Group Identity Politics – ‘Inverted Fascism’

It seems to me that we are in a world where socialist ‘Identity Politics’ rules. Anyone who opposes the ‘Group Identity‘ (whatever flavour it is) is wrong and must be rejected by all – and also pay a price for their ‘wrongness’. It is increasingly difficult to have opposing views, and anyone that dares to challenge the ‘Group Identity’, has to be rejected by all and pay a severe price. This ‘Identity Politics’  is a kind of ‘inverted fascism‘, (instead of originating on the ‘right’, it comes from the ‘left’ – a kind of extreme socialism). My diagram uses ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ rather than naming any ‘particular Identity‘. The concept is the same. 

I first came in contact with these concepts when I came across Jordan B Peterson. His book ’12 Rules for Life – an antidote to chaos’ is a challenge to this ‘Identity Politics’ inverted fascism. 

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You do not represent me!

In today’s news we saw a terrorist walk into two mosques in New Zealand and kill 49 people. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you believe, there is no justifcation for such an act of violence. So whether you are a ‘Religious Terrorist’ or a ‘Non-Religious Terrorist’ you do NOT represent me and you do not represent God. Your hatred and murder is disgusting to both God and Mankind.

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You’ve Offended Me!!

A bit complicated this one! and far from ‘complete‘, but I wanted to tackle a the subject of ‘Offence’.

I was listening to a caller on a Talk Radio program (probably LBC Radio – Nick Ferrari) and it soon became obvious that this person was enraged and offended! I started to ask myself why, and what is the mechanism that makes people ‘offended’ to the point of ranting and being aggressive?

It was also clear that this person’s ‘offence’ had been ‘taken’ from exaggerated sources (like Social Media or the Media in general – ‘Fake News’ et al).

Of course some are SO offended by things that they actually want to kill you for having an opinion on a certain subject.

It seems to me that some people, perhaps increasingly so,  live their lives in a constant state of ‘offence’. They are perpetually ‘offended’ and it takes virtually nothing for them to become angry and ‘offended’ to the point of being verbally or physically aggressive.

There are others who are simply after some cash! There is an entire INDUSTRY created to amplify and promote offence in order to generate money. Any offended person who can get into court will make a LOT of money for themselves, and of course, for the legal people involved. Court Case = Big Money.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all have more of an ‘Intellectual Response’ to offence?

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Perceptions – The Business vs. IT

It shouldn’t really be surprising that Business People and IT ‘Geeks’ don’t often get on too well. Their mindsets are totally different.

As someone who has also worked in the music business, I can see there’s the same sort of antagonism between Musicians and ‘Band Leaders’ (Band Managers). They simply have a very different outlook on life. Musicians are artistic, creative, sensitive and are more focussed on their ‘art’ than on making it pay (or even making a living). That’s why many bands employ ‘Managers’ to take care of the ‘Business’ side of things (sometimes to their cost).

Unfortunately the same is true of IT / Technology departments within businesses. They have totally different mindsets – even though they are supposed to be ‘batting on the same side‘.

Businesses and IT Departments need to learn to bridge this ‘gap’ if they are to successfully work together.

How are you perceived within your company? (this is aimed at both IT and Business communities!!)

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