The Daily Wire’s own Michael Knowles, host of the podcast The Michael Knowles Show, is featured in a new PragerU video that takes a closer look at the alt-right movement, including its past, thought leaders and ideology.
"What is the alt-right?" Knowles asks in the opening. "Everybody has an opinion about it, but nobody seems to know exactly what it is. So, I took it upon myself to find out. I took a deep dive into alt-right culture. I read their books, listened to their podcasts, watched their videos, followed their blogs, and spoke personally to their leaders."
Knowles points out that the alt-right is a relatively small movement that the mainstream media has generally blown out of proportion in service of its progressive agenda. Despite its still relatively miniscule size, Knowles maintains that it's important to understand the worldview its leaders espouse. Their ideology, he says, is "right there, in their name."
"The alt in 'alt-right' means 'alternative,'" Knowles explains. "The alt-right is an alternative to American conservatism. So, it’s no surprise then that the alt-right has far more in common with the Left, another alternative to conservatism, than it does with the traditional American right.
"Both the Left and the alt-right are obsessed with race and identity politics . . . the belief that a person’s value is linked to their racial heritage," he continues. "The Left wants special status for racial and ethnic minorities. The alt-right wants special status for the racial and ethnic majority."
Watch the video below: