The Foolishness of Identity Politics

Davis Aurini at Stares At the World explains the foolishness of identity politics better than I could in so few words:

You need to understand what Identity Politics is: it is the cheap, plastic, high-fructose corn syrup replacement for identity.  It takes things like culture, identity, ethnicity, and nationality – bleaches them until they’re threadbare – and then dyes the cloth in dayglow colours, turning the adherents into mindless zombies.

The anti-White animus engendered in the Black community does nothing to create genuine culture; in fact, it could only be properly instilled after the Black family had been destroyed by socialist policies.  The same animus is being promoted by many in the Dissident Right, only this time for White – atomized White with no more heart, hearth, and home than the Blacks living in the inner city ghettos.

Identity politics is the mind killer.  It stops thought, and prejudges all individuals with a bad heuristic.  If you’ve ever noticed how White Nationalists tend to spend more time attacking other White people – usually the Whites closest to them, rather than the traitors in Washington – this is why.  Their simplified heuristic demands “If you’re not for us, you’re against us!” You must 100% agree with everything they say, else you’re a race traitor, and those who stand out most prominently as ‘villains’ in this heuristic are those who are most loyal to their co-ethnics.

Identity Politics is a toxic ideology used to destroy the people it infects, while simultaneously turning them into a useful army of zombies.  It has no place in our circles.

This among many other reasons is why despite legitimate points raised by Vox Day’s definition of the Alt. Right, the actual movement fell apart.

Identity politics puts the cart before the horse when it comes to association with cargo cult way reasoning as to why. I tend to associate and befriend those of a specific age, ethnic group, and religion because their values are similar if not the same as mine. However, I don’t associate with people according to these qualities, necessarily, and I’m more than happy to call someone a friend of a separate background if we have common values that make our relationship mutually beneficial.

One of the things I’ve always detested about identity politics is it more or less says you can only befriend certain people and can’t associate with anyone outside of that group.

I will never let anyone or any entity tell me who I can and can’t call “friend.” It is easy to get caught up in the identity politics game provided to us by our wise overlords, and I certainly have not been immune to it.

But we have to break free from that way of thinking and turn to a modern form of tribalism in which you choose who will be a part of your “tribe,” to so speak. It may consist of people from different ethnic backgrounds, but the members are chosen based on who they are, not “what” they are. Meaningful community needs to be personal, real, authentic, and not tied to superficial commonalities that says nothing about the character and integrity of the person in question.

Never let others try to force a collective identity on you against your will. Decide for yourself who you want to identity with based on whatever traits and qualities you think is important. Find people you can trust, are reliable, and who will have your back, not those who just happens to agree with you on some political views.

Not everyone is going to choose the same criteria, and that’s fine. It’s all about what you want to accomplish.

I would add further that it needs to be organic and not explicitly political. Obviously you’re likely to see eye to eye with your friends on much of the same topics, but it shouldn’t be a specific dogma,and the purpose of the tribe should be interdependent of politics.

As long as everyone in the tribe agrees that only those within it should decide what the tribe should be about, not those outside of it, you should be fine.


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