Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

A critical exploration of the core ideas of the alt-right--necessary reading for all who seek to counter its appeal and expansion.From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly through America's cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Yet it is also mercur...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination
Author:Alexandra Minna Stern
Rating:

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination Reviews

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    A study of Alt-right and its adjuncts of the Alt-light including the proud boys and their campaign to mainstream racist ideology and ethnonationalism and dream of an ethnostate. The movement has all the ingredients of far-right racist ideology that has been in America for a long time. Now stoking fears changing demography and fears of losing majority status it is working to change the culture which it sees as downstream of politics. It allies itself with antifeminism and anti-LBGTQ especially Tr

    A study of Alt-right and its adjuncts of the Alt-light including the proud boys and their campaign to mainstream racist ideology and ethnonationalism and dream of an ethnostate. The movement has all the ingredients of far-right racist ideology that has been in America for a long time. Now stoking fears changing demography and fears of losing majority status it is working to change the culture which it sees as downstream of politics. It allies itself with antifeminism and anti-LBGTQ especially Transgender people who it sees as a particular threat to its categories of male dominance and "natural " or traditional gender roles. It is one thing alt-right and alt-light publicly agree on. By attempting to hide the Larpers and put forth a clean-cut image it is trying to worm its way into the mainstream and largely succeeding. Covers this movent for the past decade and takes things up until very recently.

    Interview with the author.

  • Grant

    I wanted this to be longer. Stern does a great job of being almost purely informational when dissecting and explaining the actions, history and rhetoric of the Alt Right. As in depth as it is, sadly the story is not over yet and Stern May have to update this every few years.

  • Adora

    holy shit

  • Yvonne S

    Wow. A difficult read, quite intense, but well written and important for understanding how the hell we got here (in the US). (Unitarian Universalists: note, Beacon Press.)

  • Warren Wulff

    This is the higher-level, academic treatment of the Alt Right I’ve been waiting for. Brand new and timely, it is well researched and very well written. There isn’t as much of a conversation about confronting these louts, but with the level of analysis and writing style it still deserves five stars.

    The long and short of it is that while the majority of Alt Righters aren’t Nazis, they derive their ideas from fascism and just work to package it better. In short it’s all about race, anti

    This is the higher-level, academic treatment of the Alt Right I’ve been waiting for. Brand new and timely, it is well researched and very well written. There isn’t as much of a conversation about confronting these louts, but with the level of analysis and writing style it still deserves five stars.

    The long and short of it is that while the majority of Alt Righters aren’t Nazis, they derive their ideas from fascism and just work to package it better. In short it’s all about race, anti-Semitism, women in the kitchen, white genocide and babies, and ethnostates. Unlike other books that predict that the Alt Right will decline, this one isn’t that positive and feels that there are enough youth eating up this garbage that these ideas will be with us for a long time to come.

    One final comment: this book should have not been called Proud Boys. There’s not much on them and the amount there is you realize they aren’t so much racist as just people who embrace settler culture for the European diaspora. Although that’s not great and rather racist to a degree, it’s a far cry from more mainstream Alt Right folks calling for either the coercive deportation of every non-white in North America or their outright extermination. Proud Boys aren’t at that level yet.

  • Matt Fitz

    Set aside two other books to read this when my hold became available from the library as this seemed both timely and I had a time-restriction. I had a friend who I admire although we are political opposites and VERY different beliefs on race/gender, or as he likes to tell me - race cards and identity politics. Last week (before I had this book) he told me he was a "nationalist" and challenged me to find something wrong with that. I believe he was red-pilling me. If you don't know what that means

    Set aside two other books to read this when my hold became available from the library as this seemed both timely and I had a time-restriction. I had a friend who I admire although we are political opposites and VERY different beliefs on race/gender, or as he likes to tell me - race cards and identity politics. Last week (before I had this book) he told me he was a "nationalist" and challenged me to find something wrong with that. I believe he was red-pilling me. If you don't know what that means, this book may help. If you don't know what it means, it's time to learn.

    This book (following the Proud Boys arriving en masse to PDX over the weekend) is incredibly helpful. I felt the author was a bit erudite and academic in her prose - which I suspect will turn off many of the more casual readers who still seek to be informed). However, if one stretches beyond that, this information is very helpful to understand the ethno-nationalists, their history, their end-game, and how the arrived at their current strategy.

    At the end of the day, I have little interest in direct confrontation with them. That is part of their strategy towards their end game and they use violence and vitriol against them to prove their point. Instead, I think better energy is spent building a mental and emotional bulwark and simply countering their message, speaking truth to their screeds, and sticking to the progressive long-game.

    As Sun Tzu teaches, know your enemy and know yourself. This book helps one understand the movements and distinctions in the ethno-nationalist Venn Diagram (e.g., Proud Boys, Vanguard, Identity Evropa, etc) and how they keep transforming. It explains how and why they arrived in Charlottesville VA, but also how so much of it self-imploded and also how they were early users of the internet and social media, how they lure young and impressionable young men, and (surprisingly) how they attract women to their cause(s).

    The author spent a lot of time attempting to plumb the depth of the dark corners of the internet where these folks reside (4chan, 8chan, private FB groups, Reddit subgroups, etc), pointing to a lot of their own work to undermine them and inform the reader. Helpful tools when one wants to dissect the manifestos of the Christchurch or El Paso murderers. They aren't interested in the politics of race/culture. They are interested in the metapolitics. Their long game is culture-change; but their fear is they are running out of time.

    Misinformation is one of their more profound weapons in the digital age. Whether it be use of fascist irony (memes, adoption of innocuous hand gestures) or direct appeals to one's own future racial extinction, or appeals to a bygone era that never truly existed but they'd like to see "again" - equip yourself with information and build a solid base of knowledge. They aren't going away and their actively recruiting.

    They believe that multiculturalism and diversity are existential threats - and some are taking that thereat to be immediate and requiring lethality, so no, I do not take this problem lightly and will not lighten up.

    That friend who I believe is trying to red pill me? I'm not giving up on him. He's also helping me stress-test my bulwark.

  • Andrew

    While this book is an unpleasant deep dive down the rabbit hole of alt-right and white nationalist thought and worldview, it is an important overview of the current state of this particular portion of our body politic, especially now, with an administration that is willing to give them a wink and a nod (at a minimum). As someone who values diversity and sees the increasing diversity of the nation as a source of its strength and energy, I find the idea that ethnic homogeneity is the ultimate desi

    While this book is an unpleasant deep dive down the rabbit hole of alt-right and white nationalist thought and worldview, it is an important overview of the current state of this particular portion of our body politic, especially now, with an administration that is willing to give them a wink and a nod (at a minimum). As someone who values diversity and sees the increasing diversity of the nation as a source of its strength and energy, I find the idea that ethnic homogeneity is the ultimate desirable to be quite unfathomable. However, it clearly drives many people, and this book helps to both highlight this worldview, and explain the current strategies that these believers are employing in their efforts to impose their vision on the world. As they attempt to distance themselves from the violent images often associated with their positions in the past, white nationalist are now trying to insert themselves in to the everyday fabric of our national dialogue. They want their ideas to become familiar enough to seem reasonable, part of the ordinary fabric of life. Only after these ideas are normalized can they begin to work the machinery of politics to bring their vision to fulfillment. And therein lies the danger of the current moment, when certain media outlets and even the administration seem to be hinting at these ideas, and even outright talking about them from time to time. This helps normalize these extreme ideas, setting the stage for a re-emergence of a political movement aimed at ethnic separation. This is not inevitable, but vigilance is necessary to prevent it, and this book is helpful in informing those who believe in the value of diversity about the ideas, motivations, and efforts of those who believe differently.

  • Allison

    A good (if slightly terrifying) overview of not just what the Alt-Right and white ethno-nationalists believe, but also the modern sociopolitical conditions that have allowed for the rise of these ideologies and may, if we're not careful, also allow for their continued spread and normalization. If we wish to fight hate, we need to be able to recognize it as it tries to take root in our societies.

    4.5/5

  • Katherine Coble

    This is one of those Current Events Sociology books that is useful if you haven’t necessarily followed the subject in real time. If you’re a reader who has been engaged elsewhere this book is a good overview to get you up to speed on who the alt-right are, what they believe and how those beliefs drive their styles of engagement.

    If you’ve been following along in real-time, however, there’s not a real need for you to read this. It’s more of a recitation of facts already in evidence.

    It’s not a ba

    This is one of those Current Events Sociology books that is useful if you haven’t necessarily followed the subject in real time. If you’re a reader who has been engaged elsewhere this book is a good overview to get you up to speed on who the alt-right are, what they believe and how those beliefs drive their styles of engagement.

    If you’ve been following along in real-time, however, there’s not a real need for you to read this. It’s more of a recitation of facts already in evidence.

    It’s not a bad book; it’s only of use to those who were coming into the read uninformed.

    I suspect all of the 1-star reviews are politically motivated.

  • Susan

    At this point I can only make a comment. Here it is.

    When I came across this book on Eidelweiss today I thought it looked relevant to our politics in 2019 and downloaded it. Adding it to my to-be-read queue, I see only a single one-star review. Comparing my books with the reviewer's books, I get the feeling I'll probably like it a lot, since my tastes are diametrically opposed to theirs when it comes to political books.

Best Books Online is in no way intended to support illegal activity. Use it at your risk. We uses Search API to find books/manuals but doesn´t host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners. Please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them


©2019 Best Books Online - All rights reserved.