High/Low Status Leftism: A Taxonomical Sketch

LOW: Fukushima, ecological catastrophe, astrology, 9/11-as-conspiracy, amorphous ideological boundaries, alternative weeklies, legalize drugs, anti-GMO, Edward Snowden rocks!, “I don’t subscribe to labels,” Damn those Republicrats!, Django Unchained, Uber is whatever, FEMEN is truly outrageous, atheism is cool, Mountain West, expanding consciousness, nurses union, pit bulls, Noam Chomsky, Free Tibet, Yes to Burning Man, punk aesthetics

HIGH: Hurricane Katrina, climate change, therapy, 9/11-as-product-of-imperialism, rigid ideological boundaries, Mother Jones, legalize some drugs, anti-anti-vaxxer, Edward Snowden is meh, “Hell yes I’m a feminist,” Damn those Republicans, 12 Years a Slave, Uber sucks, FEMEN is embarrassing, atheism is problematic, Urban Northeast, expanding social consciousness, teachers union, cats, Slavoj Zizek, Free Palestine, No to Burning Man, hipster aesthetics

Update: As if on cue, high status leftist outlet Salon publishes an exclusive Q&A with Slavoj Zizek. Read it.

Interesting quote: “If Europe totally opens its borders, you would have in half a year a populist anti-immigrant revolution.”

Update II: In a Facebook convo with a friend, it was brought to my attention that Cosby Show child star Raven-Symoné – now all growed up – has expressed a low status opinion re: the recent South Carolina brouhaha involving a white cop and a black school girl. Sure enough, on Wikipedia I see this about the longtime actress/songstress:

Raven-Symoné explained that she rejects labels in all aspects of her life. Despite her racial origin and her same-sex relationship, she refuses to self-identify as either African-American or gay, but as an “American” and as a “human who loves humans.”

It seems Raven-Symoné subscribes to a passé 90s-style individualism, and comes off like a humanist, not an identity politics sectarian.

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