August 22, 2017

Ezra Levant’s staff memo on the alt-right

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

This weekend our reporter Faith Goldy covered the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She also covered the leftist response to it, and was reporting from the midst of a leftist counter-protest at the moment someone rammed their car into the crowd.

You can see her livestreaming video here, with the attack at about 2:30 minutes in.

The events in Charlottesville, and our coverage of them, have become fodder for our critics, who are desperate to paint us as racist or even neo-Nazi.

It’s bizarre — I’m a proud Jew myself, and we have people of a variety of races and backgrounds working with us.

Simply covering controversial figures doesn’t mean we agree with those controversial figures. It means we’re covering the news, not just covering Justin Trudeau’s socks.

When I first heard of the alt-right a year ago, I thought it simply meant the insurgent right, the politically incorrect right, the grassroots right, the nationalistic right, the right that was a counterweight to the establishment of the GOP, the right that backed Trump and his "Make America Great Again" style over Jeb Bush and the swamp. It was unashamed right-wingedness, with a sense of humour.

Prominent alt-right personalities back then included the outrageous but loveable Milo Yiannopoulos, who just happened to be a half-Jewish gay man who preferred black men. I remember when Hillary Clinton made her bizarre campaign speech attacking the alt-right, and it sounded no different than any of her other “deplorables” insults, so that made me even more interested.

But the alt-right has changed into something new, especially since Trump’s election. Now the leading figure — at least in terms of media attention — is Richard Spencer, and other white nationalists. By that, I mean people whose central organizing political principle is race.

And that’s the starting point; there are also white supremacists, and even some neo-Nazis. There were actually some Nazi swastika flags in Charlottesville. Whether or not they were being genuinely carried, or carried by agents provocateurs trying to embarrass the alt-right isn’t even important. They were there — and Spencer’s torch-lit walk had other Nazi symbology, including the "Sieg Heil" arm salute, and the chant of “blood and soil” — which was a slogan popularized by the Nazis.

Sorry, that’s not conservative, that's just racist, and I think it’s unpatriotic to mimic one of America’s greatest historical enemies. Spencer released an explicitly racist manifesto in Charlottesville. If pressed, Spencer positively admits he is not conservative; he does not believe in individualism; he is a communalist, an economic socialist, but most importantly, someone who believes your race is your key characteristic.

We disagree. We believe that character and ideas and actions are more important than skin colour, or for that matter sex or sexual orientation. You can be a smart, thoughtful conservative who is black, gay, Jewish, whatever — and you can be a foolish, unethical, violent Communist who is white. In fact, there are quite a lot of them.

We will still report on what the alt-right says and does, and we will surely report more accurately than the mainstream media does. We can stand up for their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, and oppose censorship — like the ACLU courageously did in Charlottesville. We can stand up for the rule of law, especially when police seem to stand down to allow Antifa leftists do violence as they did in Charlottesville and Berkeley and other places.

And of course we can point out the differences with which extremist black, gay, Muslim or feminist identity politics are treated by the establishment, as opposed to how white identity politics are treated.

That’s really what the alt-right is, in my mind — the mirror image of Black Lives Matter, or perhaps more accurately Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam black separatists.

Until this weekend, I would have said that the alt-right doesn’t tend towards violence — they walked through Charlottesville with torches, but didn’t torch anything, unlike many BLM riots. But of course the murder of a leftist by an alt-right activist changes that.

So let me sum up our position:

1. We are not alt-right. That term now effectively means racism, anti-Semitism and tolerance of neo-Nazism.

2. We are conservatives (as opposed to socialists); we are nationalists (as opposed to globalists); we believe in having borders (as opposed to Merkel- and Trudeau-style migration); we are opposed to identity politics inherent in state multiculturalism and affirmative action (and we do not support countervailing white nationalism as a response). So we are different from the alt-right in many ways.

3. Finally, we are aware that the alt-right, as it it now constituted and led, is an obscure, small, ineffective movement. Their Charlottesville march, that had national media coverage for weeks in advance, mustered fewer than 500 people altogether. They hold no elected office, hold no prominent positions in academia, media, or any other institution. Their chief political utility is to the left: to prove the leftist narrative that the “true threat” in America is actually from “right wing white guys”, as opposed to, say, Muslim extremism or Latin American drug gangs. And to the Soros-funded street gangs of the left, the alt-right is a justification of violence — it’s an excuse for more chaos and fear that are Antifa’s signature.

The alt-right is not effective at promoting conservative ideas; it doesn’t even claim to be. But after this weekend, the media certainly sees the alt-right as effective at discrediting conservative ideas.

That’s our approach to the alt-right: the same way we approach the alt-left.

As in: we’re the most honest reporters out there. Which is why everyone from NBC to CBS to Reuters has asked us for permission to use our footage this weekend.

 

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commented 2017-09-21 18:09:08 -0400
The racist anti-Semitic “alt-right” isn’t right at all – they’re left – VERY left, and they team up with the fascist “anti-fascist’s” ANTIFA to cause trouble, and like the KKK, don’t vote for Republicans, nor help Conservative causes, and are Never Trump who work against him – knowing any association he has with them will certainly hurt his popularity.! There are alt-right who are actually right – they are more right than the average Republican, and are the ONLY truly alt-right that exists – enemies hijacked the name to stop its popularity and halt the move to a much better and truthful political movement.
commented 2017-08-29 09:22:38 -0400
What should be obvious to you is, there are trolls who purposefully post here to derail the comments section and create controversy.
What did you think of the link? Doesn’t that describe you to a T!
commented 2017-08-29 00:55:25 -0400
“Oh Ayan, the “old soldier” was the last post as of August 28, 2017 at 11:24 am. Don’t post as someone else agreeing with him!”

If you have basic reading comprehension skills, it should be obvious to you just by reading the comments on this website (e.g., people suggesting that Haitian refugees should be shot down) that Ezra Levant and the like promote violence and hatred through lies and rhetoric.
commented 2017-08-29 00:54:22 -0400
“Again, careful Ayan. Slander is a crime.

The post you cited below is from a commentor. Distasteful as it is, it could be posted by a left-wing agitator or provocateur. No one agreed with this old soldier, if in fact he is one."

Why don’t you ask the people who left the Rebel aka poubelle?

Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s ties to right-wing groups

The departure, he wrote, was “a long time coming. What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me.”

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/rebel-media-co-founder-quits-over-companys-perceived-white-supremacist-ties/article35988984/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

“As The Rebel grappled with the departures, Norwegian Cruise Lines bent to the pressure of U.K.-based advocacy group Hope Not Hate and cancelled The Rebel’s booking for a Caribbean voyage featuring talks by Rebel personalities, saying the views The Rebel has espoused are “inconsistent” with the cruise line’s own “core values.” Meanwhile, the anonymous online activist group Sleeping Giants reported its long-running efforts to organize an advertising boycott of The Rebel has now resulted in a total of 237 advertisers, including major automotive firms, airlines, retailers and governments, dropping The Rebel from their campaigns.

In an explosive video posted to YouTube on Thursday, featuring secretly recorded audio of Levant, Robertson claimed The Rebel has dishonestly solicited donations in excess of the costs of creating its content, concealed its use of the money, and oriented its news agenda around stories that can be turned into activist campaigns, generating a vast database of email addresses of sympathetic viewers and readers who can be mobilized for fundraising.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/politicians+contributors+distance+themselves+rebel+media/14245673/story.html

Don’t forget to donate more money.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGsfYynLUT8
commented 2017-08-28 11:24:49 -0400
Oh Ayan, the “old soldier” was the last post as of August 28, 2017 at 11:24 am. Don’t post as someone else agreeing with him!
commented 2017-08-27 23:42:06 -0400
“Careful Ayan, your are committing slander when you claim Ezra promotes violence.”

Stating the truth is not slander.

Unlike Ezra Levant and the like, I do not promote violence.

However, I noted that Ron Joseph has seen the video.

https://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_august_11_2017

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-27 15:52:46 -0400
Careful Ayan, your are committing slander when you claim Ezra promotes violence.
commented 2017-08-27 01:22:30 -0400
“Yawn, same old posts from a person who doesn’t have evidence to back what he/she says!”

Unlike Ezra Levant and the like, I do not promote violence.

However, I noted that Ron Joseph has seen the video.

https://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_august_11_2017

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-26 09:16:34 -0400
Yawn, same old posts from a person who doesn’t have evidence to back what he/she says!
commented 2017-08-26 03:42:19 -0400
“Troll with no evidence, besides an op-ed piece in the Star – the author also didn’t provide a link and put muslim in brackets. Sorry fool, it’s you that needs to go back to school.
If he said it, you should be able to post a link with the video, he filmed and uploaded commentaries.”

Are you mad because I pointed out that Ezra Levant and the like are responsible for promoting violence and hatred towards others through websites such as these.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html

Ron Joseph has seen the video.

https://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_august_11_2017

Thanks for confirming that racism, conservatism, and low IQ go hand in hand.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand
commented 2017-08-25 11:05:25 -0400
Troll with no evidence, besides an op-ed piece in the Star – the author also didn’t provide a link and put muslim in brackets. Sorry fool, it’s you that needs to go back to school.
If he said it, you should be able to post a link with the video, he filmed and uploaded commentaries.
commented 2017-08-24 21:41:48 -0400
“Troll with OCD, how much clearer can I be. Post the video with what you are claiming Kevin Johnston said. Simple. Just do it!”

Go back to school and learn to read.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-24 08:24:01 -0400
Troll with OCD, how much clearer can I be. Post the video with what you are claiming Kevin Johnston said. Simple. Just do it!
commented 2017-08-23 22:52:32 -0400
“The troll with OCD keeps posting something he/she says is a Kevin Johnston quote. I for one. am tired of seeing this – where is the video of this supposed statement by Kevin Johnston? Post a link or shut up about it. Putting quotes around a paragraph doesn’t make it so, try backing it up.”

Are you mad because I pointed out that Ezra Levant and the like are responsible for promoting violence and hatred towards others through websites such as these.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-23 22:47:35 -0400
“Ayan Ray Muhammed and his followers have created hate everywhere. But of course you ignore that like a good little bigot.”

Be very afraid…

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/ignorance-unveiled-anti-immigrant-group-mistakes-bus-seats-for-burqas-1.3529632

Thanks for confirming that racism, conservatism, and low IQ go hand in hand.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand
commented 2017-08-23 22:44:28 -0400
“Ayan Ray the Rebel does not control anyone you hate filled bigoted puke.”

Really? Why don’t you ask Ezra Levant to give ISIS a platform then? Freedom of speech, right? You are just a bunch of hypocrites!
commented 2017-08-23 15:35:50 -0400
I think you do the conservative movement harm even if not intentionally. The alt right is blemished – and you cannot distinguish yourself from it. to continue is just plain stupid. There is a global concern today and you cannot deny it. Shift the description of your outlet. now is the time when confusion is in the marketplace. you can hold onto conservative values and still be relevant.
My support would require Rebel to become Relevant. (xxx)
understanding the Ninth Wave would be integral.
commented 2017-08-23 08:26:02 -0400
The troll with OCD keeps posting something he/she says is a Kevin Johnston quote. I for one. am tired of seeing this – where is the video of this supposed statement by Kevin Johnston? Post a link or shut up about it. Putting quotes around a paragraph doesn’t make it so, try backing it up.
commented 2017-08-23 01:06:50 -0400
Colin Maclean funny how we are not the ones who have to censor and cheat. LMAO!
commented 2017-08-23 01:06:13 -0400
Colin Maclean the liberal media is hardly doing good, laying off people left and right, it will be nice seeing them go and to see their dumbfounded looks when they realize the people they supported only intended to have CBC as media and they are nothing to them. LMAO!
commented 2017-08-23 01:04:47 -0400
Ayan Ray Muhammed and his followers have created hate everywhere. But of course you ignore that like a good little bigot.
commented 2017-08-23 01:03:39 -0400
Colin Maclean Justin is a pussy and Brazeau was out of shape. And Sun News never got a fair shake, of course haters like you do not care, your bigotry is showing. Now go support left wing marxism and eventual communism, they are only histories champion mass murderers.
commented 2017-08-23 01:02:10 -0400
Ayan Ray the Rebel does not control anyone you hate filled bigoted puke.
commented 2017-08-22 23:03:12 -0400
Seems like the Wankers who tried to shut down the Rebel are all peed off, if you go by the temper of the Marxist Trollop who contaminate this page. Gawd love a Cuck, that is Cuck as in Trudeau, the bringer of the Black Death, Ring a Ring of Roses, Pocket full of Posy’s.
commented 2017-08-22 20:31:54 -0400
I well remember the ‘glory days’ of Sun News.
Good riddance to that bastion of reformaconism!
Now The Rebel is in troubled waters.
Whoo-hoo!
I have never been a fan of neo-conservatism. I have never been a fan of the Reform Party. I have certainly never been a fan of Ezra Levant. And now I’m rejoicing.
Almost as much as I rejoiced when Sun TV aired the Justin Trudeau versus Patrick Brazeau charity boxing match.
Some of Ezra Levant’s many disparaging and diminishing quotes from that night:
On Brazeau—“He is a tough guy. His life has been physical. I think he’s been in more fights—well—in a month than Trudeau has been in a life!”
On Trudeau—“He’s wearing Liberal red, of course. I call him the Shiny Pony! He looks like he’s in some Zen-yoga trance…all that DANCE training…that BALLET training. It’s going to come back tonight!”
After a reference to JT’s mother and wife and a table full of female supporters who had pink boxing gloves with them at their table: “I heard he wanted to use the pink boxing gloves, but that was vetoed by the Sun News Network!”
“He skips like my four-year-old daughter!”.
On the way Trudeau was walking to the ring—“He’s a drama teacher. A high school drama teacher. This is called over-acting, my friend. He’s a dramatic THESPIAN!”
But don’t take my word for it, view the fight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuSpZ3_5pTc

Funny how making a career out of being mean to people can catch up with you, eh Ezra.
Shiny Pony, indeed!
commented 2017-08-22 20:01:43 -0400
“The liberal attempt to silence The Rebel by dumping your web site has failed!”

“We are not the racists the MSM makes us out to be.”

Free speech?

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html

Thanks for confirming that racism, conservatism, and low IQ go hand in hand.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand.