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Confident PluralismSurviving and Thriving through Deep Difference$
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John D. Inazu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226365459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226365596.001.0001

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Confident Pluralism

John D. Inazu

University of Chicago Press

Confident Pluralism argues that we can, and we must, learn to live with each other in spite of our deep differences. It requires a tolerance for dissent, a skepticism of government orthodoxy, and a willingness to endure strange and even offensive ways of life. Confident Pluralism asks that those charged with enforcing our laws do better in preserving and strengthening our constitutional commitments to voluntary groups, public forums, and certain kinds of generally available funding. It also challenges each of us to live out the aspirations of tolerance, humility, and patience in our civic practices. The Conclusion sketches a vision for how we might go about pursuing that possibility. It focuses on the possibility of civic engagement over hashtag activism. It also includes a story of finding common ground in a commitment to the public forum in the recent Supreme Court decision, McCullen v. Coakley, involving protesters outside of an abortion clinic.

Keywords:   common ground, activisim, hashtag activism, abortion, public forum, McCullen v. Coakley, civic practices

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