How Identity Politics came to America

Why do so many of our young people embrace Marxist Socialism? Of course, we older folks know it wasn’t always this way; quite the opposite. So, what changed, considering that everything about this ideology is not only diametrically opposed to Christian values, but against the values that made America a wonderful place to live, in spite of our flaws? To answer this, we need look no further than our universities.

This post is a continuation of my series on exposing Socialism for the cultural cancer that it is. You can read the other posts here.

The type of Marxism embraced today is usually referred to as “Identity Socialism” or “Cultural Marxism,” which is not your grandmother’s Socialism.

Here’s a short video clip to give a little historical background on how this evil ideology metasticized itself into our culture through our universities. I’ll start with a quote from the video:

“The old socialism, the kind Karl Marx dreamed up, was all about the working class, the sort of blue-collar worker who, ironically, voted for President Trump. But today’s socialist couldn’t care less about the guy in the hardhat. He had his chance at revolution and blew it. Today’s socialist is all about race, gender, and transgender rights.  Class is an afterthought.

To understand this is to understand the Left’s takeover of the college campus and all the ills that takeover has spawned: from MeToo, to Black Lives Matter, to girls competing against biological boys. But campus culture has now metastasized into the culture of the whole society. As liberal writer Andrew Sullivan has put it: “We all live on campus now.”

Identity socialism is first and foremost about division. Not just class division, but now race division, gender division, transgender division. Blacks and Latinos are in, whites are out. Women are in, men are out. Gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgenders are in; heterosexuals are out. Illegals are in, native-born citizens are out.”

This video is short and very informative. Well w0rth watching.

I wrote about Herbert Marcuse (mentioned in video) in my post, “The Cynical Theories of the Left.” Marcuse was one of the fundamental influencers of the Critical theories embraced by the “woke” movement today.

Another player, Antonio Gramsci, is considered by many to be the Godfather of Cultural Marxism. Gramsci believed that culture rather than class was the primary location for oppression and social justice. He developed the notion of Cultural Hegemony, where the ruling class oppresses by wielding the power in all the cultural areas (seven mountains). By replacing and occupying all these areas of social influence with Marxist ideology, then a utopian world can be finally ushered in (see my post, “Understanding ‘Woke’ Corporate America.”

I should also add French philosophers Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, who gave us postmodernism and influenced our universities with their ideology (see my post, “Marxism, Artificial Intelligence, and Postmodernism.”) It was Foucault who gave us the notion that there is no truth, just power, which explains a lot about the incoherence of the radical left’s arguments and their apparent war against reality. This is also why postmodern philosophy teaches that one cannot know the truth.

But if there is no such thing as truth but only power, then, ultimately, what you have left is the oligarchal tyranny of the powerful and enslavement of the bullied and blind masses. At the very opposite end of this cynical and nihilistic philosophy stands Jesus, extending the following invitation to every one will listen:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:31-32, 36 NKJV)

As the video points out, the Cultural Marxists no longer represent the working class. They’re Gramsci’s new ruling class—the intellectual academia and ‘woke’ billionaires. And they love making money…off of you! Ask Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, who made billions selling you (your data) to the highest bidder. They’re now the arbitors of allowable speech in this new hegemony. These ne0-Marxists are not against owning property either. As the NY Post recently reported, BLM organization co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, purchased property for $1.4 million in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood made up of mostly white people. One might wonder how Cullors got so much “privilege.”

ADDENDUM: The Big Tech Thought Police have now blocked any mention of Cullors’ multiple property purchases since 2016 worth $3.2 million on their platforms. See article here and Cullors’ response here. You can also read here where Breonna Taylor’s mother thinks this BLM organization is a fraud, exploiting her daughter’s name for political reasons and money.)

Today, many, if not most, billionaires in the world embrace some form of cultural Marxism. They sit atop the cultural “mountains” and control how you and I should think and live. They’re the woketopian oligarchs of Big Tech and the CEO’s of major corporations. You need to understand that this is a complete reversal of the working-class Marxist activists of old who were trying to topple the wealthy elites and globalist corporations. These new socialists are the globalist elites! As the video pointed out, the working class voted for Trump in 2020.

I hope this brief historical overview of the bigoted and intolerant ‘woke’ religion of Identity Politics will help you understand all the crazy that’s going on. Again, as liberal writer Andrew Sullivan has put it: “We all live on campus now.”

But, as I’ve said before, while I hate the ideology, I don’t hate the people who embrace it. I truly want to see them free and full of joy. Like Martin Luther King said, that they may learn to love all people, regardless of skin color, gender, or political positions. Because one thing this divisive and destructive ideology can never do is give people freedom, nor will it ever bring us together. It certainly won’t heal our nation. My prayer is that our young people will question their indoctrination and search for the truth, because it’s the truth that makes us free, not power.

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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19 Responses to How Identity Politics came to America

  1. Lisa V says:

    The longer they keep us divided, the more they keep us fighting, the more powerful THEY become, and the more evil they do at our expense. If we would stop fighting long enough to realize they are using us, we might actually make some progress. But the “woke” don’t believe that, and I’m really not sure why? The elite aren’t even hiding it anymore. Klaus whats-his-name (The Great Reset Czar) has commercials that say “You won’t own anything, and you will be happy.” And people buy it! (Or should I say “rent” it). I just can’t wrap my head around it. I have to continuously give it to God, because I can’t fix it and it drives me into depression. The flip side of that is I believe more and more people are slowly waking up. I just hope it isn’t too late.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “I have to continuously give it to God, because I can’t fix it and it drives me into depression. The flip side of that is I believe more and more people are slowly waking up. I just hope it isn’t too late.”

      Your whole comment is well-said, Lisa. Your sentiment here is what I think a lot of people are going through. But I agree, people are slowly waking up. This woketopian nightmare took decades to finally metasticize into the culture. It will take a while for the cure. What we have in our favor is that their ideology is at war with reality. Whenever their followers actually start to question their indoctrination, the whole thing falls apart for them. I pray that hearts will be open to the truth which will free them from the brainwashing.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      @Lisa V
      Drives me daffy too!

      The younger generations are the most indoctrinated. The older generations are the most confused. I think the key is love. Grandparents and parents have to be convinces that for the sake of their children they must study the Bible and our history. We have to convince the older generations that we have gone astray because we have allowed ourselves to remain ignorant of the truth.

      • Mel Wild says:

        @ Tom.
        I couldn’t agree more. The older generation has been asleep at the wheel while the Marxist radical left slowly took over our cultural institutions. And because our kids didn’t have a solid grasp of history or true Christian values, woke social justice and socialism became their religion.

        • Citizen Tom says:

          @Mel Wild

          What is sad is that the best students are the ones most likely to have accepted the indoctrination. They want to believe and please their teachers.

        • Mel Wild says:

          It is sad, and as we’re seeing the fruit now, it’s also dangerous. Probably the biggest downfall of our educational system is that students aren’t taught how to think for themselves. Universities used to be these places; now they’re postmodern indoctrination centers. It’s effective because deconstruction appeals to the intellectual student, but dangerous because they don’t yet know how to criticially think through these things. If they actually did, they would soundly reject this Marxist ideology as incoherent.

        • Citizen Tom says:

          @Mel Wild

          If they had been properly taught in primary and secondary school, university students would have no trouble rejecting Marxism.

          Let me give you a couple of examples, questions our education system never addresses.

          1. What makes taxation moral? That is, why is it moral for the government to seize the property of people for purposes of taxation?

          2. When does it become immoral for the government to tax us? That is, where do you draw the line and say no more?

          3. Why do human beings have rights?

          To make our government work, we have to have a moral foundation. Christianity once served that purpose, but we have not passed onto our children their Christian heritage. That risks their ability to govern themselves. More importantly, that puts their souls at greater risk.

        • Mel Wild says:

          Really good points, Tom. This is why it’s tragic how abysmally lacking our kid’s understanding of civics and economics really is. Rather, they are easily manipulated by leftist teachers and slick politicians who continuously offer them free stuff without looking at the cost (their future!). It’s a recipe for disaster.

  2. Jon says:

    Brainwashing has been going on since the serpent came up with “has God really said?” Without the promise that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all Truth, at least any willing to listen, we would be waltzing on the rim of the abyss with his misdirection ringing in our ears. I pray some will wake up and stop trying to be woke.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Excellent article Mel, you’ve done your research and I’m impressed with your reference to Marcuse, Focult, etc

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks, Jim. I’ve been familiar with this ideology for a long time. I think we need to understand how we got here if we’re going to effectively expose it and defeat it before it destroys our culture. While it’s been under the radar for about 50 years, this humanistic religion has metasticized in our culture so quickly, we don’t have a lot of time to do something about it. My part here is to educate people with what I know so that they can find the truth and break free from its spell.

  4. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:

    Mel Wild writes excellent, readable, and well-researched posts on the evils of Socialism. Check out his latest.

  5. Salvageable says:

    Until COVID closed the classrooms and drove the professors online, I was a voice in the classroom that challenged students to resist Marxist and socialist thought. I talked about the Berlin Wall and Cuba and Vietnam. I talked about the Soviet Union, how it was formed and how it fell. Before that I talked about the Enlightenment philosophers who crystalized the concept of human rights and limited government and how capitalism–an adaptation of economic structures from the Middle Ages–rose to prominence in those concepts. My students appreciated what I said; I think they are still better for having heard these things. J.

    • Mel Wild says:

      That’s awesome, Salvageable. What you did is so important. You did your students a great service. This is what our educational system is supposed to be doing, preparing our young people to be able to critically think through these things. They need to hear the real history, including the horror stories of Marxism in the 20th century, where over 100 million people were murdered. They need to know about the good and bad of capitalism, why, in spite of these things, it has worked so well everytime it’s allowed to thrive, to create a free society (that it’s not the oppressive white patriarchy!) They need to know our country’s history, including the reprehensible things that were done, in order to rightly understand how the ideals that the founding father gave us were shaped and fashioned and fought for over two centuries. So that, quite the opposite of being a systemically racist country, Martin Luther King could say in his famous “I have a Dream” speech in 1963:

      “In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

      And that check was cashed with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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