19 Oct Freedom versus Identity Politics

Are we free to define our own identity and the way we are perceived by others? Race, gender, purported lived experiences, privilege, victimhood - who decides whether or not we form part of a particular social group? What purpose does social group classification serve? And does a person’s alleged affiliation to a particular social group give them more moral authority to speak on certain topics (or perhaps even on all topics), than others who are said not to belong to the social group in question? What tensions exist between group and individual identity? Brought to you by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
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