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Vaush /ˈvʃ/ (or VaushV) is a socialist[1] YouTuber and occasional troll[2] who advocates for "pro-markets" libertarian socialism to replace capitalism as an economic system in the near future. He's gained a modest amount of fame online for his videos criticizing and debating reactionaries such as Sargon of Akkad, Blaire White, Count Dankula, and Jesse Lee Peterson, but also for sexual harassment incidents under his previous moniker.[3] Before making his own channel, he went by IrishLaddie and was predominantly known for his appearances on Destiny’s streams. He is far edgier than the majority of BreadTubers, which is something that gained him considerable controversy, like when he joked about genociding transgender people ("The Trans Question", which is a reference to the Jewish Question and how it led to the mass extermination of Jews in Europe).[4]

As of January 2021, Vaush's YouTube channel has over 87 million views and 320,000 subscribers.

General positions[edit]

  • Vaush supports socialism, specifically libertarian socialism in the short term and anarcho-syndicalism farther into the future. Vaush believes that while market economies have their downsides, they are necessary for technological development.
  • He is pansexual and a vocal LGBT rights advocate. More specifically, many of his videos debunk transphobic fearmongering.[5]
  • Vaush believes that despite calling themselves Jewish nationalists, Zionists have a very strong tendency to be anti-Semitic themselves.
  • Based on his video about Slavoj Žižek, he believes it is okay to criticize political correctness as long as it isn’t being used as a dog whistle for a conservative and/or fascist agenda.
  • Despite his general opposition to more “anti-SJW” types, he is good friends with Shoe0nHead and is amicable towards The Amazing Atheist and Chris Ray Gun. He is also on friendly terms with former conservative YouTuber Hunter Avallone.
  • He loathes liberal identity politics and "pop feminism", and strongly advocates for free speech while also not supporting state-controlled hate speech laws.
  • He supported Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign for President of the United States, but unlike many of his fellow Sanders supporters, he opposed the "Bernie or Bust" movement and voted for Joe Biden in the general election since Sanders dropped out of the primary race.[6] He later defended his position with the use of revolutionary theory he claimed he read recently.[7] According to some critics, Vaush quote-mined and read summaries of works instead of reading from the works he referenced, arriving at a misreading of the theoretical works.[8] [9] However, in a recent stream, Vaush reviews his criticisms and claims that they misunderstood his use of theory and his arguments. For example, analyzing the critique by Hakim, Vaush claims that they misunderstood his thesis (“voting for Joe Biden is better than Donald Trump, and how that’s supported in socialist thinking”) as support for neoliberalism rather than as a tool to spread socialism in democracy, and that the critiques presented are overly pedantic and not worth discourse over, with little grounding in the theory that he was quotemining.[10]

Debates[edit]

Vaush has debated fascists, conservatives, libertarians, and neoliberals. His debating style could be considered a more aggressive version of Destiny's conservative arc debates. While he occasionally does rather poorly (his first debate with Sargon wasn't his most impressive moment), he is arguably the best person at debating far right-wingers at the moment (exemplified through his second debate with Sargon). Here's a list of the most prominent people he has debated:

Vaush has also made appearances on the Drunken Peasants Podcast, where he has debated Vee[26] and Ethan Ralph[27].

Controversies[edit]

Sexual harassment[edit]

In March 2019, several direct messages were leaked in which Vaush (previously known as IrishLaddie) was acting creepily towards members of Destiny's Discord server. Before logs being leaked of the event, and discussed by Destiny,[28] he considered confronting one of the victims as shown in a photo of his discord.[29] And his accusers claim that he considered doxxing them[citation needed]. In response to the leaked image of the former, Vaush has claimed that the reason he considered it was because he had reason to believe they were going to spread false information about him. He adds that he changed his mind in the same conversation, after his discord expressed a negative reaction to his plan.[30] After this drama occurred, Vaush and his admins/mods White Nervosa and Rodriguez commented that he was trying to dissociate from his old moniker IrishLaddie in favor of VaushVidya, which he had already been using for some time, in order to deflect some backlash. Since the event, Vaush has released all the logs from the event, apologised extensively for his behaviour, and has promised to do better in future.[31]

Allegations of transphobia[edit]

In June 2019, Vaush received pushback among several Twitter users,[citation needed] ranging from some of his own fanbase to the compilation account HotCisTakes, for posting a tweet that starts with “Honestly fuck trans people” that many interpreted to be dismissive of trans people offended by misgendering. Vaush insisted it was a joke intended to mock transphobes and that he meant no ill will towards trans people (his YouTube content is remarkably pro-trans, especially by the standards of the site, and he has supported trans content creators ranging from ContraPoints to Comrade Cora). Many rejected this characterization, citing that the tweet sounded far too similar to something actual transphobes would say to justify committing violence against trans people, almost as if he was making light of such a serious issue as transphobia.

This was further compounded with video resurfacing in December 2019 where he went on a queer- and transphobic rant. In looking back on the video, he defended everything about his remarks except the idea that these are reactionary statements. [32]

More video would surface in 2020 of a 4 hour stream featuring numerous rants against "wokescolds" and trans people. [33] And defending transphobic remarks made on his Discord.[34]

Slurs[edit]

Vaush sometimes uses slurs for irony value, supposedly to break the stereotype of BreadTube as a bunch of "easily triggered SJWs", a characterization usually only adopted by the far-right, and also as a way to attract and potentially de-radicalize right-wing chuds. He has also said the n-word on his stream.[35] This has been done in the context of the Killstream (the specific timestamp is 1:33:20), where he was debating multiple neo-Nazis who, after having already said several unfiltered homophobic slurs, jumped around saying the phrase “The N-word”, to which he then boldly responds by asking “Dude, you can just say 'niggers'.” to prove that he wasn’t afraid of their kind of speech. Inevitably, this caught them off guard and silenced them promptly; he has gone on to say that while he believes use of the word is harmful and inadvisable and he will not use it again, he stands by his use of it in this context.

Accusations of Pedophilia[edit]

Vaush has been accused of supporting the usage of child pornography, particularly through a viral clipped segment from an early 2019 Dead Cells stream.[36] In reality, he is openly against it and had compared the production of child pornography to production of goods involving child slavery (e.g. coltan/lithium in smartphones, mica in beauty products) as both involve the exploitation of children.[37][38]

Context aside, and despite his insistence at the time, it is still really not a good look (by framing it initially as not having heard any convincing moral/legal arguments as to why the possession of CP should be illegal, the differences between labor exploitation and sexual exploitation, etc.). He's since admitted it was a "poorly made argument."

He has also been accused of supporting and lowering the age of consent under an anarchist society as he viewed it as an unjust hierarchy.[39] He claimed in September 2020 to have reversed his previous position on this and now advocates to increase it instead.[40]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. https://twitter.com/VaushV
  2. https://twitter.com/VaushV/status/1215058504379027456
  3. I sexually harassed a girl two years ago, there's a video about it on my channel by Vaush (9:54 PM - 9 Jun 2019) Twitter (archived from September 24, 2020).
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM8LS7k4uyw
  5. Tearing Apart Every Single Word of JK Rowling's TERF Manifesto
  6. Tweet of Vaush buying Joe Biden merch
  7. Would Marx, Engels, Lenin, etc. Have Supported Biden? I Read Theory to Find Out!
  8. Hakim, "Vaush Is So F***ing Wrong About, Well, Everything But Specifically Marx & Lenin"
  9. BadEmpanada, "Vaush Is Wrong About Marxist Theory on Electoral Politics"
  10. Vaush, “GOING OVER VIDEOS CRITICIZING ME | CHILL STREAM”
  11. Debating Coach Red Pill
  12. Surprise Debate w/ DESTINY
  13. REMATCH with Destiny - Classism, Anti-Left Bias & Market Socialism
  14. Debating Destiny LIVE in Los Angeles
  15. Destiny Attacks me on Climate Change; Whether He's a "White Moderate"
  16. Debating Destiny After He Defends the Kenosha Shooter
  17. Vaush & Destiny Vs Striker & Allsup | Race & Police Brutality DEBATE
  18. DEBATE w/ Hunter Avallone
  19. SPICY DEBATE w/ I,Hypocrite, Who TRIED HIS BEST
  20. Debating Sargon of Akkad
  21. Debating SARGON OF AKKAD and EXPOSING him as a White Nationalist
  22. Debating Stefan Molyneux and OBLITERATING him with Facts, Logic, & Arguments
  23. Debating AnCap (and Libertarian Presidential Candidate) Adam Kokesh
  24. Debating Vegan Gains on Intersectionality, Veganism, & Capitalism
  25. Conservatives OUTRAGED at Tim Pool for "Platforming me"
  26. VAUSH VS. VEE! - DRUNKEN PEASANTS DEBATE NIGHT! | DP #602
  27. Ethan Ralph & Vaush in a Free-form Conversation - Is There ANY Common Ground? | DP #699
  28. Mega.nz mirror
  29. https://i.redd.it/yie3ik47sxo21.png
  30. https://www.reddit.com/r/VaushV/comments/d1x0qx/a_retrospective_on_the_sexual_harassment_drama/
  31. https://i.redd.it/x7ydtu72zyo21.png
  32. Video of Vaush's rant and his defense of it
  33. 4 hour stream of Vaush's bigoted rant
  34. Tweet showing video of Vaush defending transphobia.
  35. Am I a Jew? Arguing with Nazis on THE KILLSTREAM, Vaush on Youtube, 14 May 2019.
  36. https://twitter.com/beigegoat45/status/1325705005886746624
  37. DRAMA UH-OH, Vaush on Youtube, 8 Nov. 2020.
  38. Does Vaush Want to LEGALIZE CP? Debate with a Viewer, Timestamped at 2m45s
  39. https://twitter.com/salt_circle/status/1326362922919088128
  40. https://twitter.com/VaushV/status/1303388786886279168