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Julie Hartman argues that the reason why many people today identify with the left is not primarily because they are truly attracted to the left’s policies, but because leftism provides people with a way to attain “cheap grace” — to claim that they are helping others without having to make any real sacrifice of their own. She says that many on the left “advocate for destructive, irresponsible policies, get praise for doing it, and then insulate themselves from the consequences [of those policies].”