Live and die by the identity sword

 

The whitelash thesis…

…absolves liberals of not recognizing how their own obsession with diversity has encouraged white, rural, religious Americans to think of themselves as a disadvantaged group whose identity is being threatened or ignored. Such people are not actually reacting against the reality of our diverse America (they tend, after all, to live in homogeneous areas of the country). But they are reacting against the omnipresent rhetoric of identity, which is what they mean by “political correctness.” Liberals should bear in mind that the first identity movement in American politics was the Ku Klux Klan, which still exists. Those who play the identity game should be prepared to lose it.

Source: The End of Identity Liberalism – The New York Times

Blackguarded

Nice comment from one Des Johnson on David Brooks latest:

HRC has been demonized, and here I plead the use of a word common in Ireland when I was young–she has been blackguarded in the extreme for thirty years or more. David may come to admit that, but in the meantime, I suggest he has a duty to direct his comments to those of his party, yes HIS PARTY, who promise dysfunction and chaos.

Source: The Banality of Change – The New York Times

Change agent

David Brooks this morning:

If you wanted to design a personality type perfectly ill suited to be a change agent in government, you would come up with Donald Trump: solipsistic, impatient, combative, unsubtle and ignorant. If you wanted to design a personality type better suited to getting things done, you might come up with James Baker, Robert Gates or Ted Kennedy, but you might also come up with Hillary Clinton.

Source: The Banality of Change – The New York Times