Thoughts on Conservative, Libertarian, Patriot, and Alt-Right


I have been thinking about resistance ideologies lately, and the terms they use to identify themselves. While the four ideological groups mentioned in the title of this essay all oppose the Democratic Party, they are by no means the same thing. A book could be written on each of these four philosophies if one had the time and inclination to do that level of research. I do not. Hence this brief essay.

I shall begin with the term conservative. Suffice it to say that conservative is just an adjective implying that one wants to preserve whatever exists. This is neither good nor bad; that is determined by the merits of the system one wishes to conserve.

There are several flavors of conservative. For example, after the rise of the Neo-Conservatives in the 20th century, there arose a push back movement termed Paleo-conservative.

The Neo-Conservatives were led by men such as Leo Straus and Irving Kristol. The Neo-conservatives are often referred to as Trotskyites (or Neo-Cohens) because it was basically founded by “former” Jewish leftists who admired Soviet communist Leon Trotsky (aka Lev Bronstein). The Neo-Cons pretty much ran the (pro-Israel) foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration.

It seems the Paleo-Conservatives, who generally admire America’s Founding Fathers, wish to preserve the concept of the moral society and limited-government-republic established by the U.S. Constitution. Paleo-Conservatives can range from Protestant Southerners to Traditional Catholics. Some of these Paleos, such as the late M.E. Bradford, even upheld the tradition of Southern Agrarianism. The Paleos even seem to be inclined toward pride in their ancestors, the white males who built our country!

The libertarians are split into many camps. The modern Libertarian Party, which is currently running (former Republican) Gary Johnson for Toker in Chief, was not founded until 1971. Of course, libertarian thought predates the current political party. It appears to me that the philosophy of libertarianism is roughly split-able into three camps: sort-of libertarians, limited government libertarians, and libertarian anarchists.

Some self-described libertarians are sort-of libertarians, basically just Republican Party types who are liberal on social issues like drugs and sodomite marriage.

Some libertarians think that liberty in America is fading away, but that some government is still needed to restrain men from harming the life or property of others. These type often like the U.S. Constitution, but often get vague or illogical when it comes to securing the borders of their would-be minimal government libertarian paradise.

The final group, the libertarian anarchist type, take it much farther, and have made a god of physical liberty. They often wish to have no civil government, the government being basically replaced with corporations –including police and arbitration corporations to take the place of police and courts. (I still have not figured out how corporations, a legal entity chartered by and under the authority of a state, exist without the state and claim arresting {and incarcerating?} authority over individuals who did not contract with them).

All libertarians, like most conservatives, love corporations and making money. Of course, Republican Party types do also. Furthermore, the post-WWII libertarian movement in America has been basically run by Christ rejecting Jews.

Next we come to the term patriot. While most Americans might term themselves patriot, I use the term “patriot” here in the hard-core sense that it is used by the loose knit ideological group that might be termed the “patriot movement”.

The patriot movement is often very conservative, but can have libertarian elements. The patriot movement usually places a great deal of emphasis on the American Revolution and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These patriots often hate the following: the Federal Reserve System and paper money, all gun control, the IRS and the income tax, the UN, socialism, Freemasonry, CFR, Bilderbergers, public schooling, Social Security Numbers and state issued driver’s licenses. These patriots often support the formation of private/non-government citizen militia units. The Sovereign Citizen movement would fall under the term patriot movement –though all hard-core patriots do not embrace its theories. The patriot movement would generally be open to 9/11 Truth, and generally does not like corporations (unlike basically everybody else). The patriot movement is pro-white, but usually not openly white nationalist. The patriot movement will discuss the Jewish subversion of America.

Last comes the Alt-Right. I believe that it was a young man named Richard Spencer who coined that term a few years back. It simply means the alternative right, an alternative to the official Republican Party and all of its weakness and baggage. One feature of the Alt-Right is that it is openly Identitarian. Basically, Identatarian means that they are ethno-nationalists; they wish for Europe and America to stay white countries forever.

The Alt-Right openly discusses the JQ (Jewish Question). The alt-Right is politically conservative in that it advocates for traditional gender roles, nuclear families, gun rights, etc. That does not mean that they keep their language clean! Some Alt-Righters are openly fascist. Judging by the Alt-Right websites I visited last weekend, the Alt-Right does not seem interested in 9/11 Truth. The Alt-Right is rallying around Donald Trump for president. The preferred weapon of the Alt-Right is not an AK47, it is the meme -an internet panel cartoon with a satirical message.

It appears to me that the Alt-Right generally does not hate the current government and its programs; it hates the fact that the current government (and economy) is basically ran by Jews and is opening the borders and promoting multiculturalism though blacks advocacy and third world immigration. Perhaps the alt-right does not want to completely overhaul the system –only effect a change of command and a pro-white reorientation, including good jobs for working class white males.

It appears to me that these four groups have some common ground. Perhaps they differ more than they agree, especially the libertarians versus the alt-righters.

Concerning religion, conservatives are often “Christian” –and I write Christian in quotation marks to signify the broadest possible, Bible standard ignoring way. Rank and file conservatives are often one or other flavor of evangelical. The current “intellectual” class of conservativism seems often –but not always- seems to be Roman Catholic. As America was colonized and founded primarily by Protestants of the Calvinist variety, this seems a tad strange.

I do not know many libertarians personally, the “intellectual” class seems to be primarily either Roman Catholic or Jewish (ethnically Jewish even if personally atheist).

Like conservatives, the patriot movement is often “Christian”. They are perhaps even more all over the denominational spectrum that conservatives, from Protestant to Evangelical to Mormon to Christian Identity.

I have not got a good read on the Alt-Right religiously. While there are some “Christians”, I suspect that there is a high degree of atheists and agnostics –and perhaps a few neo-pagans.

One thing that almost all of these groups agree on is that they love industrialism and the consumer economy. Most conservative love it, although there are agrarian holdouts. Libertarians love urbanism, industrialism, and imported goods –as they wish to be rich. Some patriots are “preppers”, getting ready to weather a tyranny or economic collapse that they believe to be coming. That does not mean they dislike industrialism or inexpensive consumer goods, they are just preparing to live without them for a time (often by stockpiling consumer goods like freeze dried food).  The alt-right likewise appears to love the urban industrial model, as long as the jobs pay well and are for white males.

Except for a remnant of Paleo-Conservatives and hard-core patriots, no one seems to want to voluntarily go back to the principles and lifestyles of American’s Founders. By “go back”, I do not mean not using a gas powered tiller or chainsaw, or only owning a muzzleloader; I mean a purposeful rejection of urbanization and industrialism for a society where the majority of people live on the land and take their sustenance from it.

I suppose that I identify with all four of these groups on at least one area. Perhaps sort-of paleo-conservative, racially conscious, agrarian, hard-core patriot who does not want to hunt down and imprison drug users and sodomites while holding ultra-conservative Protestant Christian beliefs describes me fairly well. The problem is that the average American has no idea what all that means.

Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.




Author: Joe Putnam

I am a Christian (Reformed/Sovereign Grace Baptist type), white American of Western European bloodline, advocate of an agrarian social order, Kinist, White Nationalist, admirer of America’s Founding Fathers and the Boys in Gray, homesteader, indie published author, and amateur historian. I have indie published several books, all of which are available from Amazon. I am a life long resident of rural Orange County, IN –in the part of the Upper South that many would term Greater Appalachia or the Dixie Frontier. In addition to my own blog, I am a contributor to the multi-author blog Identity Dixie. I am active in promotion of the Alt-South movement. In addition to my blog writings, I am currently gearing up for (at least) two more book projects –one theological and one historical. The theological one will cover the three interpretational views of Daniel’s 70th Week. I hope to have this book in print in late summer 2017. (Hint: I am, not a Dispensational Futurist). The historical book will be a biography of George Rogers Clark (1752-1818). Clark was a noted Virginia militia officer who’s campaigns, including his successful siege of Vincennes, basically took the Old Northwest from Britain during the American Revolution. Clark spent the rest of his life around the river that separates Clarksville, IN from Louisville, Kentucky. I hope to have my Clark bio in print in early 2018.

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on Conservative, Libertarian, Patriot, and Alt-Right”

  1. Joe,

    Most of the Neo-Conservatives have no qualms about large government. These are the types that love the part of government that wears a uniform. Police, military, fire departments, opossum cops etc. I’ve heard them referred to as jack-booted conservative Richard Nixon law and order types. National Review which is the flagship journal of Neo-Conservatism was founded by former C.I.A operative W.F. Buckley. Buckley called for a totalitarian bureaucracy on our shores to defeat the Soviet Union which was another totalitarian bureaucracy. Presumably, Buckley was alright with large armies, atomic energy, central intelligence, war production boards, and the attendant centralization of power in Washington as long as it defeated the Soviets. Followers of the Neo-Con ideology aren’t advocates of freedom, just their brand of enslavement.


    1. Thanks for the comment, Navratri. I am sorry that I posted it a couple of weeks late. WordPress flagged it as spam, and I just seen it tonight as I was reviewing my comments sections of my site.
      Based on the link in profile you submitted to comment here, I am a little curious as to whether your are in the U.S.A. or India. While 98% of my views are from the United States, my stats page shows me that I have had visits from over a dozen countries, but I do not recall seeing India.


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    1. Hello Will,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I am not really a tech guy, but I think the WordPress “follow” feature for their blogs only works if one has a WordPress or Gravatar account. However, you can Google bookmark my site and check it at your leisure. At this point, I am normally posting two essays a week, usually on Monday and Thursday/Friday. Have a good day.


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