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Fucking Cancelled is a podcast with three aims. First, we analyze and critique a phenomenon on the left that we call the nexus: a synthesis of identitarianism, social media, and cancel culture. Second, we offer emotional, spiritual, and ethical insights into the process of rejecting and exiting the nexus. Third, we move toward a different vision for the left grounded in solidarity, freedom, and responsibility.

We are leftists who have spent many years inside the nexus. We have been too afraid to critique it and we have suffered the consequences of critiquing it. We know all too well the destructive impact the nexus has on our communities, our movements, our spiritual, emotional, and mental health, and our capacity to be responsible, ethical actors. We are also recovering addicts who live our lives by a set of spiritual and ethical principles which are starkly at odds with the rules of the nexus. We offer these principles as a guiding light toward a different left.

Fucking Cancelled is a podcast for anyone who feels stifled or trapped by the authoritarian, punishing culture that dominates the left. It’s a podcast for anyone who is too afraid to say what they really think. It’s a podcast for people who have been cancelled, who are afraid of getting cancelled, or who have taken part in the cancellation of others and wondered if it was right. Fucking Cancelled is a podcast for leftists who dream of a left grounded in solidarity, freedom, and responsibility, rather than coercion, authoritarianism, and punishment.

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Jun 19, 2021

In Episode 16, we break down the basics of attachment theory and the various attachment styles. We discuss the difficulty of developing secure attachment within the Nexus, the role of disorganized attachment in fundamentalism, and the importance of understanding attachment needs for socialists.

 

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Jun 10, 2021

In Episode 15, we discuss the third component of the Nexus, identitarianism. What do we mean by identitarianism and what are some of its characteristics? How do identitarian arguments work, and how do identitarian premises influence thought on the Left? Finally, we touch on alternative ways of addressing some of...


May 26, 2021

In Episode 14, we sit down with coach and consultant Africa Brooke, based in London, England, to discuss her open letter, 'Why I'm Leaving the Cult of Wokeness'. We talk about dogma, denialism, and the American-centrism in social justice culture. We discuss the frequent framing of critiques of cancel culture as a 'white...


Apr 26, 2021

In Episode 13, we discuss the first of the 12 Steps. We break down the meaning of the step from our own experience, exploring it in relation to our recovery from addiction and alcoholism but also in a broader context. We think through how the spirit of Step One can offer freedom and acceptance in the face of...


Apr 1, 2021

In episode 12 we are joined by Jen Elizabeth, a harm reductionist and author out of Southern California. We discuss the principles of harm reduction, compassion as an antidote to shame, and the importance of respecting people's autonomy. We talk about meeting people where they're at, how sobriety and harm...