I’m setting myself a challenge — to understand what I would consider the “New Right”. For me, the old right would be classed as Republicans like John McCain and Conservatives such as Kenneth Clark. The New Right would be figures such as Paul Ryan and Jacob Rees-Mogg. These are just politicians and I believe a lot of what drives this grouping is grassroots support that is heavily reliant on new media such as Breitbart. This isn’t a problem only on the right (The Canary is similar to Breitbart in it’s reporting bias and factchecking).
To help me achieve this goal of achieving the right, I am going to try to put myself through what much of the Alt-Right describe as ‘Red Pilling’. I’m going to expose myself to media such as Prison Planet on Youtube, read Breitbart News and note down what I find. My media won’t be limited to them, in fact I plan to find smaller channels and outlets that promote similar messages to hear more sides of the same coin.
Why am I doing this? Because I believe to challenge the right, we need to listen to the right, understand their grievances, and respond to these grievances with policies that will improve their lives for the better. Breaking the echo chamber that many of us find ourselves in is an important thing we should all try to do.
“Evil is a weed. It grows in cracked roads and crumbling houses and forgotten corners, rooted in indifference and watered by suffering”. — http://broliloquy.tumblr.com/
For a month, I will write down things I find, things I think are outrageously incorrect, things that we, as liberals, need to listen to and address. I believe this is the only way that we can grow support and reach across the aisle to those on the old right, and encourage them to look at the New Right critically. Both left and right are becoming more extreme, it is up to us to bring people together again. As Joe Cox said,
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”
See this article about the Breitbart Challenge: https://medium.com/@orianisraelsohn/the-breitbart-challenge-724fcf3df7d0