Identity Politics: A Pretext To Teach Children Tribal Fascism & Simplemindedness. Crime Too. Most Indecent Submission Sought.


Identity Politics: A Pretext To Teach Children Tribal Fascism & Simplemindedness

In “Here’s the Mind-Set That’s Tearing Us Apart”, Oct. 7, 2021, David Brooks observes that:

“The world is complicated, and our minds have limited capacity, so we create categories to help us make sense of things. We divide, say, the social world into types — hipster, evangelical, nerd, white or Black — and associate traits or characteristics with each.

These judgments involve simplifications and generalizations. But we couldn’t make sense of the blizzard of sensory data each day if we couldn’t put things, situations and people into some form of conceptual boxes. As our old friend Immanuel Kant argued, perceptions without conceptions are blind.

It becomes a serious problem when people begin to believe that these mental constructs reflect underlying realities. This is called essentialism. It is the belief that each of the groups we identify with our labels actually has an “essential” and immutable nature, rooted in biology or in the nature of reality. In the worst kind of case, it’s the belief that Hutus are essentially different from Tutsis, that Christian Germans are innately superior to Jews….

… Essentialists may see the world divided into Manichaean dichotomies, and history as a clash of group-versus-group power struggles — clashes that demand utter group solidarity and give life meaning.

America is awash in essentialism. As the New York University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the Ethicist column for The Times Magazine, has noted, before World War II few thought about identities the way we do today. But now it feels that contemporary politics is almost all about identity — about which type of person is going to dominate.

At some level this is necessary. The great project of the past 70 years or so has been to right the injustices that historical essentialists imposed on groups they labeled and oppressed.

The problem comes when people replicate the mind-set they are fighting against. “

This replication is not an accident. It is a method to achieve supremacy.

People often replicate mentalities they claim to fight against, as a strategy of domination. Indeed the pulsion to appear to rebel against what one wants to reproduce is elementary Machiavellianism, with its own seduction. If you can’t beat them, join them while appearing to fight them, they will like that.

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David Brooks published the following comment of mine:

In political fascism, a hierarchy of “leaders” orders everybody around. In intellectual fascism, a few ideas order all spirituality. “Essentialism” flows from “intellectual fascism”. Simplemindedness is what intellectual fascism brings. 

Pogrom Lviv 1941. From a film discovered by US Forces in 1945. Notice Child On the right beating the Jewish woman. This is what identity politics brings, as intended…

How does simple mindedness appear? Mental laziness is one factor. Now laziness in mental matters, as in physical matters comes from lack of exertion. So one may trace US simplemindedness to schooling where not enough mental exertion occurred early on.

My daughter, 11 year old, was informed by teachers that the primary vocation of a school was to respect my child’s “identity”… Now my child has an intensely complicated background, spanning the world genetically and culturally. The head of a school, a standard liberal, privileged middle age Politically Correct WASP blonde cannot even guess how different my child’s world is. And so it is: in places such as California, the background of most children is distant and complicated. Calling for an identity is calling for mutilating simplification.  

Why would teachers think that the  identity of a student trumps education and instruction? Giving primacy to “identity” is saying that what matters most is not education, but identification. That, per se, reinforces racism and simplemindedness, because instead of broadening minds with new concepts, one is supposed to find an ethnic box in which to fit. Instead of  boxing people into prepackaging, schools should identify ideas and concepts, teach how to breed them, create new ones, think out of boxes.

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In general, elites in power, absent an external threat, privilege staying in power. That’s best accomplished by making people stupid, ignorant and aspiring to submission. All this classical fascist monotheism accomplished.

Christianism was created, and imposed under the penalty of death by torture, by Roman imperial fascism to justify its plutocracy with a devil in heavens, playing god, ordering people to kill their children, promising torture to death as redemption for imperfect submission. Islam put part of that on steroids… That’s called Abrahamism, and rests on the advertised willingness to kill one’s children, an old pathway of antique societies to prosperity (the fact a sheep was substituted at the last instant doesn’t matter: it is the heart that counts). A deplorable necessity 3,000 years ago has been turned into a calling, a willingness to commit the most horrific crime which binds best. 

Identity politics leads to crime, and this is why it is so appealing to the elites, as they typically end up ruling with evil means, and they need crimes that bind. Besides, the easiest way to conquest is division of the potential opposition (“Divide et impera“… Tradition attributes the origin of the motto to Philip II of Macedon, who did just that to Greece…).

Want war? Identify friend and foe. Search for identification, not union.

Patrice Ayme

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10 Responses to “Identity Politics: A Pretext To Teach Children Tribal Fascism & Simplemindedness. Crime Too. Most Indecent Submission Sought.”

  1. Benign Brodwicz Says:

    Washington D.C. 2021 so much like Moscow 1921: a lunatic surrounded by Jews trying to tear down the majority Christian culture and impose one-party fascist rule. Russia lost 70 years to Communism. How many will we lose?

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    • Gmax Says:

      Did not turn good for the Jews either. The present US secretary of state is a parody of the influential Jew, complete with dozen of millions duplex apartment on Boulevard Fochave in Paris. Same time he screws the French with submarines

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Very politically incorrect thing to say, but unfortunately true… Trotsky, head of the Red Army, was a Jew…

      Born to a wealthy Ukrainian-Jewish family in Yanovka (present-day Bereslavka in Ukraine), Trotsky embraced Marxism after moving to Nikolayev in 1896. In 1898 Tsarist authorities arrested him for revolutionary activities and subsequently exiled him to Siberia. He escaped from Siberia in 1902 and moved to London, where he befriended Vladimir Lenin….

      From March 1918 to January 1925, Trotsky headed the Red Army as People’s Commissar for Military and Naval Affairs and played a vital role in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War of 1917–1922.[2] He became one of the seven members of the first Bolshevik Politburo[3] in 1919.

      After the death of Lenin (January 1924) and the rise of Joseph Stalin, Trotsky lost his government positions; he was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in February 1929. He spent the rest of his life in exile, writing prolifically and engaging in open critique of Stalinism…

      Contemporaries and historians of the Russian revolutions have often made a great deal of the Jewish role in the events of 1917. In late 1917, for instance, it was commonplace to assert that the Bolsheviks were simply part of a Jewish conspiracy… This comes all the way back to 1903 when the leader of the Jewish International, Herzl met with Count Witte in charge of internal affairs of the Russian empire. They agreed 50% of the insurrectionist leaders were Jewish, and it was because the Jews were too oppressed…

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  2. nigelsouthway Says:

    Patrice

    Its not any more than the breaking down of nationhood .. we are tribal by nature and the more we subdivide the more discent.

    Nigel Southway

    TBM Advocate.

    TAKE BACK MANUFACTURING

    Dedicated to the restoration of our manufacturing sectors

    http://www.sme-tbm.org

    nsouthway@bell.net

    905 464 5517

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Restoring manufacturing is very worthy in several way, and necessary to save civilization. Right now it has been exported all too much to dictatorships or third world countries… It’s even worse in Europe (including UK) than in the US…

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  3. nigelsouthway Says:

    Patrice
    Its not any more than the breaking down of nationhood .. we are tribal by nature and the more we subdivide the more discent.

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  4. Nigel southway Says:

    Take Back Manufacturing is an essential part of economic stability

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I have an all-encompassing theory which explains the collapse of the Roman State and many other civilizations according to what I call the “plutocratic effect”.
      As an oligarchy (rule of the few) perseveres in power, it can only sustains itself by getting ever more evil. Indeed, otherwise We The People would rebel. When Evil-power, Pluto-Kratia, rules, there is a danger that a “Robinhood resistance” develop. Actually this is related to what happened to some extent in England, when the Barons (descendants of French independent nobles) forced the king to sign the Magna Carta. The Barons could do this because their support of the king had been voluntary… and, more important, because they had the power.

      This will always happen then: oligarchy turns into plutocracy, and this power of evil will be powerfully resisted. Hence the tumultuous history of China, say.

      However, plutocracies are smart. A way to prevent the preceding is to weaken We The People. If We The People has no power, We The People cannot rebel. To do this one has to remove agriculture and manufacturing. This is exactly what happened in the case of imperial Rome. Italy [to be continued…]

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Italy lost the agricultural production of We The People, individual land holding families which had made the wealth, hence power, of the Latium… The production augmented, but it profited the Senatorial elite, owner of giant Latifundia manned by slaves…
      At the time more than 90% of the GDP was agricultural… However a city like Athens was wealthy from manufacturing most advanced products of a quality no one else had… Roman manufacturing was also strong… until it got sent overseas…
      Roman plutocracy developed a BUFFER of millions of unemployed on the dole, getting their bread, gold, and circenses… They were well treated as long as they did not think loud enough to be heard…

      Whether the policy was deliberate or unconscious is besides the point. This was the Roman plutocratic dream come true…

      In the end, Italians were even barred from the armed forces… The Roman and Italian spirit had been broken, and de-energized… Power of the people was gone, the plutocracy was secure… The price to be paid were invasions by barbarians of a defenseless Italy… To stifle power of the people and the spirit of rebellion further… Christianism was imposed and modified in what Constantine claimed he invented and named, Catholicism…Even Neo-Platonism, a sort of pre-Christianism was discouraged to the point of torturing to death a few of its celebrities…[to be continued…]

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