Of course there’s some value in knowing all the different divisions and philosophical differences of the alt-right. It’s probably useful sometimes to know the difference between Proud Boys and Identity Evropa, between alt-right and alt-lite, between white supremacy and white nationalism. Like if you’re a journalist, or a district attorney.
But at the end of the day they’re all just a bunch of dickheads ruining a perfectly good haircut.
And I think it’s important not to get distracted or to buy into some of their principles in order to understand the fine distinctions in their Asshole Taxonomy. I don’t call them all Nazis because I don’t know that they’re actually ethno-nationalists and that’s like omg totally different; I call them that because I don’t play your fuckin’ racist Pokeymans game so you’re all racist Pikachu to me.
(And if this post sounds rude and dismissive, it’s a lot more rude and dismissive to say that I and the majority of my friends are subhuman and shouldn’t be allowed to exist in this country. “Oh no, technically my branch of the alt-right doesn’t use ‘subhuman’ terminology but simply feels that Western Civilization…” yeah, whatever, shut up, Pikachu.)