Alternative Right

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For the movement of right-wing ideologies that are an alternative to mainstream conservatism, see Alt-right.
Alternative Right
Type of site
Identitarian, political
Available in English
Created by Richard Spencer, Colin Liddell
Slogan(s) White power !
Launched 2010
Current status Active

Alternative Right is an alt-right website created by Richard Spencer and Colin Liddell[1][2] in 2010 and the "New Alternative Right" webzine, edited by Liddell and Andy Nowicki, that was created when the first website was shut down in 2013.[3][4] Richard Spencer's Alternative Right was hosted at and funded by NPI America before Spencer shut it down, saying it was too much work to manage.[5]

The site's white nationalist stance has attracted criticism from the Anti-Defamation League[6] and it has been described by The Atlantic as being a "white supremacist" site.[7]

In 2012, Alternative Right published an article written by Colin Liddell, entitled "Is Black Genocide Right?"[8] It stated that the black race "has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization" and asked "whether Black Genocide is something worth considering"; after drawing widespread criticism, the article was deleted from the site.[9]

In May 2013, Yahoo! News reported that Jason Richwine, then a scholar at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of a controversial study on the costs of amnesty, had published an article and blog at in 2010. The Rachel Maddow Show publicized these findings in a segment of the program on May 9, 2013.[10]

In July 2015, Stephanie Saul of The New York Times interviewed Colin Liddell about the Alternative Right.[11]


Alternative Right has been an object of criticism from both the left and right wings. Examples of the former include the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has characterized the site as "yet another far-right magazine," as well as "loaded with contributors who...have long lamented the white man's decline."[2] 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."[12]

In March 2010, Spencer was interviewed by Tim Mak of FrumForum, the online magazine of George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Mak concluded that Alternative Right's "ideas belong in some sort of padded room," and that its writers are "going to be white nationalists, but, by God, they’re going to be a little fancy about it."[13]


  1. ^ "Right-wing eZine sinks to new low; calls for "Black Genocide"". Daily Kos. Mar 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Keller, Larry (March 15, 2010). "Paleocon Starts New Extreme-Right Magazine". Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alt Right: A Primer about the New White Supremacy". Anti-Defamation League. February 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hankes, Keegan (October 21, 2014). "Eating Their Own: Several Feuds Erupt Among White Nationalists". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  5. ^ Burghart, Devin (June 27, 2014). "Who is Richard Spencer?". Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. 
  6. ^ "Richard Spencer: A Symbol Of The New White Supremacy". ADL Blogs. May 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (May 13, 2013). "Jason Richwine Says He's No Racist, Has Tough Time Spotting Racism". The Wire. 
  8. ^ Liddell, Colin (February 14, 2012). "Is Black Genocide Right?". Alternative Right. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. While they were, like all low IQ people, at one time useful as dumb labor, technology has long since made them non-economical. The world in general would be better off if they went extinct. 
  9. ^ "National Review's John O'Sullivan: On the Board of Directors of a White Nationalist Group". 
  10. ^ Feldman, Josh (July 23, 2013). "Maddow Rips Conservative Think Tank For Immigration Study Co-Author Who Claimed Latinos Have Lower IQs". 
  11. ^ "Podcast 32 The Lady from New York Times". July 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kain, E.D. (March 13, 2010). "Richard Spencer and the ugly white nationalism of the Alternative Right". True/Slant. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ Mak, Tim (March 8, 2010). "The "New" Racist Right". FrumForum. Archived from the original on July 25, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

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