The Thought Behind the Act [ An Increasingly Common 'Left']
"The fact that some in the American left can sit and have pleasant discourse with such a crowd, again, is indicative of a political mentality, whose limits of tolerance can be stretched depending on too many incidental factors; not a very reliable type of thinking if you want to create a better world free of bullies.
So what is that mentality? It is the mentality that fixes its gaze only at the discourse of power and the powerful. It assumes that politics is only about official politicians, and whatever they say and do. In this mentality, the most important factor, that which is at the heart of all politics, the people, is a mere abstraction; a placeholder in some formulae.
And in all these formulae, the people are always a function of the will and the plans of the powerful, and not independent actors. People don't have agency and can't really change their history, people don't determine anything. They are mere sheep to be herded. They are tools and shall remain so. They need to be told what's best for them. The attitude is identical with the views held by conservatives.
Since people are powerless, this view of politics must by force of logic conclude that only the powerful matter. So their intended audience is as much the powerful as it is others of their own ranks (other activists; again, not the people). Hence all the contradictory moves.
If all that matters is the will of the powerful, it follows that such leftists must intervene only at that top level, and lacking any real, organic ties to the ruling elites, they take it upon themselves to become uninvited advisor types for the power setup; of course providing advice from a more humane angle, from a more progressive perspective, since such left-seeming humans are the personification of the best of intentions, doing their best to persuade the powerful and their functionaries and planners to, for goodness' sake, act more rationally.
As if the powerful do things randomly and with no rationale, bumbling their way this way and that, in need of being advised by the well intentioned but the naive. The powerful act according to their own interests and according to the rationales that keep their power and privilege unchallenged. Pure and simple. The kind of advice they do need, they get from people who share their interests and intentions, and would be far more equipped to give better and more practical advice than any leftist would ever be able to give them.
This political mentality is shared by a lot of [Canadian], American and European leftists, as well as leftists in the global south. It has been revealing itself very clearly for some time now, as relates to the close connection that some on this kind of left have felt between themselves and an obscurantist, reactionary, theocratic dictatorship in Iran that stands against every single principle held dear by true leftists, by true democrats and true revolutionaries all over the world..."