The Alt Left in the USA

Someone asked me to explain the so-called Alt Left in the USA, the far left, some of whom support Senator Bernie Sanders, though I am not sure if he shares many of their views. This was my reply, based on my personal experience of them, sample size around 50: the Alt Left do have an existence and they are characterized by

1) A visceral somewhat misogynistic hatred of Hilary Clinton, even amongst women Alt Left.
2) A hatred of the corporatism without a clue as to what they would replace it with
3) Nil empathy for the likely victims of Trump: women, minorities, immigrants who are just collateral damage for the “it has to get worse before it gets better, Trump will bring on the revolution” crap.
4) An inability to argue and a tendency to go ad hominem at the slightest push back
5) and yes I suspect they are the Yin to Bannon’s Yang a counterbalancing alternative universe, though as I tend to think of politics as a circle I see them quite close to Bannon round the extremist end of the circle.
6) They have in common the Paranoid Style in American Politics as per Hofstader: there is no systemic understanding but a scapegoating blamey style: it’s the liberals/it’s the DNC sort of thing.
7) and they lean purist/politics is not about building coalitions.
8) They have almost nil knowledge of history and plan to repeat it as farce (as per Marx 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon: “History repeats itself the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce”.) (PS and paradoxically they know nothing about Marx’s thinking)
9) They know even less about economics than they know about history
10) They know less about history and economics than I know about American Football….close to zero that is. 🙂

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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