Alternative Right

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Alternative Right
Web address
Available in English
Owner Colin Liddell and Andy Nowicki
Launched March 1, 2010[1]
Current status active

Alternative Right, or, is a far-right wing online magazine which presented itself as "an online magazine of radical traditionalism," and "an attempt to forge a new, independent intellectual Right."[2] The website was often referred to as "AltRight." Alternative Right was founded by Richard B. Spencer, who was formerly an editor at The American Conservative magazine and Taki's Magazine. In 2010, AltRight became a media project of the National Policy Institute.

The website became inactive in December 2013, and the URL was redirected to a new online magazine, Radix Journal ( It has since been reactivated and moved to a blogspot page.


The website was originally edited by Richard Spencer. Between January 2011 and early 2012, the Editors-in-chief were author Alex Kurtagić and Richard Spencer. Thereafter, it was edited by Colin Liddell and Andy Nowicki.

Additional contributors included Frank Borzellieri, Peter Brimelow, Jack Donovan, Drew Fraser, Dr. Paul E. Gottfried, Richard Hoste, James Kalb, Colin Liddell, Scott Locklin, Andy Nowicki, Keith Preston, Byron Roth, Steve Sailer, R.J. Stove, Jared Taylor, Srđa Trifković, Derek Turner, Elizabeth D. Wright, Jason Richwine[3] and various others.

AltRight Radio[edit]

AltRight Radio[4] is Alternative Right's official podcast. It is an interview program hosted by Richard Spencer. Prominent guests have included Jonathan Bowden, Patrick Buchanan, Paul Gottfried, Stephen McNallen, Bill Murphy, Tomislav Sunic, Thomas E. Woods Jr., and others.

In 2012, AltRight radio was renamed "Vanguard" and was given a new logo and Tunes feed[5]

Ideological orientation[edit]

In the spring of 2010, AltRight founder Richard B. Spencer addressed Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Property and Freedom Society's annual conference[6] at Bodrum, Turkey. There he discussed[7] numerous intellectual currents within 20th century American conservatism, and the status of the larger phenomenon increasingly referenced as "the alternative right."[8][9]

Controversy and criticism[edit]

AltRight was subject to criticism from both the left and the right. Examples of the former include the Southern Poverty Law Center, which characterized the site as "yet another far-right magazine," as well as "loaded with contributors who...have long lamented the white man’s decline."[10] Conservative critiques include E.D. Kain's contention at True/Slant, that "the far-right-wingers at Alternative Right represent the ugly – and yes racist – underbelly of ‘alt’ conservatism. This is white nationalism, folks, dressed up in faux-intellectualism."[11]

In March 2010, Spencer was interviewed by Tim Mak of FrumForum, the online magazine of George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mak concluded that AltRight's "ideas belong in some sort of padded room," and that its writers were "going to be white nationalists, but, by God, they’re going to be a little fancy about it."[12]

Greg Johnson of The Occidental Quarterly, extolled AltRight as a publication he "hope[s]...will attract the brightest young conservatives and libertarians and expose them to far broader intellectual horizons, including race realism, White Nationalism, the European New Right, the Conservative Revolution, Traditionalism, neo-paganism, agrarianism, Third Positionism, anti-feminism, and right-wing anti-capitalists, ecologists, bioregionalists, and small-is-beautiful types."[13]

Journalist Rich Johnston wrote an article lampooning public comments left by readers of AltRight (in response to the publication's cinematic review of 2011 Thor), characterizing the review itself as "relatively measured and muted."[14]


  1. ^ National Review, "More on the Hispanic-Crime Debate," by John Derbyshire (March 5th 2010 - retrieved on May 23rd, 2011).
  2. ^ Alternative Right, "About Us," (retrieved May 23rd, 2011).
  3. ^ "Jason Richwine Says He's No Racist, Has Tough Time Spotting Racism". the Atlantic Wire. 
  4. ^ AltRight Radio on iTunes (Retrieved on May 30th, 2011).
  5. ^ iTunes feed (Retrieved on March 20th, 2012).
  6. ^ The Prosperity and Freedom Society, "Meetings and Proceedings," (retrieved on May 29th, 2011).
  7. ^ Vimeo, "PFS 2010 - Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Richard Spencer, Marco Bassani, Paul Gottfried, Richard Lynn, Discussion, Q & A," by Sean Gabb (retrieved on May 29th, 2011).
  8. ^ The American Conservative, "No Thanks," by Clark Stooksbury (May 30th, 2009 - retrieved on May 30th, 2011).
  9. ^ VDARE, "Jared Taylor Archive: introduction," by Peter Brimelow (May 5th, 2011 - retrieved on May 30th, 2011).
  10. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center, "Paleocon Starts New Extreme-Right Magazine," by Larry Keller (March 15th, 2010 - retrieved on May 23rd, 2011).
  11. ^ True/Slant, "Richard Spencer and the ugly white nationalism of the Alternative Right," by E.D. Kain (March 13th, 2010 - retrieved on May 27th, 2011).
  12. ^ FrumForum, "The “New” Racist Right," by Tim Mak (March 8th, 2010 - retrieved on May 29th, 2011).
  13. ^ The Occidental Quarterly, "Richard Spencer Launches Alternative Right," by Greg Johnson (March 2nd, 2010 - retrieved on May 27th, 2011).
  14. ^ Bleeding Cool, "And Now Some Hilarious Thor Commentary About Race," by Rich Johnston (May 12th, 2011 - retrieved on May 27th, 2011).