Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics

Bohne, Luciana
Date Written:  2016-07-13
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19674

This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia. When we talk about class in a Marxist, materialist, scientific sense, we are talking about a relation of power, specifically about who does and who doesn’t have power to shape society. Identity politics makes this conflict of interests in society invisible. Neoliberal economics, however, is class war. It has advanced in part because identity politics depoliticized the public.

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