The celebrated author Lionel Shriver is back in Australia doing her best to take down the hallmarks of what she sees as misguided leftist ideology such as white privilege, identity politics, cultural appropriation, and the relevance of race among other things. She presents a layback calming fa├žade, which papers over her speech a form of sensibility. Beneath that, though, and on closer inspection, she is resolute in her desire to undermine identity politics, in particular racial identity politics, through her use of gross overstatements and misrepresentations of identity and racism. She is dismissive and indifferent to reasoned argument. This post unpacks the layers of subjective meaning implied beneath her statements of objectivity and misrepresentation.

Lionel Shriver