The Reactionary Nature of Identity Politics

Those who want to view everything through the prisms of race, sex, gender and sexuality portray themselves as “progressives.” But they are reactionaries who seek to replace the liberal ideals that have brought so much progress in human affairs with rigid racial and sexual categories.



a group of people in uniform: Louisville, Kentucky police in late September


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Louisville, Kentucky police in late September

These “identitarians” see themselves as the heirs of the civil rights movement—as its logical culmination. But the civil rights movement’s aim was to abolish, not impose, the identity politics of judging individuals based solely on race or sex.

The identitarians respond that although the civil rights movement may have been effective against overt, conscious racism and sexism, it was ineffective against the more pernicious and insidious forms, which they label as structural (or systemic) racism, white privilege and patriarchy.

Structural racism is supposed to indicate the subordination of racial minorities despite the absence of

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Reunion of Ebeano family and Enugu politics

By Joseph Aneke

 

Last week’s reunion of the Ebeano political family has continued to resonate in the nation’s political space. For critical observers, the Ebeano concept and the Gburugburu philosophy are one and the same. That was why in Enugu particularly, the euphoria of the reunion of the Ebeano family was remarkable as the nostalgic event brought together serving and former members of the National Assembly, State House of Assembly, former ministers, party leaders and others produced by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state since 1999.

Since inception of the Fourth Republic, virtually all the major players in the politics of Enugu State are products of the Ebeano family. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, former Governor Sullivan Chime, former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former Senators, House of Representatives members, among others, who have occupied several other high profile political positions are products of the family which was birthed by

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House, govt drop education provisions from job creation bill – Politics

The House of Representatives and the government agreed to drop provisions on education from the omnibus bill on job creation on Thursday.

“The government, represented by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and the Education and Culture Ministry, suggests the working committee revoke provisions regarding four laws stipulated in the job creation bill,” an expert staff member at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, Elen Setiadi, said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.

The provisions in question are some articles in Law No. 20/2003 on the national education system, Law No. 14/2005 on teachers and lecturers, Law No. 12/2012 on higher education and Law No. 20/2013 on medical education.

House Legislation Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas, who chaired Thursday’s meeting, said he was glad that the government listened to aspirations from lawmakers and the public.

Read also: NU, Muhammadiyah join coalition opposing educational provisions in omnibus

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Public Health Leaders Vow Science, Not Politics, Will Guide COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET

Amid criticism from Democrats that politics may be guiding decisions at the nation’s top health agencies, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would not be approved until it met “vigorous expectations” for safety and effectiveness.

“Decisions to authorize or approve any such vaccine or therapeutic will be made by the dedicated career staff at FDA through our thorough review processes, and science will guide our decisions,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn told senators.

Hahn continued: “FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that. I will fight for science … I will fight for the integrity of the agency, and I will put the interests of the American people before anything else.”

Four of the top federal officials responsible for managing the coronavirus pandemic all testified before of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and

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Watch Live: Public Health Leaders Vow Science, Not Politics, Will Guide Vaccine

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Amid criticism from Democrats that politics may be guiding decisions at the nation’s top health agencies, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would not be approved until it met “vigorous expectations” for safety and effectiveness.

“Decisions to authorize or approve any such vaccine or therapeutic will be made by the dedicated career staff at FDA through our thorough review processes, and science will guide our decisions,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn told senators.

Continued Hahn: “FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that. I will fight for science … I will fight for the integrity of the agency, and I will put the interests of the American people before anything else.”

Four of the top federal officials responsible for managing the coronavirus pandemic are testifying

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