A node in the network of the online left.

Who’s doing this?

I’m Shingo, a Seattle-based tech worker, lapsed otaku, and recent leftist convert. Heisei Democracy is my attempt to develop an understanding of leftist thought and action that makes sense to me in the context of current affairs.

More on my background will come out as I tackle various essay topics, and I’ll link particularly personally relevant ones here as they’re written.

You can find me on Twitter at @heiseidemocracy.

What’s the idea?

I find value in looking at leftism through the lens of care as a foundational principle, and a main goal of this project is to show how orienting ourselves toward relationships of care can be a powerful framework for finding solutions for our collective survival, flourishing, and liberation.

A secondary goal is to cultivate hope in the face of an increasingly bleak present. There are plenty of resources out there highlighting the collapse of existing structures; an equally vital role is in promoting visions of the possible future that we can make together, illustrating how it’s happening right now, and how we can get involved.

A tertiary goal (yeah, there’s three) is to help make leftist thought more accessible, cutting through some of the jargon and providing a perspective that may resonate with folks coming to the problem with a shared sense of purpose but without as much theoretical background.

I’m planning content of the following types:

  • A glossary of terms frequently encountered in leftist spaces
  • Thematic groupings of external resources — videos, articles, essays, books, and other media — that I’ve found useful, summarized briefly to provide context
  • Links to local progressive initiatives and groups in the Seattle area
  • Longer form reviews of work that I’ve found particularly compelling
  • Original essays
  • A podcast or YouTube channel, maybe?

What was here?

In its original incarnation in the 2000s, Heisei Democracy was a blog about Japanese otaku culture, the primary interest in my life at the time. Aside from occupying the same real estate, this version of the site has nothing to do with the original HD.