IDENTITY POLITICS

Prosperous and harmonious nations share a strong sense of unity and common identity. States comprising factions competing against each other are often beset with problems.

The political arena should not be dominated by special interest groups battling to gain favourable treatment from the state, each bearing its own set of purported grievances, with parties competing to curry favour with them.

Such identity politics leads to resentment among those observing the special treatment of other groups, a passive mentality among those in allegedly victimised groups, and a never ending spiral of competing claims from special interest groups. Once the grievance arms race has begun, it is in the interests of each special group to seek out ever more evidence of injustice against them. This ‘evidence’ is usually in the form of statistical differences that a show special group seeming to do less well on some indicator. The complex array of factors involved are then overlooked, and the distinction is blamed on prejudice and discrimination. Where statistics show the full-time group doing better, they are ignored.

Identity politicians target sex, sexuality, gender, nationality, race, religion, income and age, always arguing that a group is getting a raw deal somehow.

In the same way that Marxism divides the population into economic oppressors and the oppressed, this Cultural Marxism seeks to divide society into the oppressors and the oppressed on other grounds, breaking down allegiance to family and nation by diverting loyalty to identity groups instead, each feeling an aggrieved sense of victimhood and looking to government intervention to resolve these problems of “inequality.”

None of this is to say that genuine discrimination does not exist: it should be tackled as necessary, but not every statistical distinction shows an injustice.