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Another aspect is that by systematically de-legitimising ideologies that promote social change ("liberation" ideologies, if that terminology is your cup of tea), you drive people who face real discrimination, real economic deprivation and, in some cases, real oppression towards identifying with their skin colour/religion/country.

That kills three birds with one stone: It deprives the disadvantaged of the ideological constructs that could help them form a common front. It drives people who, by an analysis of their material situation, should be progressives into the arms of reactionary lunatics. And it shifts focus from economic policy to phony "culture wars" and "[insert in-group] values."

The way the Americans and their friends in the Middle East created Hamas, destroyed Mossadeq and nurtured the Muslim Brotherhood providing an interesting case in point...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 05:57:11 AM EST
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