How the social sciences accommodate themselves to the conservative Anglo-American elite. To the right: one member of Yale’s Assholeapologist Department, in charge of a small North American factory for the promotion of “radical” and glittering (multiculti!) global identity politics. Sexy diverse people chanting in unison the refrain of the Consensus on the Immorality of Leftist Solidarity. Enlightenment at last!: So many skin colors at our cocktail parties! So little dissensus on the rectitude of capitalism.
Ronald Reagan’s genius lay in his ability to demarcate common ground on the right. Unless it learns to speak its own language of commonality, the shards of the left will be condemned to their separate sectors, sometimes glittering, sometimes smashed, and mostly marginal.”
Todd Gitlin, Harper’s 1993