Redline, a voice in the wilderness for leftists who believe in free speech
September 17, 2022

Redline - blog collective

In these times, leftists who espouse free speech are like wanderers in the wilderness. The political sands may be swirling so intensely that they are unable to see clearly, but the desert is actually filled with like-minded wanderers, each mistakenly thinking they are alone.

That is why it is all the more important to discover and support a site like Redline. Redline is a blog collective in New Zealand that combines original content with a carefully chosen selection of re-posted articles.

The content on Redline reinforces a consistent editorial line centered on class, worker rights and feminism, grounded in the materialism of the traditional left and on the principle of free speech.

It isn’t necessary to agree on the specifics of each issue as it is presented on Redline. More important is recognizing that the site is grounded in critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas. Redline rejects the self censorship so rampant on leftist platforms.

Confusing times for those confused about politics

Leftists values are real, they reflect a particular view of the world and social interactions. Inside this tent called ‘the left’ there is plenty of room for disagreement. Leftist values may be broad, but they are distinct and not reflected in labels like ‘heterodox’ or ‘politically homeless’. These terms mistakenly present themselves as safe harbors in the face of the extreme intolerance of what currently passes as the left.

“…wokeism is a neoliberal movement rather than a left movement..parading identity profiles rather than challenging the state or economic structures. “ -Daphna Whitmore Redline

Free speech is the primary tool for thinking and exchanging ideas.

It is important that free speech as a core value is not ceded to right wing, conservative or even ‘heterodox’ platforms. Leftists who believe in free speech should be explicit in embracing this value as part of their leftist beliefs. Others will hear the message and know that they are not alone or homeless.

Plebity is looking forward to sharing content and exploring ways to collaborate with Redline and others to amplify all of our voices.

The big platforms have gone missing. But small voices can join other small voices and fill the void.

Some content on Redline:


FeaturedFree speechMark White
How to counter Holocaust denial–a particular type of hate speech

How to counter Holocaust denial–a particular type of hate speech


Treblinka train station sign

What does it mean, to ‘counter hate speech with more speech’?

Hint: it doesn’t mean 5 minutes for the Jews and 5 minutes for Hitler.

In 1971, over the course of several months, historian Gitta Sereny trudged regularly into a prison in Dusseldorf, Germany to sit across a small table from Franz Stangl, former commandant of the extermination camp Treblinka. Between April and June of that year, Sereny collected over 70 hours of interviews with Stangl who died on June 28–within hours of her last visit. For the following 18 months Sereny continued researching details of the stories Stangl had told her and to speak to people who had known him when he was in charge of killing operations at Treblinka.

Cancel CultureCapitalismFeaturedPlebity
Hello, do you know the difference? The Raytheon, Goldman Sachs left is not the left.

Hello, do you know the difference? The Raytheon, Goldman Sachs left is not the left.


Left vs woke chart

Dear Liberals or Conservatives,

When you say left, you probably aren’t actually talking about the left. Find another name. Or at least understand the difference between the woke left and the traditional left which although largely silenced does still exist.

Here is a crude guide for liberals and conservatives who want to know the difference. See the chart.

FeaturedTransgender IdeologyDaphna Whitmore
Butler, Sedgwick and Queer Theory – part 3 in the postmodernism series

Butler, Sedgwick and Queer Theory – part 3 in the postmodernism series

REDLINE article

Judith Butler at UC Berkeley

The most influential queer theorist is Judith Butler an American philosopher who draws heavily upon Foucault and Derrida. Butler’s chief contribution to queer Theory was to question the links between sex – the biological categories of male and female – gender- the behaviours and traits commonly associated with one sex or the other – and sexuality – the nature of sexual desire. Butler claims gender is wholly socially constructed, and developed her most well-known concept: gender performativity. She claims gender roles are taught and learned unwittingly through socialisation – as sets of actions, behaviours, manners, and expectations and people perform these roles accordingly.