As a class lefty, my fear is that the Identity Politics Woke Left will alienate the middle with arguments for social justice that seem smug and trivial to voters who are struggling to pay the bills, feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads. You hold power if you can get to 51% and yelling, ‘I’m different and you’re wrong’ is no recruitment method.
Alienating voters to the Left forces them to to vote for the Right, even when the Right’s economic agenda actually ends up hurting those voters while empowering the already wealthy.
We need far less divisive identity politics virtue signalling and far more universal benefits that progress everyone. While identity politics is an important personal pathway for understanding how one comes to politics, it is ultimately a flawed model to win the democratic majority. In its most extreme mutation Identity Politics is the very embodiment of white supremacy.
This issue was captured perfectly with this joke…
…and also this one looking at the current Louis CK fiasco…
…unfortunately our political debate now occurs on social media platforms algorithmically fuelled by personal outrage coupled with a Millennial culture of subjective micro aggression policing.
Identity politics encourages splits into smaller factions focused only on the narcissism of tiny differences while practicing ideological rituals of virtue signalling and public call outs.
I fear the ability to divide rather than bond means the Right will remain in accession. The right looks for conscripts, the left looks for traitors.
If you want a real voyage into the dark heart of NZ – check out the comments on the New Conservative Party Facebook Page – the woke backlash has found a political home.
To counter social injustice effectively in 2019 we don’t need more decent people becoming woke activists, we need more woke activists becoming decent people.