There is never a better fight to settle down and watch explode on Twitter than a fight between schisms.
Watching TERFs wage war on Transgender activists, middle class identity politics feminists vs class advocates, militant vegans vs zealous vegetarians, superiority complex surfers vs bitter bodyboarders, cross fitters vs the world.
Nothing cuts to the bone with the viciousness of a good old fashioned schism.
Which helps explain the extraordinarily awful column written by one of NZs leading elite Twitteratti cosmopolitans, Ben Mack, who has poison penned an hilariously damning indictment of the New Government as a dangerous shadow of far right hate mongering.
I’m not kidding. They open their column with, “A shadow is poisoning Middle-earth”.
Ben Mack prefer’s ‘they’ because they aren’t gender binary and runs Lizzie Marvelly’s feminist blog ‘Villianesse’.
Here is a photo.
That image and that bio tells you all you need to know about the identity politics cultural bubble Ben Mack wraps themselves in.
Watching the usual Twitteratti suspects splutter into their Twitter feeds at the Grade A bullshit that Mack has served up to the Washington Post is almost as amusing as reading the column itself.
Duncan Grieve has ‘charged’ to the defence of NZs new Government but hilariously doesn’t mention Ben Mack once.
Which is telling in of itself.
The Twitterrati enjoy a social media pile on more than most and with all the virtue signalling possible from the outrage Olympics that is Twitter, no one is allowed to ever disagree with them unless they too wish to face a social media crucification of Garner and Plunkett proportions.
Which is why in a 1500 word response to this article, Duncan is too frightened to even mention Ben once.
To do so is a Twitter atrocity which allows the Patriarchy to blah blah blah.
You get the picture.
In the radical fringe world of Twitter Identity Politics, binary gender and immigration controls are hate crimes, militant veganism is the only dietary option, polyamorous coupling is the only ethical sex and masculinity is a disease ranked somewhere between cancer and ebola. Now that would be fine if it was a personal belief structure, but with the new found power of social media (in particular Twitter) they have gained the ability to demand these values are universally bought into.
The hastily amended Green Party immigration policy which read like an ISIS hostage video was shaped by this elite cosmopolitanism call out culture.
This schism on the left is where National should focus if they want to take back 2020.
Most left wing and progressive voters would vomit after reading Ben Mack’s ridiculous cosmopolitan elite appraisal of the new Government and that’s where National (if they were smart) should strike.
Just follow half of these Twitter Elites from Wellington and screen shot the stuff they say and then frame it as the new Governments values.
Most NZers would be happy to accept transgender people for how they wish to identify, but being told they can’t identify pink to a girl or blue to a boy and to do so is evil is so far outside the comfort zone of middle New Zealand they’ll run screaming back to National.
Voters being told that their concerns over mass immigration is somehow racist is another cultural fault line that the Identity Politics Twitter Clique can’t help themselves but alienate with. Most of the Identity Politics Twitter Clique have social media skills that are internationally transferable so migrant rights are economic rights for them, hence their die in the ditch for open borders mentality.
These identity politics activists might think they’re being terribly clever and ahead of the cultural curve ball, but National could use their own words to cause more damage on the left than a months worth of Parliamentary first day stuff ups could achieve.
It is the culture war where National could appeal to voters who are alienated beyond comprehension by this kind of politics even if economically the new Government helps them more.
For the Ben Mack’s of NZ, paid parental leave, free education and 100 000 more new houses are pitiful facades that hides the new Government’s true hatred of immigrants.
Ben Mack is National’s greatest recruiter for middle New Zealand.