How Richard Spencer became an icon for White Supremacists

For decades, the counterpart to intellectual liberalism was the National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. Since the 1950s, conservatism and liberalism have been tug-of-warring the country to where we are now. The alt-right wants to cut in on this dance and thanks to Trump’s ascendency it has the spotlight.

The Atlantic’s portrait of Richard Spencer is worth the read. Interestingly, Spencer’s goal is an ethno-state of white Europeans with a shared Christian heritage even though Spencer is an atheist. The Christendom aspect appeals to Spencer because of its robustness and binding quality. As deplorable as his ideology is, he is coherent and articulate. His thoughts are nuanced and measured. Apparently Spencer’s ideas coalesced after high school, which surprised the author of the Atlantic piece, Graeme Wood, who was a classmate of Spencer’s. The article is a revealing take on the man behind the ideological cancer of our time.

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