I know many people here can already see through the bullshit of identity politics, but I think we must see idpol as a symptom instead of the disease.
The disease itself is the Left's anti-materalist obsession with different types of culture wars. This basically boils down to the idea that we need to push the right narrative and the right lifestyle in media, in education, in political discourse, etc. From the sensitive social-democrat who sees lack of diversity in media, to the mentally deranged ☭TANKIE☭ who sees Fascism in every song or movie to the anarchist that believe a graffiti will "raise awareness", we all fight different versions of the culture wars and dedicate most of our time and energy to it.
Yeah, except that if you think about it we've fought and won the war, several fucking times, and it lead to nothing. There are socialists who receive universal praise like Gandhi and King, we have clothing with Che Guevara's face everywhere, there are movies and shows where the protagonist is trying to destroy the system, Beyonce is praising the Black Panthers in the fucking Super Bowl. There were entire periods in the past half century were virtually every good band or singer was singing left-wing ideas. Anyone who was alive in the 60s and 70s could safely assume that it's just a matter of time until the young generations became old enough to be in power that the capitalism and tyranny would be destroyed, because that's how left-leaning the kids were.
What has all this lead to? Absolutely nothing. Ideas circulating by themselves without some degree of material change in society to sustain them are worthless. If you want to truly enforce principles and ideas, you need the right social and political institutions, which require two things: an economy arrangement that allows for them, and the class that wishes them to have some degree of political power to create, preserve and expand them. I mean, Jesus, it's almost like the bearded guy who spent his entire youth chimping out at left-Hegelians was right.
But people haven't accepted how futil this endeavour is, and we're now stuck in the Groundhog Day of debating what is and isn't sending "the right massage" in pop culture, and no, the Irony Left twist of inserting a more socialist notion into this debate and talking about how Wonder Woman is Zionism and 300 is Fascism is not the way to fight this. We should remove this strategy from our arsenal almost completely and give it minor attention only. Enough of only attracting kids who want to sneer at everyone else's tastes in pop culture and think this is politics. We don't need this.
What we should focus is how to develop society's productive forces further, how to strenghten the political power of the wage-earning class engaged in the private sector, and how to cut capitalism from its predatory life-supports, like imperialism. Enough about the fucking movies.
So what should be done is: Focus on expanding public financial support for scientific and technological research, creating labor, consumer and market mechanisms through which innovative competition can still happen effectively as long as capitalism lasts; making radical unions in every productive sector tied to left-wing political parties that will help create experiments in social ownership and democratic control, and have enough presence in the electoral mainstream political arena to stop public money from going to Moderate Rebels elsewhere. Don't let the latest Occupation or Boycott divert you from this, if you want to spread the right message go on Youtube and prepare lectures about Socialist theory instead of writing about how the Left "needs" Cum Town. We need to affect material reality, everything else is futile even if tempting.