- Identity politics emphasizes difference: that is not a good way of keeping and promoting social and political cohesion. I agree with Mark Lilla, says Maurizio Ferrera commenting on his book ” The Once and Future Liberal. The question is how to revive equal and free citizenship and update the new challenges and new configurations of risks, needs and opportunities in the 21st century.
- A problem not only amongst American liberals but increasingly amongst the Left throughout the West: identity versus citizenship. Differences amongst people became more important than what they have in common. The Identity Politics created a vacuum which the radical right took over, says Mark Lilla in his book “The Once and Future Liberal”.
- Today people’s political identities make them say whatever the tribe is supposed to believe in at the moment. If there is hate for the other tribe, the other party, we cannot be one self-governing people, says Anthony Appiah: a Democracy needs to be run together and needs agreement on common ground.
- Liberal states, in order to defend what they perceive as a liberal regime, resort to illiberal means, says Liav Orgad from European University Institute. But is there a way by taking into account human rights of migrants and minority communities and the cultural interest of majority groups?
- Why should a majority group have the right to protect their culture? Isn’t it the minority that needs protection?
- Recognition of our religious diversity and plurality should be the fundamental task of toleration, says Josè Casanova from Georgetown University.
- We need to create opportunities for young migrants, so that one day they will help us to reset the compass for a more tolerant, inclusive and progressive future. Interview with human rights lawyer and professor Jacqueline Bhabha from Harvard University.
- Targeting people as outsiders is part of the new tribal nationalist agenda to protect majorities against minorities.
- To understand the rise of populism we need to engage and care about questions as dignity of work, uncriticized financialization of market driven economy, growing inequality, missing solidarity and the fear of immigration.