Liberals in politics have traditionally focused on issues of class, economics, and public policy. But lately, liberalism has become obsessed with identity politics–that is, the interests of distinct groups (blacks, gays, Hispanics, single women, etc.). Mark Lilla calls this “Identity Liberalism,” arguing in the New York Times that this pre-occupation needs to change if his fellow liberals expect to win elections again.
Predictably, he is being excoriated for his heresy.
Do you think a New Deal kind of liberalism, based on universal principles and addressing the common good, would do better than “Identity Liberalism”? Or has the one led to the other, so that they can no longer be untangled? Or are we talking about two distinct and irreconcilable ideologies?