The Intellectual Darkweb (II): Naughty New Right │Rory Johnston
In my previous articulation of the Intelletual Dark Web (IDW), I justified that one of the most important tenets shared by those belonging to the IDW was the shared sense of dissidence.
Those of the Naughty New Right have the element of danger surrounding them. Whilst the individuals who are set to be mentioned in this article are not seen as part of the IDW in the minimal coverage it has received, the influence the Naughty New Right has across alternative media, I would categorise them as a subsect of the IDW. What makes the Naughty New Right so distinguishable is that they are by far and away the most provocative subsect of the IDW. Front of the centre, the flamboyant Milo Yiannopoulos revels in his image of chief provocateur. Much like many of the individuals who will be noted below, Yiannopoulos is an ardent Trump supporter, often labelling Trump as “Daddy”. Much like Trump and the rest of the Naughty New Right, Yiannopoulos is often if not consistently described as Alt-Right by the mainstream and the progressive left in particular. Whilst Yiannopoulos has certainly been seen to be relatively amicable with leading White nationalist Richard Spencer, the man who initially coined the term Alt-Right, it’s difficult to see how this claim towards Yiannopolous, a gay cultural Jew who has a lust for black men (to the extent of recently marrying one), stands to much reason.
It is fairly obvious that the labelling of these figures as alt-right is used as a pejorative to undermine the legitimacy of the arguments presented by those on the Naughty New Right. However, I wish to speculate that the fear and danger instilled by the Naughty New Right and Trump is a cultural explosion that has blossomed as a response to low grade progressive dogma.
But why are they so feared?
Well, they step outside of the norm. When Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson repeats like a broken record that “conservatism is the new counter-culture”, there is certainly an element of truth. In the same way that punk rockers like the Sex Pistols rocked the establishment in the 1980s, the naughty new right have the rebellious nature that’s previously been enjoyed by those on the left.
And that terrifies the left.
Traditionally it was the right that was seen by society to be the uptight, humourless portion of society. However, owing much to the rapid growth of political correctness, the left are now the ones in society who wish to control what we say, think, listen to and read. The controlling of language is the tool that the progressive left use to implement their doctrine upon society. This puts the right within unchartered territory.
By not being the ones who seek to control the vernacular of the day, the right are able to have some fun. There’s a cheeky laddish streak to their behaviour. One only needs to look at Gavin McInnes, co-founder of media goliath Vice, and known as the “Godfather of Hipsterdom”. His humour is old school. He’s a self-declaring chauvinist who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s Pro-Life, Pro-Trump, Pro-Gay, some sort of feminist and a born-again Catholic whose sense of humour is raucous and outrageous.
Don’t get me wrong, there is potential for these creators to expand into thought provoking content. Paul Joseph Watson has in the past released videos tackling the issues with modern art and architecture, which in itself sounds almost Scrutonian. However, if he proceeds to release content over how two women briefly wearing a hijab in a Tesco Christmas advert is symptomatic of the decline in British values, then I feel it may be unreasonable to expect intellectually stimulating content from Mr. Watson on a more regular basis.
Not to shun the work of these people, but I would colloquially stereo-type the aforementioned commentators as “entry level redpill”. When you boil down the arguments of the Naughty New Right, there isn’t anything ground breaking or intellectually exhausting. Rather, the arguments presented are fierce defences of their own principles, latching onto idiocy presented by some fringes of the progressive left. Whilst writing this article I was trying to think of a metaphor or analogy to demonstrate the effect of the Naughty New Right until I stumbled across the idea of a political pendulum. Speaking from personal experience, I found that my appeal in the Naughty New Right peaked in the immediacy of my rejection of progressive politics. Like a pendulum, I found myself swinging away from the extreme of believing in progressive identity-centric dogma, seeking to find a platform that was the total antithesis of the progressive left. By swinging the complete opposite way, I think you stumble across the perfect metaphor for how the Naughty New Right should be envisioned.
This also isn’t written to dismiss the ideas presented by these creators. There are undoubtedly important motifs delivered in the content created. However, the arguments are often shrouded in emotion. When this happens, nuance is naturally set aside. The argument becomes less coherent – which is why I refer to these people as entry-level. The result of watching these people will never challenge your views to a great extent. They are merely there to reaffirm your ideas.
The one, real hope for an intellectual breakthrough from the naughty New Right comes from Steven Crowder. Again, Crowder is equally disliked by the progressive left, yet his work can be rather quite enlightening. His latest segment titled “Change my Mind” brings exactly what is needed back to university campus – civil discourse. From what we are allowed to see as viewers, Crowder by and large remains pleasant in his approach, and cordial when attacked. From what the audience is allowed to see, Crowder behaves impeccably.
Furthermore, Crowder has on a few occasions gone into the world of investigative undercover journalism. Along with his producer Jared Munroe, aka “Not Gay Jared”, the two have been able to shed fascinating insights into the actions of grassroots Trans and non-conformist activists who wish to allow for gender alignment clinics for children. Munroe himself has been thrown into the deep end by infiltrating an Antifa protest against Ben Shapiro in Utah, filming raw footage of their modus operandi and subsequent violence. Crowder should be seen as the shining light of this merry gang. Whilst you may not agree with all or much of what he says, he is open to discussion with people who oppose his political viewpoints, whilst seeking to enlighten his audience on what the mainstream refuse to report on. For example, after infiltrating the Antifa riot in Utah, Munroe and Crowder offered their footage to local media outlets to show a wider audience the events of the day. Unsurprisingly, their offer was declined as quickly as it takes to trigger a member of Antifa.
Therefore, what implications does the increasing influence of the Naughty New right have on the established political sphere?
On the surface of it, there’s very little to suggest that those individuals I’ve labelled as Naughty New Right will affect the mainstream very soon. Don’t construe this as a criticism however – much of the appeal of the Naughty New Right is because they are separate from the mainstream. Steven Crowder and Gavin McInnes have both been Fox News contributors and panellists before embarking on more successful individual projects. However, the tide may be turning. Paul Joseph Watson has been one of the three recent alternative media goliaths to have embarked upon “War Plan Purple”. Watson, persuaded by Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad, who incidentally followed Marcus Meechan aka Count Dankula’s lead, has recently joined UKIP in an attempt to attract a younger audience to a party that is seeking to build a platform for push for a defence of British liberal values as well as push for a “Hard Brexit”. It was widely expected that after the Brexit result, UKIP was diminish into a no-entity. However, with the seemingly hashed attempts to solve the Brexit negotiations, and ever diminishing freedoms in Britain, War Plan Purple might just be able to raise UKIP out of the ashes.