I think it’s a very important point that this phenomenon is not limited to the left, and may not have much to do with political orientation. Though I think Umair’s point is that it has a certain MO on the left that ties it into identity politics. On the right, it feels to me like people often take identity for granted and instead rely on ‘normative’ assumptions that seem less sanctimonious and more — don’t know how to put it — coercive?
I’d have to think more about this point — the cultural similarities and differences of demagoguery at different points on the political spectrum. Thanks for the food for thought!