David Garcia on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:30:51 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Nagle's Question..

Referencing Angela Nagle’s short piece for the Baffler -Goodbye Pepe-The End of the alt-right- 

Nagle (that most astute chronicler and interpreter of the dynamics behind the rise of the alt-right) 
has written piece on how Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer, marks the end of a significant phase of 
the alt.right, foreclosing the ironic dodges tactical ambiguity that has been their stock in trade- e.g.flirt with Nazism 
but then to laugh at anyone who took these gestures at face value-.. 

But for me the heart of the piece lies in the following question:

- At a tragic moment like this, few will want to take a step back and ask the genuinely difficult questions.
What is it about the alt-right that has captured the imagination of so many young people and at least 
intrigued a great many more ? And if it is true that the commited alt—right becomes more isolated but more 
militant, what will become of all those young people-especially the young men who have been radicalised by
the alt-right’s ideas and never convinced otherwise? What will be the real-world consequences of forcing such
figures out of their semi-ironic anonymous on-line fantasy land, and potentially thrusting the into a toxic flirtation
with violent of-line tactics ? -

For us to discuss...

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