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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-13

"This is radical anti-Americanism--not simply illiberalism or anti-cosmopolitanism--because America is not only a nation but also an idea, cleanly if not tightly defined. Pluralism is not a secondary or a decorative aspect of that idea. As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51, the guarantee of religious liberty lies in having many kinds of faiths, and the guarantee of civil liberty lies in having many kinds of people--in establishing a 'multiplicity of interests' to go along with a 'multiplicity of sects.' The idea doesn't reflect a 'weak' desire for niceness. It is, instead, intended to counter the brutal logic of the playground. When there are many kinds of bullied kids, they can unite against the bully: 'Even the stronger individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves.'" -- Adam Gopnik, 2017-02-13

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dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:59am on 2017-02-13
"There is an alternative view, one long available and articulated, that America is not an idea but an ethnicity, that of the white Christian men who have dominated it, granting a grudging or probationary acceptance to women, or blacks, or immigrants. This was the view of Huck Finn's pap, as he drank himself to death; of General Custer, as he approached Little Big Horn; of Major General Pickett, as he led the charge at Gettysburg. Until now, it has been the vision of those whom Trump would call the losers." -- ibid.
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posted by [personal profile] selki at 08:56pm on 2017-02-16
One reason I like Hamilton so much is it counters against that myth. It's not perfect, but it's good.

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