It sounds like Cosplay Socialists, Inc. would've been better off naming their paperback infomercial "Flip This Centrist". https://t.co/1VfifpNDgT
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) August 28, 2018
Yes, it’s from Politico, but I’m liking this Bill Scher review…
Have you lived through the past three presidents and managed to still believe that Republicans and Democrats share a single corporatist overlord? Do you casually use “neoliberal” as an insult, even though nobody has spotted a neoliberal in the wild since Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign? Do you enjoy history lectures, but only when they are delivered by sarcastic, self-righteous people who conveniently omit anything that conflicts with their ideological worldview? Well then do I have the book for you!
The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason lives up to its ironic title. The freshly published polemic is co-authored by the hosts—Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Brendan James, Will Menaker and Virgil Texas—of the socialist, satirical podcast Chapo Trap House. The podcast rakes in six figures a month from more than 20,000 Patreon subscribers. It built its following on withering takedowns of insufficiently leftist liberals who serve up “thin, flavorless gruel” in the dying news media.
The book, which aims to expand the reach of “the Chapo Way,” begins with a self-consciously over-the-top sales pitch. By imbibing the authors’ words, “you’ll become an initiate in the Chapo Mindset and take control of the neurons that govern your weak, fragile emotions.” Apparently, we should take our “Ironic Left” cult leaders seriously, but not always literally.
Yet by the end of the book, it’s hard to escape the nagging feeling that Chapo—the podcast and the book—is, at bottom, an actual, unironic infomercial scheme. They make bank by selling you a candy-coated version of socialism, one that may offend real socialists even more than liberal gruel-peddlers like myself…
After blaming American-led capitalism for the world’s ills, the authors take aim at their favorite target: liberals. “Why … do we hate the lib?” they ask. Because “there is a giant sucking void at the core of their being.” They add, “In place of real beliefs, liberals have guilty consciences.” Therefore, liberal reformers succeed only “when pressured—sometimes terrorized—by militant and/or popular left-wing movements.” …
But since the New Deal’s permanent expansion of government in the name of reducing poverty and expanding the middle class is not good enough and fundamentally flawed, the Chapo Way is here to give us a rigorously researched and fine-tuned alternative for not only ending wealth inequality and racism, but also ending the scourge of soul-deadening work. After slogging through 276 of the book’s 282 pages of bad history and, I hate to tell you, “tepid” jokes, the authors finally get around to their grand plan. Spoiler alert! This is literally it, in its entirety:
“After setting everyone on equal footing (by seizing the billionaires’ money, socializing their wealth, and handing the keys of production over to workers), you’re looking at an economy that requires something like a three-hour workday, with machines taking care of most of the drudgery; and—as our public fund pays for things like health care, education, scientific research, and infrastructure—all this technology actually makes work quicker, easier, and more enjoyable.”
… The Chapo hosts’ aversion to hard work extends to this book. Why suffer the details of how this nonworkers’ paradise, free of paper pushing and ditch digging, is going to be realized, when you can take in more than $1 million a year by dressing up stale arguments and thin policy ideas with inside jokes?…
(If you can bring yourself to click the link, there is a brilliantly nasty publicity shot of the authors which reminded me of the old question ‘Why do so many [Socialists] have brown eyes?’… )
Life lesson: sneering cynicism usually masks ignorance, not intelligence.
— Neera Tanden 🌊 (@neeratanden) August 28, 2018
You can tell the Chapo guys aren't mad about that review because the official account only has a dozen tweets about it
— Chibi Alex Jones (@agraybee) August 28, 2018
Even more specifically rich white dudes, like those on Chapo Trap House.
Those are the people that are least impacted by the courts, and lied the MOST about Hillary.
Fuck them. Fuck your Stein vote.
Fuck the lot of you.
— Monjula Ray (@queerBengali) August 28, 2018
I’m not a fan of memes, but I think this rather sums it up. pic.twitter.com/O3nnXShYci
— Joshua (@MoshuaJoss) August 28, 2018
Remember the??brigade meltdown when some folks dared suggest there is a part of the left that sympathizes w Trump and is cheering him on, advocating allying w his supporters against the “liberal establishment”? An “alt-left” for lack of a better word? https://t.co/Hp3DhzAjuI
— Regina ?? (@regwag2003) August 28, 2018
You can’t make up this shit. Goes back to my assertion there’s but a thin line between western “socialists” & “national socialists”. pic.twitter.com/rPLlVdY8Re
— Is this real life??? (@sensen2011) August 28, 2018