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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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Aug 31, 2022

In Episode 34, we look at the similarities between the criminal justice system and cancel culture. We also look at the differences -- notably, that the criminal justice system affords rights to those who are accused of offences, while cancel culture does not.



Episode 6 - Refusing to be Accountable:...

Aug 21, 2022

In Episode 33, we look at the notion that cancel culture functions to prevent abuse and keep people safe. Why do proponents of cancellation say this, and what do they mean by it? Is it true? And what are some other ways to think about abuse and safety?



Episode 6 - Refusing to be Accountable: Responsibility,...

Jul 27, 2022

In Episode 32, we discuss right-wing populism. Fresh off a 1.5 day hitchhiking ride with a 'Freedom Rally' conspiracy theorist, Jay explains what it is that these right-wing populists believe and how it differs from left-wing variants of populism. We talk about how people get that way, what kinds of messaging can get...

Jun 24, 2022

In Episode 31, we discuss tolerance. At a certain point the left seems to have decided that tolerance is not good enough, and that we need acceptance or even celebration instead. We discuss why tolerance is actually very important in pluralistic socities and why it's necessary for building solidarity...

May 31, 2022

In Episode 30 we discuss practical tips for supporting the people in our lives who are being cancelled, both in the immediate aftermath of a cancellation campaign, and for the longterm. 


Talking Shit with Dr. Christine Marie: Breaking the Spell of Cancellation

Nobody's Getting Cancelled: Surviving...