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The bourgeois Left has abandoned the working class to the neo-fascists

If the Democrats go for Oprah Winfrey next time, they will be doubling down on the identity politics of gender and race which is dividing the country Credit: Reuters

There has been some – but not nearly enough – discussion of the startling shift in the political landscape of the West. That is, that the Left has become the voice of national elites in the countries which are generally thought to set the pace of First World discourse.

This move, which was quite sudden and scarcely anticipated, is being openly embraced by parties that were traditionally identified with concern for the poor and disadvantaged, but which now express explicit dislike of their own historic constituency. It has been noted that Labour in its Corbynite incarnation is campaigning on behalf of north London rather than the north of England, and that the Democrats in the United States are obsessed with metro-centric identity politics rather than the despair of the post-industrial working class – but there is scarcely any serious debate about where this might lead or what its consequences...

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