When I wrote that I was trying to come up with some more right-wing examples or at least non left-wing examples to balance things out and was blanking but this is a good one. One other that comes to mind mentioning postmodernism is Jordan Peterson's ongoing jeremiad against Marxist postmodernists who he sees behind a nefarious organized plot. Except his "target" he always brings up is Derrida, who was a Marxist for like a week before wandering off into something more gibberish filled, and even postmodernists question how "postmodern" he was. And his latching onto Zizek as his demon to slay is part of this same thing, except Zizek is almost as bad of target as Derrida for similar reasons. And you often get the impression that Peterson has just skimmed a lot of this stuff then plugged the names in.You see I on the right too when they point to Frankfurt school texts as the holy bibles of postmodern cultural Marxism despite the fact that people like Adorno were modernists who hated postmodernism (but contrary to leftytube’s claims there are Postmodern Marxists just as there are anti and non Marxist postmodernists). You see it too with certain right wing figures like Mencius Moldbug or Hans Herman Hoppe (neither of which are even full alt right) being singled out as the intellectual justification for the alt right. Most of these youtubers and their viewers want to seem like high iq philosophers, as philosophy has become fashionable again, but don’t want to do the actual hard reading nessicary to understand it so they just find some way to simplify movements to one or two books.
Contrapoints whole "how to spot Fascism" video was like this if you know anything about the actual history and ideology.
This is one of those problems that you see a lot in this "field" whatever we want to call it. Somebody had to write the book or article or something at some point. That doesn't mean the book actually was relevant in the movement, often it comes after the movement founds itself.It's true that many TERF arguments can be traced back to this book, but virtually anyone familiar with feminism could have come up with the same arguments just on their own. You really don't need to read this book to reach the conclusion that transwomen tend to "embody stereotypical femininity". Just go through any famous transwoman's Instagram selfies or Youtube videos and trust your own eyes.
It's an obsession with the power of words over the actual power of the ideas. The whole concept of "dog whistles" (that opponents can always hear) is one of these. People don't like Reagan for the things he hinted at during a speech nobody heard, they like Reagan or whoever (Trump, etc.) for the things they're straight up saying. Reagan was influenced by Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative because it was the first time he saw the ideas he was thinking for about a decade all written down in one place and gave him a label for it. The people who gave Reagan two landslide elections never read it, and many of them were the same people who rejected Goldwater himself sixteen years earlier. Many Reaganites were drawn more to Reagan's framing of the same ideas than they were by Bozell's hardline text. (Goldwater put his name on Conscience, L. Brent Bozell Jr. wrote it.)