Democracy is the next identity politics

Despite Putin's claim that 'the liberal idea' has 'become obsolete', global reactions to his invasion of Ukraine are beginning to prove the opposite.


TWENTY years ago, while standing in line at a Harvard cafeteria, I overheard one student say to another: "It is the moral equivalent of the Holocaust!" What could that be, I wondered? The Rwandan genocide? Cambodia's killing fields? South American juntas causing opponents to 'disappear' by throwing them into the ocean from helicopters?

Eventually, the answer came: Eating meat was the moral equivalent of the Holocaust, and Harvard bureaucrats the guilty party for not providing sufficient vegetarian and vegan meal options.

I found myself recalling that moment as I watched videos of Russian shells falling on Ukrainian apartment blocks, schools, and maternity wards. President Vladimir Putin's...


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