May 03, 2017

How to stop identity politics from polarizing voters

Jay FayzaRebel Columnist

Today’s political discourse is very polarized. For example, according to Pew Research Centre, the overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over the past two decades (10 per cent to 21 per cent). 

Sadly, looking at these trends, polarization isn’t going away anytime soon.

You might be asking yourself, “How did we get here, exactly?” 

The first reason is social media. More specifically, how people consume news on social media.

If you don’t follow an intellectually diverse amount of news outlets or media figures, you’re going to get a narrow view of the world — an echo chamber — and you could be getting a total misrepresentation of the other side. 

The second reason why there’s political polarization is obvious but, still, no less serious — identity politics. That's politics that advocates for the collective interests of groups, rather than, a nation as a whole, or individuals.

The right has their own version of identity politics — alt-right white nationalists. The left’s characterization of women and minority groups, though, as victims of the cisgendered white male patriarchy, has succeeded among the wider society through academia and mainstream media.

The left created a progressive stack. At the top is white men (the enemy). The bottom, disabled black lesbians.

The solution to the first main reason why there’s political polarization is to watch as much news media content from many different political angles.

The solution to the second main reason is more complex:

In order for there to be less political polarization, identitarians have to realize that humans are individuals. Yes, there are group trends and habits. But more so than group collectives, humans are individuals, and the job of the nation-state is to uplift the individual. To provide as much protection and liberty to the individual of that nation.

By uplifting individuals, you are in turn uplifting the collective without leaving anyone behind, while, at the same time, respecting the interests of the individual. 

Identitarians need to realize that the greatest evil is judging a person not based on their own quality or merit, but instead, judging them based on their group.

It’s like suggesting that all white males are part of some uber patriarchy because some are wealthy. If we don’t do that — if the left, for example, ignores this plea and continues pushing their progressive stack and racial politics in the name of all black people or whatever — trust me, there’s going to be more needless violence and hatred.

Americans don't need any more of that.

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commented 2017-05-04 15:09:50 -0400
I was a liberal, like my parents, till I reached the age of reason. As a conservative I say to all Canadians wake up for god sake. This and all liberal governments have one agenda,support all special interest groups and the hell with the rest of us. I love this country and its diversity. Most immigrants to Canada,have enriched it and continue to do so. That being said it does not apply to muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate into our Canadian culture, and our liberal PM loves to kiss their special interest butts, and doesn’t care what we think. Kellie Leitch of the conservative party has spoken openly on this topic and is being crucified for it by the left and the media. I went to hear her speak and talk to her in Vancouver and she has not been infected with the political correctness crap that we hear from all the libtards out there. We are being sold out one piece at a time by the liberals and the PC culture and we need to take action now.
commented 2017-05-03 22:44:52 -0400
Jay i agree to a certain extent , conservatives are being more defensive because they are being silenced and marginalized much more now. They need to speak out more. Not just be silent wallets for the left.
commented 2017-05-03 21:12:47 -0400
Jay, you are wise to see that the core problem is the subservience of the individual to the group. How could Martin Luther King be so soon forgotten? The alternative to individualism is group warfare.
Why the attacks on the individual? Because the recognition of such individualism would destroy all they believed in.
commented 2017-05-03 19:54:29 -0400
The leftard democrates— their great grand children , are still frothing mad because the republicans freed their slaves
Let it go , that was way back in the 1860s
commented 2017-05-03 18:57:02 -0400
During the rise of social media, we saw a decline in social skills….
Jay, you are right, it is wise to get news from many different outlets.
commented 2017-05-03 16:00:03 -0400
“White Supremacists” have historically been LEFT wing. Presenting misinformation is why polarization is continuing to become increased. Please stop propagating the lie your Marxist professors have told you about Conservatives being “White Nationalists”. Historically, the LEFT wing has been Eugenics driven and race obsessed, while the RIGHT wing has fought to protect the rights of minorities.

Hitler was the leader of the National SOCIALIST German Workers’ Party. The Nazis were hard core LEFT wing. Richard Spencer advocates for GOVERNMENT enforced “White Supremacy”. This is LEFT wing Nazism. Conservatives believe in limited government. Spencer is NO Conservative.

After more than 300,000 Republicans gave their lives to end slavery during the Civil War, the Democrats founded the KKK in 1866, as a terrorist arm of the Democrat Party to stop Conservative Republicans from giving minorities rights. The KKK lynched 1,300 Conservative Republicans who were fighting for minority rights in America.

Diefenbaker’s Conservatives pushed the Bill of Rights through parliament in 1960 to give minorities rights in Canada, after the Liberals blocked them for decades. Falsely assigning “White Supremacists” as “alt-right” is insulting to Conservatives. Conservatives judge individuals by content of character; NOT ethnicity. Identity politics are a revisionist creation of the Left because they have no historical values, ethics or rational debate to bring to the political table.

Hitler and the Left: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yuVitVwsMkU
Hitler was a Socialist: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VybWkpt_3Jo
1,300 White Republicans Lynched by KKK: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fClzzfMR3ek
History of the Democrat Party (Trailer): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r7e6gLht6OQ
commented 2017-05-03 15:36:36 -0400
hey jay ,identity politics is the lefty brain child of how to divide a country and use it to get votes from fringe wackos and all the minority groups which vote lefty ,they believe they should all be special and have laws to make sure we all know it ,,they believe in cradle to the grave of being looked after and never take responsibility for their own screw ups , they want every one to cater to them and their SPECIAL need etc etc , conservative people believe in their country , culture ,rules and laws and they are patriots and believe in taking responsibility for ones actions ,also most of us don’t care what your sex is ,your sexual leanings or your color ,we care about the country and what is good for it on the whole ,and using the alt right instead of a conservative is just a way to demonizing being conservative .you sound like a lefty msm apologizer a lot of the times and jay we are not against immigration for people that come here to work ,can look after themselves and don’t want to change the country into the shit hole they left with their sicko culture , you know turdo’s invaders .
commented 2017-05-03 14:53:36 -0400
Jay makes so much sense that it’s just scary.

I think that Jay specialises in stating the very obvious, which is something that very few people do these days.

Kudos Jay!
commented 2017-05-03 14:42:46 -0400
Social media has certainly destroyed normal. I grew up in a time where we didn’t have social media, and instant insanity. They have propagandized the news, so that it is now a gossip ring of political lies and deceptions, that are used to fan the flames of hatred, in the mentally disturbed.
commented 2017-05-03 14:42:27 -0400
“Identity politics polarize electorate”

Absolutely – this Frankfort School Cultural Marxist strategy of stereotyping social sub groups and assigning victim, oppressor status to each with historic revisionist narratives, is doing exactly what it was intended to do – stir civil unrest and empower communists to capitalize on the chaos. The goal is control of the language and culture.
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