Sunday, December 01, 2013

Identity politics - ie the obsession with race, se

Identity politics - ie the obsession with race, sexuality and gender in particular - have fragmented our response to the greater problems in society - ie climate change, inequality, and the role of technology in our lives.

I would venture to say such an approach has led to the state of affairs we find ourselves in. If I were to pursue a research question seriously, I would explore the link between inequality and identity politics. This is a relic of the baby boomer "culture wars" that needs to go.

It is far easier to rally people around push- button empathetic causes rather than amorphous and technical issues that require persistent and unglamorous work that would benefit all of us.

What we react to and want to change in our society can not only be motivated by empathy. We must equally use reason and not be afraid to think.

~ G

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