Leader: The limits of identity politics

The left must be more than a rainbow coalition of disaffected groups or identity interests.

Last November, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, the American academic Mark Lilla published an opinion piece in the New York Times in which he argued that the “age of identity liberalism must be brought to an end”. He argued that “moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity” had “distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force”.

A self-described “liberal centrist”, Professor Lilla was...
source: New Statesman