Bullies, bullshit and identity politics

I ran across another video of a woman provoking and attacking a man. One of the wonders of the internet is not only access to the best information we have, but a reporting of some of the worse behaviour that we engage in. As with all that is sensational, political opportunism feeds upon it like a skinny vulture eyeing the carcass of a water buffalo.

The biggest of these vultures is identity politics.

Identity politics are political arguments that focus upon the self-interest and perspectives of self-identified social interest groups and ways in which people’s politics may be shaped by aspects of their identity through loosely correlated social organizations. Examples include social organizations based on race, class, religion, gender, ethnicity, ideology, nation, sexual orientation, culture, information preference, history, musical or literary preference, medical conditions, professions or hobbies. Not all members of any given group are necessarily involved in identity politics.

The term identity politics and movements linked to it came into being during the latter part of the 20th century. It can most notably be found in class movements, feminist movements, gay and lesbian movements, disability movements, ethnic movements and post colonial movements. Identity politics is open to wide debate and critique.[1] Minority influence is a central component of identity politics. Minority influence is a form of social influence which takes place when a majority is being influenced to accept the beliefs or behavior of a minority. Unlike other forms of influence this usually involves a personal shift in private opinion. This personal shift in opinion is called conversion.

That people behave poorly with each other is bad enough; that the behaviour is opportunistically used to promote one’s political cause, it seems, is just as bad.

I’ve posted my share of women assaulting men on this blog. The notion, however, has never been to promote the notion that men are a special interest victim class, but to dissolve the prevalent acceptance that men are exclusively perpetrators and women are victims; to counter and falsify a highly accepted yet examined attitude that many of us carry.

Witness the political opportunism found in some of the titles found in YouTube’s suggestion bar.

At what point is race, sex or diet, of all things, relevant to the fact that people choose to forgo the exercise of character and self-control?

People behave poorly the world over, ranging from the toddlers that pull each other’s hair, to world leaders that play Machiavellian games and direct entire armies at nations.

Identity politics, on a more local scale, is little more than an excuse to ablate one’s self-discipline and to wallow and indulge in one’s lower instincts. Groups are composed of individuals, and individuals all have issues that are unique to them, it is normal that those with commonalities would associate, share and act to change things. What is not normal, what is unhealthy is the usage of the Victim Tactic to use as a basis for changing the world exclusively in their own favour, rather than seeking a just, compassionate and rational solution that works as much as possible, for all.

I welcome your thoughtful feedback.

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