“The liberal feminist says “I am a woman” and by that means that they are spiritually, ontologically, metaphysically, genetically, or any other modes of “essentially” a woman. The gender nihilist says “I am a woman” and means that they are located within a certain position in a matrix of power which constitutes them as such.” – Alyson Escalante
Identity Politics… We see this all too often. Instead of exerting one’s own will to power on the structures around them, many people on the Left fail to see that these structures in and of themselves are proliferate oppression and instead of focusing on pragmatism, are much more content to scream the virtues of their civic religion from the rooftops if for nothing more than the sake of their own self-validation. Not only is this immature (and arguably perverse, preying on the misfortune of others in some twisted effort to feel connected to their fellow man), it also further alienates leftists from the everyday struggles people face. Do you honestly think that the average person living in abject poverty cares about critical theory or gender studies 101? No! They care about where their next meal is coming from and about being able to afford medical care. They care about being used as cannon fodder in the wars waged by the elite and face the threat of being sacrificed at the altar of the capitalist (and by extension the state) on a daily basis… This reality is made all the more grotesque for people of the 3rd world. Despite my critiques, I am first quite sympathetic to “the left” or whatever vestiges of it remain and want anarchists of all stripes to be able to transcend this paradigm and focus on the issues that pertain to our biggest concern; ending the state on the local and global level ergo ending the hierarchical systems it enforces. It’s no small feat but it can be done! By building a sense of community, working towards becoming self-sufficient/radically decentralized and pursuing the destruction of monopolies (especially monopolies on identity) we can forge a world for ourselves and ours where everyone’s need for radical self-expression is met devoid of labels and concepts.
(Alyson’s full article can be found below)