The modern rule of politics post Corbyn that easily intimidated Journalists frightened of invoking social media lynch mobs & desperate politicians trying to win need to appreciate: If it’s popular on woke Twitter, it’s electoral death.
It’s not the intentions of social justice warriors that are the issue, it’s the screaming maw of subjective rage and personal space triggering intellectual bullshit that alienates rather than bonds that is the problem.
We are only now appreciating the counter productive damage social media mixed with militant identity politics has done to the political landscape.
For me as a class leftist, the delineation of power in society is not woke intersectionaism, or skin colour, or gender, or sexual identity, it is the 1% wealthiest with their 9% enablers vs the 90% of the rest of us. Identity Politics, while an important personal journey on how the individual comes to politics, can’t be a recruitment tool to get to 51% democratic majority because if your starting point as a woke activist is that every male is a rapist, every white person a racist, anyone arguing for free speech a Nazi and anyone questioning 1% Trans mantra a homophobe, you aren’t about Broad Church politics, you are about a Pure Temple politics where exclusion is the new inclusion.
The Right looks for recruits to join them, the Left look for traitors to de-platform, call out and cancel. Woke Left has all the nuance of the Cultural Revolution.
The real danger of identity politics over class politics, as we have seen in the UK election and with Trump, is that when white poor men start seeing themselves not as a class but as an identity, the Right win.
In the NZ context that means 500 retweets by Wellington Twitteratti = alienation not winning. If it’s popular on The Spinoff, it’s poison at the ballot box and if Action Station have a petition on it, avoid it like the fucking plague.
The woke won’t change their rage politics of alienation, they can’t. Social media has given them a sense of power they’ve never held before, an ocean of the bullied who can now bully will never hand over their weapons, so the Left need to ignore the Woke, stop alienating white working class men and actually try to win them over.
Take white male privilege. Why would men want to be told they have it (when their suicide rates, mental health issues, low life expectancy, violence and murder rate is so high) and why would they willingly hand it over if they did have it?
Isn’t white male privilege being treated with respect? Not getting hassled by the cops? Getting paid properly?
The Woke scream for white men to hand over that privilege, but why would any white male look at the list and agree to be paid less, be treated poorly by the cops or accept sub-standard service?
Wouldn’t it be better to say that we want to expand white male privilege to everyone? Instead of attacking those Men, hold up their agency as the right every citizen should enjoy.
Expanding the franchise of agency is something everyone can get behind, removing my agency so people who despise me can have more isn’t an easy cultural sale.
Fellow citizens shouldn’t fear the Left, the 1% should.
The silver lining for the Left is ultimately the looming climate crisis. All current structures need to be destroyed to rebuild a sustainable adaptable society and the speed of the collapse will focus the electorate not on their petty bigotries and social media inspired grudges but on their simple survival.
If your activism as a progressive doesn’t have the climate apocalypse as its central focus, you are part of the problem, not the solution.
Once the Left have real solutions to that problem, we will start winning again, but for now the class left is in a coma, globalised free market immigration is a political curse and horrifically Identity Politics with all it’s history from the 1930s is now in ascendancy.
We’ve been here before.