The Logic of Identity Politics

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Nothing floats liberalism like identity politics. Nobody’s an individual: we are significant only in terms of our membership in an identifiable group. If we want to prosper, we must arrange to be included in a group identified as victims. Then we are entitled to other people’s stuff.

Anyhow, here’s how identity politics works. See if you can follow the simple logic in this example:

*Amelia Earhart was a woman.

*Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer.

*I, Reesha Plopkin, am a woman.

*Therefore I, Reesha Plopkin, am an aviation pioneer.

In Lesson Two, we shall see that all Ms. Plopkin has to do is self-identify as a jet pilot–and that makes her one. Hand her the keys to the jump jet!

5 comments on “The Logic of Identity Politics

  1. It strikes me that such hangers-on actually show disrespect for their heroes. Amelia Earhart was brave and an aviation pioneer. However, she earned her achievements by learning about her field. She wasn’t “lucky” or a mere survivor of her endeavors, she knew what she was doing.

    When modern-day figures attach themselves to heroes from the past they seem to imply a certain equity with their hero, but that must be earned, not simply declared.

  2. I don’t think so. I didn’t hand the keys to my 5 year old son when he was
    thinking he could drive either. Brains were given us for a purpose.

    1. Oh, crikey–“Teach For America!” A bunch of Marxist jidrools. I covered their lesson plans in a Chalcedon magazine article two or three years ago. “Watchman” will know how to find it on the website, . I am sorry to say I haven’t learned how to navigate it yet.

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