Drlee wrote:Nonsense. Identity politics IS what we have today in both parties. What exactly does he think the republican pandering to the NRA crowd and evangelicals (among others) is? Now if he would argue that the DNC should be more inclusive of white conservative values then I would agree. But Hillary Clinton is a conservative and the proof of the pudding is in the eating as we might say.
This is an interesting argument, however it falls apart as soon as it's faced with the fact that 'NRA crowd' isn't a group with a cohesive 'group identity'. Those that support the second amendment can range across the 'identity spectrum' (as promulgated by the DNC) - legal Hispanic immigrants, underprivileged black hood dwellers, Asian Americans, Palestinian New Yorkians and Amish anachronisms could all support the current interpretation of the second amendment.
Your second argument is also fairly weak. As far as I know, these church organizations weren't established to form political voting blocs. Republicans attempted to marshal those that identify as Christians under their banner and tailored their political platforms to meet their preferences. But the Christian 'identity' is faith-based, and includes members of various ethnic backgrounds. The commonality of this group is principally based on shared beliefs and values.
This is different to the 'identity politics' of the left, which not only seeks to create group identities based on intrinsic elements(race, gender, sexual preference, ethnic background, etc.) but also cement these identities into something ineffable and unassailable. The racialized aspects of this movement for instance are markedly different than the faith-based elements of the Republican party. One can not change 'race'. (Although, the 'progressive forces are now eating themselves on this issue as well.)
Another difference is that ideology doesn't fall into a protected category. It falls within the marketplace of ideas, whereas with 'identity politics', the group identities fall in protected categories, and as such have legal protections. Anti-racist legislation, anti-homophobia legislation, anti-<insert whatever>.
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