The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

byMark Lilla

Kobo ebook | August 15, 2017

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From one of the most internationally admired political thinkers, a controversial polemic on the failures of identity politics and what comes next for the left — in America and beyond.

Following the shocking results of the US election of 2016, public intellectuals across the globe offered theories and explanations, but few were met with such vitriol, panic, and debate as Mark Lilla’s. *The Once and Future Liberal *is a passionate plea to liberals to turn from the divisive politics of identity and develop a vision of the future that can persuade all citizens that they share a common destiny.

Driven by a sincere desire to protect society’s most vulnerable, the left has unwittingly balkanized the electorate, encouraged self-absorption rather than solidarity, and invested its energies in social movements rather than party politics. Identity-focused individualism has insidiously conspired with amoral economic individualism to shape an electorate with little sense of a shared future and near-contempt for the idea of the common good.

Now is the time to re-build a sense of common feeling and purpose, and a sense of duty to one another. A fiercely argued, important book, enlivened by acerbic wit and erudition, *The Once and Future Liberal *is essential reading for our times.

Title:The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity PoliticsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:HarperLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062697463

ISBN - 13:9780062697462


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting questions for the future of the Democratic Party As a Canadian, I wasn't really looking for a book about the US Democratic party. While much of this book deals with the American situation and is obviously a reaction to their new Commander-in-chief, there are a few insights and questions that can be transposed to other progressive movements throughout the world. Mr. Lilla suggests that the identity politics agenda being followed in many countries will continue to create a political reaction that will, in the end, destroy the progressive movement. Progressive parties need to be looking to unite the electorate more than divide.
Date published: 2017-11-06