not to get theoretical on the tl but there’s a brand of Marxist theory & labour politics that views any deviation from class analysis as a threat to solidarity or a waste of time (1/4)
traditionally this meant rejecting the politics of recognition, crudely rendered as “identity politics”. Feminism, multiculturalism and now transgender rights are presented as petty “distractions” from material concerns (2/4)
on the other, it involves the notion that class is somehow above, seperate or prior to identity and that discussions of the latter are somehow unrelated and less important (many progressives hold this perspective) (3/4)
what I want to point out is that the “identity politics is ruining the left” and “class analysis is above other kinds” takes do much the same work (ie sidelining minoritised experience and analysis) but from opposite perspectives (4/4)

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