Folk Politics is a term coined by Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams to describe (broadly) a contemporary tendency of the "left" to splinter across multiple issues, an individuation that they posit has incrementally moved much of the left away from an ambitious ideological big picture strategy/goal. This striation rendering a certain superficiality, a reactive attitude to issues. To fetishize the local over corporate/multinational broadly, without engaged consideration of the relative merits/failures of either in specific cases. It's knotty to say the least!
Here, (scattered and cursory) attendance to niche (albeit idealistic and worthy of attention) concerns, ironically, seems to have partially contributed to the left's loss of the worker and to a lesser degree collective action (though, bright spot, collective action is back baby! Is it weird to note a strong wind of the re-unionization of workplaces began in the arts/museums - kind of like galleries and studio's as the canaries of gentrification - but I digress, Folk Politics!). The ability to appear as such being diluted partially, as identity is foregrounded over class concerns and partially through the right's wedging of these issues. I guess it's also worthy to note much of the new left has skewed away from a traditional base of workers to an educated, white-collar class.
For me, living in the US, this is really acutely felt as the right with its newly captured working class, maintaining this position through a stream of culture wars - wedging the left's (perceived or otherwise) niche concerns that renders the left as radical and out of touch. For the right it's stridently and necessarily a movement away from class conversations which, at the moment, insanely and deeply unfortunately, has manifested the trans community as that wedge. So, we're living through the preferencing of marginalized lives, being turned into a political tool to harangue the left - it's so inhumane as to be inconceivable, but here we are. From afar, I think this was attempted in Australia during the last federal election - seemingly unsuccessfully? Balancing the rage that this divisive and calculated power grab inspires, diminishes one's desire for bipartisanship, but ultimately, the service of government is and should be for all... Getting back to a position that protects and uplifts the marginalized (on the left and right) feels as essential and as far away as ever.
This is definitely a bleaker answer than initially intended, so I should note that Folk Politics as a moniker is funny and charming and perhaps posits a little of levity that might help to reunify!