In the intro, he mentions it’s a phrase he’s heard with increasing frequency as of late. Although it predates the phrase “alt right” that supplanted everything else in 2015, “dissident right” may come out on top yet. We’re not there yet, however:
These nebulous terms are valuable to some degree on account of being nebulous. I’m not a stickler for what language is used. As a longtime reader of the Derb, who coined the phrase “dissident right”, I’ve always thought of alt right as being a subset of the broader dissident right. To be on the alt right is to be on the dissident right, but to be on the dissident right is not necessarily to be on the alt right.
The preceding spergy paragraph (mine, not Derb’s) does not represent the hour Z devotes in the least. It’s an accessible, practically applicable delineation of what the dissident right is, what it is not, and how it exists in juxtaposition to progressivism, libertarianism, and conservatism. It hits all the important points while striking a perfect balance between weightiness and concision.
There are a couple of things to quibble with–Z overstates the Neanderthal contribution to human DNA by an order of magnitude because he think everyone who is anyone sports the same caliber of brow ridge he does, for instance–but there are fewer nits to pick than any presentation I’d be able to put together would contain. It’s one I’ll be linking and pointing to with frequency in the future.
Parenthetically, he references the Darwin fish people used to sport on the back of their vehicles a decade ago in a description of what are sometimes called “liberal creationists“. As that anti-scientific position becomes increasingly untenable without massive cognitive dissonance–not to mention utter ignorance of genomics in particular and biology more generally–I’m going to start calling them “darwin fish creationists” instead.