Bob Murphy on How Identity Politics Hurts Everyone
By David Henderson
I rarely find time to listen to podcasts that are longer than 10 minutes. But I found the following description intriguing:
Pointing to a recent Twitter thread from a progressive detailing his white male cisness, Bob shows how narrow the focus is on only particular “privileges” and not others. More generally, the effort to demonize white men is causing young people great harm, whether white or otherwise. The movement is based on power politics and relies on economic ignorance.
Bob Murphy is a friend but that’s not typically enough to get me listening. In this case I was glad I did.
The podcast is titled “Identity Politics Is Hurting Young People–Of all Colors,” July 9, 2020.
If you’re in a hurry, start at about 1:30 and go to about 15:00. You’ll get his most important message. But also I thought that the material in the last 5 or 6 minutes, where he discusses the U.S. women’s soccer team, was very good also.
Once the diversity trainers have established this basic conceptual framework, they encourage white employees to “practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism” and work on “undoing [their] own whiteness.” As part of this process, white employees must abandon their “white normative behavior” and learn to let go of their “comfort,” “physical safety,” “social status,” and “relationships with some other white people.” As writer James Lindsay has pointed out, this is not the language of human resources; it is the language of cult programming—persuading members they are defective in some predefined manner, exploiting their emotional vulnerabilities, and isolating them from previous relationships.
This is from Christopher F. Rufo, “Cult Programming in Seattle,” City Journal, July 8. It supports Murphy’s claim that it isn’t just about privilege and advantage but is also about guilt. That relates to the discussion in the comments below between Mark Z and me.