Thursday, September 08, 2016

Thursday Thinking - Identity Politics

Identity Politics Run Amok
by David Brooks (New York Times, Sept. 2, 2016)

Once, I seem to recall, we had philosophical and ideological differences. Once, politics was a debate between liberals and conservatives, between different views of government, different views on values and America’s role in the world.

But this year, it seems, everything has been stripped down to the bone. Politics is dividing along crude identity lines — along race and class. Are you a native-born white or are you an outsider? Are you one of the people or one of the elites?

Politics is no longer about argument or discussion; it’s about trying to put your opponents into the box of the untouchables. - - - CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING

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