Staying Sane in the Alt-Right

Things get crazy in the Alt-Right. I don’t need to get into all of it, but there’s some dust up or another every other week. In a sense, it’s a good thing that elements of the Alt-Right, more or less, “self-select” out of the movement. On top of that pruning, you’ll find your typical friction from interactions with folks coming from diverse (cringe term) backgrounds and ideologies. It can be tough to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Here’s some advice that’s kept me from losing my mind, burning my house down and moving to Belize.

1. Don’t take things too personally. Sometimes it’s bantz and meant to be in good humor. You don’t need to blow a gasket if someone makes a joke calling the Irish white-niggers or starts Perfidious Albion posting. Especially, if you know the person, even more so if you’ve meet them IRL. That’s why meeting in meat-space is crucially important. Also, humor, even gallows and racial humor, is a stress valve release. Almost everything we do is taboo, don’t take it personally if one of your brothers is joshing around on the internet.

2. Have fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re going to go insane in this thing. Everyday can be a blackpill, don’t let it. Day in and day out, we’re bombarded with terrible things that we see on the internet. Only curious minds join the Alt-Right. Normies are blissfully unaware of the demographic and financial bombshell that’s going to hit. That’s a lot on a person. It’ll drive someone to madness. That’s why you need to balance those blackpills. Have some fun. Troll some shitlibs into losing their cool and calling for your head on a pike.

3. Not everything needs to be explicitly political. You can post about things other than demographic displacement. This partners with point 2 very well. You don’t need to make everything political. There are tons of other stuff you can chat and post about that aren’t related to Jeff Flake’s monumental incompetence or California becoming a hardline anarcho-tyranny state. Culture, music, movies, friendships, family, shitposting, etc. Mix it up some. Granted, there’s always a flavor of politics involved, but don’t become a one-trick pony.

4. Don’t drink excessively and post. I’m no angel, but last time I got hammered and started posting, I made a fool of myself. This is a crucial point. If you’re drunk, you’ll likely take comments and posts personal. Folks become “mean drunk” when they’re online. “Happy drunk” only works when you’re drinking with your buddies in the real world, it doesn’t translate to the online world. Plus, having a reputation as a lush isn’t going to do you in a favors.

5. Turn it off and go to bed. I turn my phone off around 9:30 to 10:00 PM every night and it doesn’t keep me up all hours of the night. Take care of yourself mentally and physically. Screen addiction is a real thing and if you’re battling shitlibs, arguing with friends or just making inane esoteric posts throughout the night, you’re actually failing at the fun part. Also, your AR friends are going to be wondering about your social life – like, stop being a weirdo addicted to the internet. There really is more to life than the internet.

6. Take a chance and meet IRL. This is how meaningful friendships are formed. You need to get offline. Think lunch, grab a beer, etc. You won’t take things as personal if you know the man IRL. You get people better, you understand their position, you’ve shaken their hand. We’re only going to win this thing if we make positive interactions and in the real world with our fellow shitlords. Guys arguing against networking and act insane online – are usually just that. In my experience, most shitlords are more normal than normies and a hell of a lot more responsible and level-headed. You’re doing yourself a massive disfavor not meeting “real” friends.

7. Sometimes say nothing. Not everything needs to be a criticism or requires your opinion. Not saying anything can be an opinion in itself. Drama will inevitable raise its ugly head in this movement. Sadly, while also drawing out the best in our decaying society (folks wanting to fight the decline), it also draws out some of the worst. You don’t need to spend five hours going over the same drama from thread to thread. That’s extremely unhelpful. Say your peace and move on. Maybe don’t say anything at all, especially if it’s not constructive.

8. Content creation is cathartic. Get your opinion out. Provide something more meaningful other than a shitpost that will be forgotten by lunchtime. There are a ton of highly intelligent people in the Alt-Right, it’s a braintrust that just needs to be tapped and funneled into constructive content creation. I’ve seen some anons present critiques of Western culture and politics far better and precise than any of the garbage coming out of National Review. Take those ideas and provide them to a content platform outside of your echo chamber.

I’m not a perfect guy, but I’ve used these points to navigate the rocky seas of dissident online (mostly) politics. Try them out so you don’t burn out, ragequit or end up like Jack Torrance.

A scourge to communists, scallywags, hipsters and feminists, Silas Reynolds calls anywhere south of the Potomac his home. He has a penchant for muscle cars, firearms and 80’s action movies.