Afterthought: it just struck me this morning how strange it is that that the alt-right, the AngryWhiteBoyz movements various, the white nationalists, the Red Pill gang, Proud Boys, that whole revanchist subculture, often complains that “identity politics has gone too far.” The stunningly obvious suddenly occurred to me: what the heck are they preaching and practising, if not a violent, narrow, and extremist identity politics?

And then I thought, Oh right, this is a living example of the Unmarked Category. Because to these guys, being white/male/Eurodescended is not “an identity.” It’s the Normative Human Being. Everyone else — the vast majority of the human race, in other words — has “identities” and “identity politics.” The AngloMasculine faction, strident minority though they be, perceives all other political actors (especially the despised SJWs of every flavour) as… strident minorities.

IIRC since 2001, almost twice as many terrorist attacks on US soil have been committed by home-grown right-wing groups or individuals — most of them Anglo-descended angry white males — as by Islamists. Now, that’s identity politics with a vengeance. At what point do we recognise Anglos (as Bruce Sterling wittily predicted in Distraction) as a troubled ethnic minority with extremist tendencies?

Retired; ex-software engineer. Paleo-feminist. Sailor. Arduino tinkerer. Enviro. Libertarian Socialist (Anarcho-Syndicalist, kinda). Writer. Altermondialiste.

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