Alex Adkins on "White Privilege, Didacticism, Satire"

Alex Adkins presented on the topic of "privilege politics." He argued that although the identity-political discourse of privilege initially emerged from important concerns about various forms of systemic inequality, today it leads to self-righteous, narcisstistic, sadistic, atomistic, anti-systemic, and religious forms of persecution offered in the name of progressivism. Privilege is indeed a crucial social problem and topic of concern in the era of the ersatz, but the primary idiom in which that concept emerges does not help address or solve systemic injustice; rather, privilege politics today detracts from the task of understanding oppression in systemic terms. Such a reactionary politics proves useful to those who indulge in the sadistic pleasure of the downtrodden, what Nietzsche called "ressentiment."