Today our guest will expose the myths that help “identity politics” perpetuate itself. Join us to hear what has really happened, discover why it is urgent to change course, and hear a strategy to do so. Though we should not fool ourselves into thinking that it will be easy to eliminate this insidious idea, we should not overthink it, either. This deadly concept relies on the creation of groups and then on giving people incentives to adhere to them. If we eliminate group making and the enticements, we can get rid of a pernicious problem designed to separate people rather than unify.
Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy and Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum fellow, spent close to 20 years as a journalist, 15 of them reporting from Europe, Asia and Latin America. He left journalism to join the administration of President George W. Bush, where he was speechwriter for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox before moving on to the State Department’s European Bureau, where he wrote speeches and Op-Eds. Gonzalez, who joined Heritage as Vice President of Communications in March 2009, became a senior research fellow in June, 2014. In his new capacity he has written on Hong Kong, China and Latin America. Gonzalez holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston’s Emerson College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Fluent in Spanish and French, he reads Italian and Portuguese.