Shitty Activism Got Trump Elected

– by The Shitty Activist

feelings_cartoon_dailysignalIn the wake of the Trumpening, activists around the country are asking themselves the same question: WTF happened?

Many factors are likely to blame, most of which have already been analyzed by people who actually know what they’re talking about: Clinton’s middle-of-the-road positions failing to inspire Democrats. Trump’s speaking to the economic anxieties of the working class. Anti-immigration sentiment, racial prejudice, and Islamophobia.

It’s likely that all of the above issues played a role, with pumpkin spice lattes figuring in there somehow. But I’m joined by a large number of leftists who point to another reason for Trump’s rise: the backlash against shitty activism.

For the last year and a half, The Shitty Activist has tried to expand the influence of activist causes by offering ways to overcome the many (often self-imposed) obstacles to victory. I’ve invited activists to adopt stronger stances that can inspire action that may lead to genuine and lasting change; to put the brakes on the name calling, the crying wolf, the PC language policing, and the censorship; and to take themselves a little less seriously by joining in on a laugh once in a while.

Unfortunately—as was the case during my 12 years as an activist—I failed to change many minds. While resonating with a few, usually my suggestions were ignored, and all too often my constructive criticism was deliberately misconstrued as opposition to the very causes I dedicated most of my life to advancing. Once a shitty activist, always a shitty activist, I guess.

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GUEST POST: I’m a Democrat Who Voted for Trump. Here’s Why.

[Below is a guest post from an anonymous Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.]

– by Anonymous Democrat

trump_democrat_1000As a lifelong Democrat and long-time activist for social justice and environmental causes, I’d like to explain to you why I voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.

If you’re like many of my friends, you’re wondering why I crossed party lines to join the surprisingly high percentage of Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton’s much-reviled opponent.

It’s a great question and I promise to be honest with my answer. However, before I do so, I want to share some of my politics with you so you can’t dismiss me as simply a right wing conservative in disguise.

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How to Slay a Troll (satire)

– by The Shitty Activist 

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Graphic: thezorklibrary.com

If you’re an activist like me, you’re often riding through the social media landscape of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, armor agleam, broadsword in hand, embarking on dangerous quests and saving the townsfolk.

And that means you’ve probably come across your share of the most dreaded denizens of these wastelands: trolls. But what are trolls, exactly?

In storybooks, trolls are filthy, misshapen monsters who sulk under bridges and make a meal of passing goats. In the Internet’s enchanted forest, instead of making mayhem from under bridges, trolls wreak havoc from the comments section under articles, videos, and other posts.

Trolls express opinions that conflict with the person who posted the original article, viewpoint or video, and often others frequenting a particular website, page or group. When people react to a troll’s figurative shit-slinging, that’s where it gets its jollies. In fact, it’s the whole point of a troll’s miserable existence.

Let’s look at a few real life examples of classic troll behavior.

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