The Shift Episode 120: Genderqueer Left-Populism with Nicky Reid

This episode features a conversation with openly genderqueer activist and blogger Nicky Reid. Her particular blend of left-populism provides a unique perspective that crosses the left/right divide and seeks to unify all political groups under the rubric of decentralization of power. The discussion includes a nuanced critique of identity politics that respects its goal of creating a more tolerant society, while criticizing its use of moral authority and its lack of real authenticity. Nicky’s work exposes the mechanization of a political empire that oppresses equally, no matter one’s sexual identity or skin color, while at the same time advocating for a free and tolerant society that respects all lifestyle choices. Find her essays at



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