The term “cuck” has become a new weapon of choice for many on the Alt-Right. Short for “cuckservative,” the word is defined by Urban Dictionary as, “a self-styled Conservative who will cravenly sell out and undermine his home country's people, culture, and national interest in order to win approval with parties hostile or indifferent to them.”
Essentially, the Alt-Right throws out this word whenever they hear an opinion that deviates from their own. In this respect, they employ the same tactic that the Left uses whenever they aren’t intellectually capable of furthering a political discussion. “You’re a cuck!” is no different a debating strategy than “You’re a sexist!” or “You’re a racist!” except that it probably yields even less value than being called one of the latter.
Trolls on the Internet who seek to end debate by attacking character rather than ideas are the ones who've adopted this term. For people on the Right, but not the Alt-Right, the word's popularity should be both concerning and reassuring for different reasons.
The bad news is, the increasing popularity of “cuck” is emblematic of an intellectual decline on the Right. Many who sway from political Left to Right do so because conservatism can be defended using reason, empiricism, and facts -- certainly more so than the emotionally driven ideology of Leftism.
Therefore there is no need to use for the word "cuck" if your arguments are either logical or factual, and can be articulated as such. If conservative ideals are now being defended by character attacks and diluted words, not only are we no different than the Left, we will lose to them in the cultural-political boxing ring.
The Left effectively owns a monopoly on feelings and emotion. This is because their ideology frequently substitutes compassion for reason and commonsense. If the Right employs strategies grounded in feelings and emotion, we will lose. This is because “racist” is more powerful than “cuck” to anyone who is on-the-fence politically.
When someone hears a Leftist call their political opposition a "racist," non-partisan listeners are more likely to side with the Leftist because they don’t want to be affiliated with, or classified as, a racist. This is an emotional response, but nonetheless a general truth.
However, when someone hears an Alt-Rightist call someone else a cuck, they are likely not to be moved by it, and to think that it’s just some meaningless slang – which it is.
The best way to respond to accusations of racism, sexism or ideological cuckoldry is to ridicule the other person for resorting to character attacks rather than arguments. The last thing you want to do is switch the debate from free trade versus tariffs, to why you’re not a cuck.
Not only is this pointless, it implicitly concedes that the other person's use of name calling is a worthy tactic.
People on the Right should be reassured whenever they’re called a cuck, is because it is generally a good litmus test for your convictions.
When you’re debating policy and someone resorts to calling you a sexist, bigot or racist, you should feel victorious. The too-frequent use of these words has caused a momentous decline in their power. If being called a sexist or racist once meant something, it no longer does.
The same is true of being called a cuck. If you’re in a debate with an Alt-Rightist, and they call you a cuck after you explain why placing tariffs on Chinese imports would reduce the well-being of both American and Chinese people, you can be fairly certain that you have just won the argument.
Socrates once said that in debate, slander becomes the tool of the loser. He’s right. And it’s not just true when someone calls you a sexist, racist, bigot, or homophobe, its true when you’re called a cuck as well.