Castalia House Triumphs as Alt-Hero Kickstarter Breaks Fundraising Records

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Super “alt-heroine” Rebel washes a car bonnet whilst wearing a confederate flag bikini top. Start as you mean to go on, Vox.

The people happiest about the so-called “Social Justice Movement” are their opponents on the political right. As a gleeful Lauren Southern exclaimed in a recent video, “No takesy backsies!” The loathsome, hate-filled doctrines of the far left and their identity focused obsessions have alienated vast sections of the public. Vox Day has simply taken the new politics to the bank. Opening a Freestartr with a preposterously, hilariously provocative campaign for a comic imprint called “Alt-Hero”, he has taken $244,565 against a target of $25,000 – nearly 10 times the total.

The heroes of alt-hero include an as-yet unnamed vigilante who captures illegal immigrants and delivers them to the authorities and a heroine, “Rebel” whose costume is essentially two hairbands emblazoned with the flag of the Confederate States of America.

Villains include “Captain Europa”, a superhero employed by an increasingly authoritarian European Union and apparently his sidekick “Dynamique”, a stunningly beautiful French model with superpowers who is literally in the heroics game for the money. For bonus points, Dynamique is also a chain-smoker and looks attractive whilst smoking.

Full disclosure: I gave the campaign $75 for amusement value. Based on Castalia and Vox’s other products, I am confident they will deliver something broadly consistent with their promises.

The Alt-Hero campaign is specifically styled as a response to a perceived decline in the quality of mainstream comics such as Marvel and DC. The brands have been criticised for an undue focus on clumsily shoe-horning left wing politics into beloved fantasy universes.

Alt-Hero is also seen as yet another after-shock of the #GamerGate scandal. #GamerGate is the name for a series of events beginning in 2014 in which cack-handed attempts by the far left to dictate the content of popular culture using intimidation and fear created a devastating backlash. Surprisingly, the alliance of disparate groups such as Anonymous channers and Breitbart has had a profound effect on geopolitics – so far contributing to the break-up of the European Union, the election of Donald Trump and the global rise of right-wing political parties.

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Why Should Grant Shapps MP be Conservative Party Leader?

Grant Shapps MP

Grant Shapps MP

Full disclosure: I know Grant Shapps and have done for years. I have been to his house. He was a good Conservative Party Chairman and is a competent campaigner. He is a great local MP. Becoming leader of the Conservative Party, however, is a big ask. Like Margaret Thatcher before him, Grant has struck first. Unfortunately, so far that is all that he has going for him. Shapps has the potential to be Party leader but he needs to seriously raise his game, setting out a clear vision for country and party.

The question at the top of this article is not rhetorical. The 2015 General Election was an unexpected victory for the Conservatives and Grant Shapps was one of the main drivers. He deserved to be rewarded, but instead he was sacked from the cabinet due to vicious and untrue allegations made against him by a Wikipedia administrator, Richard Symonds. A ruling of the Wikipedia Arbitration committee later exonerated Shapps and humiliated the Guardian newspaper.

Those who claim Shapps had nothing to do with the victory are being nonsensical – they would have been quick to blame him if the election was lost. Shapps’ successors as Conservative campaign organisers had a far better hand to play in the 2017 election – starting far further ahead in the polls. They squandered it.

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