The Tribal Morality of Identity Politics
Thinkers Are Not The Same As Thoughts.
“America has not lost its religion. America has relocated its religion to the realm of politics.” So wrote Georgetown University Professor Joshua Mitchell in an essay for The American Mind earlier this year. Mitchell’s earlier work on fundamentalism in America has proven to be some of the sharpest and most prescient analysis of the forces in our shared life which crystallized into the phenomenon called “identity politics.” In this symposium, scholars and commentators respond to Mitchell and discuss the ways in which his ideas may be applied to that newest of religions, identitarianism, in 2019 and going forward.
It has become abundantly clear that identity politics is a religion. The analogies between progressivism and the Abrahamic faiths, Christianity especially, are (to turn a phrase) legion. Christianity attributes the brokenness of the world to a pervasive depravity, which is congenital in the human species and ineradicable except by habitual repentance and supernatural aid. This…