A:We’ve made some real progress in gay equality over the last few decades, and I’m no expert on the subject but I think nationalist groups had a hand in that.
J:I’m sure the people of the Middle East are profoundly happy that they can now be blown up by gay American soldiers as well as by straight ones. Meanwhile, ALL people in your country are the victims of a massive transfer of wealth from the mass of the population to a tiny group of capitalists, your constitution is in shreds, labor rights are practically nonexistent and quality of life is plunging. They’re beating you with a stick and throwing you scraps, and you’re grateful that you’re not dead yet. But what you actually deserve is peace and a full meal.
A:Do you really think the energy that is being expended on political correctness and nationalist rhetoric would actually be spent on combating American imperialism or global capitalism?
J:Yes, I do. I think that’s exactly what the point of all this [political correctness] is: to give people a pressure valve that makes them feel better but changes nothing about how the system operates. To channel their anger not into opposing the system of economic exploitation that produces social antagonisms, but into opposing other exploited people that they perceive as culturally “privileged.”