Mark Lilla on his book The Once and Future Liberal.

Are Democrats Sacrificing Institutional Power to Chalk Up Purely Moral Wins?

Are Democrats Sacrificing Institutional Power to Chalk Up Purely Moral Wins?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 26 2017 7:22 PM

Mark Lilla’s Advice for Liberals

The author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.

170926-thegist-donkey
Are the Democrats making asses of themselves?

Georgia Democrats/Flickr

Listen to Episode 836 of Slate’s The Gist:

gist_dailyemails
Advertisement

Mark Lilla made a lot of liberals bristle with his New York Times op-ed, “The End of Identity Liberalism.” But Lilla insists that what he’s suggesting should not make the bleeding hearts clutch their hemp necklaces in horror. His premise is simple: To make meaningful gains, Democrats need institutional power (i.e., election wins). And far too often, Lilla says, liberals have sacrificed such ends for what he calls “noble defeats.” Lilla’s book is The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.

In the Spiel, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gistplus.

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.