This could easily turn into an epic chat and it’s a shame there’s an ocean preventing that. But you’re right to be unsure if you disagree, because it seems we make much the same sense of the real problems of injustice around. I’m not denying the existence of “identity politics”, or its attractions, or even in some very limited cases its short-term uses for the oppressed and dispossessed. I simply claim that Identity Politics offers no valid political platform because it offers no cure whatsoever but rather a toxic source of entrenched division along lines of quite artificial and unreliable criteria which offer no solution or progress, just resentments, revenge, conflict and more entrenched power to finance oligarchs.
Australian indigenous issues are subject of intense Identity Politics and even symbolically reveal the divide-and-rule strategy where non-binding, non-sovereign aboriginal and Torres Strait flags accompany the official sovereign British-Union Jack one at government buildings: virtue signalling and dispossession in three sheets of different-colored cloth. The indigenous plight is an ongoing disaster — I conjure for Americans a rough comparison with say Native Americans’ and Black Americans’ historical plight rolled together — but the health, incarceration, life expectancy and poverty statistics usually express it worse. But the media and political establishment still just push the “identity” narratives unashamedly there, and the bureaucracies perpetuate absurd Apartheid-style bloodline-grading to quantify indigeneity.