Are you a boy or are you a girl? Can you be whatever you say you are?
We obviously need a Kantian Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Identity to address the issues roiling the left today. And if the issues are roiling the left, they are also roiling the rest of the country. The left will see to that.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington visited the campus of the University of Washington to see if students would affirm or reject Joseph Backholm’s new chosen identity: a 6’5″ Chinese woman (video below). The institute has titled the video “College kids say the darnedest things.”
The video raises the question of age. Can you be any age you want to be? Not according to the Social Security Administration. They have fairly rigid rules about this kind of thing. And the title of the video will ring a bell only with those in the Social Security demographic. It harks back, if I remember correctly, to Art Linkletter’s House Party television show a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. “Kids say the darnedest things” must have been the most popular segment of the show.
Rod Dreher has another name for the video. He calls it “Dictatorship of the dimwits.” That properly generalizes the phenomenon and draws attention to the political implications with which we are contending.