Commonplace Book #9

So there is nothing wrong with identity politics as such; it is a natural and inevitable response to injustice.  It become problematic only when identity is interpreted or asserted in certain specific ways.  Identity politics for some progressives  has become a cheap substitute for serious thinking about how to reverse the thirty-year trend in most liberal democracies toward greater socioeconomic inequality.  It is easier to argue over cultural issues within the confines of elite institutions than it is to appropriate money or convince skeptical legislators to change policies.  The most visible manifestations of  identity politics have appeared on university campuses from the 1980s onward.

-Francis Fukuyama, Identity, 115.

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