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07 February 2017 @ 07:07 am
Us & them  
“Identity politics” is redundant. Politics always divides into us & them, and the most effective kind is the establishment making it ubiquitous. (Many white people believe that only others have a race. Karl Marx built an identity politics around the one sociological concept sloppier than Race, and it worked when the State imposed it but not otherwise.)

If you don’t have that kind of control, you try to get the voters to accept that you are on their side in the relevant Us/Them distinctions. (Dolt45 got millions of working-class people to believe that he was on their side against the Big Bosses.) Here is an excellent approach to political persuasion based on that. One example is the Anheuser-Busch commercial on the Super Bowl. Not only does Trump have Budweiser arrayed against him, but they’re using good tactics.
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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on February 7th, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
'Identity politics' is a dismissive term for what used to be called 'civil rights', back in the day when they were presumed to BE actual rights which all of We the People are guaranteed under our Constitution, rather than mere conditional 'privilege'.

Nobody has a race. The whole concept was pseudo-science from the start, and has been very thoroughly debunked by modern genetics. Nobody in America is born into a permanent class, either, though downward mobility has gotten a whole lot easier than upward these days. Skin color, ethnicity, gender etc. would not matter if We the People all stood up for the equal rights of all of us.. Economic class would not matter if the system were fair, so nobody was either impoverished nor filthy rich

President Bannon would like to keep the American populace divided into us vs. them, rather than united as one nation indivisible. He'd love to see the West try to secede; we'd have martial law in a minute. We've all seen how that works in other countries. "We must all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately."

"First they came for the Muslims..."