Who are you? Simple question, but how would you respond? Today you are expected to adopt a view of yourself based on physical, gender, racial or sexual attribute – not your individual ideas. The political class and the media drive you to “identity” politics in an effort to control your behavior and confine your vote. To make you an automaton to an ideology that keeps politicians and the special interests that feed off government in perpetual power.
Two weeks ago we heard from five astute college students from five prominent California universities at the Collegiate Forum at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. In this panel discussion this issue of our ideas being relegated to our person was brought to light.
We are now in a state that assumes a way of thinking based on our external identity and demands - or suffer the repercussions - adherence to a political dogma. There is sort of mob-mentality to govern our thoughts and actions, which essentially replace individuality. This is dangerous for our country and the antithesis to a democracy. It is contrary to our founding and can, in time, extinguish the freedom which we now celebrate.
Join the discussion. Check-out the panelists’ thoughts on identity vs. ideas in the video of the Collegiate Forum below.