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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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Dec 29, 2020

In Episode 6, we discuss different situations in which people hurt others and feel hurt by others, what distinguishes one type of such an experience from another, and what sorts of responses are appropriate. We unpack the terms ‘harm’ and ‘accountability’, often used in the Nexus but seldom defined, and tease...

Dec 12, 2020

In Episode 5, the second episode of cancel club, our true pal and father figure DJ Fraser joins us to talk 12 Steps. DJ is a professor, art historian, trans "elder", and unwavering snack daddy, and sits down with us to discuss emotional sobriety, 12 Step principles, and the place of trauma and shame in the Nexus.



Nov 27, 2020

In Episode 4, we examine social media, a crucial component of the Nexus. We talk about our own relationships with social media and look at how it functions as an expression, and a tool, of neoliberal capitalism. We discuss how social media affects our bodies and our social behaviour, as well as its impact on...

Nov 14, 2020

In Episode 3, our dear friend and comrade Tara McGowan-Ross -- poet, multidisciplinary artist, and all-around bad-ass -- joins us for Cancel Club. We talk all things cancel culture, spilling the dirt on times we've been cancelled, times our friends have been cancelled, and times we've cancelled others.

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Nov 1, 2020

In this episode, we reflect on the reception the pod has gotten so far. Then we discuss the recent Green Party of Canada leadership race, and examine in detail the eco-socialist platform of the runner-up, Dimitri Lascaris. Finally, we get into the cancellation of Stuart Parker, an academic, left-wing activist, and...