Articulated Laurie

This tweet from Laurie Penny is interesting:


For all her pretensions of being a rebel, Laurie Penny – the private school and Oxford educated darling of the left and writer for New Statesman – is very much part of the Establishment. Almost every institution in the land has been captured by those whose views she shares, or which sit further to the left than her own. The polyamory, the red hair, the profanity, the hardcore feminism, all point to dreary woke conformism rather than rebellion, which is why she gets invited onto the BBC and other mainstream media outlets that wouldn’t touch genuine dissidents with a barge pole.

What’s got her worried is she and her ilk thought by capturing the institutions they’d won the war and secured the peace. But just as American soldiers came to learn that taking nameless hilltops didn’t defeat the North Vietnamese, the Establishment is now seeing their fortresses bypassed, overflown, and undermined by guerrilla warfare. They thought they had complete control and under the old rules they did, but the game has changed and power is increasingly moving away from the centralised institutions in the manner Laurie describes perfectly in her tweet. Which is why she’s worried. Who do you think will have more influence in the next decade: podcasters like Joe Rogan or Independent columnists like Laurie Penny?

The bit she’s got wrong is that this is not fascism, it’s a reaction to the wholesale takeover of the Establishment by the forces of the left. She’s calling it fascism because she has no idea how to counter it, and hopes by pointing to imaginary Nazi flags the ruling classes will launch Operation Rolling Thunder. And look how well that turned out. For all Laurie’s self-declared progressivism, she’s actually a reactionary, terrified of losing the power and prestige she’s accumulated under an outdated system whose foundations are crumbling beneath her. The irony is she’s as much to blame for the demise of the old system and the birth of the new one as any.

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18 thoughts on “Articulated Laurie

  1. There are many better reasons to hope to live to a ripe old age but witnessing La Pennie in her 60s is going to be an added bonus.

    The world won’t have ended through climate change despite the carbon in the atmosphere being about the same or more than it is now, Nazis won’t have taken over the western democracies and trade will have made everything better, everywhere for everyone not living in whichever state is trying to be Venezuela at the time.

    Hopefully an aspiring Owen Jones can hunt her out of her self-imposed isolation and ask what advice she would give for young people about to embark on a similar journey to the one she chose.

  2. I don’t have Twitter so I might be missing the context here, but to me this looks like a standard criticism (“Fascism!”) In search of a target. Ok, things are networked, entrepreneurial, and there is crowd funding, etc, but where are the fascists?

  3. The bit she’s got wrong is that this is not fascism

    As with all her tribe of ‘woke’ morons, she is simply using ‘fascist’ as a catch-all term for stuff she doesn’t like.

    I used to be curious to know whether people like her really believe that, say Nigel Farage, is a fascist. However, I have come to the conclusion that there’s no point trying to parse it – the blurring between confected and real hysteria, between genuine and affected conviction is total.

    Of course it doesn’t help that so many lefties are so spectacularly ill-informed about, well, pretty much everything. Including fascism.

  4. Salvini is a fascist. Trump and Kurz are not. On the other side there are a lot of Tranzis – His Holiness the Pope, most Europols, the Democratic party in the US.

    The Tranzis are far worse.

  5. “It’s networked, dispersed, entrepreneurial, crowd-funded, conniving gig-economy fascism.”

    That looks a lot like freedom to me.

  6. ‘Progressives’, always behind the times. Old Labour never left the 1930s, New Labour moved ahead to the 50s, now we have the Corbyn and the 1970s. The old left thought infiltrating the unions and heavy industries would be the key to power, the mines and the factories are no more. This lot think media and the public sector will be the key, it won’t.

  7. @Bill – I doubt she’ll miss a beat. Paul Ehrlich was predicting worldwide famine in 1968 and 40 years on had not the slightest shame about being so utterly wrong and indeed kept on making doom-laden predictions. Penny will be the same. Only thicker.

    @Ecksy – the answer to the Arnie’s question is simple; she makes a decent living out of it. Nearly $4k a month via Patreon might not seem like a fat lot but that is on top of whatever she’s paid by the New Statesman, the Guardian and whatever other lefty rags she writes for.

  8. “writer for New Statesman”

    That is now all that needs to be said to discredit her entirely.

  9. Dispersed fascism’s a new one on me. Wonder why Adolf never thought of it? Could have saved all that invading Poland business. Kept it small & just bierkellers an’ such. So much simpler.

  10. Laurie Petulant & MSM fear New Rolling Thunder

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    Rolling Thunder, 12 April – Huge thanks to Morrisons EH10 Store Manager for allowing South Edinburgh pre-rally meet-up in car-park. Expected ~140 bikes, ~400 turned up. Thanks to all involved.

  11. “Who do you think will have more influence in the next decade: podcasters like Joe Rogan or Independent columnists like Laurie Penny?”

    But she first came to prominence as a blogger/new media darling, and as @MC says, she’s not just living off the conventional media. She is one of those people whose “radical” views are in fact perfectly mainstream and acceptable enough, though, that (some corner of) the Establishment is happy to give her a pay cheque, and her conscience is quite happy enough to take it.

  12. Nazis, again! They will never die. They are vampires, merely sleeping until awakened by a careless misgendering whereupon they will leap from their coffins, hungry for progressive blood.

    They do serve a useful purpose. By invoking Nazis, you can frighten your own sheep enough for them to stay huddled together in your pen and possibly scare the normies enough for them not to want to rock the boat to any significant degree.

    That said, I do think that people like Laurie Penney do actually believe, at some level, that all white people are Nazis at heart and unless a foot is kept firmly on their necks, their inner-Adolfs will burst forth and litter the land with smoking chimneys and cattle cars.

  13. “That said, I do think that people like Laurie Penney do actually believe, at some level, that all white people are Nazis at heart and unless a foot is kept firmly on their necks, their inner-Adolfs will burst forth and litter the land with smoking chimneys and cattle cars.”

    With the exception of the words after “unless”, that’s not far from Jordan Peterson’s take on human nature. We’re all more likely to be concentration camp guards than Schindler, when faced with the brutal choice.

    The best way to counter La Penny is to keep winning. Living well is the best revenge.

    In Australia, we have harridans like Clementine Ford ranting about duh patriarchy but never being brave enough to debate any of those who are pointing out the obvious flaws in her arguments. After fifteen more years of everything getting better for everyone everywhere, and her never facing up to a proper discussion, she’ll be utterly done for.

    As for Paul Erlich, yes he never apologised but he also never got close to the fame and fortune of his original stardom. Disgraced obscurity doesn’t need him to acknowledge it for it to exist.

    See also, Tim Flannery.

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