This article from the Wall Street Journal is awesome. To quote;
"These lessons, though, have little bearing on liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions. Where those lessons do resonate is with young people in our highly individualistic bourgeois society—a society that keeps them focused on themselves and teaches them that personal choice, individual rights and self-definition are all that is sacred."Whaaaaat? We control the institutions? Well that's news to me. Actually, the reality is a lot more horrible; the left manages to alienate people while controlling everything; the universities, the courts, the press, most cable news. Basically only the military, the internet, and talk radio are right-wing. Even corporations have an insidious left-wing bias. I guess people don't like the side that wields the power. Oh well.
Every person who has to sit through a diversity training seminar at work knows the left runs things. People always despise The Man, and that's you.
"For those students who will soon become liberal and progressive elites, the line between self-discovery and political action has become blurred. Their political commitments are genuine but are circumscribed by the confines of their self-definitions. Issues that penetrate those confines take on looming importance, and since politics for them is personal, their positions tend to be absolutist and nonnegotiable. Those issues that don’t touch on their identities or affect people like themselves are hardly perceived. And classic liberal ideas like citizenship, solidarity and the common good have little meaning for them."Yes, the narcissism of patty differences is hardly a platform upon which to build solidarity. Post colonial studies is post colonial, that is, it was invented by people who lived under dictatorship and are trained to see life as a series of competing ethnic groups. Dictators love to divide and rule, and this mentality infects all post colonial authors because it is their background. Guys like Frantz Fanon literally grew up under dictatorship. Don't be surprised if their thought processes facilitate elite power. Naturally, divide and rule and ethnic conflicts give the right home court advantage.
"The politics of identity has done nothing but strengthen the grip of the American right on our institutions. It is the gift that keeps on taking. Now is the time for liberals to do an immediate about-face and return to articulating their core principles of solidarity and equal protection for all. Never has the country needed it more."Ah, but you won't because all your coalitions receive handouts in exchange for votes. Since votes are purchased with affirmative action jobs, handouts, tenure, money for unions, etc., the machine cannot stop, and the machine needs ideological justification. Which means that grievance is baked into the cake dude.