Monday, 25th November 2013

by Joshua Gaskell

The age of identity politics supposedly allows us freedom in our personal identities, but it has coincided (though perhaps that’s the wrong word, because it’s not a coincidence) with a radical narrowing of our civic identities. I want to be pupil, student, voter, passenger, patient, reader, film-goer, pub-goer, blood-donor, diner, correspondent, and home-owner. But I foresee through a glass (and darkly) a future in which every one of those identities is replaced by customer, and there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth.