Identity Politics and the Upper 9%

The slogan championing the 99% first originated, as far we know, with the Occupy movement. The 99% slogan captures the fact that a tiny portion of wealth is controlled by an elite. However as this article shows, that slogan slurs over the difference between the upper middle class, the middle class and the working class. More specifically, it locates what the leaders of identity politics (the promoting of race and gender issues over class issues) who reside in the upper middle class have to gain by promoting identity politics.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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