Oct 30, 2022 • 59M

Why are so many people identifying as LGBT? | Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann joins us on the podcast to talk about his two reports for the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology

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Prof Eric Kaufmann is a Canadian professor of politics at Birkbeck, University of London. He’s the author of several books including Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities, and Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century.

Today, we’re speaking with Eric about his two reports for the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology:

Born This Way? The Rise of LGBT as a Social and Political Identity

Diverse and Divided: A Political Demography of American Elite Students


0:00 Intro

3:17 The most stunning finding from Eric’s first report on LGBT 

5:13 Victimhood culture?

7:17 What are the mechanisms behind the rise in LGBT identification? 

9:44 How much does discrimination explain?

12:52 Are people lying on surveys or to themselves?

15:45 Is liberalism to blame?

17:02 How much does economics explain?

22:08 Are we witnessing “concept creep”?

25:00 What do we make of the backlash?

28:45 Formal mechanisms to curb wokeism 

32:50 How much are schools to blame?

35:00 Does the increasing number of women in institutions play a role?

37:04 Women in the 80s

38:18 Women & religion

40:30 The origin of certain taboos

42:33 The long-term consequences of the moral divide between men and women

44:25 Can we impose costs as a society for these social maladies?

47:15 There are zero political consequences of the LGBT identification

48:30 Why even care about polarisation?

51:45 Immigration & the disconnect between elites and voters

54:50 Politicians can’t do much about the macroeconomic issues anyway

56:25 Downstream effects of culture wars