I think this is a wonderful piece — but it makes me despair because its issues are so perennial. I am 54 years old. A lifelong social democrat. Thirty years ago I was treasurer of the youth section of DSA. The whole organization totaled maybe 6,000 people then. It has expanded dramatically. But the very issues you cite here — the very ones! — were tearing apart the youth section back then. The word-warrioring. The obsession with gender, race, sexuality. There were so many subdivisions that my friends and I (who were considered “rightwing”) used to joke that we needed to start a “socialist caucus” within an organization that often seemed interested in everything but its founding purpose. Is this the intrinsic malaise of first-world leftists? I do not know. I wish I could see a way to fix it. Nothing much has changed in 30 years.

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