Wednesday, January 3, 2018

another cause of "identity politics"

Identity politics was bound to become more attractive with the fall of Communism and a diminished need for the unity provided by "American Civil Religion" against our "enemy"-- "the godless communists".

The rise of "identity politics" is also easy to imagine in light of the increasingly-evident limits of government activism. Consider how few discussions we have now on public policy-- evidence that govt has little to offer. As such, govt often reduces to the pursuit of power-- and identity politics and tribal politics are the increasingly favored approaches of the two major political parties.

Here,the speaker points to its rise through anti-colonialism and post-modernism.


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