"a scattered half-dozen men stood and raised their arms in Nazi salutes."
Were they meant as "Nazi salutes"? I find that very difficult to believe, Nazism being the very embodiment of evil.
Like the Nazi swastika, this salute is of much older origin. Like much else, including the concepts of nationalism, socialism and Darwinism, the Nazis hijacked and abused what seemed useful to them.
Progressives are much too eager to demonise expressions of white identity, which they do as a way of virtue signalling and asserting their own moral superiority.
Man is an inherently tribal animal, with a deeply rooted need for a sense of tribal identity and belonging. Our original tribes and nations having been long eliminated by the state, we are dependent on creating substitutes for them.
The state wants us to identify with itself as our nation and for this reason demonises and suppresses any serious rivals, which racial identity, of course is. A very serious rival.
It the state were a good substitute tribe and nation, one might accept it as such, but it is not. It simply uses its claim to nationhood as a way of legitimising itself, its ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse.
We need a better understanding of the state and how it manipulates and exploits human tribal nature, and the only way to acquire this is from an evolutionary perspective, which I elaborate own in my BLOG.
Al M Norfolk
Don't soft-peddle or try to somehow explain the "alt-right." These are the same old neo-nazi racists. There is no "white race." Unlike Black Americans, Native Americans, Americans of various European descent share no common history or culture. My ancestry and culture may be very different than yours in spite of the coincidence or broad brush identity. If we learn anything from history and if we care about our country, racist hate-groups and the incitement of hate speech need to be suppressed.
My response: What an ignorant and hateful comment this is - and endorsed by the NYT!
What Al M clearly hasn't learned from history is that when you demonise the other side/tribe and seek to suppress them, as he expressly does, you pave the way for violent conflict.
He is stirring up hatred, just as both the Left and the Right did in the Weimar Republic - and we know where that led.
Even if you don't agree with them, you need to know and understand the other side - white nationalists in this case - if you want to avoid bloody conflict with them.
Just because I disagree with your ideology white racial self-denial and self-contempt, doesn't make what I say "hate speech".
I've put a lot of effort into trying to understand your side/tribe and views, and ask you to do the same in respect to me and my, white nationalist, side. I invite you to inform yourself on my blog. I don't hate you and I don't want to be forced into having to fight you.