In the wake of the Brexit vote, Britain’s pro-Europe centre-left appeared to be prepared to sacrifice anything, including popular sovereignty, for their ostensibly anti-racist multiculturalism. Yet their brand of multiculturalism pits left-leaning liberals’ bedrock anti-racist sympathies against liberal democracy’s other core values (freedom of expression, equality, the rule of law, reason, the primacy of the individual and especially tolerance).
The current Trans-Atlantic political climate is one in which group identity outstrips individual choice, and the romantic idealization of vulnerable groups leaves no place for dissenting individuals within them.
In his book The Trojan Horse: a Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, Swedish sociologist Goran Adamson provides a definitive account of how the ideology of diversity that has shaped the younger generation’s political orientation has numerous similarities with social conservatism and neoliberalism and veers sharply off the traditional course of leftist politics.
No matter how essential reason, freedom and individuality are for democracy and civil rights, the pro-European left has tended to disassociate from these values the instant they come into conflict with the normative values of minority groups.