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Zizek liberlsplains that political correctness costed Dems this election:

And even Salon.com says that feminine advancement had this effect.

Silently, it was clear to me that PC (and identity politics) can go too far and could be an easy political target - but I did not really object the progressive social-political authorities. Since no one else did either, what leadership and internal dialogue can we expected?

by das monde on Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 at 05:39:20 AM EST
It is natural for those who feel that their identity group is being and has been harmed to band together for self protection. This is what the Civil Rights movement did. But they also, especially Martin Luther King, contrasted those wrongs with the universalist ideals of the founders of the USA. And when Democratic politics came to resemble a coalition of identity politics the Clinton campaign decided they could win without significant support from the largest minority - those who self identify as white but are not rich. They still got some white votes, but not enough. They strayed too far from universalism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 at 03:24:00 PM EST
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I've been saying for 30 years that this splintering would kill us, but the DLC/DNC is dependent on identity politics so it can keep avoiding addressing the consequences of its neolib economic policy.
by rifek on Sat Dec 24th, 2016 at 12:38:13 AM EST
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Objectively it looks like identity politics is an effort to be inclusive laudable on its face -if cursed by virtue-signaling- but perceived as a frivolous, Godless  luxury cared about only by those who were comfortably off, often hypocritically.

Trump's voters have seriously incoherent understanding of politics, but they knew they were right about one thing, that they were not invited to the high table of modern wealth creation, and their fate was perceptibly worsening.

The identity that was all that was left to them was not socially liberal enough to make them house pets for the Democrats, no brownie points for adopting their children.

They had become used to being ignored out in the boon docks and we're pretty OK with it as long as they could play the fringes of capitalism, farming, marketing and local real estate, a trip to Vegas every so often.

Then the bottom dropped out. Church and opioids, semi-deserted towns and trailer camps, for sale signs, self-worth crumbling and no-one caring about how to include them in the 'post-recession' party.

Hillary keening for more war. More debt, more sorrow.

Pity there wasn't a kinder, gentler alternative to the Trumpster, to at least give him a run for his money.

Oh wait...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Dec 25th, 2016 at 07:17:21 PM EST
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Keening for more war, more debt, more transfer of wealth to the 1%, and more and ever higher speaking fees from GoldmanSachs is what the DLC was and is all about.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Dec 25th, 2016 at 07:24:19 PM EST
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