identity politics in general
As many things under neoliberalism Left idpol was rooted in a place of earnestness but because of its preoccupation with changing the superstructure was easily co-opted by the Ruling Class and has been at an ever increasing rate since the 1970s. The only way to truly reach emancipation for one's cultural identity is to end capitalism and the only way to end capitalism is by putting differences aside. If cultural identity is the hammer you use to hit capitalism it will immediately become yet another brick in its growth.
Basically I think Parenti's line on idpol in these two speeches is a good one to follow and jump off from
Going to need someone else to fill this one in cuz I don't really know a lot about this word and idea. It seems to have replaced "solidarity" in left discourse however so I'm suspicious of it
Again this concept has a grain of truth in it but it's weaponized relentlessly and taken to insane extremes. It's also wholesale misunderstood by libs and radlibs as some sort of moral project when again it stems from the base. In America, for instance, there was a certain degree of white privilege even after jim crow but thats because continuing marginalization of blacks and other minorities made capitalists high enough profits without having to mess with middle class white people too much. However "middle class" and "certain degree" are key here. Poor white people have always had it hard as fuck in the USA and if you look into the history of slavery much racist propaganda was created to keep white people who only had it 1 percent better than slaves from uniting with them. Flash forward to today and the shrinking of the American middle class has created a lot of poor white people and a disproportionately black and Latino prison population. Except now there's IdPol so the black capitalists Fred Hampton decried can pretend that when you say "institutional racism" you're talking about them which leads poor white people to resentment and makes a lot of black people feel as if they need to defend them regardless of their class status.
Therefore the whole concept of particular privileges while somewhat true should be irrelevant for any Leftist movement or discourse. Just like the cultural identity thing you can only really get rid of whatever privileges do still exist by destroying capitalism and wage slavery.
concept of "whiteness" and race in general
See above it's literally all tied back to keeping people separated. We can acknowledge the particular abuses different races have had to face in the past while also being critical of cynical exploitation of these historical moments to create false consciousness in the proletariat. Norman Finkelstein's analysis of "the holocaust industry" and how it is used to preserve Israel's legitimacy is a good model to follow
"settlerism" or "settler colonialism"
Again don't really know much about this one
supporting of certain forms of nationalism (especially in former colonies like South Africa)
I'm fine with this personally. It's completely possible for a form of nationalism to exist alongside international solidarity. Leftists I think should understand the potential for a concept of the Nation as somrthing that transcends God and State and ethnic superiority rather than reinforces it.
That being said we shouldn't try to have some retarded alliance with fascists or whatever because they do the same thing idpol neolibs so with shit like white privilege but with ethnic supremacy. IdPol cuts both ways and any formulation of the Nation that isn't about transcending rather than reinforcing arbitrary concepts used to perpetuate capital accumulation is worthless
affirmative actions and progressive stacks
Again, this shit is giving a dose of heroin to someone with cancer and has a dual purpose: sedate those who might actually challenge the system and through the appearance of priveliging them get white workers to reinforce the system and give into false consciousness
If someone asks me not to call them a bigger I won't and I don't personally have that inclination anyway. If someone makes a joke that has the word nigger in it for bants and the person themself isn't racist nobody should give a fuck
See zizek for more on this
Idealist spook that is like all of this other shit is used cynically and cuts both ways
various types of feminism (radical, anarco, "gender critical" etc.)
Ignore all of it tbh. Not ignore women in general but the entire feminist discourse (just like anything else in current leftist discourse that isn't class based) is cynical despite starting as a somewhat earnest project
lgbt, trans, queer issues etc.
Concluded in next post