It is interesting to note that Ford and Rockefeller and the other foundations with strong CIA connections started giving grants in the early 70's to study race and gender. It was a sudden move towards identity politics by these organisations and the theory is that the reason they did this was to balk-anise the left and to prevent it from pursuing any kind of a class or economic analysis.
Without denying the justice of what you're saying, this is not an irrelevant theory. I don't think, anyway. yearns for the good old days, when issues were big, women didn't want to be imperial spies, and idealism and ethical indignation were accepted from non victims. In 1977 the CIA notified eighty academic institutions that they had unwittingly been involved in surprise! -- mind-control research. The Women's Liberation Movement may be considered as subversive to the New Left and revolutionary movements as they have proven to be a divisive and factionalizing factor.It could be well recommended as a counterintelligence movement to weaken the revolutionary movement."
This was from an August, 1969 report by the head of the San Francisco FBI office. Within several years, the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations were pumping millions into women's studies programs on campus. Struck by how much time we'd spent on our (the panelists') race and gender, I made the point to note Brandt's argument that, in the Seventies, the student left may have been subtly guided toward race/gender issues as a way to get the movement not to deal with class or economics -- which, if they'd kept that focus, might have led to an alliance with the labor unions.
According to that argument, in other words, the rise of what we call "identity politics" was engineered to drive a wedge between the left and working-class whites, who now perceived the academic left as focused on "diversity" instead of economic justice; and this estrangement also made it easy for the right to woo white workers by playing on their racism and sexual anxieties (which had already started happening under Nixon, and which would soon help put Ronald Reagan in the White House).
Feminism was hijacked Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones
The Central Intelligence Agency played a key role in hijacking second wave feminism via the work of Gloria Steinem, who is still a noted feminist icon today. Steinem admitted that she was recruited by the CIA to infiltrate youth counter-culture movements in the late 1950’s, and subsequently emerged as a leading icon of second wave feminism in the 1960’s. Steinem subsequently received funding from the CIA and the Rockefeller foundation to set up Ms. Magazine, a feminist publication. The CIA’s role in steering and managing second wave feminism again underscores the fact that feminism is not a grass roots “people” movement, it is a top down system of control used to divide and conquer and is run by powerful individuals who care little for actual women’s rights.