As I’m sure you’re all aware, Milo Yiannopoulos has been carved up and hung out to dry by the mainstream media for allegedly endorsing pedophilia. Also very recently, Bill Shorten the leader of the Federal opposition declared his continued support for the ‘Safe Schools’ program which aims to teach sexual orientation and transgender issues to eleven year old schoolchildren. One rule for them, one rule for those others.
Milo’s appearance on the Bill Maher show last week was accompanied by a loud chorus from the mainstream media that Milo was the de facto leader of the alt-right. This struck me as odd seeing as he is no such thing and has publicly disavowed such a position repeatedly. In fact, the alt-right has no leader despite the best efforts of the media to install one. We had the Hitler saluting guy the other month but his take down all but fizzled out. Now we have Milo.
Which of course is the clue to what is going on here. Oh sure, the media hates Milo, and for good reason. He says things they don’t like but he’s relatively immune from attack seeing as he’s Jewish and gay and likes to sleep with black men. He also got a massive book deal in contrast to numerous media approved writers who receive relative crumbs. In short, his star has been on the ascent for a while now which has marked him with a big fat target.
But while they undoubtedly hate him there is more at play here than taking down a trouble making faggot. Which is why we have seen Milo branded as the leader of the alt right the exact same week that the “shocking video” was released in an edited version that was meant to discredit him. And it has worked, to a degree. He has lost his book deal and he’s had to do some decent scrambling to attempt to salvage the situation.
Whether or not he does manage to climb back to where he was a week ago remains to be seen. I don’t really care either way. I thought his performance on Mayer’s show was boring and insipid. Milo was edgy early on in his career but he hasn’t moved on from his immature schtick that got him the attention in the first place. As Tim Newman writes, Milo has ‘over-gamed’ himself which is a result of getting caught up in his own hype.
But all clouds have a silver lining and the extraordinary reaction by some conservative opinion makers on this issue has been one to behold. The Z Man has an excellent post where he outlines the huge amount of optimism that the conservative Right enjoyed in the 80’s.
The big lesson from the Reagan Revolution is that optimism is easily used as a weapon against the optimistic. All the “Morning in America” bullshit in the 80’s fooled a lot of people into thinking the fight was over and the results were a foregone conclusion. Young people were convinced they had been born into the springtime of a cultural revolution, when in fact they had been born into the early winter of a declining civilization.
As many commentators in my corner of the interwebs have been saying since Trump’s election win, it ain’t over yet, and if you think that the Left are just going to roll over and die then you will be in for a very rude shock. Which is why it is so important to use opportunities such as this to identify the two-faced frauds and phonies in our midst. The biggest one we presently endure in Australia is the conservative columnist and television talk-show host, Andrew Bolt. Bolt was an early convert and ardent worshiper of Milo – he appeared on Bolt’s program a number of times. But as soon as the mainstream media hit job on Milo emerged, Bolt immediately threw him under a bus.
I have written before about Bolt’s tendency to virtue signal when the going gets tricky, with his recent disavowal of Larry Pickering being his most recent. But if I had any doubt before about Bolt’s intentions then this surely is the final nail in the coffin. Bolt is a treacherous coward who leverages the Left’s blatant attacks on those on the Right in order to affirm his own sense of moral superiority while attempting to advance his social status at the same time, and all at the victim’s expense. Either that or he is one of Nicholas Taleb’s inglorious “intellectuals yet idiots” of which we are presently infected. I suspect it is both but either one is enough to jettison him from opinion makers and ignore him completely from this point on.
As for this pathetic attack on the alt right my message is the same as it has always been – we don’t care. There is no leader for precisely this reason. Although anyone in the future who is nominated by the media as the alt right’s nominal leader can be secure in the knowledge that a tricky video of them will soon be released.