Michael Rectenwald and other left/ex-left identity politics critics

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Feb 22 2018 22:52
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You could have fooled me then, judging from your attempt to paint Marx as a German nationalist and excusing Bakunin's virulent Teutonophobia in these comments.

But my point was to let that slide, and ask if you're willing to defend Reed's critique of anti-racism (since you posted Reed's stuff in the libcom library) in the face of Mike's attempts to discredit it.

You’re clearly very easy to fool... and you can't bear to let things slide... I can appreciate that from your logic of slavish adoration of your intellectual authority figures that you imagine that if one is not uncritically & unconditionally ‘for’ Marx or whoever then they must be anti-. But, rationally, one can criticise aspects of people without being totally dismissive of all their views. But in the comments you link to you – and Pennoid - behaved as apologists for your authority figures much as you both did on the recent Lenin & prostitutes thread; http://libcom.org/library/lenin-orders-massacre-prostitutes-1918 trying to excuse the less savoury comments of your marxoid heroes – ie, Marx saying that “the French need a thrashing” in the Franco-Prussian War. Nor did I excuse Bakunin’s prejudices, I noted them and the respective bias of both him & Marx - that’s just another of your distortions, as anyone can go read.

I put one A. Reed article in the library in 2007 long before the current debates about identity politics came to be dominant here so it’s pretty irrelevant to current discussion that I posted it. Nor does the fact I posted it mean I unconditionally defend all Reed’s views or anything else I put in the library. And I’ve learned that arguing with you is all about your competitive ego and not having anything better to do with it than try to bait non-leninists and suck up the attention it wins you.

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Feb 23 2018 05:20

Yes anyone can go read the thread I linked and judge for themselves. You established with sufficient clarity that I'm an evil Leninist whom you want nothing to do with. And let me be clear too, I do not want your attention. No, I just ask you to comment on the present topic, not just because you posted an article by Reed, but also because at present I think you still are skeptical of identity politics and expressed some dissent about the turn towards it on libcom or its entourage. So don't cop out because of my presence.

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Feb 23 2018 12:45

Your 'asking me to comment' was a later secondary result of making a childish unprovoked slag-off of me in a thread I wasn't participating in - as I have limited interest in the debate and better things to occupy me. Contrary to what your egotism tells you, if someone doesn't do what they never intended to do and what you demand of them it's not a cop out. You're not an "evil Leninist", just a boring leninist bot.

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Feb 23 2018 15:49

Fair enough mate. I also think Mike's attempt to discredit Reed is of limited interest.

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Oct 29 2018 10:19

Rectumwald has now invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at NYU, looks like a two-years-too-late attempt to launch his career as a far right youtuber.

https://nypost.com/2018/10/27/milo-yiannopoulos-invited-to-talk-about-po...

Also noticed that he's got a book out on 'postmodernism' and snowflakes:

https://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm?blog_id=67515

I went back to Insurgent Notes to see what exactly they'd published by Rectenwald, and there's this critique of postmodernism and academic leftism.

http://insurgentnotes.com/2013/03/postmodernism-the-academic-left-and-th...

I only skimmed the 2013 article and don't plan to read Rectenwald's book. Don't think it reflects on Insurgent Notes that they posted a critique of postmodernism, but it is interesting to me that Rectenwald appears to have been pre-occupied with it both "before" and "after" his 'break with the left'.

This reddit post suggests he was an 'Al Gore' liberal prior to becoming a 'left communist'. Don't begrudge people changing their politics, but there's a difference between political development and 'being paid to have opinions'.
https://www.reddit.com/r/ChapoTrapHouse/comments/7qrjgf/thus_i_arrive_at...

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Oct 29 2018 12:13

IIRC he recently also went on Gavin McInnis' podcast or vice versa.

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Jun 13 2019 14:47

he has now his own entry at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Rectenwald without any reference to his leftwing past