Being a principled Labour leader during a period of hysterical nationalism is tough. The unremitting hostility of the bulk of the UK media means that Jeremy Corbyn has stumbled into The Matrix. Following on from the Enlightenment philosophy of Immanuel Kant, he must “dare to know.”
Corbyn took the first brave step decades ago. When he listened to Tony Benn, he took the red pill. As Morpheus explained to Neo in The Matrix:
“You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
The philosophical problem is that neither Karl Marx nor Jean Baudrillard can guide Corbyn to safety. The economic determinism of one and the postmodern theorising of the other are insufficient tools when standing up against the ideology of nationalism. Corbyn should keep supporting international nuclear disarmament and remind people of the glitch which sent a British missile in completely the wrong direction. He must continue to ignore the patriotic militarism of left journalist Paul Mason.
Only in this way can Corbyn retain his authenticity and hope to discover his inner Keanu Reeves. The bullets are there to be dodged. Sometimes the theory can only be discovered in action.