In the world of progressive politics, the most visceral displays of rancor and belligerence are often reserved not for the traditional opponents of progressives, who originate outside the political Left, but for apostates from their own ranks. The bitter internecine feuds among socialist intellectuals have long exemplified this pattern, but nowhere is the disdain for political heretics more palpable than in matters of racial and ethnic identity.
The impetus to ostracize a defector from an ideological norm often emerges from the belief that a person’s interests may be ascertained by his or her belonging to a certain group, whose members are …
This article appears as “The Anti-Utopian” in the October 4, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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