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Jonathan Chait

What is the Left, anyway?

I’ve had the good luck to be participating in an upcoming book project, called Keywords for Radicals, that seeks to explore what various political and social terms, from a leftist perspective, have meant in the past and could mean in the future. Recently, the debates swirling around Jonathan Chait’s essay on the “politically correct left” have reminded me how important such a project is – for while the term “liberalism” has been notoriously difficult to pin down in recent decades, what is rarely remarked on is how obscure – to the point of almost, at times, being invisible – what Read more