Obviously @lionel_trolling's framework of the "Sorelian left" fits perfectly here, though I'll add that it's so ironic that this phenomenon is almost entirely constrained to members of the professional class, who degrade their opponents as being too "PMC."
I go back and forth on whether there is an interesting story about the social composition of this "Sorelian left"—is there a meaningful journey we can trace in Greenwald, Taibbi, Mate, Jilani, Fang, etc that offers insight into their formation? Or are they just cranks?
I guess that, while I find the "Sorelian left" a powerful framework, I also want to understand WHY it has come into existence, exercising some real influence among leftist and some mainstream discourse (re: cancel culture, wokeness). What are its social origins?
Especially since creative professionals are so central to the re-emergence of the contemporary Gramscian and Sorelian lefts

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18 Dec 20
It’ll be interesting whether the growing discontent around Newsom, Feinstein, and Pelosi will mark the end of the San Francisco neoliberal ascendancy that has ruled California for years. And if so, whether it’ll be Left or populist right that capitalizes on it.
The big question for me is can Republicans—or a celeb independent or two—make serious inroads with Latinx voters to threaten Dem hegemony? Probably not, but given what we’ve seen in Texas, it’s certainly not impossible
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Outside of @AliaMalek & @LailaAlarian I have not seen nearly enough of the Caliphate chatterers discuss WHY this hoax was so effective: because there are racist assumptions in American terrorism reporting that are vulnerable to confirmation bias. Image
You can't separate the failures of Callimachi & the Times from the context of a global war on terror discourse that assumes Arabs in the West are latent ISIS sleeper agents, waiting in the suburbs of Toronto to be radicalized. The starting assumption is one of assumed inhumanity
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So is McConnell just going along with Trump until the results are certified for Biden? Or is he actually prepared to pull off a coup? Seems like the Trump camp and state GOPs did not get everything in order to actually pull it off, thankfully.
On the plus side, assuming the results are certified for Biden, lawsuits flounder, and GOP state legislatures don't send alternative slates, this hopefully makes Biden furious at McConnell and burns any hope of compromise with GOP Senators
yeah really seems like McC is just buying time to keep Trump supporters in the fold and hope Trump can be talked off the cliff before the results are certified

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