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Is Identity Politics the New Tribalism?

To the Editor:

In “The Retreat toTribalism” (column, Jan. 2), David Brooks critiques a new form of identity politics — one with “a tribal oppressor/oppressed story” — that he and others see as prevalent on college campuses.

He argues, “In societies like ours, individuals are responsible for their own identity, happiness and success.” Yet individuals live in cultures, where systematic discrimination — in schooling, housing, jobs and more — prevents many from happin

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