Shit's going down.
Not sure if you are aware of it, but what I call the Illiberal Left (at least it's online-version) is imploding. It's happening everywhere, from within lefty circles. In Books, on Youtube, on Twitter, in my fucking own DMs. It's over. (And the real work begins right now.)
Nagle attacks a liberal internet sunk in filter-bubbled complacency, drunk on the relative ease of expressing one's politics in retweets, and obsessed with calling out the right-wing bogeyman.
Nagle links this stagnation to a poverty of thought: "The thing is, you cannot come up with new ideas if the intellectual culture of your movement is totally closed down. Which has been the case for years. That's why the alt-right has been such a shock, because everyone was banking on the fact that everyone now agrees with us."
Nagle's argument finds horrifying validation at the book's conclusion, which leaps forward to January of this year, immediately after the suicide of author and cultural critic Mark Fisher. Rather than mourning his loss, or expressing condolences to his bereaved family, members of the online left gloated and portrayed his untimely death as a victory: „Just because Mark Fisher is dead, doesn't make him right about 'sour-faced identitarians'. If only left misogyny would die with him.“
Nagle is damning here, writing that "this response is a fairly typical example of precisely the sour-faced identitarians who undoubtedly drove so many young people to the right during these vicious culture wars."
In the recent past, Fisher came under fire online for his essay "Exiting the Vampire Castle," which argues against the online left's call-out culture as obstructing change, and breeding a further sense of futility among the online left. When I interviewed Fisher two years ago about his Facebook project "Boring Dystopia," he was certain that Facebook, Twitter and their ilk would die away within our lifetimes.
This hasn't yet come to pass. Rather, "online politics" have gone mainstream, and won an election. What went so horribly wrong in online life, that it got this bad? Have we learned to love the filter bubble so much that we've forgotten our own humanity?
2.) Laci Green, very well known and influential SJW-Youtuber, wants to host Debates with Social Justice-Peeps and Anti-Feminists:
Laci is talking about this Article in the LA Review of Books: If this is Feminism, it has been hijacked by the Thought Police. Read it and try not to think about a certain text someone you might know launched into aether 2 years ago:
In response to my comments on social media about philosophical engagement, some argued it was unnecessary because the issues raised in Tuvel’s article were discussed “decades ago.” That seems unlikely given that the main theme in Tuvel’s article was the 2015 media response to Jenner and Dolezal. Even so, it’s not harmful to ask to see those arguments applied specifically to Tuvel’s article. To the contrary, it should give scholars an opportunity to renew their positions with more vigor, especially given the current spotlight on Tuvel’s essay. Some suggest they don’t want to “dignify” the article with a response. They’d rather just express their outrage at its very existence. My point here isn’t to defend the arguments in Tuvel’s article, but rather to defend the possibility of an open dialogue and debate, and to try to diagnose the outraged response to that idea—the idea upon which the discipline of philosophy, and the academy more generally, if not also democracy itself, are based.
We live in an era of outrage—let’s call it the Trump era. That’s how Trump got elected, by voicing outrage. His most ardent disciples uncritically and unthinkingly believe everything he says because it is expressed with anger and zest. Civility is suspected of being “political,” which has become a dirty word. It’s hard to argue with outrage, and that’s precisely the problem.
Outrage has become the new truth. At one extreme, we have Trump and his supporters proudly embracing political incorrectness, and at the other, we have the political correctness police calling for censorship of a scholarly article written by someone working for social justice. On both sides, we have virulent intolerance fueled by hatred. The feminist thought police are the flip side of the alternative facts machine. And both are threats to the open dialogue that is so vital for critical thought inside and outside the academy.
3.) Sargon of Akkad, very well known and influential Anti-SJW-Youtuber seems on board:
There's more shit happening that may bring some things to fruit in the future and the situation seems very muddy at the moment. This is still in a very, very early stage and there is no guarantee that this holds up.
But the people talking right now are at the very center of this debate, more or less all of them well known „Veterans of the Meme-War“ and if I interpret the situation correctly, we might have some very ugly weeks and months in the near future – and then it's sort of over or at least we will have found some form of understanding, from which we can move on.
And: It should be really funny to watch media wrap their head around this new development.
Exciting times, tbh.