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Some time ago as part of a series of discussions put on by the Blackheath Philosophy Forum we ran a pilot project to test interest in discussing issues at the intersection of politics and civilization online. To get things going, I posted a series of articles indicting identity politics, an ideology that has become hugely influential throughout the Western world, including education at all levels, the media, politics and the corporate sector.
I invited all members of the Blackheath Philosophy Forum to respond on this website, eliciting a good debate with a range of viewpoints expressed and many carefully considered contributions - and not a single case of the ad hominem abuse so endemic to online discourse these days.
I belatedly posted the final article in the set, that supported the claim that identity politics threatens core valuable features of the civilization we inhabit, in November 2019. You can read it here.
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Incidentally I strongly recommend Douglas Murray's brilliant new book dissecting identity politics The Madness of Crowds - check out the author interview below.
J'Accuse identity politics a short overview that summarizes the five-count indictment
Count 5: Identity politics threatens civilization as we know it posted 22 Nov 2019
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