Identity Politics: the impasse, the debate, the thread.

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by danny la rouge, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    That's like saying everything is mathematics. Trivially true but deeply uninformative.
     
  2. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    It's nothing like that.
     
  3. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I might as well say everything is cultural, and subsume politics underneath that.
     
  4. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    I think you're misunderstanding what I'm trying to say. I'm not making some kind of abstract point: I think that there has been an (intentional?) tendency to exclude many places (the pub, the workplace, etc) from the sphere of politics - explicitly political conversations are discouraged for the sake of harmonious relations and the like, and more technical / theoretical conversations are avoided for fear of alienating or irritating people.

    But this ignores that in these spaces, people have political conversations every day: they talk about the trains being late or too expensive, they talk about their groceries increasing in price week by week, they talk about how there's loads more people begging on the street in town than there was a few years ago, they talk about their kids being unable to get into a good school. They talk about how the muslims round their neighbourhood don't seem to want to integrate with the rest of the community, and how now there's only Polish grocers where there used to be hairdressers and hardware stores.

    These are the political conversations that matter most, and in the absence of us having conversations that link them to big-p Politics, the vacuum is filled with explanations culled from Daily Mail front pages, channel 5 misery porn documentaries and loudmouth right-wingers.

    There's no non-political spaces, and IMO pretending there are risks ceding those spaces to our enemies. Which doesn't mean we should lecture people about Marx over our morning coffee, but nor should we be avoiding discussing politics in our everyday lives, or confronting bullshit when we see it.
     
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  5. bemused

    bemused Well-Known Member

    I don't think its the conversation that people try to avoid it is the preachy angry know-it-all that appears like the shop keeper out of Mr Ben to make the conversation unpleasant enough so you avoid it in the future most try to avoid. We all know at least one of those.
     
  6. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Fair enough.
     
  7. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    Well, yes. Which is why we shouldn't
     
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  8. bemused

    bemused Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't mind that at the moment, I'm looking for a 'Marx for numpties' book to read to understand it a bit better.
     
  9. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    Lectures about Marx really are best left till that 2pm-4pm slump when everyone's tired and suggestible and hates their job more than at any other time of day (except the hour before arriving there in the morning)
     
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  10. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    That said I think when you wrote earlier that all our interactions are political, that's where I think back the fuck up a bit. Maybe you didn't mean to be absolutist but it came across that way. Which is why I countered that everything is cultural, and politics and class are merely cultural subsets.
     
  11. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Manifesto of the Communist Party
     
  12. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    This is precisely the point. It is all too easy to allow for the primacy of macro-narratives, which tend to work towards promulgating a sense of failure, rejection, or conservative stasis ('we can't change anything anyway'). By encouraging an attention to the micro level (daily lived experiences) points of resistance can be identified that are within reach and against which organisation is possible.
     
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  13. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    By cultural do you mean 'socially constructed and historically determined'?
     
  14. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Of course not, I mean the earthly manifestation of eternal types.
     
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  15. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    Are you giving us an object lesson in the kind of language we should avoid using if we want to talk about politics without people making the wanker sign at us after we leave the room, Beats & Pieces ?
     
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  16. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    We are on Urban. So we know many more than 'one' :hmm:
     
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  17. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    I'm not the Marxist here, so no.
     
  18. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    This "everything is politics" closely maps the "everything is religion" model that has served humans so well down the millennia:rolleyes:. The point about politics surely is not that everyone has opinions but that those opinions are gathered, some cracks papered over in the first flush no doubt, in some sort of joint struggle/movement? Whingeing about trains is, for a commuter, much like discussing the weather, not a call to action, merely an observation of lifes randomness
     
  19. Ralph Llama

    Ralph Llama Fuck the system.

    I dont care about my idendity :) Well ok somtimes I do ... when sombody imposes one thats incorrect . But really ... fuck em innit . You`ll get used to it :)
     
  20. Sunset Tree

    Sunset Tree Well-Known Member

    I promised myself I wouldn't put any more twitter nonsense in here but had to smile when I saw this one. I was scanning the list of worthwhile topics just hoping for a passing mention of poverty or something. They've got animals in there, the planet, women... nothing for poor people? They mean well and haven't said anything bad per se it's just economic inequality isn't on the radar.

    twitter idpol.PNG
     
  21. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    Does academic necessarily mean 'smart' anyway?
     
  22. Sunset Tree

    Sunset Tree Well-Known Member

    Exactly, that was the other bit that annoyed me. There are loads of liberal academics who are really smug about their beliefs because they believe they are rooted in being more intelligent or better-read. They think if you don't agree you just aren't understanding properly or haven't read the right books.
     
  23. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    It's not just 'liberal' academics, is it? Those who consider themselves radical or revolutionary are still scratching their heads looking for a way in to the 'masses,' while consciously reproducing the conditions of their safe distance. Tear that shit down.
     
  24. Sunset Tree

    Sunset Tree Well-Known Member

    Yes that is a fair point.
     
  25. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    Or alternatively, they’re involved in ‘radical’ politics as a means to progress their academic career.
     
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  26. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    I am also thinking of those who still want to go further than that.
     
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  27. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    New Kenan Mailk piece. Not a lot new but a decent summary.
     
  28. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

  29. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    aw snap:)
     
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  30. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Intelligence is just a reflection/product of the values of the ruling class anyway.
     

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