Yes, yes, yes. I know, I read THAT woke Stuff column too.
It’s funny how I now get privately bombarded by people who read bullshit identity politics columns and alert me to them while begging me to respond.
So allow me to.
The first thing that pissed me off about this was that it wasn’t marked as a Stuff readers opinion, it was just placed in the opinion slot.
That’s deceptive. I barely tolerate woke Stuff Opinion writers as it is, deceiving me into reading a Stuff readers opinion is a crime against journalism.
If I don’t respect the paid opinion writers at Stuff, why the Zombie Jesus would I bother with a ‘readers’ opinion?
It’s like those God awful interactives Stuff put up, a digital Disneyland for lazy adults. I just want the words thanks, I’m not a 12 year old with ADHD. That happened to me last week when I clicked on a living with disability story and it was a bloody interactive. I immediately clicked off while the computer scrambled to load up all the wizzbangs and graphics because fuck that, I’m busy.
The Identity Politics Left has lurched into ‘Social Justice’ territory which alienates more than it attracts. As a Class Left supporter, I believe the demarkation of power in society is between the 1% and their 9% enablers vs the 90% rest of us.
Economic Justice does more than banning Gay Conversion, criminalising speech or gerrymandering the legal system to ensure anyone accused is found guilty, it redistributes wealth and makes direct provision to the cost of every day living. Beneficiaries and working class people care less about pronouns and the correct pronunciation of te Reo than they do about how to pay next weeks rent and power bill!
Pure temple doctrine divides & alienates. Broadchurch universals build solidarity.
I’m not interested in social justice wokedom any more, it is a minefield of competing schisms throwing vitriol at one another.
Twitter outrage is woke righteousness porn for the middle classes. A puritanical razoring where the self elected morality police publicly shame and cancel anyone for not using the language protocols of the conclave.
I am interested in Economic Justice and the immediate welfare of the poorest amongst us while providing immediate life condition upgrades.
We need to be kinder to People and crueler to Corporates.
The woke however are more interested in micro aggression policing trigger thresholds where the quickest to take offence wins in a never ending grim roulette of intersectionist grievance where a cacophony of wounds jockey for social hierarchy.
The political is the personal now means what hurts me personally becomes political.
Before social media activists could only face each other off at protests or through letters to the editor or talkback radio. There were constraints of interaction but with social media there are none and it turns out the freedom to insult and dehumanise others is more addictive than nicotine, alcohol and meth combined.
Wokeness has become a puritanical religion with none of the beauty – it’s not so much the personal virtue signal, we are all dicks at times, it’s the weaponization by algorithms that make it so dangerous and damaging.
The danger of identity politics is that it locks people intellectually into only defining the world through their skin colour, genitalia or sexual orientation – it also becomes toxically subjective and tribal where the only solidarity is with other people who share the skin colour or genitalia or sexual orientation- without shared truths and values, the 1% and their 9% enablers continue to divide the rest of us 90%.
Let’s remind you of the holy trinity of woke identity politics dogma.
In the name of the non-binary mother, non-binary daughter and the monthly ghost: All white people are irredeemable racists, all men are rapists and anyone defending free speech is a uniform wearing Nazi.
The woke threshold for hate is so low that saying ‘hello what a lovely day’ can be immediately construed as a hate crime because how can it be a lovely day when the heteronormative white cis male patriarchy are still in charge, you are gaslighting me’.
All this Stuff reader is trying to claim is that his tribes purge of all they hate by demanding trigger free safe spaces from ideas they don’t like while demanding Hate Speech laws so their cancellation lynch mobs have more power is all a big misunderstanding.
But let’s just give the woke the total lack of benefit of the doubt they give us and see how they like their medicine.
While the middle class Identity Politics clique continue to find ways to divide us with social justice, economic justice can be a populist working class antidote to the alienation of woke cancel culture.
Meanwhile the Planet is burning and the poor can’t get housing.
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