Cancel Culture seems to be the hot topic of the week. I’m one of the people who thinks that “cancel culture” isn’t actually a thing. I think it is just elites and over established careerists complaining about being held to scrutiny.
That said, there are some people who do deserve to be cancelled. Angela Nagle, Michael Tracy, and Ben Norton are all holding back the growth of the left single handedly by using conjectures about the left to validate their shitty takes and identities rather than engage in working class struggles. The sooner we stop giving them work, the better.
All three of the previously mentioned names are living examples of the word “hypocrisy” personified.
Consider how Michael Tracy constantly plays the victim while he mocks the practice of respecting people’s pronouns and shames sex workers via twitter. You might also remember him as the man who was “physically attacked” by 70 something year old congresswoman Maxine Waters. Tracy constantly plays the victim yet since getting fired by the Young Turks he has been doing nothing but tweet crappy, out dated jokes about body size, women, and sexwork while collecting approximately $1000 a month from his patrons. His latest piece was that god awful post mortum about the Bernie campaign which was co written with Angela Nagle. It is a piece they wrote together despite the fact they neither one had any involvement in the Bernie campaign and therefore offer no credible expertise.
Speaking of Nagle, consider how Anglea Nagle refers to the DSA as “bourgasie narcissists” when interviewed while she never actually does any work to help the working class. Nagle is a writer and nothing more, she does no actual organizing. She constantly rages against keyboard warriors but only from the safety of her own keyboard. Angela Nagle is the an anti-keyboard warrior keyboard warrior!
And what has Nagle actually accomplished besides a book about 4chan? What has she done for the left except write the very same types of think pieces that she is so quick to scoff at. And ask yourself, what kind of voice of the left gets chummy with Tucker Carlson and helps him dox members of the DSA.
Nagle was one of the first pundits brought onto Fox News when an overtly edited clip from the DSA convention went viral last year, despite not being a rank and file member nor actually being an actual organizer in anyway, she was brought on to Tucker Carlson as an “expert” and spent the interview spitting ableist conjectures and misinformed nonsense, all while sharing a laugh with one of the most notorious racists on television.
The worst of the worst however is Ben Norton, a revisionist Stalinist who joined DSA only to come to the defense of a rapist, RL Stephens, when Stephens was expelled from the organization. Norton argued it was an act of “censoring an anti imperialist member” or whatever his dogshit excuse was. Norton now spends his time tweeting crackpot theories about how DSA leadership has been taken over by Trotskyists, and he uses his medium to perpetuate this shallow false equivalency that has infected leftist thought that being Anti-American is the same as being Anti Imperial.
Norton argues that only western states can be imperialist. This is a shallow definition of anti-imperialism and it is one that completely erases the working class struggles of people nations such as Syria or China, and in his rallying against the US he leaps to the defense of Xi and Assad, turning a blind eye to their acts of slaughter. Yet because the Party of Socialism and Liberation sends Norton to places like Venezuela, we are just supposed to accept that he is an expert in international relations.
It should be noted that Ben Norton works very closely with another crackpot grifter by the name of Max Blumenthal, everything I said about Norton can also be said of Blumenthal, so feel free to cancel him to.
Some will say that these are insignificant voices and that I should just ignore them, I firmly disagree. It is when you ignore your bullies that they grow and gain power. While each of these people are crackpots, it can’t be denied that they have a following, Nagle didn’t end up on Fox News because she is obscure, and Norton makes a healthy living spewing his idiotic takes.
When I was growing up I never ran from my bullies, I stood up to them and I encourage everyone to stand up to their bullies, loudly and even violently if they have to! Bullies should be pushed down, beaten in public, and their victims should stand proud over them as they squirm! Bullies and keyboard warriors like these three need to be dragged and publiclly humiliated.
The three of them also personify the whole problem with punditry. Pundits just sit on their asses conjecturing about things like the socialist movement as if they have a degree of expertise, yet they have none because they do no front line work.
Even the most privileged member of DSA has done more frontline organizing than Nagle, Tracey, or Norton combined. While these three talk about the working class they do nothing to actually organize them. People like these three will intellectualize why the working class shouldnt be organizing in the ways they are. Instead of meeting the working class where they are at and building them up from, they want to dictate to the working class what they should be doing.
This constant reflection on our work as socialists by people who do no work at all is tedious and frustrating, but what is dangerous about it is that it allows for a secterain base to exist, and those secterain bases prevent left unity when the likes of Nagle, Tracy or Norton validate their toxic and misinformed notions about the left or organizations like DSA. And in any case we do not need more pundits, we need public intellectuals.
Don’t ignore the sectarians, drag them, and drag them until they get off their ass and actually do some work.