The assumption that “people vote with their pocketbooks” dismisses
identity politics; after all, nationalism and populism aren’t rooted
solely in economic theory. Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at Stanford
University and Mosbacher Director at The Center on Democracy,
Development, and the Rule of Law, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how
culture impacts a democracy. His book “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment” is newly out in paperback.
The phrase ‘identity politics’ has come to be used as a sort of political insult. It’s a short way of accusing someone of pandering to voters – based on race, religion or gender. From white nationalists and Donald Trump, to the politics of liberation and demands for equal rights, it feels like everyone is playing identity politics these days. Conflicts between identity groups now dominate our politics. How did we get here? Is the rise of identity politics really that big a problem? And if it is, what should we do about it?
Francis Fukuyama, author of 'The End of History and the Last Man' and more recently 'Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment', joins Matthew Taylor and Ian Leslie to give his take on the rise of identity politics.
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Produced by James Shield.
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David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can 'identity politics' really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens' desire for recognition? And what happened to the end of history anyway? Plus we discuss the Kavanaugh hearings, 'getting to Denmark' and the challenge of an ageing population. NB: This weekend there's a special extra edition of Talking Politics looking at the enduring legacy of Gandhi.
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