Did College Campuses Help Fuel the Rise of the Alt-Right?

“Alt-right” is a term used loosely to describe an extreme right-wing movement that pushes nationalism, but what does it really mean?

The “alt” signifies “alternate” because the alt-right is a separate movement that is attempting to replace the real conservative right. On radio Tuesday, Glenn, Pat and Stu parsed the term “alt-right” as well as the movement itself, with Stu explaining where it came from and why some conservatives helped fuel its rise to their detriment.

Conservatives on college campuses boosted the alt-right by inviting people like Milo Yiannopoulos to represent them and supporting the news site Breitbart.

“The problem is when you adopt people like this, they change your organization,” Stu said. “When you allow your principles to go out the window for a burst of attention, you give up something of yourself.”

Glenn pointed out that while conservatives are too often grouped in with the nationalist movement, the alt-right is separate by definition.

“So if it’s the ‘alternate right,’ what it’s saying is ‘We are something to be used instead of the conservative constitutional movement,’” he said.

GLENN: Hello, America. So there's a couple of things. The -- the amazing way this is all being spun in the media that is making all of us believe that the country is full of Nazis and the -- the right believes that the Nazis are okay. And that the left is completely clean. Or that it's just the media that is stirring this up. None of that is true. None of that is true.

Do we have more Nazis in America than I thought? Yeah. Do we have more communists in America than I thought? Yeah. Are there people trying to get to us tear each other apart? Yeah.

Is the media making this into more than it is? Yeah. Is the right media also blaming everything on the media and not looking in and doing any self-reflection, as we accused the left media of doing? Yeah. But that's not the problem.

That's really not the problem. But can we just -- can we just take these one by one?

Does anybody really believe that Donald Trump is a secret Nazi?

STU: No.

GLENN: Right?

STU: No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Does anybody believe that Donald Trump is a secret Klan member?

STU: No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Does anybody believe that Donald Trump is secretly in bed with Vladimir Putin because he thinks he can control the world or thwart America or he's got some business pact with Putin that, screw America? Does anybody believe that?

PAT: No.

GLENN: No. I don't. Stu is -- you think --

STU: Hmm.

No.

(chuckling)

GLENN: Now, let me rephrase -- no, let me just ask the next question: Do we believe that Donald Trump or people around him are no different than the Democrats were when they brought in communist and Marxist radicals. Bill Ayers. People who want to destroy the country because they believe they can use those guys as fuel, as useful idiots for votes, for fundraising, or whatever. Do we believe that the right is just as guilty as the left?

STU: There's definitely aspects of that, that are true.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: Tell me what's happening on campuses, Stu.

STU: Well, I mean, there's a great story on National Review today about how, you know, the alt-right, which should be a giant nothing, right? It should be a giant zilch in our world; however, a lot of conservative groups, particularly campus conservative groups, gave a platform to people like Milo, whatever his name is, to -- because they thought it was something, "We'll get a lot of attention for our group. Yeah, he's kind of crazy. But we'll bring him in. It will piss off the other side, and we'll get some attention. And we'll get to play the victims because, you know, it will look like people are cracking down on free speech. And we'll be able to push back on that and say, 'Hey, we're free speech people.'"

And they braced that part of it. A lot of things that are good, right? I mean, like, free speech is good. We all obviously believe it. We obviously want people to look at the viewpoints of the right.

The problem is, when you adopt people like this, they change your organization. They change who you are. When you allow your principles to go out the window for a moment -- a burst of attention, you give up so much of yourself. And so many groups did this, many which we like, frankly, that wound up embracing this sort of mindset when it didn't feel like a threat. Now we're at a point where people are running over people in protest lines, and the same people that Milo, Milo was saying was the intellectual centerpiece of the movement he was talking about, the alt-right, that guy, Richard Spencer is the guy leading these rallies and doing Nazi salutes.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: So you can say -- at one point there was a probably a point where you could say, "Well, look, I mean, he's not really doing that. I'm sure he's not really that person. You know, Breitbart has got a lot of really good stories." And they do. Breitbart has some good stories. They do take viewpoints that everyone in this room would agree with.

But when you allow that to infest and infect your world, it changes your world and it changes you.

GLENN: So can someone tell me alt-right, "alt" is the shorthand for what word?

STU: Alternative.

PAT: Altimeter?

GLENN: No.

PAT: Alternator?

GLENN: No.

STU: Alternator.

GLENN: Seriously, it is?

STU: Alternate.

GLENN: Alternate. Somebody define "alternate" for me.

PAT: Something used instead of something else.

GLENN: Something used instead of something else.

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: So if it's the alternate right, what it's saying is, we are something to be used instead of the conservative constitutional movement.

STU: Uh-huh. The literal definition of alternate is taking the place of.

GLENN: Hmm.

PAT: Hmm.

GLENN: So the alt-right, which the right opened its doors and said, "Come on in," announced, "We are the group that will take the place of you."

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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