Politics

Jan 16, 2014

Razer’s class warfare: it’s the economy, stupid (or why Scorsese is a girl’s blouse)

When did we decide that economics and a real class struggle were too hard and we could just get by with our feely feely feelings?

Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

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30 thoughts on “Razer’s class warfare: it’s the economy, stupid (or why Scorsese is a girl’s blouse)

  1. susan winstanley

    Slashing stuff, always worth a read. Love it.
    Just don’t get any more defensive, Razer
    Give them both barrels always
    Or you’ll just be another big girl’s blouse

  2. Will

    Razer, once again, has served up a largely unintelligible stream of verbal diarrhoea with no discernible argument on offer. As usual, she bandies about monolithic labels such as “The Left” and “Feminists” with no definitions provided to anchor her airy declarations to some semblance of reality, and certainty no real people are engaged (beyond Scorsese). Seriously, Helen Razer must be literally the worst commentator at Crikey – she manages to combine the air-headed ersatz of Maureen Dowd, with your senile uncle’s curmudgeonly attitude and a not-so clever variety of Marxist deconstruction in one package of pithy irrelevance. Spare us please!

    The problem of the film, which has been noted loudly and repeatedly by every liberal leftist on the internet if Razer had any clue where to look, is that it averts its gaze from the blue chip world of high finance and focuses on criminal hucksters doing things are obviously illegal. Feminism, whether expressed in terms of conventional academia or butchered by Razer’s uniquely obtuse prose, has absolutely nothing to do with it.

  3. klewso

    “Caring (for votes)” – as Ronnie Fringe-Dweller may have put it “I say I care, therefore I do?”

  4. B Hick

    Great read, although the baiting contrarian schtick is getting a little bit old. Razer seems determined to fight ceaseless, petty whinging on Twitter by ceaselessly and pettily whinging about it on Twitter. I’m not sure what that achieves accept for a more “meta” level of smugness. It’s odd that such a voracious critic of outrage culture seems to be in a near-permanent state of outrage.

  5. dirtysnowball

    I think I’m just too stupid to understand Helen’s articles.

  6. Peter_PPVH

    Yes that is the point Will, – no real people are engaged.
    Lets us forever be entertained and distracted from vigorous or critical thought.

  7. Matt Hardin

    Best thing of yours I have ever read Helen. I get where you are coming from finally. Brava!

  8. Phillip J.

    Despite some unconjoined arguments, I enjoyed the loose cannon attack on current weak-kneed, relenting moralism.

  9. SusieQ

    I gave up halfway through – is this a film review, a critique of right wing journos, the economy or feminism? (or all of that??). Perhaps I’ll go ask my CareBear.

  10. Will

    I don’t have a problem with Razer’s thesis that the present generation of liberals and feminists are so fixated on identity politics that they fail to grapple with pressing concerns of justice rooted in class solidarity and material inequality. It’s a real argument and it’s certainly worth engaging with.
    What I do have a problem with Razer’s recurrent intellectual crutch of writing about such matters in grand declarative statements against disembodied capitalised enemies: “The Left”, “The Right” and “Feminists.” We are apparently meant to simply accept these Platonic forms at face value because she certainly never condescends to locate any of them in some kind of representative body – such as a real living and breathing human being – who might or might not bear some resemblance to the caricature provided by Razer.

    Now, some might be prepared to forgive such a lazy rhetorical gimmick if the substantive analysis and humour was commensurately impressive. But alas, it never is. Mostly there’s a kernel of an insight that is so overburdened in ranty snitty self-referential nonsense that it collapses under the weight of sheer sophistry. And Razer repeats this gimmick at every outing like the lowest species of pundit resorts to “some people have said” to introduce whatever inane generalisation they want.

    It is truly tiresome. Razer has a class-analysis hammer and every problem she sees is a nail of identity politics.

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