Monday, May 09, 2016

Identity Politics

I'm seeing arguments that try to link Trump to white identity politics of the European variety. I guess it's another way to go Godwin and call him a Nazi.

I'm not one of his fans. But this seems like a smear.
People are scared of him, that much is clear.

As for the idea, pushed by many academics, that identity politics can be virtuous for one group of people, and evil for another group... that idea, however argued for, is implausible at first glance, and does not improve with careful scrutiny. It is based on false premises, leads to bad practices, and ultimately, if accepted widely, leads to a tyranny of the majority "identity".

I will not say it can't happen here,
but I don't get the sense it's near.

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