Editor’s Note: Jimmy Dore is doing a great job making fun of these idiots.
People who have argued “It’s okay to go on Stormfront TV to challenge their views” + “It’s okay to go on Stormfront TV to get Trump to pardon Assange” ought to contend w/going on Storrmfront TV *today* to salute demagogues and recite far-right disinfo:https://t.co/dJFbo0uCNj— Eli Valley (@elivalley) February 2, 2021
Democrats have a choice: run as the surburbanite college-educated anti-QAnon party and suffer a historic loss in 2022, or run as the party of $2,000 checks + immensely popular social programs and actually win.— Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) February 3, 2021
Alt subhed: Horrific racist resegregated the gov’t; defended Klan; Good riddance ? ?— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 4, 2021
— Ed. https://t.co/1YX7kfwPGR
Matt Taibbi — who has done more than any journalist to expose the systemic corruption of Wall St. — is now not just expelled from the left but “far to the right”: the gathering consensus of Twitter leftists.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 4, 2021
The Left is a political faction that tries to make itself *smaller.* https://t.co/9I6ZigDdjq
The terms “left” and “right” have almost zero relation to what a person believes about politics. It has even less to do with what a person *does* in the world and the values that reflects.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 4, 2021
It’s a tribal signifier: a reward given for tribal loyalty & denied for any tribal heresy.
Humans are social animals who need connection, a larger purpose, a sense of belonging.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 4, 2021
Modern society, especially with COVID, deprives millions of that – religion, small towns, communities, etc.
So political identity replaces it. But that identity is only about tribal loyalty.
If you have a political movement whose goal is to obtain power to improve society, you’ll naturally try to *expand* those who identify with your movement and feel part of it.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 4, 2021
If the goal is a lifestyle brand – to feel special – you’ll want to expel & make it as small as possible
Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Shoe0nhead who is a popular leftwing YouTuber. She didn’t show up on my radar screen until we started talking more about Huey Long on Twitter in light of the shifting politics of wealth redistribution. My wife is Huey Long’s biggest fan.
I’ve been a Kingfish fan for years. I consider Huey Long to be the greatest of all American populists. No one in American history posed a greater threat to the oligarchy than Huey Long in the 1930s. I briefly backed Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign in 2019 because he was running on Universal Basic Income which was a core part of Huey Long’s Share Our Wealth program. It quickly became clear though that Yang is a technocrat who lacked Huey Long’s political skills and lost traction in the Democratic debates. The Yang Gang could never breakthrough and win over Bernie Sanders supporters.
After COVID hit at the beginning of 2020 and Joe Biden locked up the Democratic nomination, the Yang Gang scored a huge victory by pushing the idea of a “temporary UBI” into the mainstream and it was embraced by Trump and included in the CARES Act which was passed last March. The $1,200 stimulus check proved to be wildly popular and transformed the politics of wealth redistribution in the United States. By December 2020, Bernie Sanders and Josh Hawley were both pushing for a second $1,200 stimulus check. Donald Trump came out in support of a $2,000 stimulus check to screw Mitch McConnell and the GOP Senate. Neither Trump or Sanders had ran on the issue during their own elections.
I was thrilled when Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won the Georgia Senate races by running on $2,000 stimulus checks. It proved what I suspected which is that Huey Long’s politics had been summoned from the grave by COVID and there was now majority support for a populist candidate to run on the Share Our Wealth program. Across a whole range of issues, there are enough lower and middle income Independent and Republican voters who support Universal Basic Income, universal health care and free college to make the Left irrelevant. The center of gravity on those issues has shifted to the Right.
If the Center is now where wealth redistribution overlaps with opposition to wokeness, where does that leave the cultural Left? It leaves them pissed off because their partners don’t need them anymore when anywhere between 50% and 80% of the country supports their issues. In fact, it makes them a massive albatross whose cultural toxicity to moderate voters is holding back political change.
“Rape culture isn’t real”
“The wage gap is a myth”
“The patriarchy is not real”
“White privilege is not real.
The only privilege is class privilege”These are a few memorable quotes by the YouTuber “Shoe0nhead” (June Lapine), a self proclaimed “SocDem” “anti-SJW” YouTuber with 1.5 million subscribers and over 400k Twitter followers who has somehow successfully slithered her way into legitimate leftist spaces after 5 long years of desperately trying.
Shoe0nhead built her YouTube career off the momentum of “GamerGate”, the misogynistic harassment campaign that gave birth to the alt-right and eventually helped get Donald Trump elected. But there’s a chance most of her fans today don’t know that. In fact, most of her fans today don’t know anything at all about Shoe. …
Shoe hid in a trojan horse and the online left opened the gates to a really disgusting new era of left wing online discourse. An openly misogynistic, “edgy”, horny, dirtbag brand of leftism that is indistinguishable from 4chan culture and has been poisoning our Twitter experience for about 8 months now. A brand of leftism where it’s ok if you call Nancy Pelosi a bitch, as long as you’re for wealth redistribution! …”
What if your idea of “social justice” is economic fairness or wealth redistribution, but you don’t necessarily like the woke middle class leftwing culture war and ritual shaming stuff? What if you don’t like walking on eggshells and censoring yourself and living in fear of “associating” with the wrong person or liking the wrong tweet or post because the Joke Police might come for you?
There isn’t a single “Left” or “Right.” There are at least half a dozen different clusters of voters each of which have their own values and agenda. It is more insightful to think of the electorate in terms of their interests and priorities than their race or ethnicity. Compare the Disaffected Democrats and Market Skeptic Republicans. This data is out of date and comes from the last Pew typology in 2017:
The groups in the middle of the electorate range from the Hub City Working Class through the Heartland Working Class. The two poles are the professional bourgeoisie (the Solid Liberals or DILEs) and the small business bourgeoisie (the Core Conservatives or True Cons) who control both parties. The poles are respectively dominated by the managerial elite and oligarchy above them.
No one in American politics is more alienated from the system than “Disaffected Democrats.” Solid Liberals are twice as likely to feel represented by the Democratic Party. They run the show.
It is clear that whoever is attacking Shoe0nhead in this article falls into the “Solid Liberal” or “Democratic Independent Liberal Elite” (DILE) category. It is a very distinct group of people on the Left who are overwhelmingly middle class, who used to be Republicans and whose politics are defined by bizarre cultural issues and their love of scolding and tone policing others. They are people who are fundamentally preoccupied with ridiculous displays of their own virtue as opposed to economics.
Why are the libtards so terrified?
“And she has, as far as I’m aware, been an advocate for left wing policies such as universal healthcare, unions, free college and so on. But that alone does not make someone a leftist and we need to stop pretending it does. Richard Spencer supports some of these things. Leftism is also about protecting the most vulnerable in society. It’s not about shoo-shoo’ing away social issues like sexism and racism by labeling them “identity politics”. …
I don’t know about you, but as a disabled jewish lesbian I don’t really feel comfortable being in the same space as admitted class reductionists who dislike feminism and think my human rights are a “distraction”. (Maybe that’s just me!) …
Chances are you’re probably aware of what has been called “the nazbol vortex”. The fear of leftists slipping into a red-brown alliance with fascists.
Shoe has always been one of the most prominent members of the NazBol vortex, in my opinion. Right next to The Red Scare podcast and CumTown who are tied for first place. …
This is a growing worry, and it should be. Historically, red brown alliances lead to nothing good. They lead to fascism. Shoe, Jimmy, Krystal, Glenn..are strasserites who would all be killed on the night of the long knives. But I guess owning the libs is more important as always. …”
Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald, Aimee Terese, Jimmy Dore, Krystal Ball and everyone who falls in the Left Populist space is being accused of “fascism” by the libtards in the Democratic Party. There is nothing unusual about “Red-Brown” or “Farmer-Labor coalitions.” The New Deal coalition from FDR through LBJ was destroyed by these people and it included ACTUAL “white supremacists.” They have nothing to show their shrill cultural politics except for polarizing the country to the point where nothing can pass Congress anymore. We’ve been stuck in an endless loop of Baby Boomer “conscience” politics since the Clinton era which has returned us to Gilded Age levels of immigration, corruption and income inequality.
Ask yourself what libtards have accomplished to advance wealth redistribution and economic fairness and to regulate and break up corporate monopolies in the last 30 years as opposed to Woodrow Wilson, FDR and LBJ. They are modernists who are obsessed with the “transformation of consciousness.” They don’t seem to even know why they are so obsessed with psychology and thought policing and the “harm” and “trauma” caused by thoughts, words and people who have slightly different opinions – again, they are motivated by a smug sense of class difference and virtue signaling – as opposed to practical realities like, say, the corporate tax rate or stimulus checks. They have conflated religion and class with politics.
Once again, I don’t know any of these people. I’m just following the drama as a curious, amused outsider and populist who has been looking into the demographics of the Left and the different strata that compose the Democratic Party. I now distinguish between the woke scolds and the wealth redistributionists in much the same way that I differentiate MAGA and the True Cons. The woke scolds are unpleasant people who think they are better than everyone else and should sit in judgement of everyone else even their own political allies with their list of -isms and -phobias. They are the reason why the Democratic brand is so toxic while redistributionist policies are so much more popular. It has become a coastal elite party that is incapable of cobbling together a governing majority in Congress.
“You cannot be “anti-sjw” and a socialist, you just can’t. Social justice is an integral part to socialism. There is no such thing as being “anti-woke” and a leftist. …”
What does modernism, political correctness or wokeness have to do with social justice? What does it have to do with populist ideas like wealth redistribution? What does the term really mean?
If the hall monitors of America were stuffed into a political locker, it would transform the politics of this country overnight. They are the ones who are constantly stirring up racial and cultural polarization for their own financial and political benefit. Cutting them loose would depolarize our politics. They are the cause of the biggest paradox in American politics which is that the country is simultaneously bitterly polarized over “culture war” issues, but overwhelmingly united on major issues like $2,000 checks. We are ruled by an oligarchy that no one wants and which grows ever more resented!
How should I put this?
Millions of people agree that the economic system is rigged to the advantage of the rich and powerful and favor everything from raising corporate taxes to universal health care to ending stupid wars, but they hate middle class libtards and refuse to vote for the Democrats because of their toxic culture war agenda. So far, Neoliberal Joe has been proving them right by pushing woke, trans, open borders and climate change extremism so hard which are all issues pushed by the professional wing of the party.
Would any of these White men fit into the modern Democratic Party with its woke, college educated middle class purity spiralers and witch hunters? Would they be accused of being “far right” collaborationists with “white supremacy” and expelled from the circle of virtue and respectability? I don’t even think LBJ would be good enough for the Twitter mob.
The ancestors of these people have a long history of utopian moral crusades and conflating moral purity with politics and demonizing everyone who disagrees with them. The Salem Witch Trials and Prohibition are just the two best examples of people who have this morose mindset. They are more interested in labeling Trumpers “domestic terrorists” and launching drone strikes on them than in finding common ground with them to pass, say, universal health care, reforming the tax code or an infrastructure bill. They seem to be more miserable now that Donald Trump is gone. It is much easier to cash in and rant and rave about “fascism” and “bigotry,” to stir up panic and hysteria and to topple statues of the founders of your own political party and tradition than to advance your own ostensible agenda. They don’t have the political skills of LBJ. Their only talent is moral preening and alienating people.
I’m betting this sort of politics will be shown to be a dead end. The unhappiest, the unfriendliest, the most hateful, humorless and intolerant people in the country by far who live “back East” will do what they always do and alienate and repulse everyone else confederated with them. They are incapable of getting out of their own way to compromise and get anything done in Washington.