Living in a pluralistic country.

The United States of America is a pluralistic, heterogeneous country. Liberals, conservatives, libertarians. Muslims, Christians, atheists. Asians, Blacks, Latinos, Whites. And on and on. It seems that we are getting more tribal – my tribe is good and other tribes are bad. Many media outlets reinforce the idea that those who disagree with us are evil and have bad intentions. We are righteous and our intentions are honorable. We want to save our Country and our opponents want to destroy it. There doesn’t appear to be a path to peace and agreement about how to go forward.

Every group seems to go to our government to lobby for laws and regulations that support their position and/or outlaw contrary positions. Very few seem to care about fundamental, first principles. They just want their side to win. It would be nice if we could agree on fundamental principles and then go forward with laws and regulations that are consistent with those principles.

Living in a free country doesn’t just mean that others should tolerate the things you do that they don’t like. If you truly believe in individual liberty and want to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, then you need to tolerate people who do things you don’t like.

2 thoughts on “Living in a pluralistic country.

  1. Kurt, I was with you until the last paragraph of your essay. You seem to imply that as long as people are peaceful in their actions, they should be tolerated in all that they do. I disagree. For example, certain things are (to some people’s way of thinking) plainly harmful to our country, or to our children. Would you have them simply “tolerate” these things? Although violence should rarely be an option, nearly everything short of that should always be on the table, regardless of one’s political persuasion.

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