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On Wednesday 23rd May, libcom member Mike Harman announced their intention to abandon all commitment to revolutionary politics and join the Liberal Democrats, following disagreements on identity politics and the progressive nature of reforms.
On Wednesday 23rd May, libcom member Mike Harman announced their intention to abandon all commitment to revolutionary politics and join the Liberal Democrats, following disagreements on identity politics and the progressive nature of reforms. Harman claims that libcom is no longer a safe space, and feels that many of the criticisms levelled against their ideas recently border on microaggressions.
The decision was greeted with disappointment, but not surprise, by the libcom community.
"After many years of converging towards a liberal, identity politics", libcom user Anonymous noted, "Harman has finally settled into place with an organisation that meets his needs."
When asked for a response to the above statement, Harman simply pointed to the "discriminatory" and "offensive" nature of the comment as an example of libcom's lack of a "safe" environment.
Since 2013, Harman has identified as an otherkin, specifically a catkin (someone who identifies as a feline), with preferred pronouns "fel, fel, felis, felis, feliself", and therefore the pronouns "he, him, ..." do not reflect fel's complex identity.
Part of this complex identity includes a sexual attraction to cats. In a Tumblr post from several years ago, Harman expressed this sexual identity by stating "I've noticed a lot of attraction toward cats in general, but specifically female or trans cats".
When asked about fel's future, Harman responded that fel intends to run for office and campaign for the rights of oppressed minorities, with particular emphasis on securing recognition for the otherkin community, and campaign for safe spaces. For Harman, like most identity-political activists, concrete political action takes the form of working with the State and company HR departments to ensure politically-correct terminology is enforced across society.