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BreadTube or LeftTube is a loose community of leftist YouTubers. "BreadTube" references anarchist writer Pyotr Kropotkin's The Conquest of BreadWikipedia's W.svg, aka the "Bread Book".[1]

BreadTube may be considered a response to the overwhelming presence of right-wing, anti-SJW and conspiratorial YouTubers that move young people through the "alt-right pipeline".[2] Their goal is not only to de-radicalize/draw young people away from those reactionary places, but also to educate progressives that moved further left –especially after the rise of far-right kakistocrats like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.

Notable BreadTubers/LeftTubers[edit]

Some of the most influential and impactful BreadTubers include:

Secular Talk[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Kyle Kulinski

A talk show hosted by Kyle Kulisnki, an atheist and a progressive Democrat (even though he describes himself as a social democrat/left libertarian). Kulinski is critical of Israel and American imperialism, but as TYT-influenced liberals often do, he has a US-centric view of the left-right spectrum (i. e., "socialism is when the government does stuff") and dislikes SJW-types.

ContraPoints[edit]

See the main article on this topic: ContraPoints

Hosted by Natalie Wynn, a socialist trans woman and feminist who discusses a variety of social justice topics with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Her videos are known for their combination of dark, theatrical humor, flamboyant costumes, and a surreal atmosphere. 

Shaun[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Shaun

Shaun was initially a "let's play" channel run by two old school friends, Shaun and Jen, but after 2016 Shaun began making solo videos debunking alt-right bullshit in a calm, British way (Jen has nothing to do with Shaun's political videos and only appears on S&J's new gaming channel).

Hbomberguy[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Hbomberguy

Harry Brewis, better known as Hbomberguy or Harris Bomberguy (not to be confused with Bomber Harris), is a British socialist gamer who produces video essays on popular media and "measured responses" aimed to debunk conspiracy theories and reactionary talking points.

He became known to a more mainstream audience in January 2019 for livestreaming a 57-hour attempt to complete the video game Donkey Kong 64 for charity, which raised approximately $340,000 for the UK trans children support group Mermaids. The stream featured special guests such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chelsea Manning, John Romero, Chuck Tingle, and Mara Wilson, as well as fellow Internet celebrities Natalie Wynn (ContraPoints), Lindsay Ellis, Jim Sterling, Riley J. Dennis, Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything), Olly Thorn (Philosophy Tube), Shaun, Dan Arrows (Three Arrows), Virgil Texas & Matt Christman (Chapo Trap House), Jenny Nicholson, and Lewis Lovhaug (Linkara).

Philosophy Tube[edit]

Hosted by British philosopher and Justin Trudeau look-alike, Oliver "Olly" Thorn. Philosophy Tube was created in 2013 as an educational channel about, well, philosophy, with Olly using a standard "talking head" format, a simple webcam, and natural lighting. His intention was to give away his MA in Philosophy to the people for free after the Tory government in the UK tripled university tuition fees. As his channel became more focused on social issues and political philosophy, he began experimenting with making more longform video essays, with higher production values, comedic sketches and interludes similar to ContraPoints's (complete with sexy costumes and bisexual lightingWikipedia's W.svg), which isn't surprising considering that Olly is also a professional actor.[3]

NonCompete[edit]

See the main article on this topic: NonCompete

Hosted by Emerican Johnson, an anarcho-communist who focuses on political re-education and promoting fellow LeftTubers. Johnson, a former right-wing entrepeneur, became disillusioned with capitalism and moved to Venezuela Vietnam.[4]

Peter Coffin[edit]

Peter Coffin is an agender (he/him/all pronouns) anarchist, satirist, and social critic from Canada, creator of "Very Important Documentaries"[5] (political infotainment), "Many Peters"[6] (Coffin's take on current topics), and "Adversaries" (critiques of advertisement).

Thought Slime[edit]

Matthew "Matt" Esteves, better known as Thought Slime, is a sweaty,[7] non-binary (but still uses he/him pronouns), Canadian former stand-up comedian turned anarcho-communist and GarfieldEats aficionado.[8] His earlier content (before he decided to reveal his face) featured "King Cuck", an animated avatar resembling Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParentsWikipedia's W.svg. He makes goofy, entergaging (entertaining and engaging) videos on anarchist theory,[9][10] mental health,[11] anti-capitalism,[12] and anti-fascism.[13] And let's plays.[14] Oh, and make up tutorials.[15]

Three Arrows[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Three Arrows

Hosted by Dan Arrows, a German social democrat who creates videos debunking bad history, with a focus on debunking Holocaust denialism and other falsehoods and myths related to Nazi Germany, European history, and fascism.

Lindsay Ellis[edit]

Lindsay EllisWikipedia's W.svg is a feminist media critic formerly known as the Nostalgia Chick (2008-2015), the female counterpart to Doug Walker's Nostalgia CriticWikipedia's W.svg. After leaving the Channel AwesomeWikipedia's W.svg hellhole for good in 2015, she started producing surprisingly thoughtful and deeply researched, but still humorous, film-criticism essays (including a Hugo AwardWikipedia's W.svg-nominated, three-part series on the Hobbit film trilogy).[16] Like fellow YouTube pop culture critics/video essayists Kyle Kallgren and Jenny Nicholson, her content isn't overtly political, but she's friends with ContraPoints and Hbomberguy.

Vaush[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Vaush

Vaush is an anarcho-syndicalist of the "dirtbag left" variety who debunks reactionary content[17][18] and isn't afraid to debate fascists and DESTROY them with facts and logic.[19]. He is somewhat edgier than most of BreadTube, which often gets him in drama with other leftists.

Other channels and podcasts[edit]

ButterHorse[edit]

"ButterHorse" is the Twitch.tv version of BreadTube. The term was coined by The Serfs, who also hosted a charity stream called Butterpalooza on October 2019, featuring a huge list of BreadTubers.

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Notes[edit]

  1. Formerly known as Bat'ko the Manarchist, /leftypol/'s most popular shitposter, and as such he used to be an edgy class reductionist, but has since renounced those regressive views. He did a great job debunking right-wing propaganda, such as a nonsensical piece made by Dinesh D'Souza for Prager "University" (watch Bat'ko's video here), and also tried to reclaim Pepe the Frog. Sadly, Bat'ko announced on July 2019 that he would no longer make videos (he still runs a Facebook meme page, though).
  2. The guy who exposed JonTron as a reactionary. Not exactly a LeftTuber, more of a liberal/enlightened centrist Shapiro-wannabe that "debates" both BreadTubers and alt-right chuds. NonCompete's Luna Oi! called him a "fucking asshole" after he pretty much trivialized the atrocities committed by US imperialism in Vietnam and tried to mansplain Vietnamese socialism to a Vietnamese socialist woman. He also called a WoC "subhuman" on Twitter. However, according to this article by The New York Times, his debates with conservatives actually have contributed to de-radicalize alt-righters.
  3. Trans female POC YouTuber who made a video pointing out the whiteness and maleness of BreadTube, how her views don't feel validated unless a white male affirms them or says similar points to her, and how she isn't known for her views or style of video but more for her physical characteristics. Additionally, she and commenters pointed out that YouTube algorithms weren't kind to her and she received attention because other BreadTubers shared it. Her video on the whiteness of BreadTube caught attention from the more major BreadTubers, who responded to cooperate in inclusivity and diversity by creating and sharing lists of lesser BreadTubers. Her style of video is simplistic, generally her speaking to a camera and taking sips from a drink.
  4. His video on how the Civil War was basically America's 1848 Revolution is a must watch.
  5. Previously known as Dr. Layman.

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