“…the Dom Post’s recent transformation into unthinking Identity Politics mouthpiece”

Dominion Post readers – is this a fair comment on the newspaper? I don’t get it, and only see a wide mix of coverage via Stuff.

The term ‘identity politics’ is coming up more these days. It’s a fairly vague term to me, and it seems can mean different things.

Identity politics are political positions based on the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. Identity politics includes the ways in which people’s politics are shaped by aspects of their identity through loosely[clarification needed] correlated social organizations. Examples include social organizations based on age, religion, social class or caste, culture, dialect, disability, education, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, generation, occupation, profession, race, political party affiliation, sexual orientation, settlement, urban and rural habitation, and veteran status.

The term “identity politics” has been in use in various forms since the 1960s or 1970s, but has been applied with, at times, radically different meanings by different populations.


The term identity politics has been used in political discourse since at least the 1970s. One aim of identity politics has been for those feeling oppressed to articulate their felt oppression in terms of their own experience by a process of consciousness-raising.

Identity politics, as a mode of categorizing, are closely connected to the ascription that some social groups are oppressed (such as women, ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities); that is, the claim that individuals belonging to those groups are, by virtue of their identity, more vulnerable to forms of oppression such as cultural imperialism, violence, exploitation of labour, marginalization, or powerlessness. Therefore, these lines of social difference can be seen as ways to gain empowerment or avenues through which to work towards a more equal society.

Some groups have combined identity politics and Marxist social class analysis and class consciousness — the most notable example being the Black Panther Party — but this is not necessarily characteristic of the form. Another example is MOVE, members of which mixed black nationalism with anarcho-primitivism (a radical form of green politics based on the idea that civilization is an instrument of oppression, advocating the return to a hunter gatherersociety). Identity politics can be left wing or right wing, with examples of the latter being Ulster Loyalism, Islamism and Christian Identity movements.

During the 1980s, the politics of identity became very prominent and it was linked to a new wave of social movement activism.

The mid-2010s have seen a marked rise of identity politics, including white identity politics in the United States. This phenomenon is attributed to increased demographic diversity and the prospect of whites becoming a minority in America. Such shifts have driven many to affiliate with conservative causes including those not related to diversity.  This includes the presidential election of Donald Trump, who won the support of prominent white supremacists such as David Duke and Richard B. Spencer (which Trump disavowed.)




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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th November 2018

    Stuff is wall-to-wall climate alarmism today coupled with a promise contrary views will not be published. Given its usual moderation practices I’ve no doubt that will be enforced.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th November 2018

    I guess now they’ve successfully banned plastic bags they are on their next roll with the Wellington airheads.

  3. The Consultant

     /  28th November 2018

    Go woke, go broke!

  4. Gezza

     /  28th November 2018

    Given the liberal sensibilities of Wellingtonians, they’ve presumably decided a crusading PC narrative is the way to arrest declining readership.

    The education system could be playing its part in producing a declining readership too.

  5. Gezza

     /  28th November 2018

    I don’t get the Dom Post although that doesn’t stop them regularly ringing up and asking if I’d like to. Judging by stuff articles I dunno whether they’re pushing identity politics or just lazily publishing anything anyone’s written without analysis.

  6. The Consultant

     /  28th November 2018

    What papers don’t do anymore, The Abbottabad Archive and the Silence of the Chattering Classes.

    The writer comments on a recent meeting he had with a military historian who has been exploring the massive Osama Bin Laden archive:

    Just over a year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency posted online nearly all of the materials collected from Osama Bin Laden’s lair by the Navy Seals who effected his demise.

    I didn’t know that. He didn’t know that, despite maintaining a keen interest in Middle East politics, and when he goes looking through a lot of MSM sources (NYT, WaPo, WSJ) he finds nothing about this either, although he does find one or two snippets noting the release and ….. that’s it.

    One would have thought that they would have found reporters, versed in Arabic, to go over at least some of the 470,000 documents released. But this they did not do. It is as if no one these days has the resources to do any serious reporting. It is as if no one involved at the editorial level in our leading journals cares a whit.


    He makes a prediction:

    Someday, perhaps, a scholar — perhaps even Mary Habeck, who eleven years ago published a book on jihadism and remains interested in the topic — will exploit this treasure trove of documents.

    But, should she do so, would anybody outside a dry academic journal even bother to review the book? In a world obsessed with gender-bending, does anyone within the chattering class care about terrorism, war, peace, and the conduct of foreign policy more generally? Something is very much amiss, and we are apt someday to pay in spades for our silly self-indulgence.

  7. The Consultant

     /  28th November 2018

    And more in this vein:

    Joined by others, a group of black-clad masked individuals surrounded me. ‘You’re an Asian giving into white supremacy, motherfucker,’ one shouted.

    Why did I, a Vietnamese-American gay journalist, receive this reaction from a self-described anti-racist social justice movement?

    In his case because he tried to report honestly on Antifa. But as that goes, so goes the DomPost.

    In the world of Intersectionality & Identity Politics your identity won’t save you if you have the wrong political opinion – which is why one key reason why Identity Politics and it’s fucked up twin sister, Intersectionality, is a bullshit facade for the same old Lefty thugs who’ve been around since the 19th century.

  1. “…the Dom Post’s recent transformation into unthinking Identity Politics mouthpiece” — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition

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