Tag: Identity Politics

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We live in a golden age of identity politics. We set people in myriad boxes and categories — racial, sexual, religious, political — and stamp our feet when a few intrepid souls dare to leave their alloted places. Our culture finds value in variety and shuns all forms of unity, save for whatever unity develops within the […]

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Richard Epstein looks at how attempts to suppress conservative speakers on college campuses intersects with the First Amendment, and calls on 50 years of experience as a university professor to diagnose how liberal activism has changed over the years.

Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on efforts to protect children brought into the United States illegally, considers how a humane immigration policy can be reconciled with America’s national interests, and explains why paeans to diversity mask some of the most difficult issues surrounding immigration policy.

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 I knew I’d arrived, no matter the dark, unlit night. The radio ads cackled when my car passed into Trump Country. I lived there for only a week, a psychiatrist covering an inpatient unit in rural Western Pennsylvania. I loved the time warp there, the diners, deli’s, and pocked-marked streets that snaked up, around hills. […]

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I Am Not Embarrassed by Harvey Weinstein

 

WeinsteinAnne Bayefsky’s article on Fox News suggested: “Harvey Weinstein is an embarrassment — for Jews, for men, for Democrats, for Hollywood, for humankind…. Harvey Weinstein’s mug is literally the poster face of every anti-Semite’s favorite Jew. Fat, ugly, and unkempt. Not to mention greed, narcissism and gross over-indulgence written all over it. Hollywood makeup artists couldn’t have done it any better.”

As a Jew and a man, I am not “embarrassed” by Harvey Weinstein. He doesn’t represent me. Never did. From a distance he looked like someone I wouldn’t ever want to know.

Anne is very active and supportive in the Jewish community and I respect her work. But her concern over how some Nazi losers would use Weinstein to confirm their idiocy is misplaced. The bigger issue is why she would assume because we happen to be the same religion or gender, I should feel uncomfortable.

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Brendon O’Neill is a controversial figure; he started out as a Marxist, and ended up a Libertarian. In this video clip, Brendon talks gender fluidity, identity politics, and what he sees as the fragility of identity in modern world. It’s a short video, but it floats some ideas, especially of the fragility and the need […]

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Los Angeles Says, “Goodbye, Columbus”

 

Today the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to replace the celebration of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Thus, Los Angeles joins a number of other progressive cities including Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz in kicking Christopher Columbus to the curb in favor of indigenous peoples. The Los Angeles effort was led by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell who is a proud member of the Wyandotte tribe.

I must admit I don’t fully understand the infantile fascination and celebration by progressives of societies and peoples described variously as Native American, Indigenous Peoples, Indians (politically incorrect) or Pre-Columbian Americans (PCA’s) as some sort of numinous people. Mr O’Farrell in making the case for this change stated the following;

“Christopher Columbus’ legacy of extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality is not in dispute. Nor is the suffering, destruction of cultures, and subjugation of Los Angeles’ original indigenous people, who were here thousands of years before anyone else”.

Identity Politics Is Here to Stay

 

One of my reactions to the events in Charlottesville was to chide my liberal friends: See, this is what you get when you embrace identity politics. Do you really want to double down on that? At that moment nothing seemed more obvious than the fact that, when you mainstream ethnic identity politics and insist on politicizing “Whiteness”, as the Left has been doing for more than a generation, both reasonable and unreasonable people will choose to organize politically around white identity. Even some Liberals are coming around to the realization that identity politics is no way to run a railroad.

But two minutes of calm reflection were enough to see that I was being a little unfair. Identity politics is not really the problem. Rather, identity politics is the normal mode of political organization in a multi-ethnic democracy that worships the twin gods, “Diversity” and “Multiculturalism”. Identity politics is our politics, and it’s here to stay. Get used to it.

The Week That Was

 

It’s hard to believe that it was only a couple of weeks ago that Jeb Bush called the Trump presidency “exhausting”, thus confirming the “low energy” moniker given him by Trump during the Republican primaries. He continued: “…it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down,” comments reminiscent of the ponderous deficit spending implemented by President George W. Bush in the face of the financial crisis.

But in terms of today’s news cycle Bush’s comments occurred back in the Precambrian era. The week that was featured deadly protests in Charlottesville, a war on history Confederate memorials and to cleanse the palate, a solar eclipse. The Washington Post, where Democracy Dies in Darkness or something, was curiously pro-eclipse. Personally I was unimpressed: it reminded me, if anything, of when my phone transitions to power-saving mode.

At Charlottesville, racist David Duke managed to hold a Unite The Right rally and, judging from those in attendance, most of his supporters are reporters and media photographers. The events of the week, like the election of Trump, only seemed to reinforce to the Left that the U.S. is on the brink of another violent civil war, without pausing to consider that the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.

Gosnell, Islamism, Millennials, Identity Politics, and Dog the Bounty Hunter!

 

In this edition, we present fascinating individuals covering various topics;

  • Gosnell (NYTimes best seller) authors and filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer with an added bonus; Ann’s viral epic takedown of a college feminist SJW.
  • We focus on hard truths about Islamism, Sharia, Iran, and Israel with Muslim American and Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism Mike Ghouse.
  • We chat with TurningPointUSA’s and talk show host Bill Whittle how Conservatives can attract the Millennials and Generation Z.
  • Advisor to President Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, US State Department’s Chris Garcia discusses how leftist identity politics has impacted the Latin American community as well as upcoming trade policy and the border tax.
  • An impromptu “Reaganpalooza” discussion with Duane “Dog The Bounty Hunter” Chapman how the burden of business regulations has directly impacted him and why he supports President Trump.

Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 — and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.

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It’s that time of year again, apparently!  As a supervisor, one of my roles as a college professor, the school is making me go through an online, two-hour, anti-sexual-harassment training program called Intersections.  I love that they’ve given this a name, probably with a lot of marketing thought put to it.  I reckon it’s supposed to be […]

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So would the US Democrat Party be illegal in France? As I saw a highlights of President Obama’s farewell speech there was a section where he called his own statements about a “post-racial America” “unrealistic” (during his first presidential race). He talked about how we’re not where we need to be as a country on […]

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The Democrats have moved into and out of three distinct messages since 1992: The “Third Way” centrism of Bill Clinton, which sought to give a kinder, gentler face to their progressive ways. The Anti-Bush hysteria of 2000-2008, wherein anything that Chimpy Bu$hitler did was wrong because he stole the election from Al Gore and he lied […]

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So we’ve had the history-making first black President.  I always figured he would be a Republican (even if only an occasional one, like Colin Powell), but it’s been done, now.  The Democrats have passed up the chance to the first Jewish nominee (of course, the Republicans had the first half-Jewish, practicing Episcopalian nominee back in […]

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Following the latest cabinet shuffle, the provincial government of New Brunswick, Canada now includes a minister of Celtic Affairs. This is not a joke, although it certainly feels like one. There has been a lot of discussion on Ricochet recently about identity politics turning scary (i.e. in reference to the alt-right), but perhaps some thought should […]

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Por Qué Es Latino Identidad no Noticias Ted Cruz?

 

Ted.Cruz_.Jorge_.Ramos_.03.Jan_.2016I’m disappointed, albeit not surprised, at the media silence on the historical significance of America’s prospect of having its first Latino president, Ted Cruz. Not because I give a rat’s hind parts about identity politics. I don’t. I would just for once like a level playing field on race, where the media has made Republicans run uphill for the past 50 years.

When Barack Obama was a presidential candidate in 2008, there were endless references to how historic it would be to have our first black president. Some celebrities (and I surmise others) wanted it so badly they voted for Obama simply because he was black, and bragged about it.

I conceded Obama’s blackness on skin color and features. If I didn’t know of him and he walked into a room I’d see a black man, despite his Irish lineage. However, I never bought the “African American” label. That’s a sociological term of art for descendants of Africans who unfortunately can’t trace themselves to a country or tribe due to the ravages of slavery. Obama isn’t the descendant of African slaves. He is the descendant of slave owners, no different than other white presidents before him.

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Just this morning while running on my elliptical machine I resumed listening to the lecture series A History of Eastern Europe by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. It’s part of The Great Courses series. I’m now listening to the chapter about the 1980 strike at the Gdansk shipyard. I’ve also read about it in other books, […]

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Now that National Review has bravely done its job of defending the Conservative movement by taking a bold stance against Trump and his brand of populism I thought I might share my view where the Trump support is really coming from. And later offer a theory on how to beat him. The Poison of Identity […]

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