I’m a Satanist, Not a Leftist

The title of this article is, of course, something of a trick. If you know me or are even remotely familiar with my work, you know that I am robustly of the left. I am somewhere on the Social Democrat to Democratic Socialist spectrum, and I am pro sex work, pro degeneracy, and pro sex positivity. I believe every billionaire is a blight on the human race and a failure of our system. I believe Black Lives Matter, that trans women are women and that trans men are men. I believe we should have a broad social safety net, correct climate change, and empower minorities. If you gave me a list of leftist mantras and talking points, I would affirm most of them.

Instead, this title has to do with where I place my own identity, with how I name myself to myself. When I look at myself in a cognitive mirror, what do I see, first and foremost? What words do I use to filter the unfathomable complexity of self into a single narrative?

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Talking Leftism, Protest, and Activism on The Satanic Temple TV

I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on the Satanic Temple TV a couple of times over the past few weeks to talk about protest, leftism, and my recent article Why I Haven’t Left the Satanic Temple. My first appearance was on The Devil’s Dispatch with Stu DeHaan, and my second appearance was on An Ongoing And Necessary Pursuit with Jack Matirko.

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Why I Haven’t Left the Satanic Temple

I’ve been a member of The Satanic Temple (TST) since December 2017, and in that time there’ve been occasional accusations of crypto-fascism, alt-rightism, and Nazism against TST by both outsiders and former members. This article is about why I choose to remain in the Satanic Temple despite these accusations, and why I find these accusations lacking in credibility.

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Sacred Tension: Self Care, Politics, and Big Data with Penemue

In this stripped-down, unedited episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by my friend Priest Penemue for a long conversation about leftist politics, how we are practicing self care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his insider perspective on digital privacy and big data.

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