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The real danger of categorical politics

Conservatives talk a lot about how we don't like identity politics. But it's not always clear what people mean by it. Academics and intellectuals tend to mean one thing, while politicians and activists often have something slightly different in mind.

Democratic politicians who engage in identity politics often mean something like "ethnic politics," by which members of a community organize in their collective interest. Conservatives sometimes use "identity politics" to describe simple ethnic politics, but only when it's

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