Right now the dust is still settling and people are still wrought up and that is a good thing. There are lots of objections and black pills. I will address some:
They had bad optics!
Nothing they could have done would have assuaged their opponents in the least. This has been proven ad nauseum. Internally discourage the worst excesses like Nazi flags, Wehrmacht helmets, or anything KKK, but otherwise let it go. Charlottesville should be enough to bury thoughts of appeasement for good.
But they did x thing wrong!
In making a move from the internet into meatspace lots of stuff is going to go wrong. Real life is sloppy. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Remember how many panicked said it was the end of the world when Spencer said “Hail victory, hail Trump?” That was a mistake, but everyone learned from it quickly and used the real-life feedback to adjust their strategy.
The important fact of Charlottesville is we saw an internet-based movement make a major transition into physical space. That’s all that will matter. Armchair generals gonna armchair. They will always handwring over what could have been better while others go out and do things.
Trump Didn’t Help!
Mainstream political figures can’t overtly sympathize with those on extreme ends of the spectrum. Do we ever see someone like Hillary Clinton praising the antifas? Of course not!
Politicians deal with extremists in their coalition by pretending they don’t exist. Trump refused to explicitly condemn the alt-rightists and that’s all that is needed, or can be reasonably expected from him. Just imagine what the situation would be if Hillary Clinton were in power instead? I don’t think the public emergence of the alt-right would have been politically possible. Had it even been attempted, the leaders would have ended up in jail. We’d have been busy fighting to prevent Chinese-style internet censorship and thereby losing even the ethereal platform we have.
A favorable leader gives the extremists a tacit nod that they will be unopposed as long as they don’t cross certain lines. Then it’s up to the fringe political operators to achieve their objectives with the slack they’re given.
They Were Naive! What did they think would happen!
The whole point has been to play by the letter of the rules, one rule at a time so eventually an approach of moderation and appeasement becomes totally indefensible. In this respect, Charlottesville is a brilliant success. No one can ever again seriously argue that being more conciliatory is a reasonable approach. This will ultimately force many fence-sitters squarely into the radical camp.
Now the Normies Hate Us!
The vast majority of people go along to get along so long as their bread and butter isn’t immediately threatened. They’d rather watch netflix, have a normal social life, and feed their families. They can be thought of as neutrons. Maybe they collectively have a weak gravitational pull but are otherwise inert. The interaction of the charged particles is what matters. As the course of the mainstream changes, those who go with the flow change with it. So long as there is at least one significant demographic that is somewhat sympathetic towards the radicals, they’ll be fine. Comments on Breitbart and the_donald suggest to me the necessary support is there.
This Proves the Institutions Are All Against Us!
This only disillusions people even more. Charlottesville even redpills people regarding the cops. Until now it’s been a common sentiment on the right that law-enforcement will be on their side. This expectation has now been proven horribly wrong. At first, many may react with despair as each established institution lets its mask slip when pressured. In the long run, it helps destroy the legitimacy of the system as its true nature is methodically exposed in all its facets. The vast majority will just keep going to their day jobs no matter what happens but there is a proper audience that sees what’s happening and cares. Even if they do nothing, it is essential to have a base of sympathizers. Even making ordinary, contented people feel the system is no longer infallible or the best possible way of life is enough.
The Deaths Will Drown Out The Message!
The people who got ran over make sure the story is on the front page of every publication and everyone’s heard of it. Hillary Clinton’s alt-right speech made normal middle class people aware of an alt-right consisting of civic-nationalist infowars and breitbart. Now the public has been introduced to the ethnic-identitarian alt-right as a movement. Simply entering into the mainstream consciousness is a major milestone and implicitly expands the window of political views. Breitbart is not longer the farthest, scariest edge before you reach the KKK.
That the accident took place as someone panicked while under attack means the alt-right can’t really be blamed for it. A deliberate attack by an alt-rightist would have been a genuine disaster and of course that’s what they were hoping for, but they didn’t get it.
They can spin it so many people, who are implacably unfavorable anyway, think nazis are out to run people over, but they can’t actually do anything to perpetuate it more than a couple news cycles or get the leverage to force Trump to denounce the alt-rightists.
Charlottesville was a significant strategic victory for the dissidents even if some might see it as a tactical defeat.
They conclusively proved for anyone who was receptive that the established order cannot be reasoned with. At the same time, the core groups are energized by the official beginning of white civil rights.
For everyone else, they only need to be known. Being a household name will be all that matters in getting them future international attention and recognition.
Update 8/16/2017: Every time before the antifas have engaged in a strategic action and then immediately melted away. This kept it so most Americans hadn’t really heard of them. The C’ville protest has triggered them into staying out in plain sight where they are massively overextending by lashing out with no long term strategy. This has against my wildest expectations allowed the president to publicly denounce them. This is a huge victory for alt-dissidents! The establishment has either lost control of their thugs or they have been baited into revealing their true nature in front of millions. Humiliated in 2016, they are further exposed as both weak and incompetent.