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There’s a great deal of confusion about what Vox is doing, and why, and my hope is to clear some of that up. It’s unfortunately much more complex than mere loyalties or Manichean political axes.
The difference of opinion begins with the Charlottesville protest and—belying all the sound and fury—is ultimately still about the Charlottesville protest. The debate on socialism, the Fake Right memes, and the call to moderate/censure Gab are all epiphenomena which I will explain in due course. Every reasonable observer who self-identifies as Alt-Right can agree that there were both good points and bad points in the Cville action, both things that worked (e.g. torches) and things that didn’t work (e.g. Kessler). Because good information about what happened was initially scarce and the entire world was watching with intense fascination, it was a great opportunity for commentators to cash in on whatever narrative they preferred. Many were genuine, some were malicious, most were embarrassingly naive, and because tensions were so high they were all polarizing. And into this raging morass strolled Vox Day and his ragtag bunch of misfits, with unclear goals and good hearts.
But before moving forward, we need to backtrack even further because it’s necessary to understand the characters.
Prior to the Cville conflict, the Alt-White had mixed feelings on Vox, whom they considered the strongest faction leader within the Alt-Lite. (They don’t consider Alt-West a legitimate demographic, and they consider Alt-Lite to be moderates outside of their movement at best and controlled opposition at worst.) Many of the low-IQ faithful distrusted his political identity, most at least respected his abilities, and the thought leaders like Enoch, Anglin, and Spencer were content to leave him to his devices. Vox’s name was curiously absent from takedowns of Alt-Lite figureheads which regularly excoriated his allies Mike Cernovich and Milo Yiannopoulos, partially due to a focus on common enemies but mostly due to wariness of the Dread Ilk and Vile Faceless Minions.
For his part, Vox preferred the role of an outsider and is, in my humble opinion, quite genuinely disinterested in activism. His fundamental error in this saga arises from a failure of character rather than from disloyalty or insecurity, as his opponents now claim. You see, for all his brilliance, Christianity, and self-awareness Vox is a legit narcissist, and if you’ll please recall: Narcissism = Entitlement * Solipsism. Most of the time he’s able to channel his diseased emotionality into productive intellectual pursuits, but no one is perfect and the human heart is a tireless trickster. Vox’s entitlement and solipsism indicate a hardwired disregard for his responsibilities toward other people, particularly when those responsibilities are as difficult as a narcissistic introvert doing charity and leadership.
Time’s up for me and I haven’t even gotten to the story yet, so this will have to be a multi-day, multi-part thing.