The Alt-Right and Life-Style Left Have a Lot in Common

By Jennifer Roback Morse Published on September 2, 2017

The dust has settled on the clash between the Alt-Right and the Left in Charlottesville. But the labeling (or libeling) of conservatives will be back. Powerful people and organizations on the Left want to link the Alt-Right with the entire Right, as a way of discrediting all conservatives.

I’m a Catholic, pro-life, pro-family Christian. No one would ever expect the Left to speak for me. But the Alt-Right does not speak for me either. In fact, I’ll say something stronger: The Alt-Right and the Life-Style Left have more in common with each other, than either of them have with me and my friends.

Here’s why. My friends and I find eugenics self-evidently repulsive. But both the Life-Style Left and the Alt-Right take the correctness of eugenics for granted.

Eugenics Alt-Right and Left

An article entitled, “The Pro-Life Temptation” published on a website entitled, Alt-Right.com, explicitly defends eugenics. “The alt Right appreciates what is superior in man, in the Nietzschean sense … The pro-life position is clearly dysgenic….”

Leftwing advocates for abortion do not tend to promote it as a eugenic measure. But they do promote the idea that a woman may have an abortion for any reason or no reason. And most abortion advocates would consider the desire to avoid a child with a disability a no-brainer of a reason for an abortion.

The Leftist may not have such an elaborate justification as the Alt-Rightist has for why killing a disabled child prior to birth is morally acceptable. But the mother’s desires trump all other moral considerations. If she thinks a disabled child would be too burdensome, expensive or painful to raise, that judgment is sufficient to justify killing the child before birth.

Both the Life-Style Left and the Alt-Right take the correctness of eugenics for granted.

You could call it consumer-sovereignty eugenics. Give the customer whatever she wants. If the consumer of child-services wants a healthy baby, she is entitled to one. If she anticipates having an unhealthy baby, she is entitled to dispose of it.

Pro-Life Ethics vs. “Temptation”

The pro-life Christian takes a different view. Each child is an unrepeatable gift from God. We ask ourselves, “What is God trying to say to me, by giving me this particular child?” Christian families of Down Syndrome children, (are there any other kind any more?) and the Santorum family with their Trisomy 18 daughter Bella, have a profound answer to this question. God gave us this child to teach us how to love. This answer is unintelligible to both the Alt-Right and the Life-Style Left.

The author at Alt-Right.com continues with his diatribe against the “pro-life temptation”:

We on the alt Right have an appreciation of tribalism and identity. We realize that people are not just autonomous individuals. Life gains its meaning through connections to other members of our families, tribes, and nations. …

The unborn fetus has no connection to anyone else in the community. If it is not even wanted by its own mother, criminalizing abortion means that the state must step in and say that the individual has rights as an individual, despite its lack of connection to any larger social group. …

If there were to be a pro-life position that we could accept, it would be based on arguments about what is good for the community. The case would have to be made that abortion is what is decimating the White population and decreasing its quality. While it’s true that a blanket ban on abortion would probably increase the White population in their numbers, it would, no doubt, decrease the overall quality, as well and leave all races stupider, more criminally prone, and more diseased. …

The Left Has No Answer to the Alt-Right

It’s true that the Life-Style Left does not generally make this type of pro-abortion argument. But they also have no coherent answer to it. When pro-life legislators try to restrict sex-selective or race-specific abortions, the pro-abortion crowd has nothing to say except, “No! No restrictions on ‘choice!’” Under their breath, we can hear the embarrassed whisper, “No matter how heinous the reason for the choice!”

Each child is an unrepeatable gift from God.

Sex-selection abortion is an odious fact. Some demographers talk about “117 million missing girls,” the excess of the abortions of female over male babies. The Life-Style Left surely must know this by now. They tacitly defend it, by refusing to oppose it.

Likewise, they are surely aware that black women have a disproportionate share of abortions. If they weren’t aware of it, Pastor Walter Hoye II, President of the Issues 4 Life Foundation, made them aware of it with his billboards showing cute black babies with the headline, “Endangered Species.” Or “too many aborted.” Reverend Hoye posted these billboards in predominantly black neighborhoods a few years ago, in Oakland and Los Angeles. The pro-abortion people went ballistic.

The Alt-Right supports killing black babies in utero. The Life-Style Left won’t come right out and agree with this view. But they refuse to condemn it.

The Christian Pro-Life Position

The Christian pro-life position is completely different. We are not interested in tribal identities. We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. We really are all equal, in that context, and perhaps only in that context. For every one of us is “wonderfully made.” Yes, even the diseased and disabled, whom the Alt-Right considers “unfit.” Even the “unwanted,” whom the pro-abortion Left literally considers non-persons. The ability to give and receive love is every bit as important to human identity as IQ or health or self-awareness or any of the other arbitrary criteria the pro-abortion people left and right have come up with.

This is why I am increasingly unwilling to position myself anywhere on the Left-Right political spectrum. I am a Catholic Christian.

This is why I am increasingly unwilling to position myself anywhere on the Left-Right political spectrum. I am a Catholic Christian. I am not at home in either political party, or in any political movement.

Main Stream Media, go ahead and try to pin the “Alt-Right” label on me. Alt-Right volk, go ahead and attack me for being not part of your tribe. I couldn’t care less. I and my fellow Christians, are truly “not of this world.” “Follower of Jesus” is the only label I want. May I be worthy of it.

 

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization, dedicated to creating a mass social movement to end family breakdown. Visit at www.ruthinstitute.org or facebook.com/TheRuthInstitute/. To hear more from Dr. Morse, sign up for her e-newsletter here and receive a free gift.

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  • BTP

    The Dissident Right, or Alt-right, is at least ambivalent about abortion. On the other hand, I’ve noticed a considerable level of support for something that looks like traditional morality: Don’t be a slattern, get married, have babies, build your culture. Such a focus certainly frowns on abortion, though more as a crime against the community than a violation of the infinite worth of human life.

    Is it a core belief, though? We know it is a central element of the Left’s worldview, a dogmatic belief about the nature of reality. For the Left, abortion is the highest good, a sign and symbol of opposition to the Patriarchy. The Alt-right is, on the other hand, _all about_ the Patriarchy.

    • I almost up-voted you. Then you wrote that last sentence.

      I am a pro-life, Intelligent Design, Bible-Believing Christian composer of nearly 2,000 hymns (so far) who wants absolutely nothing to do with Right Wing extremists who focus on things that are largely in their minds and deceive them about others. The left does not speak for me in any way, shape or form. As for the establishment right, there are too many ways in which they are just as wicked as the left.

      The definitions that both you and the author use to define Alt-Right are, quite simply, offensive to me. I don’t like being branded, and both of you are painting with a rather broad brush.

      Please, in the future, take great care in defining your terms, rather than just spouting them out as though they cannot be in error.

      • BTP

        I have no idea what you are talking about

        • Wayne Cook

          Neither do I. Your position was rather clear. We aren’t going to agree every day on everything.

      • Wayne Cook

        Most of the time I agree with you. I think you are off base this time. BTP never spouted nor pontificated…You pretended to.

        • Wayne, I AM alt-right, and not a single thing they painted me with is true of me, and is also not true of a an awful lot of the alt-right. Their broad brushes are therefore offensive and WRONG.

  • tz1

    Your position is either irrelevant or incoherent in 2017.

    1. Either you believe in evolution (and by extension) eugenics or you don’t. If you don’t or do, you failed to state it. I know it would be difficult to believe in evolution but not eugenics (I won’t go into my opinion and resoultion here other tha evolution means we can’t be “equal” in any meaningful definiton).

    2. One article does not represent the alt-right “enorsing killing black babies in utero”. I would note Barry Goldwater apparently had his grandchild killed in utero – will you denounce all conservatives on that basis?

    I’ll simply bring up Pope Francis proclamations on various things – they aren’t “ex cathedra”, but are they the authentic positions? If the latter, I’m ready to go orthodox, anglican, or anabaptist!

    But to ask the correct question, if the alt-right came out as 100% anti-abortion, pro-life, but kept other beliefs, would you support them even if they would end abortion, or reject them for badthink in other areas? As an example, Christopher Cantwell (who is being held without Bail in violation of the constitution for badthink) is totally against aboriton.

    The alt-right is either a culture of life or culture of death. If it is a culture of life, then the question is if that is more or less important than their rejection of SJW diversity. Choose wisely. The wrong choice will cost you your soul.

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