[Marxism] From Exile to Dirtbag: Edgelord geopolitics and the rise of “National Bolshevism” in the U.S.

Nick Fredman nick.j.fredman at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 12:59:55 MST 2019


The eXile seems like it was quite gross but Ames has disavowed it. What
evidence is there that CTH has “cultivated” a “red-brown politics”? Their
guests have been people like DSA organisers, striking teachers, immigrant
rights activists, a YPG internationalist, Liza Featherstone, Libby Watson,
 Naomi Klein and China Mieville rather than Richard Spencer. Their “off”
language and jokes have been considerably toned down no doubt through
interaction with the activist left, and never anyway equated to
Strasserism. They seem in tune with a range of other US podcasters and
writers with an ironic, humorous schtick, politics broadly aligned with the
more radical end of the DSA, along with maybe a tendency to a liberal
“geopolitical” anti-imperialism WRT the Middle East which isn’t perfect but
isn’t fascism on the march. This silly writer seems to want to amalgamate
everything he doesn’t like to Nazism.

On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 at 6:07 am, MM via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
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> > On Jan 21, 2019, at 12:16 PM, A.R. G via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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> > ARR is claiming Matt Taibbi and Chapo Trap House are part of
> > a Nazi infiltration?
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> ARR may sometimes overstate things a bit, but in the same way that this
> from ARG is an overstatement. It would be more accurate to say that ARR is
> claiming that eXile and CTH have helped cultivate the ground within which
> red-brown politics has found roots. And that claim seems quite plausible.
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