This zine—sub-titled “An Argument Against the ‘Identity’ in Identity Politics”—presents a solid critique of “identity politics” and organizing strategies based solely on identity. It isn’t just a simple rejection, but offers a substantive critique of the limits of identity and offers an alternative perspective based on the “politics of affinity” that takes as its starting point our connections and commonalities in terms of goals for the future and types of resistance, rather than maintenance of fixed identities.
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Excerpt from Dangerous Foundations
This is an argument against identity politics, but it is not an argument against feminism, or queer liberation, or anti-racism work. It is instead an argument that the oppressions usually combated through identity politics—a strategy based on the affirmation of identity—could be better fought through its abandonment, or in the least through a radical destabalisation of existing identities.