Friday, February 11, 2005


Group vs individual identity

James Lileks discusses at length the essential nature of the Democrats as primarily for "diverse" groups and against individuals. He's right on target. A parallel is seen today in the screams of rage about the US Budget as proposed by the current administration:

.......But for better or worse the Democrats are seen as the party of identity politics. Beinart probably sees that as an opportunity rather than a problem, inasmuch as he believes the Democrat can forge a coalition to enact broad programs that benefit all. Nice in theory, but I'm doubtful about how it works down here. The question isn’t whether like-minded sorts should get together to promote a common agenda - it’s whether the organizations that arise from this arrangement actually promote the welfare of their constituents, or exist to claim constant crisis and keep their own sinecures intact...........


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