The threat that identity politics poses to liberal democracy has proven to be quite obvious in Iraq and Afghanistan, maybe less so in the United States. But to political scientist Francis Fukuyama the threat is real. In Identity, the Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
(Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2018) Fukuyama traces the development of the individual demand for dignity and respect, from Rousseau to a Tunisian fruit seller to the populist sentiments that resulted in the election of Donald Trump. A democracy that grants its rights to a collective cannot stand if the collective itself cannot maintain its identity. Join us for some interesting discussion on the past, present and future state of our American democracy.