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Monday, January 01, 2018

Identity Politics Works Until You Run Out of Other People

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously observed that socialism works until you run out of other people’s money. Identity politics also works until you run out of other people.

And then #MeToo becomes #NotMeToo.

Other people’s money can be borrowed against. That’s why we have the national debt that we do. But identity politics has multiplied too abruptly and explosively to postpone the reckoning much longer. What were once simple categories of three races and two genders has mutated into an infinite alphabet of sexual identities, a Big Bang of ethnicities, national, cultural, racial and religious, each with its own microaggressions, that easily tops two hundred and shows no signs of slowing down its expansion.

Intersectionality, the Das Kapital of identity politics economics, tries to manage the complex network of interactions even as it purges Jews and white people. And now it’s even starting to purge men.

The left is running out of other people.

#MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, the campus purges of ‘whiteness’ and ‘toxic masculinity’, the civil wars within the LGBT alphabet soup all point to the ‘other people’ crisis of the left. The latest social justice wave has made men, white people and even white gay men into hate objects. The resentment coalition of identity politics is fracturing into a tribal war of identity microgroups against everyone else.

The economics of socialism and the political economics of identity politics both come down to the core leftist creed of redistributing the wealth and privilege supposedly hoarded by a minority. Seize all the wealth from the rich and fund free health care. Take away white privilege and open up society. Open the borders of the United States to the Third World. Shut down factories and end all pollution. Destroy capitalism, the patriarchy, heteronormativity, whiteness and every other strawman raised up by the left.

That is the engine of the three radical R’s of the left: Resentment, Revolution and Redistribution.

It’s a scam. Like every scam, it relies on using the greed of the mark against him. Con artists are in the easy money business. They promise the men and women they scam that they can have easy money. But it’s only the con artist who ends up easily making money out of the deal. That’s the scam the left pulls.

It’s why leftist politics is the greatest and deadliest scam ever perpetrated in human history.

The Russian peasants who were promised their own land were instead chained to feudal collectivist farms. They were reduced to sharecroppers who were unable to leave the lands of their masters. The workers who were promised bread starved in the cities. The soldiers who were promised peace died in a more horrifying war. When Stalin told his mother that he was the new czar, the scam was complete.

It was the same story from the Soviet Union to Communist China, from Cuba to Cambodia, from the ghettoes of blue states to the rusting factories of union shops, from the decaying farmlands of Europe to the blighted working class of Britain. The scam ends with mass misery for everyone except the leftist scammers. The revolutionaries get rich and powerful while everyone else loses everything.

But every scam has a choke point. That’s where the bait turns out to be the hook. It’s where the revolution runs out of other people’s money and comes for your life savings. It’s when environmentalism doesn’t mean shutting someone else’s factory, but raising your energy bills, banning your plastic bags and shutting down the business that pays your wages.

It’s when the new horrible racist or sexist of the week isn’t that guy on the news. It’s you.

The choke point is when the revolution you supported runs out of all the other people who supposedly had it coming. And its machinery of smears, thievery and murder (for the people) reaches you.

The great scam of the left is convincing the majority that the solution to their problems lies with a small minority. Get rid of the 1 percent and the 99 percent will live like kings. Get rid of a few southern racists and we can all be brothers. Ban X, regulate Y and outlaw Z and we’ll all be better off for it.

The choke point is when the small minority expands to include you. And then it’s no longer a few billionaires. It’s the upper middle class. And then it’s the entire middle class. It’s all white people. It’s all men. And then it’s everyone. The minority turns out to be the majority. And that’s the scam.

Identity politics is approaching its own choke point. It’s running out of other people.

The theme of intersectionality is that everyone is privileged and everyone is oppressed. The choke point of identity politics is being hidden behind complex formulas that openly stigmatize all white people and all men, but that’s the bait that actually and ultimately lines up everyone for privilege redistribution.

The war on ‘whiteness’, a racist academic construct, is the identity politics equivalent of the denunciations of the middle class. The ‘white privilege’ slogan makes it clear that the left isn’t just coming for a small indefensible minority (which is where the left always starts its lynch mob), but for a narrow and envied majority. White people in identity politics, like the middle class in economics, are the choke point where the seductive 1 percent lie gives way to the lesser lie that splits society apart.

Intersectionality is the identity politics equivalent of Bolshevism. Inside its rhetoric and formulas is the final and fatal truth that it isn’t merely a narrow minority that must be dispossessed, but everyone. It’s not only a small minority or even a majority that is guilty. Everyone is oppressive. Everyone is guilty.

Universal guilt is the jagged hook waiting at the end of the shiny lure. The left educates its marks into resenting easy targets and then expands that resentment into circles that eventually encompass our entire society. No race, class or gender is truly exempt. Eventually the purges even reach the acolytes of the left. Just ask the old Bolsheviks of the USSR or the leftist media heads rolling under #MeToo.

It’s the final stop of leftist politics where all its rotten ideas sink into the muck. Everyone is guilty of polluting the environment. And everyone must pay the carbon tax. Everyone has privilege and must check their privilege. Everyone has too much money. Even if they hardly have anything at all.

The left is not in the business of partial revolutions. That too is part of the scam. Its revolutions are total. And totally fatal. The revolutions begin with the 1 percent, but they are meant to end with 100 percent.

Leftist revolutions run on resentment and greed. And when they have worked through the most obvious targets of that resentment and greed, they will turn on anyone who can be resented or envied.

And that’s everyone. Everyone is enviable to at least one other person. And that’s enough.

Intersectionality’s mantra of universal privilege and guilt is in the toxic DNA of leftist politics. Everyone is guilty. Everyone must pay. No race, gender or class provides any ultimate immunity from the reckoning. With so many identities, the next purge can come from anywhere. Even as the left rages against Trump, its own civil war is underway. Sandernistas are battling Clintonistas. Every group is asserting its own oppression. Leftists are readying a final purge of pro-life Dems. Campus culture denounces whiteness. Everyone is waiting for the next social justice hashtag to sweep through with its wave of political terror.

The revolution is here. And leftists are running out of other people to feed to the guillotine.

15 comments:

Zundfolge said...

This is why they've come up with the whole trans thing ... humans are infinitely divisible so they can continuously come up with smaller and smaller identity groups until Ironically they discover Ayn Rand's quote "The smallest minority is the individual".

Ken OConnell said...

Wow!! This is the reality of our society...why can't EVERYONE see the truth in this before it is ultimately too late??

Infidel said...

Just occurred to me, the Holocaust was a result of N@zi identity politics.

Anonymous said...

"Other people's money can be borrowed against" or some banks can just print it out of thin air so I have read. That's what many people still don't realise. The world is overpopulated. Resources are limited. Globalists want economics to change. For them, the perpetual growth paradigm is worn out. Greater controls over consumption are needed. The greatest scam is that young social-justice-warriors are duped into believing that a one-world-government would do wonders for the poor. Baloney I say. I'm for national sovereignty. Not all cultures are equal. I'm not the only one who thinks that way. Have a look at the attached article/comments section: http://sheikyermami.com/2018/01/the-islamization-of-britain-in-2017/#more-189540

Rich Kozlovich said...

Excellent!

Rich K.

Unknown said...

Anyone can be taught to write proper English and grammatical correctness, but its not that, its the words and their meaning that separate the hack blogger from the GREAT and as ALWAYS Daniel's words tell the story like few can. I hope some day I have the opportunity to share with you over a cup 'o joe.

Empress Trudy said...

Mass movements, such as communism, are rich with these self destructive events. The Stalinist purges, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot's Year Zero. They eventually, in fact sometimes quite early on, turn on themselves to purge themselves of threats real or imagined, or to simply instill fear and obedience among those closest at hand. They aren't limited to 'insiders' but they all have the destruction of those insiders in common.

Anonymous said...

Even Robespierre gets his turn.

Dennis Latham said...

What amazes me is the left is trying to convince people that getting more money on their paychecks is bad for them. With one sweep the Dems alienated anyone who is in the working class, left or right, and every race. Only the trolls and illegals and those who don't work remain. Now, they preach the evil right. The President doesn't take a salary, but they claim the tax bill was for him to make money. Over and over and over, it goes on...the insanity. I argued with a Liberal who actually believes there are no rich Democrats in DC. It's all rich Republican white men who are to blame. Next the left will champion people who want to have sex with chickens. They are all nuts like that psycho Jerry Brown.

Barbara Nelson said...

I agree with about 99.9% of what you are saying here; but I am confused by this portion of one of your statements: "...once simple categories of three races..." 3? Black, white, and the third race was what? Other?

Clorinda said...

Daniel, another brilliant, spot-on article.

Leftism can only survive if the flames of hatred, envy, and resentment are continuously fanned to burn high and bright. As a social and economic proposition it has failed catastrophically. So the only thing left is to keep people constantly angry, resentful, suspicious of each other, and pitted against each other.

That there always will be someone prettier, richer, happier, more intelligent, more enterprising, better in every way - even luckier than you - is one of the quirks of life. It is up to each one of us to change that by working hard and making something of ourselves, and by helping the less fortunate to do the same.

But the left has been convincing the envious, the slackers and the ever-gullible that that is social injustice brought on by enterprise, individualism, purpose, and hard work, and that the only thing that can remedy that is Government, which is portrayed as some sort of incorporeal beneficent entity that regulates everything - and everyone - for the purpose of equality, instead of the group of fallible, self-serving, power-hungry individuals it is. That is why the ever-gullible keep voting for leftist ideologists, regarding whether they are racist, misogynists, crooks, millionaires, and everything else the left considers evil in anyone who does not think like them.

I consider the left to be the worst plague that ever hit humanity. All other plagues (smallpox, the Black Death, Spanish Flu, etc.) eventually burned themselves out, or were somehow contained. Leftism goes on and on and on. Maybe because leftism is caused by the deadliest bacterium of all, one against which there is no cure: envy.

Anonymous said...

The corollary to this can be seen in inversion of the Muslim mantra of me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; me, my brother, and cousin against the world. If I understand things correctly, it is visible in never-ending cycle of violence in Palestine. Fatah and Hamas jointly murdered Jews. Once Israel built the wall, and it became harder to kill Jews they turned on each other. In the end it is simply about violence and having someone to kill.

Anonymous said...

You shall not covet" means that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Never having enough money is regarded as a symptom of the love of money. Obedience to the tenth commandment requires that envy be banished from the human heart.

Anonymous said...

Leftist typologies:
1 Liberals, when in power they marginalize you, when out of power they whine
2 Illiberals, when in power they prosecute you, when out of power they insult
3 Antifa, when in power they ‘gulag’ you, when out of power they riot
Happy new racist year… I assume calendar is supremacist too.

Anonymous said...

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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