The illiberal left

September 7, 2021

The latest editorial in The Economist calls out the left-leaning identity politics (aka woke) as threatening, illiberal left. The renowned magazine, well-known for its support of entrepreneurship and free markets, acknowledges rising tensions between liberal and illiberal forces in the West, and predicts further escalation.

“Only liberals appreciate diversity in all its forms and understand how to make it a strength. Only they can deal fairly with everything from education to planning and foreign policy so as to release people’s creative energies. Classical liberals must rediscover their fighting spirit. They should take on the bullies and cancellers. Liberalism is still the best engine for equitable progress. Liberals must have the courage to say so.”

Our take: It is quite rare for a centrist media outlet to spell it out this way, but the trend is there, and true liberals will have to deal with it, one way or the other. Nevertheless, the label “illiberal left” may stick for long.

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