Stephen Holmes is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at NYU Law School. He is the author of The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror and, most recently, The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of ­Samuel with Moshe Halbertal.
 (January 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

The Identity Illusion

Francis Fukuyama, Paris, 2015

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

by Francis Fukuyama

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity: Creed, Country, Class, Culture

by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Tribalism and clannishness are coeval with human social life. Yet the recent worldwide outbreak of fundamentalisms, nativisms, nationalisms, and separatisms suggests that something portentously new is afoot, a kind of global backlash against the perceived failures of liberal societies. One familiar example, in both America and Europe, is panic in …