[Marxism] Cancel This! | On the Media | WNYC Studios

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 1 06:17:04 MST 2020


This podcast includes a discussion of Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian 
and guru to millions of alienated American men whose endorsement of 
Bernie Sanders has antagonized gay supporters. I only knew Rogan as 
someone who offered commentary on mixed-martial-arts matches. The 
podcast is mostly an interview with an Atlantic Monthly journalist who 
wrote an article titled "Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?"


Here's an excerpt:

There’s a tendency right now to make every single thing about Donald 
Trump, but if you don’t see the dotted line connecting the president to 
a wave of men who feel thwarted and besieged and sentenced to an endless 
apology tour, then you’re not paying attention. Lots of these panicked 
men, as it happens, despise Trump every bit as much as they love Joe 
Rogan. But that’s just a healthier response to the same core stimulus: a 
plunging sense of self-worth caused by a rapidly changing society. In 
2019, men feeling thwarted and besieged is a bipartisan experience. This 
is the era of the Angry White Man, and it’s not just the MAGA army. It’s 
a description that also matches your garden-variety “Bernie bro,” the 
Biden guy who just wants to change the subject, and that walking man bun 
who charged the stage at a Kamala Harris campaign event and showed his 
“profound respect” for all the women present—for a conversation about 
equal pay—by grabbing the microphone to lecture her about animal rights. 
All kinds of men out there are pissed off and looking for someone to blame.

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