The politics of privilege

Leya makes a point I wish people would make more often, and much louder.

See, identities are so much more fun than wages and benefits and hours. So much more sexy, so much more ersatz-clever, so much more about dressing up and haircuts.

Leya goes on:

It is a politics of privilege. It is wholly lacking any reality based analysis re changes that would make a difference to the lives of those facing real hardships & injustices.

The only structural changes arising from woke politics is that institutions can ignore addressing the hard issues in practical & informed ways, & instead perform the right language & forms of signalling & pretend this is making progress.

It is how we are in the position where generally working class people are ignored as marginalised by the very bodies & decision makers who should be working to lessen & address that marginalisation, despite working class people being the most economically & politically marginalised class of people.

This is why I fight the woke takeover of our governments & institutions. It offers no challenge to actual material oppression, patriarchy, or neoliberalism. And @janeclarejones points out, it is so, very American.

It is. We’ve been crap at the labor part and the class part and the genuine, class- and money-based inequality part for generations.

I think a lot of the worked-up unconvincing fake-seeming fervor around the trans thing has to do with envy of the real lefty politics of all those generations ago. Then again I also think it’s to do with our fundamental frivolity and self-obsession. We should harness angry Twitter to talk about that for a few years instead of Who Is the Transphobe of the Week This Time Lulubelle?

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