Fucking Cancelled
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Talking Shit with Freddie deBoer: It Would Be Bizarre and Pointless to Try to De-Freaky the Left

Talking Shit with Freddie deBoer: It Would Be Bizarre and Pointless to Try to De-Freaky the Left

In Episode 18, we sit down with Freddie deBoer, a writer out of Brooklyn, New York, USA. We discuss his classic piece "Planet of Cops" and the culture of constant recrimination and mutual surveillance that has taken hold of the left. We also get into free speech and why leftists should care about it, how to go about dismantling racism as a material, economic process rather than one of inner soul searching and HR trainings, and how to build socialism with freaky options. 

Part of the Talking Shit series.

Show Notes

Freddie deBoer's substack

Planet of Cops by Freddie deBoer

Freddie's website

The Cult of Smart by Freddie deBoer

The Quest for the Offline Left: What If We All Stopped Cancelling Our Friends and Became Eco-Socialists Instead

Poll surveying Black Americans on police presence

That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8

The Racial Wealth Gap Is About the Upper Classes by Matt Bruenig

Grievance Games by Freddie deBoer

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Theme song by ST x LIAM.

Mixing and editing by Charlotte Dora.

Fucking Cancelled
Fucking Cancelled
Fucking Cancelled is a podcast with three aims. First, we analyze and critique a phenomenon on the left that we call the nexus: a synthesis of identitarianism, social media, and cancel culture. Second, we offer emotional, spiritual, and ethical insights into the process of rejecting and exiting the nexus. Third, we move toward a different vision for the left grounded in solidarity, freedom, and responsibility.
We are leftists who have spent many years inside the nexus. We have been too afraid to critique it and we have suffered the consequences of critiquing it. We know all too well the destructive impact the nexus has on our communities, our movements, our spiritual, emotional, and mental health, and our capacity to be responsible, ethical actors. We are also recovering addicts who live our lives by a set of spiritual and ethical principles which are starkly at odds with the rules of the nexus. We offer these principles as a guiding light toward a different left.
Fucking Cancelled is a podcast for anyone who feels stifled or trapped by the authoritarian, punishing culture that dominates the left. It’s a podcast for anyone who is too afraid to say what they really think. It’s a podcast for people who have been cancelled, who are afraid of getting cancelled, or who have taken part in the cancellation of others and wondered if it was right. Fucking Cancelled is a podcast for leftists who dream of a left grounded in solidarity, freedom, and responsibility, rather than coercion, authoritarianism, and punishment.