During March 2016 Breitbart News’ then-editor Milo Yiannopolous published a long-form essay entitled, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.” The banner image at the top of the article depicted a cemetery in the dead of night: in the background of the picture is a tombstone inscribed “GOP 2016;” in the foreground of the picture is a GOP elephant cowering at the sight of a “goblin.” Only the goblin isn’t a goblin. It is a goblin-like portrayal of Pepe the Frog, an internet meme symbolizing the alt-right.
Yiannopoulos opens the article by writing:
A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the “alternative right.” Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives — more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives…. Previously an obscure subculture, the alt-right burst onto the national political scene in 2015. Although initially small in number, the alt-right has a youthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric that have boosted its membership and made it impossible to ignore.
Together, the featured image and the opening paragraphs depict one of the most significant developments of the 2016 election cycle—the emergence of the alt-right as a vocal and active participant in American politics and public life.
Yiannopoulos’ article remains helpful for understanding the alt-right, but it is already outdated and written by an alt-right sympathizer. As such, it is insufficient. For that reason, I released a four part series, “The Anti-Gospel of the Alt-Right,” that serves as a sort of evangelical conservative’s guide to the alt-right. The series summarizes alt-right ideology, profiles its leadership, answers frequently-asked questions, provides a theological critique of the alt-right, and applies that critique to American politics.
In light of the interest readers showed in the series, and in response to readers’ requests to put all of the content in one place so that it can be shared, I offer the four links together:
The alt-right movement is neither Christian nor conservative, but it claims to be conservative and often claims to be Christian. That fact, taken together with its emergence as a significant voice in American politics and public life, should cause Christians to educate themselves about the movement and be prepared to give a gospel-centered response. I hope this four-part series will be helpful toward that end.