Mark Lilla Warns Democrats: Identity Politics is Ruining the Party

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A woman arrives at a polling station in Brooklyn, New York during the New York presidential primary on April 19, 2016.  (Photo: Kena Betacur/AFP/Getty Images)

In a provocative New York Times piece last November, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla criticized the Democratic party for losing the election because of its hyper focus on identity politics. Lilla wrote that the left was so focused on diversity and "moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity," that it "distorted liberalism's message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force." The op-ed has now become a book: "The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics." Lilla joins us to discuss his theories and lay out the case for a "post-identity liberalism."

Mark Lilla
, professer of humanities, department of history, Columbia University; author, "The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics"

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