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As reactionary identity politics triumph, I wonder: were our years of liberal progress simply a blip?

Trump and Brexit have shocked—but we can't discount the possibility humanity is making an unwelcome return to form

By Ahir Shah   September 2017

Nigel Farage visits Trump Tower. Photo: PA

As a self-styled progressive and socially-styled second-generation immigrant, witnessing recent political developments has been a sobering experience. (Albeit sobering in a way that makes actual sobriety next to impossible.) What once felt like my optimistic assumptions for the future now appear dangerously naïve; battles I thought my parents and grandparents had successfully fought and won seem as though they will have to be relitigated; my beliefs about the country I live in have come into stark conflict with the reality.

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