A label being flung around a lot these days is "Alt-Right" which sounds like a command you type on your computer keyboard, but is a political category. It stands for "alternative Right" and this is the word used by our mainstream media to explain baffling phenomena such as the Brexit vote and the victory of Donald Trump in America. The Alt-Right is so dangerous that they have to be censored and denounced. The UK Anti-Extremism unit actually intervened to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart journalist, from giving a talk at his old school in Canterbury. Not a public rally at the Albert Hall but a talk to a couple of hundred schoolboys. That is how scared the Establishment is of the Alt-Right.
All over the EU steps are being taken to censor and suppress the "Alt-Right". What annoys people is that they don't easily fit into the stereotype of "right-wing". When Raheem Kassam stood briefly for the UKIP leadership journalists were incredulous and downright angry that a young man of Asian descent should desert the mainstream political parties, which have bent over backwards to be non-racist and multi-cultural, and join UKIP instead. They tried to smear his employer, the Breitbart news agency, as "anti-Semitic" only to find that it was founded by a Jew and still employs plenty of others. (One of them is Milo Yiannopoulos.)
In fact the whole classification of leftwing and rightwing is basically dodgy, but leaving that aside, one thing that has changed is simply that it is no longer fashionable to be leftwing. Socialism is associated with old people - Jeremy Corbyn, Fidel Castro, Jean-Claude Juncker and Hillary Clinton with her Botox, her dark glasses, her fainting-fits and her "basket of deplorables". If young people such as Milo and Raheem want to be shocking - and they do - they assert that they care more about freedom than about equality.
And you can see their point, since around the globe there are remarkably few socialist utopias. China and Russia have opted to be deplorable and embraced capitalism. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez was the last Communist poster-boy, and he left that country in a pitiful mess. Robert Mugabe was once a Communist poster-boy and then morphed into one of the most obnoxious dictators of the world. The leftwing needs black communists to be a success. But they disappoint.
Hillary's "basket of deplorables" summed up something that intelligent young people are very bored with, and that is Political Correctness, and conformity. Hillary's list of terms "racists - sexists - xenophobes - islamophobes - homophobes..." uses the cosily dumbed-down terminology of leftwingers who thought they had decided everything and fixed a consensus about what everyone is allowed to say, teach or even think. The only think she missed off the list was "global warming denier". What all of these terms have in common is that they shut down debate, and forbid enquiry, insisting that there is only one possible view and that anyone who questions it is beyond the pale. Hillary's basket is a summary of the PC conformist attitudes that have been taught to children in schools for the past twenty years, and have damaged their minds because they are being trained not to think. Don't ask "who was carrying out a crime?", ask "who was black, and who was white?" other wise you are "racist". Don't ask "Which candidate has the best policies?" ask "Isn't it time we had a woman for President?" Don't ask, "Why is that person being flogged or stoned?" because if you do, that makes you "Islamophobic". Don't ask, "But why do we need to pay billions to get Free Trade?" because that makes you "xenophobic". Mindless conformity is regarded as a virtue.
Young people, who are naturally rebellious, are tired of this mental incarceration and the more intelligent ones don't want to be dumbed-down or numbed-down. So you get the Alt-Right.
Another thing that is far less fashionable than it used to be is feminism. The brash, noisy feminists of the 1970s are now wrinkled old women; the equal pay and opportunities they demanded became law long ago. In fact today we have a big problem of men committing suicide (which is exactly what some extremist feminists called for in the first place). This past year all our media banged on about how America needed to have its first woman President. Why? because this would be a milestone , such a milestone that they were all prepared to see a totally unscrupulous crook such as Hillary Clinton, after her career of fatal blunders, put in charge of the USA, which she was determined to drag into war with Russia. Throughout her campaign she never stopped telling people to vote for her so they could "make history". Luckily the voters decided that her policies mattered more than the media's pre-determined agenda.
In fact, what has happened across the board is that people are tired of the whole "victim-culture" that is leftwing. They are tired of people cashing in on their "oppressed" status to get sympathy and attention, tired of that narrative of grievance and entitlement that the leftwing encourages, a narrative that nurtures phoniness and supine dependency. They are tired of people exploiting supposed disadvantages or "discrimination" to get attention, money, power and political clout. And they are right to be tired of it, because it has nothing to do with rewarding merit. It's too easy to go around droning on about "white privilege" and "male privilege" and it is the rhetoric of people who live in academic enclaves generating self-righteous jargon about "inclusivity" and " cultural enrichment".
It is curious that the Western world seems to be ruled by very rich Socialists, many of them far richer than the traditional enemies the "bourgeoisie" and the "middle class". Hillary Clinton's campaign was backed by sinister billionaire George Soros, and an array of fantastically rich Hollywood celebs. In France the Left have billionaires such as Pierre Bergé, the owner of Le Monde, on their side. Here in England we have the ostentatiously rich Blairs, Kinnocks and Mandelsons, and many more, claiming to represent the Left, and hopelessly out of touch. David Miliband is paid £500,000 per year to run a "charity" and people like that tell us it is "far-right" to want to raise the tax threshold to ten or twelve thousand pounds to help the very lowest earners (a policy that the Conservatives took straight off the UKIP manifesto). We have Guardianistas like Polly Toynbee of Tuscany Towers, and vastly overpaid TV luvvies telling us that we need to be compassionate - but funnily enough they don't open up their own burglar-alarm-protected mansions to house the homeless or refugees. The credibility of these people is nil.
Faced with this shift in public opinion, the mainstream media have failed totally to cope. They are stuck in a time-warp, still repeating the ideology fashionable in the 1960s and 1970s, when the threats of today are ISIS and Kim Jong-Un. They try to label the rebellious Alt-rightists as "white supremacist" the ultimate demon-label, along with "sexist" and "homophobic". The one thing they are really good at is generating fancy new labels for things. When elections don't go the way they want, they re-name democracy "populism" and warn us that it is Bad Thing. When a blasé public does not believe all the propaganda aimed at it, it is accused of the crime of "post-truth".
The Establishment is now determined to crush the dissidents by every means possible. Expect websites to be closed down, bank accounts to be seized and the full might of the Anti-Extremism Police to enforce a crackdown. After all, anything else is Deplorable!