Identity Politics

The minute we enter this world, we are met with expectations. It’s inevitable that we aren’t asked whether we want to be born, so our existence is the result of other people’s wishes, and our original role in life is to fullfill these wishes. Of course, we are free to a certain extent, so we can choose to act against that role. However, as our life completely depends on others for a significant part of our lives, that’s usually not a very wise decision to make.

Giving birth is often described as an act of intense love, but what gets overlooked easily is the amount of responsibility it incorporates. It forces circumstances on the new life, some of which even parents fail to recognize in advance. Gender, race, genetic disposition, habitation conditions, culture, you name it. Along with other things that does to shape our lives, it puts us in groups with other people who share those traits, whether we want to or not.

The most beautiful and terrifying thing about human freedom is you can’t see what people think. Although methods are being developed to change that, at the same time methods are developed to sabotage those. So, in a desperate attempt to impose order on the chaos they were confronted with, government forces developed dragnet investigation techniques, lumping people together in categories, not bothering anymore with proving someone did something criminal, instead even going as far as “killing people based on metadata”, i.e. probabilities they might do something criminal.

So how is all this related to identity politics, you ask? Quite a bit, actually. Because the group you are born into defines probabilities, skill potential and a lot of other aspects, but- we are not supposed to talk about that. The knowledge is there, even easily available if you dare look for it. However, try to talk about it in public, and you will find yourself locked out of our education and science systems. Our culture is so obsessed with the idea everybody‘s equal, differing views have become one of the biggest taboos, the funniest part about it being the fact that we still call this a pluralistic society.

Not everything about that is funny, though. Nope, sorry. Throughout history, there have been culture conflicts decided not with weapons, but by which culture people preferred. Rome went down because people did not consider it worth defending anymore. Christianity won because people liked a religion embracing their weaknesses. Hitler went down because fascism tried to make robots out of people. Communism lost because Capitalism seemed a lot more fun. And now we have Islamism. On paper, the perfect antidote to democracy because it provides strength in numbers. But that idea is ages old and has failed miserably again and again, simply because the people born into the world to overthrow a system liked that system better than the one they were supposed to replace it with.

So why is Islamism even taken seriously nowadays? Well, during the cold war, there was a saying “if you don’t like it here, you can join the other side". Nowadays, to even say that would be a serious taboo… but, it is happening anyway. People who do not think they have a future in Capitalism are converting in increasing numbers. Capitalism used to feel safe, a few years ago there was talk about things like “end of history”. But what is becoming more obviously each year is that, right now, capitalism is not equipped to handle the future, because it requires a constant growth that the planet simply can not supply. And some people think that Islamism has an answer to that. I don’t think so, because if they had, they surely would have said so by now, given how much that would enable them to corrupt western values and everything.

But if you are a think tank, trying to come up with a plan how to save Capitalism from terrorism, why not consider fun? People don’t want to sabotage a system they are having fun in.