I wish I had time to write a response to this article because it raises so many important issues but ultimately misdiagnoses them (and consequently comes to the wrong conclusions). Are you the pseudonymous person who wrote this? Because I want to buy you a drink and tell you that it’ll all be okay. Sure, the petty scene of low-stakes campus politics may be characterized by oppression olympics and the exhausting politics of performance. But outside of that tiny world, there are real, big issues of economic and social justice that are worth working on—and inspiring, innovative people doing that work who couldn’t care less about a preachy social club. It’s like high school: eventually you realize that all that time you spent worrying about who’s punk enough was kind of missing the point.
[From earlier this month]