we are now seeing the rise of another form of repressive politics called identity politics.
This is a creed which holds that society is structured to disadvantage certain groups defined by ethnicity, race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Identity has always been part of the political landscape but it has taken a more pernicious form.
Now your identification with a certain group has little positive about it. For instance, you rarely hear about the advantages of being a woman or Māori. You tend to hear only about the wrongs, grievances and slights. In this way we have all become victims, including white males. You are defined not by the opportunities society has given you but by how much the unfairness of life exerts its pull on you.
And it encourages a mentality of blame others, and no individual responsibility.
One of my main beefs with identity politics is that it encourages the formation of artificial and pretentious alliances.
So you get professional, middle class women communing with women from poor and abusive backgrounds on the basis they have all been victims of male oppression. In this environment a sexist remark at the water-cooler is placed on the same plane as gross childhood sexual abuse. Their solidarity is founded on an emotional empathy that tends to overlook all of their economic and social differences.
In truth, a middle class professional women has much more in common with a middle class professional male than she does with women who have survived or are still living an underclass lifestyle.
In the same way, a middle class Māori man has a great deal more in common with a similarly-placed Pākehā person than he does with a single Māori mother living in a state house with four children and a violent boyfriend.
This alignment with identity rather than with more genuine common interests means people choose the wrong enemy. So the patriarchy is the enemy rather than the education system. Institutional racism is the adversary rather than entrenched welfare dependency and drug and alcohol addictions.
One of the most troubling aspects of identity politics is its tendency to repression. The intolerance and vitriol that greets any dissent from the orthodoxies of a particular identity allegiance stifles discussion and free speech.
Which is why so many try to stop Jordan Petersen from speaking. He dares to challenge the orthodoxy.