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Identity Politics and the divide-and-conquer strategy
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I don't think I'm the only traditional leftist who is dismayed at the rise of Identity Politics in the US. We've seen Bernie Sanders' speeches disrupted by BLM protests recently. Sanders should take the microphone back and tell them that the real issue is police brutality and the militarization of law enforcement - no matter who the victims are. The LGTB groups - whose goal of equality I support - are too fixated on their own narrow agendas. It's just as bad on the Right: white Christian gun-owning, truck-driving, hunting, English-speaking, meat-eating rural people who pretend to be oppressed victims, as well as "the real Americans." Mike Huckabee is the king of identity politics on the Right.

This polarization of the electorate into grievance groups, each focused on their own problems, each demanding their own special solutions, benefits only the ruling elite - Divide and Conquer. Of course, right-wingers tend to be exclusionary, parochial and narrow-minded in their thinking - it's what they do. But we on the left are supposed to be inclusive, to believe in the brotherhood of all humans. We should be focused on reminding people of their common problems, the shared human condition. As JFK did in his American University speech. But if all of those artificial barriers were broken down, if Red states and Blue states realized that they have a lot in common, it would spell big trouble for the ruling Elites.
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This book is very much worth a read:

http://guidopreparata.com/chpg/TIOT-TC-Preface.pdf


More excerpts are available via the main page.
“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
― Leo Tolstoy,
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Oooh yeah, post modernism has a lot to answer for. :Toilet: There has been an organised plan to split the 'left' into the communist and non-communist left or take advantage of existing differences. The CIA worked their black magic in Europe with Italian and French politics. And in the US with the identity politics. Works well for them. Keeps people distracted and divided.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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Tracy Riddle Wrote:...We've seen Bernie Sanders' speeches disrupted by BLM protests recently...

Pretty sure it wasn't actually BLM who disrupted the speechifying. Thom Hartmann's big on this pre-pre-pre-electioneering stuff; he said it was a a separate 'group', a new/nominal affiliate of BLM, & BLM HQ weren't impressed with it.
Martin Luther King - "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Albert Camus - "The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion".
Douglas MacArthur — "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
Albert Camus - "Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear."
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Identity politics on the far-right, and how Trump is appealing to these people. Tribalism will be the death of the human species.
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Tracy Riddle Wrote:I Tribalism will be the death of the human species.
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Couldn't agree more.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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