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And of course he gets called a racist, compared to David Duke. Which really only proves his point!
"â€œAmerican liberalism in the twenty-first century is in crisis,â€ writes Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla, due in no small part to its embrace of a â€œdisastrousâ€ identity politics that divides instead of uniting.
In his newly released book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, Lilla, a self-described â€œfrustrated American liberal,â€ decries the implosion of the Democratic Party and liberalism itself, brought on by a growing disconnect from middle America and the inability to paint a compelling vision for the future.
Lillaâ€™s new work expands upon â€œThe End of Identity Liberalism,â€ an essay he wrote shortly after last Novemberâ€™s Presidential election. In it, he urged fellow liberals to face up to their partyâ€™s share in responsibility for Trumpâ€™s victory, which Lilla attributed to the rise â€œidentity liberalism.â€
Liberalism, Lilla contends in his book, is rightly considered by many â€œas a creed professed mainly by educated urban elites cut off from the rest of the country who see the issues of the day principally through the lens of identities.â€
The core of their error, Lilla suggests, is that Democrats have thrown themselves headlong into identity politics, focusing on what divides rather than what unites. As a result, many feel alienated from a party that once knew how to bring people together.
â€œThe majority of Americans have made it abundantly clear that they no longer respond to whatever larger message we have been conveying over the past decades,â€ he writes.
I am ready to take back anything that says "liber..." in name from these people. They are not for liberty in any sense of the word. This should have happened long ago; shame on those who let this situation come to be.