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  •  a really great insight (3+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, thomask, remembrance
    Obama’s vision of our identity exemplifies democratic pluralism. Democratic pluralism offers a middle ground between, one the one hand, a national identity that, like the pre-1960s vision I described above, fundamentally devalues diversity, and, on the other, a “politics of difference,” one that values diversity over a common American identity. I see parallels between Obama’s ideas and those that emerged on the center-left in the early to mid-1990s (from people like Michael Lind, Orlando Patterson, Arthur Schlesinger, and Todd Gitlin) that called for a single, unifying, integrating concept of Americanness, but one that reflected the inclusion called for by multiculturalism.

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:42:21 AM PDT

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