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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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Our Modest Unity

Our Modest Unity

Rights, Inclusion, and Dissent

(p.15) Chapter 1 Our Modest Unity
Confident Pluralism

John D. Inazu

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 1 begins with the modest unity that allows us to coexist in political community rather than in anarchy. One reason that Confident Pluralism is possible is that we retain some minimal agreement about our society even in the midst of our deep differences. Part of this agreement recognizes the wisdom of individual rights to guard against state-enforced orthodoxy. Individual rights like speech, assembly, and the free exercise of religion give us the space to create meaning apart from majoritarian norms. Our modest unity includes two basic premises: inclusion and dissent. The inclusion premise is that we seek for those within our boundaries to be part of the political community. The dissent premise is that we allow for people to dissent from the norms established by that community.

Keywords:   political community, individual rights, assembly, free exercise, religious liberty, First Amendment, inclusion, dissent, modest unity

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