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Last hope for the left

The liberal, secular world view may hold sway over western elites, but it is struggling to answer the conservative challenge

By David Goodhart   April 2012

Elite colleges produce WEIRD people: Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt (Allen Lane, £20)

Together by Richard Sennett (Allen Lane, £25)

A few years ago I was at a 60th birthday party for a well-known Labour MP. Many of the leading thinkers of the British centre-left were there and at one point the conversation turned to the infamous Gordon Brown slogan “British jobs for British workers,” from a speech he had given a few days before at the Labour conference.

The people around me entered a bidding war to express their outrage at Brown’s…

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