Tag Archives: identity politics

Anton Jäger: “21st Century Americanism”

‘The attempt to think Marxism with identity — in short, the attempt to think a left-wing populism — has always held dangers. One should remain vigilant of those dangers even today. The scenario of a populism that never goes beyond identity — the same gambit as that of the alt-right — remains a serious threat.  We should neither accept the intellectual blackmail that pits “the people” against “the class,” nor should we forget the structural bargain involved in trading the language of class for that of the people, as is too often presupposed in contemporary musings on left-populism.’

Asad Haider – “A Marxist Critiques Identity Politics”

On an ideology fracturing the left:  “I think that despite the fact that its origins are a really productive, constructive attempt to deepen socialist politics, the category of identity is one that’s ultimately a dead end. It can’t be the starting point for an emancipatory politics. … You could say in a way that identity politics is the Reaganite version of cultural nationalism.”