political movement? In this case the Alt Right would be the Empire. And it comes across as deliberately nebulous.
The alternative is simply to be a traditional conservative, and to support political movements, but not to become seriously committed to their ideology. Instead of shifting, man-made ideologies, the Church says to turn to doctrine, especially from the popes, on the Social Kingship of Christ, government, society, culture, etc. Make the Catholic system the primary source of socio-political truth, and ultimate guide to navigating the waters of political movements like the Alt Right.