Identity Politics = Totalitarianism

Identity politics are the core of every totalitarian state. Identity politics were the beating heart of Nazism, and the core strategy of the USSR’s liquidation of kulaks and other groups identified as enemies of the state.

Identity politics eliminate the potential for class consciousness that crosses ethnic and religious boundaries. As noted yesterday in Our Impoverished, Pathological Society, “race is not a significant determinant of social polarization in today’s America. It is class that really matters.”

Identity politics divide and fragment the debt-serf class into ethnic and religious silos that are propagandized into viewing each other as enemies rather than colleagues. The core of identity politics is if you fail to vote the party line, you are a traitor to your race/religion.

The appeal to ethnic/religious identity as the sole definition of political selfhood is the perfect tool for manipulating the masses–and this is why the only possible output of identity politics is totalitarianism.

In the U.S. both political parties deploy identity politics, but the Democrats in particular depend on the “if you don’t vote the Democratic ticket, you’re a traitor to your race” line of propaganda.

The goal of both parties is of course identical: to fragment the bottom 90% who actually share common cause into ethnic, religious and secular silos that cannot possibly threaten the power elite’s hold on the nation’s wealth and power. If you fall for identity politics, then you’re complicit in an oppressive, parasitic system that aggregates most of the wealth and power in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

This chart shows that the bottom 99% received essentially zero income gains since 2009, but even those in the top 1% who earn their living have treaded water compared to the top 1/10th of 1% that own most of the nation’s capital and have used it to buy political power.

95% Of Income Gains Since 2009 Went To The Top 1%:

Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez put out an update to his estimates of income inequality, and the headline figure has everybody outraged: 95% of income gains since 2009 have accrued to the top 1%.

The favorite tool of fascists and totalitarian states is identity politics, for obvious reasons. Appealing to ethnic and religious identities fires up our built-in engines of identity and our propensity for “us vs. them” divisions.

The truth is we have more in common with people of different ethnicities and religions than we can possibly know in a totalitarian system drenched in the divisive propaganda of identity politics.

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  • Charlie Primero

    What a load of hogwash.

    The winning strategy for every totalitarian State in history has always been to exterminate cultural differences and replace them with allegiance to the State.

    * Soviet Citizenship over loyalty to one’s local Uralic or Aleutian community.

    * Allegiance to Pol Pot superseding allegiance to one’s Cambodian tribe.

    * Loyalty to North Korea’s Dear Leader is rewarded. Higher loyalty to one’s Father and Mother is punished.

    Multiculturalism is the basis of healthy societies. This is why Totalitarians always work to exterminate it with migration, mixing, and forced equality laws. They always seek to destroy cultural differences.

    Smith eats up this “class” nonsense because his historical knowledge is so limited. He doesn’t even know the strategy of enslavement changed from Economic Marxism to Cultural Marxism 50 years ago.

    “MUURIKA FUCK YEAH!!”

    No thank you Mr. Smith.

    • wunsacon

      CHS isn’t saying “eliminate your culture/race”. He’s saying the elites trick people to identify with political parties/campaigns/politicians almost entirely on the basis of superficial markers of culture/race to the detriment of them coming together for common causes.

      • Charlie Primero

        Correct. He isn’t saying “eliminate your culture”. I did not contend he was.

        Read what I wrote.

        • wunsacon

          Yes, I originally read what you wrote.

          >> I did not contend he was.

          You did not say so explicitly. I paraphrased your implicit interpretation of CHS.

          CHS recommended against people identifying as voting groups based on superficial attributes, because that’s the to divide-and-conquer. You reacted strongly negatively to CHS’s article, first by comparing it to totalitarians who replaced multiculturalism with jingoism (which you paraphrased as “muurika fuck yeah!”).

          Since you’re indicating I misinterpreted your interpretation, I’ll be happy to read any clarification you offer. (As I don’t receive email from disqus, I’ll try to remember to check this thread again.) Alternatively, if elaborating is not worth your trouble, that’s okay, too.

  • wotan237 .

    The above argument is identical to what I use to hear all the time from the “far-Left”….nations, people, races, and now even genders, do not exist, so lets all unite against the common enemy- the big capitalist corporate banker Borg…. But humans are tribal, race is real, and nationalism is a more portent force than any depersonalized internationalism.

  • David S

    As a straight white male, I have always been astounded at the implications of virtually ALL “identity” political messages. Ultimately they seem to boil down to this – ONLY straight white males have the capacity (or right) to make up their own mind as to who they should vote for in an election. Women MUST vote for the woman running, blacks MUST vote for the black, both MUST vote democrat, same for hispanics, etc. Nobody EVER pigeonholes straight white males (nor do voting statistics). I am always proud to be part of the free-thinking majority. And IF I choose to participate in the rigged game, its always in support of a libertarian (or against government).

  • ICFubar

    C.H. Smith would out the Apex Elites plannings. If facts were really known the average American family man has more in common with his Gaza Strip Palestinian counterpart than he does with the bank manager he does business with on Main Street, as a representative of Wall Street.