George Saunders

You can blame us self-absorbed Berkeley liberals for the election results — but not our identity politics

You can blame us self-absorbed Berkeley liberals for the election results — but not our identity politics

I ’ve heard the far left and the left argue among themselves, to the exclusion of all others, nearly every day for the last year and a half. How have I had this good fortune? I live in Berkeley, a college town regularly rated as the most liberal enclave in California.

I know that most Americans, and even fellow Californians, roll their eyes at Berkeley liberals; you think we’re precious, out of touch, solipsistic. You might blame our brand of politics for helping to lose this election. To a certain extent you’re right.

I still believe that progressivism serves the majority of American voters, including the white working class, far better than Donald...

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