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Are identity politics making students less tolerant?
Are identity politics making students less tolerant? | GZERO World

Are identity politics making students less tolerant?

On GZERO World, political scientist Yascha Mounk sits down with Ian Bremmer to discuss his latest book, “The Identity Trap” and what he sees as a counter-productive focus on group identity that's taken hold of mainstream US institutions, particularly in the area of education. Bremmer acknowledges that while he doesn’t always understand the nuances of how young people want to be identified, it feels legitimate that they don’t want society to define what box they’re in.

“We need to have a society in which we respect everybody equally,” Mounk argues, “But that is different from saying that we should create a society where how we treat each other is deeply shaped by the group of which we're from.”

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Has identity politics distracted us from true inclusion?
Has identity politics distracted us from true inclusion? | GZERO World

Has identity politics distracted us from true inclusion?

Political scientist and author Yascha Mounk joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to discuss his latest book, “The Identity Trap" and his concerns about the contemporary “woke” ideology coming from the progressive left. A counter-production obsession with group identity in all forms, he argues, has taken hold of mainstream institutions in areas like education and healthcare.

“Rather than asking for true inclusion in shared institutions,” Mounk says, “[Progressive activists] reject that universalist heritage and want to make how we treat each other explicitly depend on the kind of identity groups of which we're a part.”

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The identity politics trap
The identity politics trap | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

The identity politics trap

From race to gender to profession to nationality, we define who we are in a million different ways. Many people feel strongly about those identities; they are a fundamental part of how we see the world, find community, and relate to each other. But despite good intentions on the progressive left, at what point does focusing on what makes us different from each other hurt our society more than it helps? When does a healthy appreciation for culture and heritage stifle discourse and deny mutual understanding?

On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, political scientist and author Yascha Mounk weighs in on identity, politics, and how those two combine to create the complicated, contentious idea of “identity politics.” Mounk’s latest book, “The Identity Trap,” explores the origins and consequences of so-called “wokeness” and argues that a counter-productive obsession with group identity has gained outsize influence over mainstream institutions.

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Ian Explains: Will voters care about "anti-woke" politics in 2024?
Ian Explains: Will voters care about "anti-woke" politics in 2024? | Ian Bremmer

Ian Explains: Will voters care about "anti-woke" politics in 2024?

What happened to the war on wokeness?

For the past few years, the battle against the “woke mind virus” has dominated Fox News’ nightly coverage, but lately, Fox has led with issues like immigration and inflation. Self-styled “anti-woke” 2024 GOP primary candidates Tim Scott and Vivek Ramaswamy are already out of the race, and anti-woke crusader Ron DeSantis’ poll numbers fell by 20 points in the last year.

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At a civic march against antisemitism in Paris this weekend, a far-right political procession saw Marine Le Pen, president and deputy of the Rassemblement National group (center) demonstrate along with her deputies, including Sebastien Chenu (left) and Jordan Bardella, president of the RN (right).

Photographie de Amaury Cornu / Hans Lucas via Reuters.

Will Gaza-related protests shake up national politics?

Israel’s war against Hamas inspired a weekend of international protests. In London, more than 300,000 people marched on Saturday, calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. In the United States, pro-Palestine marchers gathered near President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware, chanting “Biden, Biden you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide.”

Meanwhile, in Paris on Sunday, a 100,000-person march against antisemitism saw Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally, take part, while Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing France Unbowed refused to attend because he felt it was a "rendezvous for unconditional supporters of the massacre [of Gazans]."

Will divisions over Israel’s war have electoral implications? In Britain, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is favored to win the next election, but his refusal to call for a cease-fire has provoked a rebellion within his party. One shadow minister recently remarked that Labour was “hemorrhaging Muslim votes massively – enough to lose seats if there was an election tomorrow.”

In the US,Biden’s handling of the Gaza crisis has split Democrats, with nearly half disapproving of his approach. Meanwhile, support for the president among Arab and Muslims has plummeted – one recent poll showed support for him dropping from 59% to just 17% among Arab Americans – potentially putting him in electoral jeopardy in key swing states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania which are home to sizable Arab and Muslim populations.

We’ll be watching to see whether politicians on the left are punished for their pro-Israel stances in upcoming elections and whether this will lead to a longer-term realignment.

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with naval commandos and fighters who took part in the combat mission in Gaza on Oct 29, 2023.

EYEPRESS via Reuters Connect

Bibi vows “Never Again is now”

As Israel ramped up its military campaign against Hamas this weekend in response to the deadly Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israeli soldiers were in the second stage of the war with ground troops entering Gaza. The goals, he said, are: “to destroy Hamas’ governing and military capabilities and to bring the hostages home.”

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An Afghan woman stands next to her house after a recent earthquake in Chahak village in the Enjil district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Three deadly quakes have plagued the region this month.


Hard Numbers: Quake hits Afghanistan again, Venezuela’s opposition field narrows, Oz rejects “The Voice,” antisemitic attacks on the rise

3: A third earthquake has struck western Afghanistan just a week after earlier quakes flattened villages in the region and killed thousands. The 6.3-magnitude tremor hit near the city of Herat on Sunday, killing at least one and injuring scores. The ruling Taliban government says survivors of this month’s deadly earthquakes are desperate for food, medicine, and shelter.
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The 465-foot superyacht Nord, a luxury yacht worth over half a billion U.S. dollars, reportedly owned by the sanctioned Russian oligarch Alexei Mordashov i


Hard Numbers: US seeks Russian assets for Ukraine, Iranian funds refrozen, King Charles acknowledges Kenya colonization, France bans pro-Palestine demonstrations

300 billion: US officials are pushing allies to put their frozen Russian reserves toward helping Ukraine. Western governments have an estimated $300 billion of frozen Kremlin reserves across a multitude of bank accounts, but most of them are in Europe, where central bankers have expressed fears that seizing the money could pose major legal and financial risks. But with Republicans pushing to limit Ukraine aid, the US is looking for alternatives.

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