Identity politics both fascinates and scares the crap out me. I have a lot to say on the subject, but unfortunately too little time today to write up something worthy of your attention. Instead I’ve copied parts of a recent Wall Street Journal article below outlining a speech given by Jonathan Haidt. It’s outstanding and pinpoints exactly the corrupting influence of the movement.
From the article:
Jonathan Haidt delivering the 2017 Wriston Lecture to the Manhattan Institute, Nov. 15:
“Today’s identity politics . . . teaches the exact opposite of what we think a liberal arts education should be. When I was at Yale in the 1980s, I was given so many tools for understanding the world. By the time I graduated, I could think about things as a utilitarian or as a Kantian, as a Freudian or a behaviorist, as a computer scientist or as a humanist. I was given many lenses to apply to any given question or problem.
But what do we do now? Many students are given just one lens—power. Here’s your lens, kid. Look at everything through this lens. Everything is about power. Every situation is analyzed in terms of the bad people acting to preserve their power and privilege over the good people. This is not an education. This is induction into a cult. It’s a fundamentalist religion. It’s a paranoid worldview that separates people from each other and sends them down the road to alienation, anxiety and intellectual impotence. . .
Taken from the November 23, 2017 Wall Street Journal, “Notable and Quotable: Jonathan Heidt on Identity Politics. Read the rest of it here.
Jonathan Haidt is an interesting man by the way. As a former atheist and liberal, he challenged himself to think more broadly on morality and human nature and writes some very interesting stuff. Give his name a google or just go here.