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Walter Ong, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and Jonah Goldberg's New Book

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In any event, when Jonah Goldberg refers to identity politics today, he is referring to the politics that privileges certain favored people who are deemed to be what Ong refers to as outsiders inside society today. The people who are favored in identity politics include people of color generally and women generally -- not just women of color but also white women, including white women from a WASP family background.

In the 2016 presidential election, Trump campaigned as an outsider against the Republican establishment -- and as an opponent of so-called political correctness and identity politics.

In conclusion, you're guess is as good as mine as to whether Jonah Goldberg's new book will influence conservatives going into the 2018 mid-term elections.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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