September 7, 2016
Steve Sailer: ‘The alt-right phenomenon of 2016 is basically political punk rock’
Steve Sailer writes:
Hillary’s recent speech denouncing the alt-right has raised eyebrows. It was as if in 1976 progressive-rock titans Emerson, Lake & Palmer had released a double album devoted to excoriating this new band nobody had ever heard of before called the Ramones. (…)
Even the most deplorable habit of a few on the alt-right—the use of Nazi imagery—has its punk predecessors. The Ramones’ greatest song was “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Mick Jones’ proto-Clash band was the London SS. Malcolm McLaren handed out swastikas to his Sex Pistols.
Why? Because it was offensive. And offensive was enjoyable.
Speaking of offensive ideas, if Trump is as bad as we’ve been told, isn’t it about time for Hillary to withdraw?
As I wrote at Taki’s last year:
The admittedly gnostic, you-had-to-be-there semiotics of punk political T-shirt imagery aside, it’s this perverse, pervasive atmosphere of “progressive” trepanning that makes it difficult to explain to young people today why a very few punks in the late 1970s—a statistically significant number of whom were Jews—sported the notorious Nazi emblem.
Difficult because the answer is so obvious to the rest of us, and so quaint: Épater le bourgeois.
The very notion of doing something just to shock your peers and your elders is repugnant or utterly foreign to most millennials.