Milo Yiannopoulos is the clusterfuck of contemporary conservatism. (Knowing Milo, he would probably appreciate the assessment).
He rose to fame riding a wave of Alt Right angst: “Gamergate” . . . anti-feminism and anti-SJW . . . and then the movement of red-hat-and-shit-eating-grin-wearing “Trump Bros.”
On the other hand, his articulated positions are a “Lite” version, not just of the real Alt Right, but of Trumpian populism. Recently, he’s descended into the ideology of the Cuck brigade: anti-racism . . . George W. Bush Did Nothing Wrong . . . and vague calls for “muh values.” In other words, Milo has become far less edgy than our current President . . . a rather strange place to be for a professional “provocateur” . . . and likely indicating that he’s angling for a post-Trump career.
Milo’s open homosexuality has acted, to an extent, as a shield against detractors; it could also be read as a “post-conservative” attitude for the Trumpian age: “Forget the hot-button issues of yesterday, this is about survival!” But of late, this, too, has descended into expressions of the worst aspects of the gay movement, so repulsive as to make him indefensible.
Milo represents something—a social mood and cultural contradiction—that is far bigger than his persona and his political positions . . . both of which are pretty lame.
Milo is also known for his revealing spontaneous outbursts, including this famous one.
So we should closely read his latest utterance on “identity politics.”
The reality is, if you force everyone to play identity politics, if you insist on pitting whites against blacks, women against men, straights against gays, the reality is you guys are gonna win and the left isn’t going to like it very much. But there’s a better way, you know. Don’t fight identity politics with identity politics.
Conservatives love to bash “identity politics,” as a way of attacking Black liberals and morally signaling that they would never, ever even think about taking their own side or acting as a group. This is usually accompanied by talk about how identity politics is inherently liberal or leftist or how “nobody wins” with identity politics.
Milo says something very different:
. . . the reality is you guys are gonna win and the left isn’t going to like it very much. . .
In other words, Milo warns against White identity politics precisely because he fears it might succeed.
Milo: If whites adopt identity politics, they’ll win. A better strategy is this losing one we’ve done for 50 yrs
— American Renaissance (@AmRenaissance) January 28, 2017
One wonders who the “you guys” might be in Milo’s mind, those people who will “win” if Whites adopted identity politics. Being that the “left isn’t going to like it very much,” he might be talking about the Alt Right . . . or Whites in general . . . or the young College Republicans (invariably White) who are in his audience and who likely have little connection with the Boomer-led “conservative movement.” If that’s the case, it’s intriguing that he does not include himself in that group (he does not say, “we’ll win”), indicating that he views himself, as gay and half-Jewish, as “other” to White Americans.
Perhaps Milo is, unconsciously or secretly, urging the young White people to adopt identity politics via the power of “negative suggestion”, much like we might tell someone, “Don’t see that movie; it’s too scary!” or “Don’t even think about asking me on a date.”
Now wouldn’t that be fabulous.
UPDATE / January 29, 2017
Bretibart lists Milo’s attire and its pricing as if he’s in a fashion spread:
MILO wears glasses by Givenchy, $350. Distressed blue jeans by True Religion, $329. Brown leather belt with gold buckle by Louis Vuitton, $450. Light pink dress shirt by Brooks Brothers, $92. Sparkly purple suit jacket by Angelino, $225. Burgundy crushed velvet slippers by Crockett & Jones, $370. Socks by Ralph Lauren, 3 pairs for $21.98. Jewellery and pearls, too much money to count.
This is revealing.
A gentlemen makes an investment in the core aspects of presentation: the suit or blazer and slacks and shoes. Milo overpays for stupid accessories (Givenchy glasses and Louis Vuitton belt) and trashy casual clothing (distressed blue jeans by True Religion) and wears jewels as if he’s matron. He tops it off with a novelty jacket for $225, no doubt made of the worst materials and sold to sleaze bags. Truly tasteless.