Umair (who is no conservative himself) argues that leftism’s obsession with egalitarianism in its most bizarre manifestations and with regard to the most microscopic grievances has driven the liberal establishment to a kind of madness which distracts it from more real issues and delegitimizes all of its authority.
Every day lately, it seems that the world is going a little bit crazier than the day before. So, like me, you might be forgiveably baffled by the fact that while the planet is melting down, democracyâ€™s broken, the economyâ€™s cratered, the young wonâ€™t enjoy careers, retirements, savings, homes, societies are anxious, fractured, angry, the left is furiously obsessed with, willing to battle endlessly over, consumed passionately not with any or all of the above, but byâ€¦what to call their love lives. Do you use the right gender pronouns? Are you on board with the latest approved-by-committee terminology? Did you know that according to the internet â€œromanticâ€ and â€œsexualâ€ attraction arenâ€™t the same thing? Donâ€™t you know that men can have periods? Hey, is this a safe space? …
I want to advance a simple thesis: perhaps the central reason that liberalism is in historic decline globally is because the left is self-indulging itself into irrelevance.
To overdramatize it, the left is bickering over what to call what goes on between the sheetsâ€¦while the world is starting to burn. Hence, when you think about it, the latest variant of Leftism isnâ€™t really about politics very much at all. Itâ€™s about marketing. Safe spaces in which to have zealous contests for labels, which make up â€œidentitiesâ€, that are ironically justâ€¦personal brandsâ€¦that advertiseâ€¦oneâ€™s narrow, shallow pursuit of pleasure, consumption, artifice. New Leftism is glittering narcissism concerned with the good life as lifestyle, not the difficult, joyous, humble work of living. Which leaves us here: as if shoppers at the mall began screaming at each other over their â€œlifestyle choicesâ€ while a giant hurricane ripped the roof from over their heads.