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“Id politics” neoliberalism meets millenial narcissism


Many readers could have heard the story of the ex-Washington Put up reporter Felicia Sonmez (age 39), who known as out a colleague for retweeting a silly sexist “joke” (it wasn’t even humorous)–the colleague Dave Weigel was then suspended for a month with out pay despite the fact that he instantly deleted the tweet and apologized!–and then went on a Twitter jihad about her colleagues who did not help her adequately and, in fact, her emotions.  Glenn Greenwald, himself a world-class narcissist (who at the very least typically can concentrate on the problems), did peg this complete show accurately:

Greenwald on Sonmez 1

Greenwald on Sonmez 2

It’s also the “prevailing ethos” amongst many millenial philosophers (recall this, for instance, or in additional humorous kind).  Not like Ms. Sonmez, many of those teachers cannot be fired, since narcissistic melodrama and opportunistic victimhood is just not “good trigger” for termination.  Apparently, the identical pathologies appear to be taking part in out within the “progressive” nonprofits in and round Washington DC, as this detailed report paperwork; an excerpt:

“A lot vitality has been dedicated to the inner strife and inside bullshit that it’s had an actual influence on the power for teams to ship,” mentioned one group chief who departed his place. “It’s been large, notably over the past yr and a half or so, the power for teams to concentrate on their mission, whether or not it’s reproductive justice, or jobs, or preventing local weather change”….

“I bought to a degree like three years in the past the place I had a disaster of religion, like, I don’t even know, most of those areas on the left are simply not — they’re not wholesome. Like all these individuals are simply not — they’re not doing effectively,”  [one nonprofit leader] mentioned. “The dynamic, the poisonous dynamic of no matter you need to name it — callout tradition, cancel tradition, no matter — is creating this actually intense factor, and nobody is ready to acknowledge it, nobody’s in a position to discuss it, nobody’s in a position to say how unhealthy it’s.”

The setting has pushed expectations far past what workplaces beforehand supplied to workers. “A whole lot of workers that work for me, they anticipate the group to be all of the issues: a motion, OK, get out the vote, OK, therapeutic, OK, care for you whenever you’re sick, OK. It’s all of the issues,” mentioned one govt director. “Are you able to get your love and therapeutic at house, please? However I can’t say that, they might crucify me”….

A looming sense of powerlessness on the left [in the wake of Trump] nudged the main target away from structural or wide-reaching change, which felt out of attain, and changed it with an inside goal that was extra achievable. “Perhaps I can’t finish racism on my own, however I can get my supervisor fired, or I can get so and so eliminated, or I can maintain anyone accountable,” one former govt director mentioned. “Folks discovered energy the place they may, and infrequently that’s the place you’re employed, typically the place you reside, or the place you research, however someplace near house.”

The impotent actual their revenge the place they’ll, even because the precise causes of unfreedom stay untouched.

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