The American Left Sucks At Collaboration

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Some days you write about the news, some days you are the news.

My beloved lefty outlet CounterPunch published not one, not two, not three, but four articles about yours truly and my collaboration with Green Party samurai David Cobb over the last two weeks after I wrote a couple of pieces advocating cross-ideological collaboration in the media war against the establishment propaganda machine. In response to one small aspect of this petty disagreement, Left Twitter is now embroiled in a vitriolic debate about some obnoxious political blogger from Australia.

This is stupid. America’s unelected power establishment is endangering all life on earth by reigniting Cold War tensions and fighting all attempts at de-escalation in Syria, the health insurance of millions hangs in the balance, and we’re hurtling toward ecosystemic collapse. We don’t have time for this.

I’m not going to attack anyone here, and I’m not going to call anyone out; I’ve got nothing personal against any of the people who’ve been writing stuff about me. But I know I’m right, and I am done fighting about this. I wrote the controversial articles I wrote for a very specific reason: American lefties suck at collaboration. Self-proclaimed activists are ripping one another’s throats out because I wrote a fucking blog on Medium saying I’m fine with some social media overlap with Mike Cernovich, and lefties have the gall to tell me “We can collaborate! I’m happy to work with conservatives against the oligarchy, just not as extreme as that guy!”

Okay. That’s cute. But you don’t.

You know that you don’t. I know that you don’t. Know how I know that you don’t? Because you don’t even work with each other. And because we’re still fucking losing. If lefties had stopped fighting one another after the November elections and started building coalitions with other anti-establishment movements along issues of convergence, we’d have the neoliberal neocons of the one-party system scrambling to appease us. Instead we’re having flame wars on Twitter. This is stupid.

You don’t want to work with Mike Cernovich? Fine. I never once said you had to. But don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. Don’t tell me you’re happy to collaborate across ideological lines with more moderate conservatives. You haven’t been. You like that idea when it’s just a cutesy image in your head, where you get to pretend that Trump voters are just Jill Stein voters with red hats, but you have consistently been stopping short of carrying your imaginary ideal into the real world. You’d rather police your fellow lefties and call them out whenever they move a half inch too far outside the extremely narrow ideological tightrope of your personal belief system.

Don’t tell me you’re happy to collaborate. Show me. Show me. Stop fucking tweeting your opinions for or against Caitlin Johnstone and show me.

You know collaboration is the only way we’re going to beat the omnicidal establishment loyalists who are driving us toward extinction. You know you’re not going to do that with the eleven college campus Marxists in the world with whom you happen to agree perfectly. So make it happen. Start reaching out. Start talking to Trumpsters. Start talking to libertarians. Stretch as far out in the direction of collaboration as you can. Stop talking about how far is too far and carry your collaboration as far as you personally are able to go.

You know that this is the way. Please go make it happen right now. Go.

I write about the end of illusions.

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