but nothing here resembles leftists imho.
Pray tell, what does a leftist resemble? Is it the Nation Magazine? Oh wait, FLAME owns them. Or is it the radical “anti-fascists” who never seem to have any problem with the fascist Israeli’s in their midst. Or would the leftest be the anti-war remnants, 9-11 truth activists.
I look around and I don’t see what I used to think of as “leftists”. My image of the leftist is an empathetic, wise, lover of truth, lover of the whistle blower, My image of the leftist somehow included a radical universal humanity, a practice of enlightenment inquiry into history, the present, the future. A clear and uncompromising opposition to war as a way of solving human problems. Solidarity between people, mutual respect, self respect. Leftist stood for an anti-materialist view of life. Voluntary simplicity, a rejection of the bait thrown out by the “capitalists”. We were all human on this world together.
Now the meme masters have shredded universal approaches in favor of the slippery identity politics which is effectively disabling what remains of grassroots organizations. Perfect for the sharks in the water.
A long way of saying that I don’t know many, any? “leftists” who reject the New York Times or even the Democratic Party.