I’m very impressed with Ben Burgis.
If you have any experience in radical politics on the Left or the Right, you know exactly where he is coming from in this podcast. Why do people on “our side” feel the need to do all the stupid, unnecessary and counterproductive shit that they do? Why are they more interested in expressing their own sense of identity than in building political coalitions to change objective material conditions?
These people aren’t engaging in politics at all which is about articulating an agenda, identifying common ground, crafting a message and building coalitions. They are engaged in an aesthetic and moral performance. They are virtue signaling to others in the same milieu. The biggest example of this on the contemporary Left, which has clearly dawned on Burgis, is that his fellow leftists are much more interested in the transformation of consciousness (internal reality) than in changing objective material conditions (external reality) for the working class. They are obsessed with policing thought and controlling words and inventing new -isms and -phobias and scolding people and having them jump through hoops on the basis of these -isms and -phobias to pump themselves up and showcase their moral purity. They are obsessed with psychology. They want to be your priest and control your inner world. This is why they go so hard after heretics and become busybodies and surveil even people on their own side and form social media mobs to destroy the lives of ordinary people for saying the wrong words. When you respond to these people and insist the Left should be focused on practical politics and changing external material reality and moving the country toward social democracy, they will accuse you of “class reductionism.”
Bro, have you even read Freud? Have you read Nietzsche, Adorno, Marcuse or Foucault? We need to get the whole country on the psychoanalytic couch in order to identify their psychological repressions which are their -isms and -phobias where they can be confessed and removed by therapy.
Note: In order to escape from the clutches of these people, millions of working class voters have been alienated and flocked to the Republicans.Listen to “The Moralistic Policing of the Left: With Guest Ben Burgis” on Spreaker.