The end of identity politics? I fear not.

From Michelle Malkin at Townhall:

The good news is that after being blasted as haters by Clinton’s hate-filled minions, after being slapped down as racial “cowards” by Clintonite holdover Eric Holder, after being lambasted as “xenophobes” and “nativists” by immigration expansionists in both parties, after enduring a string of faked hate crimes blamed on conservatives, after ceaseless accusations of “Islamophobia” in the wake of jihad attacks on American soil, after baseless accusations of “homophobia” for protesting the government’s gay wedding cake coercion, and after mourning a growing list of police officers ambushed and targeted by violent thugs seeking racial vengeance, an undeniable movement of citizens in the 2016 election cycle decided to push back.

When all is said and done, one of the most important cultural accomplishments of Donald Trump’s bid will be the platform he created for Americans of all colors, ethnicities, political affiliations, and socioeconomic backgrounds to defy soul-draining identity politics.More.

Reality check: Malkin is an insightful commentator but there is an element we may not be factoring in here: the post-employment society. One reason for the rise of racial and sexual identity politics is the long-term growth of joblessness, in large part due to automation, and in the decline of church and family.

The person whose identity, forty years ago, might have been: bank teller, Presbyterian and mother of two is now a person whose identity is: abuse victim, person of colour and expressing an alternative sexuality.

A critical difference is that the 1976 bank teller was doing something useful in her community. The grievance industries’ identities, captured by the second person, represent no value to anyone except the person herself. That value is the extent that she can compel goods and services, and maybe even attention and vengeance as a result. That pretty much guarantees much nastier politics in the foreseeable future, a war between identities that represent no obvious value to others.

See also: Online star formally confesses to hate crime hoax As a form of disinformation, hoax hate crimes help SJWs. Far more people will hear about the panic than about the post-panic revelation of the hoax.

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