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Should the left leave behind identity politics?




US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and US President Barack Obama wave to the crowd after a rally on the final night of the 2016 US presidential campaign at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 07, 2016.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and US President Barack Obama wave to the crowd after a rally on the final night of the 2016 US presidential campaign at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 07, 2016.
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In “The Once and Future Liberal,” Columbia professor Mark Lilla argues that, in recent years, the Democratic Party has fallen under the trappings of identity politics.

The political left, wishing to protect a vulnerable group of Americans, has divided its base. Democrats focus on marginalized social movements instead of the grander vision of national development, costing them constituents and votes. But despite these setbacks, Lilla sees an opportunity for the party to re-group, reset and rebuild its political conversation.

Should Democrats move away from identity politics? And at what cost?

Guest:

Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University and author of “The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics” (Harper, 2017)