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Democrats neither can nor should ditch “identity politics”
There’s no other kind of politics. They just need to do it better.
I know, right? "Three Fun Facts About Curling" might be less click-baity, but not by much.
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GROAN: Word games? In a burst of something or other (self-flagellation following my Thanksgiving indulgence is the betting favorite) I am staggering through the identity politics piece:
The reality, however, is that politics is not and will never be a public policy seminar. People have identities, and people are mobilized politically around those identities. There is no other way to do politics than to do identity politics.
Uh huh. For example, many of us have an identity as a patriotic American, so we might rally round the flag during some foreign policy misadventure. Or many people have a religious identity that spans racial and ethnic lines - the Irish and Brits have their differences but can unite as Christians, or whites, or as soccer fans. And near the end:
Identity politics is inevitable
At the end of the day, an awful lot comes down to what you mean by identity politics. In a conventional frame, “identity politics” means outreach to nonwhite groups but nothing else. And it’s true that, mathematically speaking, practicing that kind of politics is going to doom you to lose elections.
As Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels explore in their recent book Democracy for Realists, any plausible account of political behavior by actual human beings needs to concede that politics has always been practiced largely by mobilizing people around salient aspects of group identity rather than detailed policy proposals. Gilded Age Republicans would “wave the bloody shirt” to remind Northern voters of the Democratic Party’s openness to dividing the Union during the Civil War.
So re-imagine identities as, for example, "working class" et voila - Dems can practice identity-based politics while practicing class-based politics. That train-wrecks with the universal "white privilege" part of their secular faith-based initiative, but whatever.