A point I intended to make in the video below but didn't get around to making was the examination of the term "identity politics".
Here is the meaning: "a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics."
To those disparaging identity politics, let me get this straight:
Creating alliances to a political party that doesn't give a shit about you and only cares about your donations and lobbyists is GREATER THAN creating alliances with a people in which you share a common history with?
Even if you agree with that statement (minus the slight hyperbole), you surely see how insane it is to put party before people, right?
Surely you walk around major cities all over the world and notice with your eyes that people of similar religious and cultural backgrounds tend to stick together and live together, right?
I can't be the only one who notices this.
Birds of a feather 'n all that jazz.
Human beings are a tribal species. We are a hierarchical species...one of Jordan Peterson's most influential talking points.
The hierarchy goes something like this:
3. Immediate friends
To the anti-identitarians, we have a choice to pick our God and our immediate friends but mustn't have an opinion of our community. If a mosque gets built down the street and your neighbourhood turns Islamic overnight, DON'T YOU DARE ENGAGE IN IDENTITY POLITICS BY MOVING TO A NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE YOU. ENJOYING LIVING AMONG THOSE THAT SHARE YOUR CULTURE IS A NEANDERTHALIC NOTION BECAUSE YOU HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE POSITIVE TRAITS OF THAT CULTURE.
Instead, stay in that now Islamic community and judge everyone based on individual merit.
I understand that's not precisely what Peterson is saying but the point I am illustrating is we are always engaged in identity politics.
However, there seems to be ambiguous lines around what qualifications Europeans can use to create community and that's mostly what I take issue with.
But as I say in the video, I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Peterson. I bought his book 12 Rules for Life, I've listened to hundreds of his talks, interviews and lectures and I will continue to turn people onto his work, but on the issue of identity politics, I fundamentally disagree with him.
Let me know what you think.