There are certain books where, as you’re reading, you realize your mind is about to change. Reading Kill All Normies is one of those experiences. Written by Angela Nagle, an Irish writer and academic known for articles identifying “The New Man of 4chan,” the book is a record of the recent online “culture wars”, culminating in the 2016 US election and the triumph of the alt-right.
It is also an indictment of the left, pinpointing just how it allowed this to happen. The book opens with a cultural history, “From Hope to Harambe,” outlining the progression from mid-00s pickup artist communities, to overtly anti-feminist “neomasculinity,” to Gamergate (here Nagle’s narration takes a near-audible sigh), leading to its collusion with 4chan’s troll army and its political awakening as the alt-right. Nagle wrote her PhD dissertation on online misogyny, witnessing this evolution in real-time. “There’s a sort of broad arch of reactionary politics which moves from anti-feminism to racism,”
Nagle approaches the alt-right as a tangle of wayward factions, united in their loathing of the left. Named for Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci who argued that political change follows cultural change, the "Gramscian Alt-Light" are those people you've seen on 4chan threads: creative, angry, unpredictable, but politically vacuous and messy. The "Manosphere" are men threatened by feminists, who they claim augur in civilizational decline and "cucking." They have converted their misogyny into racism, which links them with more old-fashioned far-right bigotry.
What each group shares is a fear of the future, an atomized life spent forever alone. With its promise of a collective identity, the alt-right can seduce and assimilate these groups, lending them a sense of coherent identity.
Among the alt-right's leaders, Nagle sees Richard Spencer as the most influential and the most likely to sustain a political career. "Mike Cernovich, Lauren Southern and Milo, all those people are brilliant at media," says Nagle. "They're really good at Twitter, but they're shallow thinkers. Richard Spencer is much smarter. He realizes that conservatism will never be cool, so he's trying to bring in figures from the dissident left."
Nagle identifies a contradiction at the heart of the alt-right's demands: It might call for a return to old-fashioned values, but it fails to recognize how those same forces that brings it together erode any chance of returning to that lifestyle (the kind lived by people who hardly use the internet in the first place). "I think they want out of their lives, because their own lives are nothing like that," Nagle explains. "They're living the ultimate kind of individualism. They spend their time watching porn and playing video games. They're not part of any greater purpose." Spencer himself alludes to this in speeches, stating that "in a culture which offers video games, endless entertainment, drugs, alcohol, porn, sports, and a thousand other distractions to convince us of another reality, we want to cut all of that away."
Angela Nagles has recently been driven off Twitter after not going hard enough SJW.
After a year of publicizing her book and engaging left wing journalists. The left has recently been attacking her as a secret memeber of the Alt-Right. She will not virtue signal enough for the trans and intersectional movements blazing across the world (most notably in Asian, Russian, and African cultures).
As her success has risen, the left has decided she needs to be taken out as she is much too centrist and observational to be allowed to discuss politics.
My poor communist 3d waifu has now been eaten by the market she tried hardest to help.
The AnimeRight eagerly awaits her autobiography "Kill all Communists: my life in the alt-left"