- Aug 12, 2019
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Soapbox MomentThis is a perfect microcosm demonstrating why left-leaning social movements inevitably fail in the modern English-speaking world. The left eats itself, constantly, due to the baked-in mistrust of power structures, opposition to leadership figures, and unending application of purity tests to prove you're "on the good side." It pretty much always goes something like this:
- A small group of ideologues (<25) decide they're dissatisfied with the status quo, and they are motivated enough to actually do something about it.
- They organize, publicly stating their grievances (in this case, corporatization/centralization of the internet) and plans address them. They attract attention to themselves in order to grow in numbers and, therefore, significance.
- As the movement grows, other people begin joining who agree with the foundational beliefs, but are not necessarily as educated on the matter. They bring with them the things that motivate them towards social change (in this case, seemingly, gender issues).
- The two groups coexist for a while because while they wouldn't necessarily fight each others battles, they are generally aligned socially and therefore build a sort of an unofficial coalition.
- As time goes by, more people from the group introduced in step 3 attain status within the the group established in step 2, thus needlessly intermingling the causes.
- A small faction of the group from step 2 begins to say "I respect what you're doing, but that's not what I'm here for." This then causes the most zealous people from step 3 to accuse them of intolerance, being "uneducated on the issue," not committed to the cause, et cetera.
- Friction turns in to infighting, whichever group has marginally more power institutes purity tests ("You can't claim to care about X unless you agree that the biggest problem today is actually Y"), drama ensues, and suddenly everyone's energy is sucked up by ensuring that everyone else is compliant with the criteria of the day instead of actually advocating for either original goal.
- At this point the group now looks semi- or completely ridiculous to outside observers. If anyone at all is now joining the movement, they are themselves likely unstable and of no meaningful utility in terms of advocating for the changes originally conceived. So recruitment of new people either halts, or is limited only to recruiting people who will make the situation even worse.
- The people from step 1 now either: abandon their own project, try to shut it down, or themselves become engulfed in the non-productive internal politics. In essence, the original goal is dead.
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