Fellow commentariat-member turned author Charles the Hammer recently wrote an article about the mental gymnastics a lot people have to overcome in order to embrace the alt-right. My fellow traveler/helicopter pilot made some fine observations: total human egalitarianism, the assumed goodness of multiculturalism, the idea that all persons are morally equal, and the Jewish Question. And those stumbling blocks are there for a reason: they're the center-left culture many of us were born and raised into, and perhaps experienced a more extreme incarnation of in college and certainly in recent years during the Obama presidency. At the same time, we find our own numbers and influence growing as the electronic right continues to expand and develop. TRS recently launched our sister site, Ovenworthy, which you should all be good goyim and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Disqus.
Without further ado, as you might have imagined, here are some further hurdles people experience en route to our court:
Hurdle 1: Pathological altruism
If you've read any Kevin McDonald, and you should, you've probably come across this term. Whites have evolved to be cooperative. In our own society, this has taken the form of SWPL signaling run amok to the point of opening your commons to anyone who passes by in order to avoid being labeled a racist or bigot; it showcases your moral superiority by caring for the out-group more than the in-group. If that sounds familiar to you, you've probably been to college and seen it in action. You'd be hard-pressed to find other racial groups that embrace this way of thinking: whites were thrown out of countries all over the planet as part of the decolonization process last century, Japan and South Korea are hostile to the very idea of immigration, South Africa persecutes native-born whites AND black immigrants from other African countries, etc.
Now obviously, a lot of what most of us endorse around here is quite the opposite of pathological altruism. We are opposed to rent-seeking against white people or anyone for that matter. We favor the in-group and seek to strengthen bonds between one's own kin and people. We reject displacement level immigration and feeling pity and guilt for others' self-inflicted problems. The list goes on. That's a tall wall to scale for the milquetoasted.
Hurdle 2: Lack of exposure to unfiltered "far-right" ideas
This is a major one. When most Americlaps hear the term far-right/right-wing/fascist/whatever, their first instinct is often into the trash it goes. The left denounces us by default, and the mainstream right will attempt to paint us just as bad in order to signal to potential voters that they're the good kind of right-wing people, i.e. liberals who are ten years behind. Think of the basic bitch conservative who tries to get ahead of "the Hispanic vote" issue. This is an ideological dead end. I wouldn't be surprised if in a couple of election cycles, Republicans advocate for open borders and Democrats advocate for a scouting program to resettle the poorest people in a given country into the United States. The Europeans already have their guest-worker system. But I digress.
There are also organizations that monitor our publishing and activism—like the ADL, the SPLC, Rational Wiki and The Retona Foundation—for the implicit purpose of trolling us. Look at those evil neo-Nazi racist white supremacist skinheads and their kooky ideas. Let's call them names and signal how untouchable they and their ideas are.
The alt-right essentially has an uphill battle to fight and our only allies are ourselves. The average American simply isn't exposed to pro-white ideas on the level that they are to anti-white ideas, or in a balanced setting for that matter. If they do hear such ideas, they've frequently been spun to paint those who support them as thought criminals. But we all know about white privilege and guilt right?
Hurdle 3: Political apathy
If it isn't an election cycle, who cares other than radicals. And even during election season, you're typically choosing between a pair of centrists. Oh and our ideas usually aren't even on the ballot. And don't forget, muh majority rule. Even if you were inclined to go beyond generic center-right conservatism, what are you supposed to do? Not even paleocons are allowed in the electoral Republican party.
That's why we try to stay sharp, witty and relevant. We tie recent events and cultural developments into our worldview and inject humor into them. Regurgitating our points over and over without any variation or respect to timeliness would lead to the same apathy we're trying to work against. Just as we have to deal with an apathetic populace, we have to keep ourselves motivated.
Hurdle 4: Politics and ideology are hobbies and therefore the pursuit of people who have time and an interest in them.
This is especially true of metapolitics and the electronic right. Most people just want to spend time around people whose company they enjoy, earn money and spend money on things they want in their house. Who cares about the JQ, white nationalism or LARPy policies; I've got sportsball or anime to watch. Getting involved in politics or ideologies requires a different kind of mindset and distribution of free time, and above all, some kind of motivation.
We're people who like to read and write and discuss politically incorrect things on the internet and that places us in the minority. There's absolutely room for growth, but that would require a larger audience outside of what we have now that's sympathetic to our ideas. There's a reason why Huffington Post and Buzzfeed are huge while we're poaching people from /pol/ and libertarian groups. They have a larger SWPL base to work with while our biggest gains are to be found among edgy skeptics who are predominately white and male. Which is fine, because we have at minimum the same right to spaces as anyone else, and that's all the more reason to keep up our meme war.
Hurdle 5: Lack of future orientation among Americlaps, i.e. having a high time preference
This is kind of related to 4 but I think there's enough of a distinction to make a difference. A lot TRS-y things are low time preference and require a strong future orientation. The people who believe in the goodness of Obamacare and getting money fo' dem programs are not the same people who believe in long-term racial survival. Neither is the white-flighter who leaves diversity behind to raise his family in the suburbs but still votes against his group interests. Wouldn't want to be racist, right? This kind of inaction isn't going to stop Stoddard's rising tide. You have to balance prioritizing these long-term concerns about surviving and thriving as a people with your immediate needs, otherwise your descendants won't have the privilege of doing either. They will be dispossessed of their homeland and at the whim of a hostile elite (and by that point, majority).
When you think that far ahead, your ideas become less practical and more theoretical or philosophical, which rolls us back to some of the earlier hurdles, apathy and not having the time to delve into ideological politics. Combining the here-and-now applications of our ideas with our long-term goals in a way that is appealing to more people, then, is our own biggest hurdle since we've made it this far. We can't afford to say we dindu nuffin.