Upper Middle Class Activism as Status Symbol

To offer a semblance of solidarity with the working class, wealthy leftists have substituted identity politics for class conflict, and attempted to recast economic problems as problems of racism or bigotry. So, instead of assailing the manipulation of the economy by the state and crony capitalists, a black worker will instead attack systemic racism or better yet characterize capitalism as intrinsically racist. Rarely do identitarians comment on structural barriers impeding the progress of working-class people and minorities, such as occupational licensing and zoning. Expecting them to do so, however, indicates gullibility, because identity politics is primarily about asserting the goals of upper-middle-class liberals.

For example, instituting gender quotas to create jobs for socially connected women is a more laudable goal for identitarians than providing poor white boys with the tools to succeed in a modern economy. At its essence, identity politics aims to colonize Western civilization with the luxury beliefs of the elite. Even though evidence for systemic racism could be nonexistent, this does not prevent identitarians from reminding struggling individuals that their suffering stems from a miasma of institutional racism and white privilege. Tackling issues like how the regulatory policy of California drives businesses out of the state, thus impoverishing minorities, is not high on the agenda of identitarians for obvious reasons. These disastrous regulations may be enriching crony capitalists who fund their causes.

Furthermore, when upper-middle-class identitarians clamor for representation in academia or the corporate world, they are merely demonstrating the activism of an elite political machinery. For instance, according to the morality of identity politics, it is better for a board to reserve a seat for a wealthy woman than appoint a competent white man with working-class credentials. Clearly, the beneficiaries of identity-based affirmative action will overwhelmingly be the scions of the elite. Without doubt, identity politics is just upper-middle-class activism.

Understanding Inequality Requires Much More Than Calling Everything Racist by Lipton Matthews

Some extracts:

Rarely do identitarians comment on structural barriers impeding the progress of working-class people and minorities, such as occupational licensing and zoning. Expecting them to do so, however, indicates gullibility, because identity politics is primarily about asserting the goals of upper-middle-class liberals.”

These people don’t care about you.

They care about using you — whether they love you (a pose before the poor blacks) or hate you (right from their heart to poor whites) — as a social product for the approval of their peers.

Nothing more.

Even though evidence for systemic racism could be nonexistent, this does not prevent identitarians from reminding struggling individuals that their suffering stems from a miasma of institutional racism and white privilege. Tackling issues like how the regulatory policy of California drives businesses out of the state, thus impoverishing minorities, is not high on the agenda of identitarians for obvious reasons. These disastrous regulations may be enriching crony capitalists who fund their causes.

Impoverished minorities via heavy-duty regulations and licensing is a nice income stream, for a respectable slice of the Right Sort.

(So is killing their children.)

What? The little people are complaining?

Point to the evil poor white people. “THAT’S your enemy.”

Pound the table about the RACISM Inherent in the System. Walk away…

…and ROAR with laughter after the door is closed.

Matthews quotes from Eric London, of the World Socialist Web Site:

Identity politics has become a key mechanism through which the next 9 percent situated below the top 1 percent advances its grievances within the political establishment, fighting for “space” in the universities, trade unions, political parties, state apparatus, and corporate media.

The top tier have corporate fortunes… and most (not all) are first-time business builders.

The 9% upper middle class, the leaders of the Collectivist/Fascist/Socialist organs (wealth consumer, not wealth generators), attempt vigorously to guilt-ride the 1%. And the 1% tosses some political benefits and privileges to quiet the beggars… after all, this cost the 1% nothing.

“Let the middle class Christians whine. No one of significance cares.”

“Stuff the mouths of the poor Blacks with gold a few hundred dollars a month. That’s plenty to buy their compliance.”

The One Percent, the Nine Percent

The Right Sort does not care about you, except as a prop for their career growth.

The 1% barely cares about the bleating of the Right Sort: the clerisy.

(The clerisy are the well-paid, accountability-free bureaucrats who teaches them at university, run the media and academia, and who work for in governmental and charitable institutions.)

The 1% cares nothing at all about the Inferiors, who they never see at all, and can’t bare to waste time with. Even as they earn their billions from the serfs.

Actually, I don’t mind if the 1% merely didn’t care about me and mine, and simply left me and mine alone.

That, I can live with.

I dislike mind their support of the 9%, the clerisy that hates me and mine to the core of their being… even as they claim to speak for me and for some abstract “working class” and “minorities”.

And I despise it when the 1% + 9%, the top 10%, unite to tell me to Shut Up and Obey. To grovel before their explicit contempt for my culture, goals, ideas, beliefs, ethics, liberty.

Most Americans are bought off, and don’t care.

But its the minority who is uninterested in kneeling before their hateful Masters that interest me.

Those are the ones who Our Masters have decided to silence.

And thus, those are the people I prefer to speak for.

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