The Identity Politics Election

Check out my piece on "The Identity Politics Election" over at TAP:

The left hasn't always gotten identity politics right — far from it. But at least 20th-century progressivism has a history of taking identity seriously, from the savagery of Jim Crow to the inhumanity of denying women access to birth control and abortion. American conservatism, meanwhile, has always accepted these indignities as long as it can get away with it. But in 2008, the conservative movement upturned its habit of ignoring race and gender inequalities and, instead, embraced identity-politics farce.

Sarah Palin's entry onto the scene was the tipping point….

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