People suppose - in the incoherent and irrational way that modern people suppose - that the post sixties identity politics which took-over Leftism is about freedom of individuals (or something 'liberating' like that).
But it is of course about replacing individuals - in this case with categorical abstractions.
Individuals now represent the categories to which they are allocated - the individual (with his immortal soul, as well as his personal qualities of mind and body) disappears with ever-increasing completeness into the category...
And that category is ever-increasingly allocated rather than innate. Political orientation (on the inverted-good side or the enemy), race, and even biological sex is now, officially and legally, allocated and not innate.
And the allocation is in practice always top-down - acknowledged or imposed, validated and enforced, by The Establishment - by the state, the corporation, and especially by the (single-voiced) mass media.
The purpose of categories is dual.
The primary purpose of Leftist categories has been to increase resentment between persons (e.g. between classes, sexes, races, ideologies) - everybody already knows this.
The secondary purpose is now becoming more evident - which is to destroy individuals and society. This is what I am focusing on here.
We have reached the point at which it is part of normal public discourse - indeed it is a morally-approved and officially-mandated part of public discourse - that individual persons with all their unique qualities be ignored, and that all official evaluations be based upon the category into which persons have been officially allocated.
The morality play, the psychodrama, of public life in 2021 is all about categories and hardly-at-all about the individuals who are allocated into them.
This world of abstract categories has consequences.
At the social level, it means incompetence and dysfunctionality.
At the individual level, identity politics means that individuals are encouraged (forced, as far as possible) to regard themselves as subsumed into the categories by which society treats them. They are encouraged/ forced to stop thinking of themselves as individuals - each with an unique immortal soul.
The lethal aspect is that society treats the categories in a purely material way.
Whereas past allocated categories (such as caste) were stable, hierarchical, and linked into a religious system (and so could form a basis for life); here-and-now society excludes god/s, the spirit; and regards reality as material, accidental and going-nowhere.
The categories are each a ticket to unmeaning.
As of 2021; we do not even have the fake purpose of Marxist/ Communist utopia; nor the fake purpose of the 1970s environmentalism and self-sufficiency movement (perhaps the final flush of Western idealism).
As of 2021; Leftism is universal and dominant but wholly oppositional; meaning nothing, going nowhere, and ever more negative and destructive.
As of 2021 there is no utopia on offer; but instead a society of permanent revolution - of ever more resentment-driven, insatiable hostility; between ever more arbitrary, abstract and fluid categories.
A Modern Man is just a series of abstract, fluid, rotating, conflicting categories, to which he is arbitrarily allocated and re-allocated by grace-and-favour of authority...
The categories are changed frequently and unpredictably; the hierarchy of categories is conflicting and never-defined; change is constant; all depends on the temporary expedience of current context - as perceived by the Authorities.
In general terms, we see the triumph of abstraction over person - hence the destruction of person; hence the impossibility of Christianity for all who accept The System and its categorical allocations.
The way-out should be clear enough - except that our Christian churches and their theology and practices are themselves corrupted by abstractions - and are interwoven with The System in multiple ways...
Our real-and-possible escape is just too simple, too obvious, and too child-like to be apparent or conceivable to the mass of Men.
But that is no excuse! Because fooling our-selves, holding-fast to lies and embracing purposive evil is our own responsibility.
Or, to put matter the other way around (and more accurately): We all know (or will, sooner or later, know - because God in his creating makes that knowing inevitable) the reality and possibility of Jesus Christ's offer of resurrected life eternal in Heaven available to anybody who wants it as First Thing.
Therefore anybody who rejects their own individuality as an unique soul, does so from their innate personal free agency; and with binding responsibility.