Marxists have multiplied in universities all over the US, Canada and the UK. I can see why some people speak of a 'power grab'
Ask people how to define Marxism and you get everything from far left to far right notions. It's a catch all label for ideologies as widely separated as Leninism and Nazism. For many on the right, simply suggesting we form national health insurance programs means you are "Marxist". For some Marxism is opposing racist speech, while for others it is promoting racist speech. Its really just a trigger word without definition at this point.
Born-againer-like eyes? I don't think so.
Ok I was having fun there. Rewatch her outreached hands and heavenward glance as she spoke of her freedom from liberalism and goodness.
...very few people are successfully talking about this or that topic
without feeling consequences. - see what happened to Heather Heying and
her husband, for example.
It does take courage to speak up when you feel marginalized. As far as Weinstein and his wife. You can get as many opinions about what happened and why as media outlets but I agree that it was a big clusterf...k. The school did not actually do what Weistein claimed but neither did Weinstein do what reactionary students assumed he did. Then the death threats to students began...and a far right terrorist announced he was going to shoot up the school. In the end everyone was accusing everyone else of bigotry and racism and actual racists were feeding off the disorder.
Weisteins own comment about it all:
What I would say is some of the reaction that came to
Evergreen was deeply unfortunate. And I absolutely wish it had not
happened. Do I feel responsible for it? No. I think the behavior on
Evergreen's campus was exactly the kind of bigotry that would lead to
that overreaction by the far right. And that is on the people who
behaved that way, not on me for exposing it.
Identity politics never ends well.
Wiki presently includes this insightful line:
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. It has gained currency with the emergence of social movements such as the feminist movement, the civil rights movement in the U.S., the LGBTQ movement, as well as nationalist and postcolonial movements.
Identity politics on its face simply means people with similar outlooks and shared experiences acting together to promote an agenda. That pretty well describes any political or social, even economic association. IOW It has become just another trigger word. Going back to your last comment, If you mean identity politics can be divisive. I absolutely agree, and I'll add, when those who oppose this or that identity politics themselves use identity politics it becomes even more divisive. And that is where we are.