Marianne Garneau on the Social Justice Warrior and Progressive Politics (#49)

About the Guest:

Marianne Garneau lives in New York City, where she is a graduate student in philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She is a “stay-at-home” mom, who devotes most of her time to labor organizing for industrial workers of the world, and part of her time to writing articles about politics. She also works as an editor.

In this Episode, we discuss:

  1. Why it’s difficult for people to talk about politics.
  2. How the personal is political, i. e. your daily reality is politically significant, but this doesn’t mean that politics is personal.
  3. The concept of the ‘social justice warrior’ and how it evolved out of right wing rhetoric.
  4. The term ‘white privilege’ its origin, meaning and implications for political discourse.
  5. The importance of solidarity across racial and political differences.
  6. How leftist politics has been co-opted by limiting conception of identity politics.
  7. Marianne’s ideas regarding Trump as the President of the United States.
  8. The pitfalls of populism.
  9. An alternative notion of political praxis as rooted in collective action.
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