By Jason Michael
Right wing neoconservatives like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos might annoy and frustrate us, but this doesn’t mean that they are always wrong. If we are prepared to listen to what they are saying we may get to see what we’re doing wrong.
It is no understatement to say that left politics are in crisis, not only in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, but globally. Trade union membership is decreasing year on year, the parliamentary Labour Party is in complete disarray – in Scotland because it has effectively become a proxy for the right – and in culture more generally the left has come to be associated with the most puerile and whining identity politicking of ‘social justice warrior’ snowflakes. In the event that this short article causes any confusion let me make it clear to the reader that I deplore the arguments of the right and those of its recent ‘alt-right’ manifestation. I am both disgusted and frightened by the opinions of its leading protagonists, the likes of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro, and Info War’s psychotic mouthpiece Alex Jones. Yet a broken clock is still right twice a day, and their perfect foil in the lunatic left is having the undeniable effect of making them sound like the voice of reason.
We stand back in dumbfounded shock and we wonder with genuine disbelief how Brexit was possible in a country generally considered a paragon democracy and civilisation. We are puzzled by the election of Donald Trump – a wealthy, supercilious and chauvinistic enfant terrible – to the most powerful political office in the world, and now we are faced with the horrific prospect of similar results in France and Germany. Our pandering to polite, half-baked notions of popular leftism; the sort that lauds Meryl Streep for singing afterthought swan songs about disrespect and violence and Barack Obama for allowing the State of Israel to get a symbolistic yet ultimately meaningless slap on the wrists at the UN, has put us in the position where the uglier elements of the political right seem to be making the most sense.
Ordinary working people, the bread and butter of the socialist project, have been and continue to be the greatest victims of globalisation and globalised corporatism. As the left has declined and retreated into ever fragmenting schools of exclusive and imagined politics of psycho-sexual identity, these people – the “I don’t care so long as you keep it to the privacy of your own home” people – have been forgotten and left behind by the left. They have become unfashionable. It was never Nigel Farage or Donald Trump who brought us to where we are now. It was those people, the ones we have left behind. Their grievances, like it or lump it, are real; they are struggling to find work that pays a living wage, they are finding it more difficult to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads, and they are getting angry. Nothing was going to make us listen to them but their complete rejection of a worse than useless left at the ballot box.
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It is into the void that the new right has stepped, and its spokesmen and women are answering the questions to which the left hasn’t even bothered to listen. Milo Yiannopoulos, the charismatic senior editor of Breitbart, isn’t wrong when he points this out to us. When people faced with the problems of feeding their kids and staying in their jobs ask awkward questions they are shunned and silenced with calls for “Respect” and “Safety” before the delicate little darlings – the fragile students of the kindergarten left – race off to their safe spaces. The language of the questions may well be rough and impolite, but this has always been the language of people who have not had the grooming of a university education or the benefit of parents who have had fewer financial worries. We have ignored them and we continue to ignore them, and Trump’s election confuses us.
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