Identity Politics: Diversion from the Growing Economic Crisis?

By Ghada Chehade

Despite the reality of ever-increasing economic despair – including, and perhaps especially, for minorities – no one is willing to talk about class and economic issues. This is especially true among the so-called new left, which is more concerned with identity issues than class and politico-economic analysis. But lacking a larger analysis of the politico-economic system, identity politics is little more than a diversion and distraction from the larger issues that plague us all; and a convenient tool for the global establishment.

 

“The poverty of our century is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash.”
– John Berger

 

“It’s the Economy, Stupid”

Rather than address the larger issues that plague the majority of people (including minorities), we are distracted by the spectacle of identity politics and stifled by a liberal political correctness that imposes “tolerance” in a manner that actually limits freedom of thought and expression while serving the global establishment

We live in a world that often appears to be upside down; a world that has its priorities all mixed up. While we slip deeper into what can easily be described as the greatest economic depression of our time, no one on the “new left” (a.k.a. the liberal left) seems willing to talk about the bleak realities of ever-increasing economic despair. Instead, what we see and hear in the media, including the “left media,” in government, and across university campuses is an emphasis on special interest issues and personal identity. Rather than address the larger issues that plague the majority of people (including minorities) – i.e., the pitfalls of economic globalisation, unemployment and underemployment, mounting debt, the increased cost of living, economic austerity, imperial wars, etc. – we are distracted by the spectacle of identity politics and stifled by a liberal political correctness that imposes “tolerance” in a manner that actually limits freedom of thought and expression while serving the global establishment.

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About the Author

Ghada Chehade is an independent socio-political analyst, writer and performance poet. Her doctoral research won the Award for Best Dissertation from the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW). She is a contributor on globalesearch.ca. Her emerging areas of interest deal with alternative scientific theories. She blogs at https://soapbox-blog.com

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2. Best, S. & D. Kellner. “Postmodern Politics and the Battle For the Future” http://www.uta.edu/huma/illuminations/kell28.htm [11/07/04]

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5.  Chehade, G. (March 2017). “Economic Globalization: Global Integration or Exploitation of Global Disparity?”  The Global Analyst, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp. 22-25

6. I use the terms identity politics and identity liberalism interchangeably

7. This is a practice referred to as humanitarian imperialism. See Bricmont, J. (2006). Humanitarian imperialism: Using human rights to sell war. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press.

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