Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His books include Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working and Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy.
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Mark Lilla, New York City, October 2011

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

by Mark Lilla
I owe my marriage to identity politics. In 1960, I was born into a world where openly homosexual Americans were legally banned from federal employment, informally banned from much private employment, terrorized on the streets, persecuted by police, pathologized by psychiatrists, reviled from the pulpit, and made to live a …