04 January 2017

Quote of the Day

The core of the disagreement between the two factions isn't that one side cares more about poor people than about minorities and the other side cares more about minorities than about poor people. That whole frame is wrong. Both sides, for the most part, care sufficiently about minorities and about poor people. The core of the disagreement is that one side is doing actual politics and the other side is doing cultural criticism but thinks it's doing politics.
jamalabd on Reddit
They follow up with:
Here's the key point: bougie wokeness liberals and minority voters share distinct desires when it comes to identity politics. If you want to use identity politics to appeal to black voters in Milwaukee or Arab-American voters in the Detroit suburbs or Hispanic voters in the Phoenix metro you're going to need to speak very differently from how you would if you wanted to use identity politics to appeal to Oberlin students. But wokeness liberals consistently pretend that their identity politics demands are identical to those of minority voters: they speak on behalf of minority voters without really representing them. Sometimes the two forms of identity politics will overlap, but oftentimes they won't.
Apologies to my sister-in-law, who is an Oberlin grad, but this is a must read.

H/t Naked Capitalism


Stephen Montsaroff said...

Could I get a definition of wokeness?

I found the article -- whose underlying conclussions I support (even if I don't think they go far enough -- boardline unreadable.

Matthew Saroff said...


Basically, it's the unthinking knee jerk stupidity engaged in by left wingers who want to feel virtuous, but don't want to do anything about it.

It's 1970s radical chic without the intellectual depth.

Stephen Montsaroff said...

I had guessed that, but I wonder where he got the term.

As I said, the bulk of the article was poorly written.

Matthew Saroff said...

It's just a Reddit.

The bit about wanting to use, "identity politics to appeal to Oberlin students," is prize.

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