The End Of Identity Politics

It is increasingly difficult to judge who we are by our appearances, which means identity politics may lose its influence.

Who are we? asked the liberal social scientist Samuel Huntington over a decade ago in a well-reasoned but controversial book. Huntington feared the institutionalization of what Theodore Roosevelt a century earlier had called “hyphenated Americans.” A “hyphenated American,” Roosevelt scoffed, “is not an American at all.” And 30 years ago, another progressive stalwart and American historian Arthur Schlesinger argued in his book The Disuniting of America that identity politics were tearing apart the cohesion of the United States.

  • Alain

    In Canada every government agency and especially Census Canada try to make you self-identify with one of multiple groups, but there is no category or group labelled ‘Canadian’. This government enforced identity politics to the detriment of a cohesive society.

  • LairdKintyre

    E Plurabus Unum. Look it up, Progressives. It means “”Out of Many, One”” it doesn’t mean Multiculturalism.