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This book review of Kill All Normies by Irish author Angela Nagle opens with the high praise: “There are certain books where, as you’re reading, you realize your mind is about to change.”


There are certain books where, as you’re reading, you realize your mind is about to change. Reading Kill All Normies is one of those experiences. Written by Angela Nagle, an Irish writer and academic known for articles identifying “The New Man of 4chan,” the book is a record of the recent online “culture wars”, culminating in the 2016 US election and the triumph of the alt-right. It is also an indictment of the left, pinpointing just how it allowed this to happen.

The book opens with a cultural history, “From Hope to Harambe,” outlining the progression from mid-00s pickup artist communities, to overtly anti-feminist “neomasculinity,” to Gamergate (here Nagle’s narration takes a near-audible sigh), leading to its collusion with 4chan’s troll army and its political awakening as the alt-right. Nagle wrote her PhD dissertation on online misogyny, witnessing this evolution in real-time. “There’s a sort of broad arch of reactionary politics which moves from anti-feminism to racism,” she explains, meeting me in Dublin to talk about the book.


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