Richard Hoste says that Islam is not a threat; Serge Trifkovic replies
If Richard Hoste were simply another Darwinian anti-Semite blogger in the Darwinian anti-Semite wing of the blogosphere, he would merit little notice. What makes him attention-worthy is his role as an editor and leading contributor at Richard Spencer’s Alternative Right, an impressive looking web magazine founded with fanfare earlier this year with the announced mission of sparking a new right-wing movement to save America and the West. Ironically and disastrously, there is little discernibly new about Spencer’s “new” right. For one thing, it is largely centered on one of the oldest, creakiest, and stupidest belief systems in the world—anti-Semitism, along with its chief current incarnation, anti-Israelism. (For more on the organic connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, see former leading Holocaust denier Mark Weber’s article last year in which he declared that Holocaust denial is no longer necessary, because anti-Israelism has become a far more effective and popular means of waging war on the Jews.) A related irony is that notwithstanding Spencer’s youth (he is about 31), his mind is not young, but seems to have been formed through the influence of the ossified and broken-down paleocons, anti-Semites, anti-Israelites, anti-Christians, and pagans who have served as Spencer’s intellectual mentors. Consider for example the role at Alt-Right of Paul Gottfried, the most prominent Jewish paleocon, a man who openly admits that he takes anti-Israel positions and supports anti-Semites as a way of wreaking personal revenge on the neocons who, Gottfried believes and never stops reminding us, prevented him from getting a prestigious university position 25 or 30 years ago. Is there anything new, anything “alternative,” about the resentment-driven politics that characterizes Gottfried and so many other paleocons?
The knee-jerk-paleocon quality of Spencer’s thought process is further shown by the fact that in the video in which he announced the founding of Alt-Right, he chose as his ideological foil David Frum, a once leading neocon who in the last couple of years has dramatically moved to the left and become an anti-conservative. Indeed, Frum is now so ideologically isolated, and his positions so odd-ball, that he can hardly be considered in any other light than that of his own oddness. Certainly the regular conservatives and neoconservative no longer regard him as one of them. Yet Spencer seemed quite unaware of this widely noted development, and in his video he treated Frum as the representative neocon, to whom Alternative Right was the alternative. In other words, the young Spencer was living in the past, going after a hoary paleocon hate-object who in reality was no longer appropriate for such a role. It occurs to me that Spencer is the paleocon version of a Young Fogie.
The lack of newness in Spencer’s thinking is also demonstrated by the prominent place he gives Hoste, a cartoonishly crude anti-Semite who proves the charge that anti-Semites believe that everything bad in the world is the fault of the Jews. Thus last week Hoste astonishingly wrote that Lindsay Lohan is not the morally corrupt, relentlessly determined outlaw and self-destroyer that the world sees, but a “Nordic innocent” violated and undone by an Israeli lesbian.
Two days later at Alternative Right Hoste surpassed himself once again, criticizing Serge Trifkovic for saying that Islam is a threat to America. In Hoste’s view, only the Jews have reasons—tribalist reasons—to fear Islam, and therefore Trifkovic’s hostility to Islam makes no sense.
Here is Trifkovic’s blistering reposte to Hoste.
Richard W. writes:
You’ve pretty well destroyed Hoste. Now others at his own mag are piling on. Gottfried has been given a good shot over the bow too, as you’ve pointed out the fundamental pettiness of his war with the neocons, and the “Men’s editor” has been revealed as a semi-closeted homosexual.July 22
Charles T. writes:
Thank you for calling attention to Dr. Trifkovic’s reply to Richard Hoste at Alternative Right. Hoste has, in his article at least, taken the side of defeatism; notwithstanding his weeping and gashing of teeth over the suicide of the West, he admits he has no solutions, by writing these concluding, discouraging words:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 21, 2010 09:29 AM | Send