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Meet the Jewish ‘Paleoconservative’ Who Coined The Term ‘Alternative Right’

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By Helen Chernikoff | 29 August 2016

THE JEWISH FORWARD — The term “alt-right” is a hipper-sounding version of the original notion of the “alternative right,” which Paul Gottfried, a Jewish academic, coined in 2008.

Today his notion — of a new home for conservatives who saw themselves as too extreme for the mainstream movement — has become the “alt-right,” whose adherents include a range of racists, from white separatists to neo-Nazis. Here’s a few facts about the Jew behind the coinage so cherished by anti-Semites.

Gottfried could not be reached for comment.

  1. Gottfried did his undergraduate work at Yeshiva University, Modern Orthodoxy’s flagship institution, and received his doctorate from Yale, according to the website of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where he spent much of his career and is still listed as an emeritus professor.
  2. He’s a political philosopher and intellectual historian who over the course of his academic career published prolifically with mainstream and elite presses: “The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium,” by University of Missouri Press, in 2005, for example, and in 1999, “After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State” by Princeton University Press.
  3. He also devised the term “paleoconservative” for conservatives who value limited government, tradition and Western identity, according to the “Conservapedia,” a Wikipedia-type website. Gottfried and a colleague tacked the prefix “paleo” onto “conservative” specifically to contrast themselves with “neoconservatives” who emphasize an interventionist United States over most other policies. Paleoconservatives favor an isolationist foreign policy, restrictions on immigration and controls on free trade.
  4. Indeed, Gottfried’s background comports with that of many neoconservatives in that he is Jewish and was born in the Northeast and educated in an Ivy League institution. He is, however, their sworn enemy, castigating them for being so insufficiently conservative as to defend the welfare state. He also called their movement out as a Jewish one, “closely identified with the personal and ethnic concerns of its Jewish celebrities.”
  5. In 2008, he founded and still runs the H.L. Mencken Club, to create conferences that would provide a regular gathering place for conservatives like himself. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, these conferences have from their first meeting served to bring together racists and white nationalists.
  6. In his speech at the Mencken Club’s inaugural meeting, Gottfried wrote approvingly of “sociobiology,”: the “cognitive, hereditary preconditions for intellectual and cultural achievements.” He reminded his listeners that “not everyone enjoys the same genetic precondition for learning.”
  7. Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, has addressed the Mencken Club. His magazine features stories about eugenics and the genetic roots of human inferiority and superiority. Taylor told the Forward that “White Jews are white.” Some Jews, he has written, “see themselves as men of the West who will fight to preserve European civilization.”
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  • Hapa

    What’s this article trying to say? It’s almost as if it’s an attempt to explain the alt-right as a jewish creation, so pay it no nevermind. Regardless of a claim of origin, it’s not a static phenomenon. This article is a dead end for an important political development, not what I would expect on TNN. Somebody on this blog needs to address the bigger issues around this political movement. Some context is needed here.

    • TNN does not accept the premise of the article. Keep in mind that we sometimes run this crap so that it can fall on it’s own sword. In effect we are pointing out the Jewish narrative. It is admittedly nothing but gibberish, and what else is new.

      • Hapa

        Thanks for the clarity. I’m new to this alt-right phenomenon, so am still trying to sort what it is and who is part of it, and what the arguments are amongst those who claim to represent it.

      • alloutofbubblegum2016

        Well that makes sense , I was thinking –Why is this on here? I guess she’s falling on her own sword, I’m just zayin:). Seems like muddying the water to me. Judaism, Judaism where are you Judaism? lol

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