It has a lot of reach and power everywhere, not least in higher education where critical engagement starts and ends with nihilistic deconstructions of the very foundations we stand on, as human subjects. Morrissey’s significance now stretches way, way, beyond the limits of music; the man is a sage.
Camus cautioned that we should be particularly wary of slaves appealing for equality, as the reality is they want to wear the crown. The ‘snowflake’ generation are such thieves; you can’t spend 15 minutes with them without them straying onto the issue of people they’d like silenced, incarcerated or killed. If Hitler wasn’t exactly from the left, that’s certainly where his popular momentum (!) came from; who was it who mentioned this?
I was really worried for Morrissey at first, I thought at best I would be trying to say he wasn't all bad or he'd got confused in old age or something like that, but it's HELL on the UK left. Complete hell.
I have socialist friends who are getting accused of Islamophobia for talking reasonably about the grooming gangs, Islamist terrorism & even Brexit (as if Europe doesn't have racists).
& I've been talking to a friend today who has been left suicidal after being accused of transphobia & piled-on by activists & trade unionists. She's been thrown out of groups, is likely to lose her job & isn't welcome at left-wing events. All for saying out loud things I know most of them agree with. She really cares about all vulnerable people & it's killing her.
Morrissey has gone off at an extreme because that's what he does - but he should come back & find the disillusioned left, because we're becoming legion. And we can help.
It's funny that Moz has ended up at the centre of so many things I'm having to deal with in my work. Thinking about his situation, has been useful for clarifying my own.