Identity-political activism is increasingly meeting with resistance because it undermines social cohesion and the cultural foundations of Western societies.
Identity Politics as an Anti-European Ideology
Identity politics is a new form of the communist concept of class struggle, which shows increasingly delusional features.
In the US a new ideology has spread that replaces the promises of salvation of socialism and launches the old struggles on a new basis. In place of the communist class struggle, struggles over race and gender have taken place. The “white heterosexual man” assumes the function of the class enemy in identity-political thinking.
The left has turned away from its universalism and now connects collective allegations of guilt with skin color, origin and gender. In this context, the left is currently establishing new racial hierarchies: At the bottom of the ladder standing as a pariah, the white, western heterosexual man. At the top the black, Arab or indigenous woman, of course lesbian or queer.
The motive behind identity-political activism is a fundamental hostility towards Europe and the white, European people themselves. This is proven by the fact that the criticism of racism, sexism and similar phenomena suddenly ceases when non-whites appear as perpetrators, such as the recent attack on the Capital by a black nationalist.
It is paradoxical that it is precisely in the western democracies, where women’s or minority rights are best protected, that protests are loudest. Talking about injustices increases as injustices wane. At the same time, there is no self-critical examination of its own colonial history in the Islamic cultural area, such as the almost seven hundred year occupation of Spain and attempts at military expansion into Europe. This allows other cultures to present themselves as inexperienced victims – which they are not.
Identity political activism is based on a racial ideological pigmentation mania and will inevitably lead to war if it is not stopped.
Identity Political Activism creates Jacobean conditions
The left is increasingly turning away from liberal political ideals and engaging in a swan song for rationality, reason and fact-based debates. Identity-political excesses are currently undermining liberal principles, which, starting from the universities, are increasingly also affecting other areas such as public administration, culture and companies.
The fact that progressive actors say goodbye to universal values not only has unforeseeable consequences for the quality of the political debate, but also potentially for the future of free societies. There is a threat of a woke McCarthyism, which does not strive to combat injustice, but rather creates new injustice and operates with discrimination under a different guise. An example of this are the demands of activist Ibram X. Kendi, who called “discrimination in the present” as the “only answer to discrimination in the past”.
It is particularly cynical when global corporations operate identity-political virtue signaling and denounce “structural racism” in order to divert attention from dubious supply chains and underpaid wage slaves. A considerable number of supposedly progressive actors seem primarily to ensure that tax loopholes are kindly exploited by ‘diverse’ board members and that the top 1 percent of casino capitalism in the future appear as diverse as a Benetton poster.
Diversity is always propagated in academic and media discourse, but increasingly impossible with regard to actual diversity of opinions. The obsessive view of all social processes through the lens of identity-political affiliations and the replacement of one type of discrimination by another does not bring any liberation, but Jacobean conditions.
Identity-political activism also turns away from the ideal of justice understood as equal opportunities and instead propagates a concept called “equity”. This does not strive for equality of opportunities but for equality of results, whereby the goal of the most equal possible representation of normal social distributions of groups should be achieved by an octopus-like intervention state.
The growing power of technology and internet corporations and the readiness to make far-reaching, presumably partly illegal and presumably irreversible encroachments on civil liberties, which is becoming apparent in the context of the Corona crisis, increase this risk. Already today, in Western societies, people have long been under the eagle eyes of an online registry that will never be forgotten, in which dissident behavior becomes an incalculable risk for their own future. It is strange that some progressive forces, regardless of their own historical experience of censorship, are without too much hand-wringing seem ready to limit the extent of what can be said beyond existing – and meaningful – criminal law paragraphs and to delegate censorship practices to non-transparent mega-companies in Silicon Valley.
Identity Politics as Left Racism
The “identity left”, is dangerous for liberal societies. These currents are characterized by a collectivism hostile to individuality, which primarily defines people through their racial affiliation and in this regard subordinates collective characteristics, with racial devaluations being made in the case of members of European majority societies. The identity left undertakes a hierarchization of groups of people and, in comparison to conventional forms of racism, only reverses the signs.
The identity left is also culturally relativistic or rejects the evaluation of non-European cultures in principle. As a result, it is blind to real problems such as discrimination against women or anti-Semitism among Muslims. Only those who recognize universal values are in a position to adequately criticize such abuses.
In addition, the identity left is destroying social cohesion and striving for the final division of the open society into mutually hostile identity groups.
Background and evaluation
In connection with the current debate, it is noticeable that the most well-founded criticism of identity politics is often put forward by dissidents from the left, while an originally conservative criticism of this phenomenon hardly exists, which is due to the fact that there are fewer and fewer conservative institutions. At universities and in the media, conservative voices are under particularly great pressure and are gradually being “canceled”, while a corresponding criticism in the think tanks of the formerly conservative popular groups is now considered inopportune.