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Why So Many in the Radical Left Participate in Speedrunning

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Why So Many in the Radical Left Participate in Speedrunning refers to a thread by Twitter user @bronzeswords in which he attempts to make an argument about why speedrunning video games is a "leftist" hobby. In the thread, he argues that speedrunning is an expression of the political left's lack of work ethic and is an attempt to "elevate alternative sexual archetypes in the marketplace," citing Jordan Peterson theory on sexuality. The thread was widely mocked in numerous ways on social media.


On October 16th, 2021, Twitter user @bronzeswords[1] posted a fifteen-tweet-long thread outlining his theory as to why, in his view, "so many in the radical left participate in speedrunning." Over the course of the thread, he argues that the political left has a lack of work ethic, thus prioritizes "going fast" over "doing it right." This would promote a communist point of view that work is easy, comparing speedrunning to the fully-automated luxury gay space communism meme (example tweets shown below).

Conrad Golden ... @bronzeswords I was thinking about why so many in the radical left participate in "speedrunning" The reason is the left's lack of work ethic ('go fast' rather than 'do it right') and, in a Petersonian sense, to elevate alternative sexual archetypes in the marketplace ('fastest mario') 1/14 8:03 AM · Oct 16, 2021 · Twitter Web App 845 Retweets 6,050 Quote Tweets 2,590 Likes Tweet your reply Reply Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 Replying to @bronzeswords Obviously, there are exceptions to this and some people more in the center or right also "speedrun". However, they more than sufficient to prove the rule, rather than contrast it. Consider how woke GDQ has been, almost since the very beginning. Your eyes will start to open. 2/14 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 Returning to the topic of the work ethic... A "speedrunner" may well spend hours a day at their craft, but this is ultimately a meaningless exercise, since they will ultimately accomplish exactly that which is done in less collective time by a casual player. 3/14 51 27 64 179 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 ... This is thus a waste of effort on the behalf of the "speedrunner". Put more simply, they are spending their work effort on something that someone else has already done (and done in a way deemed 'correct' by the creator of the artwork). Why do they do this? 4/14 27 27 35 142 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 The answer is quite obvious if you think about it. The goal is the illusion of speed and the desire (SUBCONSCIOUS) to promote radical leftist, borderline Communist ideals of how easy work is. Everyone always says that "speedruns" look easy. That is part of the aesthetic. 5/14 47 27 158 165 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 Think about the phrase "fully automated luxury Communism" in the context of "speedrunning" and I strongly suspect that things will start to 'click' in your mind. 6/14

He then digresses into discussing how speedrunning is a means for the "radical left" to elevate an "alternative sexual archetype" in the "marketplace," citing Jordan Peterson theory. He argues that people like Elon Musk are traditionally seen as the most desirable type of mate for being "innovators," and speedrunners are attempting to elevate "speed" as a desirable alternative to "innovation."

Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 What happens to the individual in this? Individual accomplishment in "speedrunning" is simply waiting for another person to steal your techniques in order to defeat you. Where is something like "intellectual property" or "patent" in this necessarily communitarian process? 7/14 37 27 83 127 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 Now, as to the sexual archetype model and 'speedrunning' generally... If you have any passing familiarity with Jordan Peterson's broader oeuvre and of Jungian psychology, you likely already know where I am going with this. However, I will say more for the uninitiated. 8/14 15 2] 72 O 104 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 Keep this passage from Maps of Meaning (91) in mind: "The Archetypal Son... continually reconstructs defined territory, as a consequence of the 'assimilation' of the unknown [as a consequence of 'incestuous' (that is, 'sexual' – read creative) union with the Great Mother]" 9/14 9. 27 20 95 Conrad Golden @bronzeswords · Oct 16 In other words, there is a connection between 'sexuality' and creativity that we see throughout time (as Peterson points out with Tiamat and other examples). In the sexual marketplace, which archetypes are simultaneously deemed the most creative and valued the highest? 10/14 6. 27 24 O 94


The tweet was widely mocked on Twitter, racking up a 6,000-840 quote-tweet-to-retweet ratio in the span of four days. Twitter user @Turbojehtt posted a video parodying the thread, imagining it as the ideology of Shadow the Hedgehog, gaining over 570 retweets and 2,800 likes (shown below, top). User @thetruesand posted a video of Duke Nukem saying, "wow that's a lot of words, too bad I'm not reading them," gaining over 120 retweets and 1,800 likes (shown below, bottom).

Several elements of the thread inspired jokes on Twitter and Reddit, including @bronzeswords' use of the term "Petersonian" to describe Jordan Peterson theory and the phrase "alternative sexual archetypes ('fastest mario')." User @fransiscobegbie[2] posted a Milk Edinburgh parody with the text, gaining over 150 retweets and 3,100 likes (shown below, left). Redditor gungas134[3] posted a Don't Worry Baby, He's Just A Nerd! parody to /r/GamingCircleJerk, gaining over 6,900 points (shown below, right).

SO IN A PETERSONIAN SENSE, ITS TO ELEVATE ALTERNATIVE SEXUAL ARCHETYPES IN THE MARKETPLACE. THE FASTEST MARIO', BASICALLY Don't worry baby, he's just a NERD! Ihave to elevate alternative sexual archetypes YEARS LATER Hey baby! Remember me! BEAT IT CHICK! Why can't I find a good man?

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FASTEST MARIO ALPHA 15 Signs You're a Fastest Mario (SUPER RARE) & Is it Better Than "ALPHA"? 134K views 8.9K 352 Share Save Report And-boo! D ... @AWDtwit alternative sexual archetypes in the marketplace ('fastest mario') I'M DA BEST! o ball @infiniteball alternative sexual archetypes ('fastest Mario') I-- isnr s GRAYSON. STOP WORRYING. I AM A FOCUSED GAMER. EYESTRAIN, Now let me explain why so many speedrunners are radical leftists Ungh. DAMIAN?! TR. RIGH

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[1] Twitter – @bronzeswords

[2] Twitter – franciscobegbie

[3] Reddit – /r/GamingCircleJerk

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Honestly I see it more as a consequence of the Mainstream Media's bias towards Left-Leaning politics than as some sort of deep-rooted psychological thing. Right-Leaning individuals aren't going to be as open to discussing their viewpoints and personal politics because platforms like Twitch and YouTube are somewhat biased against them. In my opinion, this has worsened political discourse over the past decade with this new attitude of "I'm correct because I'm my-side, my-side is correct because it's not other-side." causing moderation teams on said platforms to act more punitively against content they disagree with, whether it deserved it or not.

…Which, I consider Twitter partly responsible for, so I guess this loops back around to saying: "Pull the plug, already!" for the fifth time this week Twitter comes up with something beyond stupid.

TL;DR: Tribalism is very, very stupid and modern political discourse is a fucking joke more akin to kindergartners screeching at each other than any dialogue matured adults would have.


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