Name it what you’ll. “Progressive” or “woke” politics. MB labels it the “faux left”.
It has 4 main preoccupations: tradition wars, local weather change, open borders and the web. Every is pursued with out regard for the standard political division of sophistication battle.
Satirically, this creates a mutually assured enmity between the faux left and employees. Suburban tradition will not be focused on fantasy genders, racial baiting, competing with low cost international employees, or placing local weather change forward of bread on the desk.
Alternatively, blood-sucking companies gleefully embrace faux left coverage sacred cows as a result of it’s a free kick for income.
To start with, then, the faux left will not be left in any respect. It’s the helpful fool of the precise.
Such inner contradictions are widespread in politics. However it’s a matter of diploma. The faux left has strayed so removed from any conventional “left” place that it’s hole.
Into this vacuum, the faux left more and more tasks magical considering as a substitute of evidence-based coverage.
Final week’s housing debate was a superb instance. NSW and VIC launched supply-side affordability plans, and the response was telling.
NSW has a modest plan within the circumstances of fabric useful resource constraints foisted on the financial system by the faux left’s mass immigration. It gained’t assist housing a lot however gained’t worsen issues for the broader financial system.
Conversely, the VIC authorities launched a faux left fantasy extravaganza. Melbourne will double its dwelling inventory inside 28 years versus the 188 years it took to succeed in the present measurement.
The faux left press – The Guardian, ABC, Crikey and so on – greeted Andrews authorities delerium with nice fanfare whereas the NSW model was “cancelled” with prejudice.
A lot so, that the week ended with the NSW authorities mulling the adoption of a few of VIC’s fantasies.
However does coverage onanism suffice? The refusal to debate reducing immigration. The refusal to acknowledge the environmental, water and local weather disaster VIC’s plan will carry. The refusal to think about materials and labour shortages as Melbourne dwellings develop seven instances quicker than in historical past.
Every of those is attribute of the failure of the faux left coverage course of to know tender and exhausting financial constraints.
The tender constraint is the necessity to work together with and/or handle folks efficiently—the artwork of politics. The faux left doesn’t search compromise. Nor does it use dialectic for its coverage positions. It merely states its “fact” and cancels opposition.
The exhausting constraint is the viability of labour and supplies to satisfy fantastical objectives concocted in faux left echo chambers.
Who can say the place such a damaging ideology arose? It’s a part of post-structuralism within the schooling system. Half globalisation, skilled politics and post-colonialism.
However, to me, the faux left most resembles the Web: a self-selecting, every part, in every single place, all-of-the-time identification that makes use of the delete button rather than cause and engagement.
Alas, the keyboard doesn’t make inexpensive housing.