"I Don't Believe You Can Make a Whole Politics Out of Deference" - Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò on Elite Capture
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In this episode we welcome back Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò. Táíwò is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.
Earlier this year we interviewed him to talk about his book Reconsidering Reparations.
In this episode we talk about his latest book Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) which hits book stores this week.
In this conversation we talk about elite capture as a concept. We talk about how elite capture has morphed dominant understandings of what folks mean by the term “identity politics” in stark contrast to the version of it put forth in the Combahee River Collective Statement back in 1977.
Femi dispels notions that the ways elites have captured and reappropriated this term are unique to identity politics, and argues persuasively that in fact elite capture is a system behavior that shows up in all kinds of places and ways within our social systems, and that social movements and our radical ideas are not immune to this process.
We also talk about some other examples and versions of elite capture big and small that are occurring all the time, and talk about how we might best fight back against this phenomenon.
In addition we get some discussion of what Táíwò refers to as deference politics, as well as politics that are based around trauma. Including some of the things that he thinks these approaches get right, and some of the things that they get wrong and ways we might differently engage the problems they seek to address.
And we also get into some discussions around the attention economy and Femi touches on privilege discourse as well.
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Now here is our conversation with Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò on Elite Capture
Other items referenced in the show:
The conversation between Asad Haider and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on socialism and identity politics.