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We Need To Talk About Whiteness - with Asad Haider

We need to talk about whiteness podcast

Episode 31: Whiteness and identity politics - How should our identity shape our politics? What is the space for class in conversation on race? And does our ‘rights-based framework’ confuse emancipation and victimhood? Author of “Mistaken Identity” founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine Asad Haider weighs in.


18 Jun 2021

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#040: Identity Politics & Mental Health (w/ Asad Haider)

It's Not Just In Your Head

For this episode we invited Asad Haider on to talk about identity politics and mental health. Haider wrote a book called Mistaken Identity in 2018, which weaves in a blend of personal narratives and scholarly analysis; Haider shares on the one hand the "lived experiences" of being on the receiving end of racism having grown up in a Pakistani immigrant family in post-9/11 America, and on the other a deep challenge for the left to consider whether modern identity politics are capable of significantly and positively transforming society. We ask Haider if he thinks there has been cultural and interpersonal progress on the left from the now relatively normalized integration of mental health and trauma therapy language into identity politic discourse (ie, invalidation, trigger, safe space, micro-aggression). Haider argues that there's a mistake in assuming there are more similarities than differences for people with "the same identities," and that operating on this assumption often leads to ineffective politics. Harriet and Max try to balance the need to acknowledge the psychological significance of identity while understanding the limitations of identity as a form of politics. Asad Haider is a founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine. He is the author of Mistaken Identity. His writing can be found in The Baffler, n+1, The Point, Salon, and elsewhere. Read about Haider's work here, here, and here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2716-mistaken-identity https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/31/mistaken-identity-by-asad-haider-review https://theintercept.com/2018/05/27/identity-politics-book-asad-haider/ Two of Haider's more recent writings: https://saaganthology.com/Emancipation-and-Exhaustion https://viewpointmag.com/2019/12/16/on-depoliticization/ Please give us your feedback on this discussion at itsnotjustinyourhead@gmail.com. Support our podcast at patreon.com/itsnotjustinyourhead. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/itsnotjustinyourhead/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/itsnotjustinyourhead/support

1hr 7mins

10 May 2021

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Politics and Exhaustion — with Asad Haider

Below the Radar

Theorist and author Asad Haider joins Below the Radar to discuss questions he explores in his book, "Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump." Asad discusses how class dynamics cannot be separated from identity-driven movements. As well, he explores ideas of political exhaustion in the tradition of political theorists such as Sylvain Lazarus and Alain Badiou. In this interview, Asad interrogates the role of identity in politics and how it has been taken up in discourse — complicating the relationship between race and class in a context that has been defined by capital interests. Asad and Am discuss theoretical questions around frameworks for political organizing and solidarity across movements. He also speaks to our current moment as one of political exhaustion, where it’s difficult to mobilize transformative political change.— Asad Haider’s website: http://www.asadhaider.com/— Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump by Asad Haider: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2716-mistaken-identity— “Emancipation & Exhaustion” - South Asian Avant Garde Anthology: https://saaganthology.com/Emancipation-and-Exhaustion— Viewpoint Magazine: https://viewpointmag.com/— Review: “Mistaken Identity by Asad Haider review – the best criticism of identity politics” - The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/31/mistaken-identity-by-asad-haider-review— Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/300589/revolutionary-suicide-by-huey-p-newton/9780143105329


4 May 2021

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Depoliticization, Identity Politics and Protest with Asad Haider

Time To Say Goodbye

Hello! Today’s subscriber episode is a wide-ranging conversation Asad Haider, one of the founding editors of Viewpoint Magazine and the author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump. Jay talked to Asad about his concept of “depoliticization,” his book on identity politics, and political exhaustion. *- note from Jay: When we started the podcast, Asad was at the top of the list of guests I wanted to invite onto the show. I was really excited to talk to him at length. Mistaken Identity was a very eye-opening book for me to read and everyone should read it, although with these recent pieces. On Depoliticization, in Viewpoint. Emancipation and Exhaustion, in SaaganthologyDismissal, in The Point. And a little housekeeping: we tried something different with the audio levels for this one, so please let us know if it sounds better. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at goodbye.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 41mins

9 Apr 2021

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Leituras Libertárias #28: Armadilhas da Identidade, de Asad Haider


Olá a todos e a todas ouvintes do Antinomia, sejam mais uma vez bem vindos e bem vindas ao Leituras Libertárias, projeto que busca compartilhar um pouco com vocês as nossas leituras sobre a história, teorias e práticas do anarquismo. Hoje nós vamos fazer a leitura do trecho do livro Armadilhas da Identidade de Asad Haider.


6 Jan 2021

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Asad Haider on Class Reductionism, Identity Politics, and Racism (and metal)

Class Time with Kenzo Shibata [FREE FEED]

I talked to Asaid Haider, author of Mistaken Identity about the politics of identity and a little about thrash metal. 


26 Aug 2020

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Philosophy Can Ruin Your Life

Bryan Cooke and Asad Haider discuss Marxism, identity, polarization, academia, class, and emancipatory politics.

2hr 4mins

9 Jul 2020

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Articulating and Organizing the Social Body with Asad Haider


Donald and Rudy welcome Asad Haider from Viewpoint Magazine to discuss the present political moment. Using Badiou's "The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings" as a starting point, we discuss riots as a political expression in an intervallic period. We talk about the shape of the party should take to represent this political will, the racial context, overdetermination and spontaneity, and how history is being restarted.

1hr 20mins

1 Jul 2020

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 199: We Cannot Live Without Our Lives w/ Asad Haider

Nostalgia Trap

Asad Haider is a founding editor at Viewpoint Magazine and the author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump. In this conversation he explains how the history of anti-racist struggle in the United States provides a compelling set of ideas for a dynamic, anti-capitalist emancipatory practice. Along the way, we discuss the value of reading Marx in 2020, our distorted view of 1960s and 1970s radicalism, the significance of the Black Lives Matter moment, and much more.

1hr 3mins

18 Jun 2020

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"The only people responsible for police violence are the police" with Samelys López & Asad Haider

The Katie Halper Show

Samelys López talks why she's running for congress, how her experience with child homelessness has shaped her platform, the kind of music her neighbors are playing in the background during our interview, the corporate centrist democrats she's challenging in the primary and her humanist anti-imperialist foreign policy. Asad Haider talks about police violence, the Sanders campaign, political violence, and how rational looting is.

1hr 22mins

12 Jun 2020