Why this radical activist is disillusioned by the toxic culture of the left

I’ve seen from the inside how the left is destroying people’s lives and censoring free speech, and I’m sick of it

I’ve been involved in activism since the Occupy Movement of 2011. Over the years this has included anti-capitalist, labour and feminist organising, as well as coordinating a local Food Not Bombs chapter, a number of direct actions against big oil (in solidarity with First Nations people), and prisoner justice campaigns.

While I will always be part of the movement and believe in creating a better world through people power, over the years I have become increasingly frustrated with modern activist culture and the way that today’s left conducts itself.

First of all, I’m tired of watching people turn into pretentious assholes who think their activism makes them better than everyone else, even the oppressed and marginalised groups with whom they claim “allyship”.

  • UCSPanther

    As far as I am concerned, the radical leftists created this monster, and they are going to have to deal with it.

    • V10_Rob

      Always a joy to see the left consume itself.

      Nevertheless, I wish the author of that piece well. They’re on the cusp of an epiphany.

  • Ideological thinking, dogma divorced from reality. Ego-tripping, trying to give meaning and importance to their worthless lives. Seeking for social position in the peer group, i.e. power or at least acceptance; and also, not incidentally, sexual attractiveness and favors. Etc. In short, all this is mainly selfish pursuit, with little if any of the “altruism” their flatter themselves with.

    • BradThomas

      Yes, an accurate description. I also got the idea from that piece that they appear to see themselves as “heroic”: as superheroes and social justice “warriors” battling for the cause of “good”, against a corrupt world. Truly a bizarre and fantastical view of reality, as you say.

      Finally, I had the impression that they view humanity, and life in general, in an extremely negative, pessimistic fashion – much more so than conservatives typically do. This led me to wonder if their bleak worldview is at least partly due to the fact that they are overwhelmingly atheist, and see no value (or, ultimately, hope) in human endeavours and choices. But I’m just speculating here.

      • All agreed, yes.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Conservatives always register a higher “happiness rating” than do Liberals. The conservative view is not a negative, pessimistic one. That’s the liberal perspective.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Conservatives make better life choices.
          Although, in my twenties I made a few bad ones, I was never a Liberal.

      • Jabberwokk

        Careful…your coming dangerously close to the truth.

        Man it seems needs something outside himself to give his life meaning. For the left there is always a Villain. The patriarchy, the one percent, the right, big oil, the Jews, the Christian, Religion, the system, capitalism, etc, etc, etc. Divorce them from their nemesis, their cause, and they have hollow empty lives. So they seek another one. That’s why the left eat there own. That’s why it is innately self defeating. When it wins it loses. What they hate defines them.

        But suppose there was something outside mankind that was not a villain. Suppose there was someone in whom we received our value. Suppose we were made in his image and therefore violating those who bear that image could be definitively called “wrong”. There of course would still be causes to pursue and villains to fight but if ever a time came where those things were divorced from us our meaning would not be take along with it. Because our meaning was never in us but in him, safely out of the hands of other men and even our own. What they love would define them.

        Intriguing that it is written: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

        But that’s crazy talk…..isn’t it?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Billy Joel captured mentality spot on.


  • Don

    A number of years ago I saw OCAP’s Tim Groves who co-founded the Toronto Media Co-op talk at an OPIRG sponsored meeting about creating a database of all information on “Zionist professors” including their home addresses, home phone numbers, car license plate numbers, car make and colour, names of all their family members, and more so they could all be driven out of the universities. He was supported by a member of UofT Hillel!

    That was the day I left the “activist movement”.

    He also gives OCAP courses on how research the “enemies” of activist causes but now charges up to $100 for a couple hour course on how to do this. Just another Marxist trying to get rich by destroying our society and those he disagrees with.

    He is widely described as “a freelance reporter and investigative researcher based in Toronto” who is often interviewed by and sometimes submits “news” to the Toronto Star, Rabble.ca, the CBC, The Tyee and The Guardian.

    I wonder if this is the same Tim Groves listed at the end of this story?

  • Millie_Woods

    He thinks there’s a difference between ‘radical activism’ and ‘the toxic culture of the left’. He’s disillusioned alright.

    • Jabberwokk

      He hasn’t figure out that the later is the product of the former.

      The beatings will continue until moral improves!

      • Millie_Woods

        I guess the right word is ‘deluded’, not ‘disillusioned’.

        • Jabberwokk

          Again the later a product of the former. 🙂

          • Millie_Woods

            Good point.

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