Now, over seven years later, I'm an ex-Republican, and Spencer (now a prominent leader of the "alt right") is in Cleveland crowing "It's amazing. We've taken over the right." And it's true enough. Spencer lives in Montana now and has argued for a whites-only "ethno-state" in the Northwest; and while that may take some time to make it into the GOP platform, the party has moved in his direction by nominating Trump, to an extent I never imagined possible back at Lolita Bar.
In that long-ago debate (which I lost by audience vote), I may have been correct that a political comeback for the right was under way (the Tea Party was just starting to brew then) but I was certainly dead wrong in thinking that the right did not have further to fall--much further--morally and intellectually. I differ with those, including some anti-Trump friends of mine, who see something worth preserving in the GOP. So, I stand by my "curl up and die" prediction; what's different now from 2009, though, is that I'm looking forward to seeing it happen.
UPDATE 7/24: Spencer evidently no longer advocates a whites-only homeland in the Northwest but rather the more expansive goal of expelling blacks, hispanics and Jews from the United States.
UPDATE 10/8: Trump is melting down and the GOP is in chaos, but I'm updating this post mainly for this:I'm pretty sure this guy is right. But by November that mistake is likely to be corrected. https://t.co/RpFsm7vlNH pic.twitter.com/SmNSv1l8bk— Jonathan V. Last (@JVLast) July 24, 2016
Now (or it turns out) it's the entire Northern Hemisphere Spencer wants. For recent posts on some immanent flaws in the alt-right vision, see here and here.My dream is a Northern hemispheric empire, with an autarkic economy, natural conservation, and the projection of power on a global scale.— Richard B. Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) October 8, 2016
UPDATE 11/7: I'd been expecting to write more about the alt-right, probably focusing on Spencer's writings--but then I read this about Trump and Jesus Christ, and honestly don't think it's worth the bother.