I’ve been fascinated by the recent popularization of the prefix “alt-” as an ideological descriptor in American political discourse. Anyone who pays much attention to popular politics online knows that it’s been around for quite some time (at least since 2008) in the formulation “alt-right”, which generally just referred to white capitalist ethnonationalists. This was, as Shane Burley notes, a term of their own making, and one that they continue to embrace.
The New York Sun wants no part of [the alt-right] and neither does the GOP. But the Democratic Party has its own fringe for which to answer before Mrs. Clinton has any standing to make a megillah of the “alt-right.” What about the alt-left?