"[O]ur nostalgia is indeed a kind of nostalgia for racism. What we like about racism is precisely the fact that its victims are the victims of discrimination rather than exploitation, of intolerance rather than oppression, or of oppression in the form of intolerance. And insofar as the politics of the left becomes the politics of respect for identities - the end of discrimination - it becomes a kind of utopianism of the right. Liberalism [...] may have needed racism; neoliberalism doesn't - it needs antiracism"
Walter Benn Michaels i "Plots Against America: Neoliberalism and Antiracism"
American Literary History - Volume 18, Number 2, Summer 2006