In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

Episode #17 – Queer Eye for the Alt-Right Guy?

September 7, 2018

What does the show Queer Eye have to do with the alt-right? Quite alot.

In this episode of Cable Street I chat with writer and activist Laurie Penny about her article The Queer Art of Failing Better. We discuss populism and the far-right as a gendered issue, whether the message of Queer Eye offers a path forward for dealing with the far-right, and the dangers of people like Jordan Peterson.

Every episode includes a members-only analysis that explores each podcast topic. In this week’s analysis, we analyze why men are more likely to join the far-right, and the broader gender divide in today’s politics. To become a member, visit to learn more and use the code “CableStreet” to get your first month for only $1.

Show Notes

The Queer Art of Failing Better

Peterson’s Complaint

Books by Laurie Penny

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette – link to Netflix

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.