[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Incels, Housewives, and the Workers' Republic - COSMONAUT

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 5 06:12:18 MDT 2019

Jacobin has been on a roll in terms of publishing insultingly stupid 
articles, singlehandedly pioneering the new clickbait genre of “this 
boring consumer product is actually socialist” with mind-numbingly 
beautiful article titles like “A Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich Under 
Socialism” and “Socialism, a Queer Eye Makeover for the Masses.” Amber 
A’Lee Frost’s “Andrew Yang and the Failson Mystique” continues this 
losing streak in a bold new way. She begins by assaulting the reader 
with her special brand of smugness, chattering on about her Brooklyn 
socialite friends and using dated lingo to relay a baffling comparison 
between being a UBI NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and 
a housewife. This comparison miserably falls flat on its face, given 
that raising a family is one of the monotonous and difficult forms of 
labor under capitalism. Frost acknowledges this, but somehow entertains 
the notion that they have plenty of excess free time, a claim that seems 
utterly laughable to anyone who’s ever talked to a full-time housewife. 
Being a housewife is brutal, specifically because you do a great deal of 
work (domestic labor) that is never acknowledged as valuable. It’s 
simply expected of you, and you’ll never be paid for it. It is quite 
obvious how this is different from the “NEET” fantasy of living alone 
and not having to work.


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