The lost boys

Source: The Atlantic
by Angela Nagle

“The sudden emergence of the so-called alt-right from the dark recesses of the internet into the American mainstream was at first more baffling than shocking. The young people sharing strange, coded frog memes and declaring their commitment to white identity politics on obscure websites remained in the realm of the unserious — or at least the unknowable and weird. … It wasn’t until the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that the alt-right took on a form that most Americans could finally grasp as a real, and unambiguous, political movement. A disciplined, torch-lit procession snaked through a college town, with white men shouting explicitly white-nationalist slogans in chorus. A true believer drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters and was charged with killing a woman named Heather Heyer. Could it be that these ‘ironic’ young men had meant what they were saying all along?” (11/14/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/brotherhood-of-losers/544158/