Beyond identity politics

Anis Shivani writing on Identity Politics in Salon

I somehow skipped the emergence of identity politics and have only begun to understand it retrospectively after the recent USA election. It drove me to walk away from Facebook as I was frequently told how I should support Hilary Clinton and any other position was misogynistic: but as the writer says this ignored her neo-liberal history which I found more offensive. (In between me screaming “I’m not a fucking American!”). I think the writer is right. Identity politics is a losing strategy. Our Labor party has struggled by being seen as no different to the neo-liberal LNP. Our Greens have been drowning in identity politics. I think this is why I have felt so disenfranchised.

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