The Difference Between Liberal And Left

Maajid Nawaz nails it yet again. The left has been split in half in recent years with the identitarian left adopting these new intersectional identity politics ideas while the liberal left who reject these new ideas get pushed towards the political centre.

It’s only a minority of people in the population that agree with categorising people’s identities based on skin colour and gender and then making generalisations about those groups but these ideas are disproportionately represented in the media by journalists and celebrities so the populist vote opposes it.

Imagine a ven diagram of concentric circles with the biggest, outer-most circle being the population, a smaller circle within that representing people on the left, smaller still the number that self identify as feminists, and then within that the Intersectional Feminists who popularise this new identity ideology.

To give a rough idea of how disproportionately represented in the media these ideas are, the Fawcett society in January this year put the number of feminists in the population at 7%. Of that percentage there are feminists like me who reject identity politics so the number agreeing with these ideas is likely smaller. Society groans as the media establishment becomes more and more detached from ordinary people.

“[…] only 7% of people across the UK actually describing themselves as feminist.” — The Fawcett Society

I usually find these days that the best sources of information are individual thinkers like Maajid Nawaz, Dave Rubin, Christina Hoff Sommers, Michael Shermer, Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris and so on. I subscribe to every media outlet I can get my hands on, on both sides of the spectrum but it’s always disappointingly biased on both sides.

I love Lena Dunham, I watch Girls and I think she does a lot of good work for body positivity but when she talks about how eating sushi is cultural appropriation or how we should vote for people based on whether they share our identity and if you don’t then you must have internalised your own misogynistic hate then I have to disagree with her.

“It’s painful to know that white women, so unable to see the unity of female identity, so unable to look past their violent privilege, and so inoculated with hate for themselves, showed up to the polls for him, too.” — Lena Dunham