I've heard the term alt-right used in a pejorative sense to describe political views that some hold here in New Zealand, but what does it actually mean? Is the label being abused to unjustly marginalize and persecute people simply for having their own thoughts on controversial topics?
Maybe we should first look at what's happening elsewhere in The Free World before condemning discussion of Nationalist policies?
It's an abridged term for alternative right which would allegedly be embraced by some white supremacists and nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology. OTOH there could be other alternative right-wing politics that are not advocating for white supremacy, while an ideology of remaining a sovereign nation seems just as legitimate as one wanting amalgamation into a globalist one world order.
In general, right-wing politics are about limiting government: Reduced interference in people's private lives. It's about less bureaucracy, lower taxation, minimal welfare and a merit based society, rather than the woke agenda of government imposed equality of outcome and the consequent nepotism, free-loading and corruption. Right-wing politics seem perfectly legitimate aspirations, yet we now hear about people who hold those views being censored, deplatformed and receiving intimidating unjustifiaed police visits. An American website recently published
White supremacy would mean advocating systemic privileges for people with white skin. White people originate in Europe, with a rich and diverse cultural identity. They are often Christians, but simply wanting to preserve ones culture and heritage, or to follow the teachings of Jesus is not supremacy, it doesn't mean they came from a privileged background and neither is it about being white.
Other alleged symptoms of alt-right sympathies include the oppression of women, the persecution of homosexuals, marginalization of Muslims, anti-semitism, opposition to immigration and threats of violence. Yet we see plenty of these in other demographics and they need to be put in context.
Every ideology should be amenable to scrutiny, discussion and criticism especially where they potentially infringe on the rights of others. For instance failing to support special shortlist for females is not actually oppressing anyone. Being prepared for self defense is not an act of violence.
Wanting to preserve one's cultural heritance and group identity is not an act of supremacy.
In a fair society the same laws protect all individuals, not with guaranteed equal outcomes, but with equal opportunities and individual freedom of choice.
In this chapter I will be discussing activism in New Zealand and questioning whether a narrative is being abused as a means to silence views that are perfectly legal but simply inconvenient to those currently in power.
Migration & Immigration
In the first instance the government of every country has an obligation to serve the interests of it's own people but that can mean bringing in seasonal migrant workers as well as accepting imigrants who wish to integrate in our society. Lauren Southern explains her revealing change of mind on this topic at the EU headquarters.