Deep Diving: Identity Politics
I'm just throwing this out there, hoping for some feedback on the matter of identity politics. I just ordered and await delivery of a book just recently published entitled Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay. Here's more-or-less a synopsis of the book:
My main problem with his analysis is that he doesn’t name what ever it is he’s criticizing. I’d call it neoliberal global monopoly capitalism. While he seems pretty adept at tracing the origins of critical theory, he doesn’t seem to have much of a grip (maybe he does, but he doesn’t let on if he does) about the historiography and diversity of Marxist thought. To be sure, not all Marxists are advocates of identity politics/identitarianism. See, for example this usually excellent sub-reddit called StupIDPol: Marxist critique of essentialism
(Just click on it to take you there, I hope).
And it annoys the hell out of me in that he seems to categorize neoliberals (whether they own up to it or not) like Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility) and Ibram X. Kendi (author of How to Be an Antiracist) with the originators of Frankfurt School Marxist critical theory (Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno) way back to the immediate Post-WWII era.
There also seems to be some connection between Lindsay's immediate cohort group (his co-author and a few other folks) and Peter Thiel. I can’t say that their “project” is funded by Thiel but the connection is pretty clear between the authors plus Peter Bogoshian via Bret Weinstein – Eric Weinstein – Thiel. If these names are unfamiliar, I suggest you look them up.
Anyway, hope everyone survived the November silliness and the continuing plague of Covid 19. Any feedback on the current wave of blowback to identity politics will be appreciated.