Potemkin wrote:This is true in principle. After all, the main point of overthrowing the capitalist mode of production is to enable most people to be able to achieve a better life for themselves, not just economically but socially and morally. However, there is a danger that this sort of 'identity' politics can become a sideshow, a way for the ruling class to distract the attention of potential troublemakers away from the economic issues and towards issues which will, ultimately, merely provide window-dressing for the continued economic exploitation of the majority of the population under globalised capitalism. In other words, these two aspects of 'progress' - the identity aspect and the economic aspect - have already been separated by the ruling elite, with the willing and enthusiastic assistance of the middle-class SJWs of this world. Smoke and mirrors, PoD, smoke and mirrors.
To be honest, I see this as a bit of a conspiracy theory that my fellow travelers have adopted.
First of all, there is little reason for the elite to do this, since the same distraction could be done with much simpler means, like monster truck shows.
Secondly, it assumes that LGBT people, blacks, and other minorities have no agency and that all their struggles for equality were not due to their hard work but to some shadowy cabal of anti-communists.
Third, there is no material evidence for this, and Marxist analysis should require some sort of material evidence.
I think it would be more correct to say that those identity movements that do not challenge the economic status quo are not opposed, while those that do challenge capitalism are fought vociferously. This is why LGBT issues have shot forward recently while indigenous issues are still stuck in the 1870s.