Anyone who believes that their ‘identity’ provides immunisation against criticism, is either a dangerous fool or a deliberate manipulator. Whether they were born with it, brought up with it, or chose it for themselves; whether it’s a noun, an adjective or a pronoun, whatever…anyone who thinks their identity makes them ‘special’…is playing a game of deception.

There is nothing new about this. It’s a form of ‘emotional blackmail’, and it’s an old trick. You want to do what the hell you like, whenever you like, with no negative consequences to you? You want to put yourself above the law, above any ethical or moral standard that applies to the rest of society?

Make any criticism of your behaviour equate to a criticism of your identity…make attacking YOU a worse crime than anything you might have done.

On one hand, I can’t believe I’m still writing about this; it’s not rocket science. But writing about it is necessary because there’s an epidemic of it right now. Within the past two weeks there have been two prominent examples:

Firstly in the US

The first Somalian woman to be elected to the US Congress, Ilhan Omar, has been ‘persuaded’ to apologise…by her own party…for pointing out that AIPAC (the American-Israel Political Action Committee) uses its financial clout to buy political influence on Capitol Hill.

This is of course, absurd – the apology not the observation – for that is exactly what AIPAC does. Just as weapons lobbyists do on behalf of Lockheed et al, and bank lobbyists do on behalf of JP Morgan et al. The difference, however is this: according to AIPAC and its supporters, mentioning that AIPAC buys influence, EQUATES with saying something like: ‘wicked money-grubbing Jews are buying influence’. I.E. Criticism of AIPAC or Israel = anti-Semitism.

Clearly this is insidious nonsense, but like I said, it’s an old trick. And if you want to make sure that the US Congress portrays you with the sun shining out of your arse…it’s a bloody good trick.

Secondly in the UK

Last week the inevitable happened: a collection of Labour MPs left the party and formed an ‘independent’ group. I say ‘inevitable’ because the realignment of UK politics has been underway for some time now, as has the undermining of Jeremy Corbyn by the Blairites. On 9th February I suggested that he should precipitate the next step of this realignment:

That ship has now sailed – the process is out in the open and will accelerate. In terms of the rationale and the timing, there are two main ‘reasons’ cited by the ‘splitters’. One is Corbyn’s refusal to back a second Brexit referendum. What is the other?

Corbyn is anti-Semitic

Jeremy Corbyn is no more anti-Semitic than he is an ardent body-builder, a paintball enthusiast or a rampant party-goer…Corbyn prefers pottering about in his allotment. Nope…Corbyn stands up for the rights of Palestinians. THIS. IS. NOT. THE. SAME. For those MPs in the pocket of the Israel lobby, notably Joan Ryan, Corbyn’s support for Palestinians is a BIG problem. For the rest of them, the problem is broader, but the smear works just as well for their agenda:

The psychological pattern being played out

The person who is weaponizing their ‘identity’, upon hearing the criticism, makes the false equivalence and reacts as if they are the ‘victim’ of an unfair attack. If this emotional blackmail works on the critic, the ‘victim’ switches role to that of ‘persecutor’…the criticism is suppressed, the false equivalence is strengthened in the ‘group mind’, and the ‘victim/persecutor’ is now free to continue doing whatever it was that attracted the criticism. This is a universal dynamic in Schizophrenic families, and from my own observation quite common in boardrooms, and rather more common amongst politicians…you can make up your own mind about the similarities between those three.

Personally, I believe it is vitally important to challenge this stuff. It’s used for justification of political advantage at one end of the scale, for crimes against humanity at the other. It is insidious. My stance is this: I do not except the premise – the premise is bullshit.

I’ll leave you with this:



MarkGB is a retired UK businessperson with 35 years experience of working with people from 30 countries and six continents. He is not a member of any political party and does not represent any vested interests. He offers an independent view on economic and political events as they unfold.

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3 thoughts on “On the continued weaponization of ‘identity’

  1. What disgusts me about the charges of anti-semitism is the cynical manner in which the sort of people I would class as almost fascist Zionist elite, trade on the lives (deaths) of the generations who were slaughtered in the death camps and pogroms of the recent and not so recent past.

    And it’s a very difficult status to challenge. I got myself excluded from a discussion site for saying that the New York synagogue shooting incident around the new year should concern us deeply not because the victims were Jewish particularly but because they were citizens. All citizens should have the right to congregate without fear of being killed by maniacs.

    President Trump went straight from the hip into an antisemitism rant, and I think that misses the wider and deeper point. Especially so when his much of his own rhetorical stance is shot through with anti-Muslim sentiment.

    The violent nazi-aping street thugs are in many places as anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti humanity…. as they are anti-Jewish.

    In the oft quoted words of Martin Niemoller (himslef, ironically a member of the Nazi party in pre-war Germany;

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    Redolent of John Donne’s, No man is an island. […] therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.

    Every generation has to re-learn these eternal truths it seems.

    1. If you read Douglas Reed’s book the Controversy of Zion, you will find that the total amount of Jews locked up by the NAZI’s were in the 2 to 3 percent range of all who were locked up. Just a little higher than their percentage of Germany’s total population. Reed interviewed prisoners in the camps and found that well over 90 percent of those locked up were Hitlers fellow German’s.
      His reports were changed by The Times of London’s editors to say only Jews were locked up and nothing about the plight of ordinary German’s was mentioned.

  2. Same pattern observable in gender politics too…fail to buy into and 100% endorse the ‘woman as victim’ narrative, and you’d better watch out…

    Whilst the existence of a male-only golf club literally makes the national news, there are two female-only gyms in my small town alone – a town which also has two separate annual female-only charity events. Also perfectly OK, and apparently in no way sexist.Indeed – it’s celebrated!

    Truly strange the way these things play out.

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