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Old 12-15-2011, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by badhatharry View Post
And I suppose you're perfectly OK with non-farmers feeling left out. typical.
I'm assuming your jesting. I do however (and I didn't get into this in my prior post), that there seems to be a sort of dispositional difference between liberals and conservatives on the issue of ethnic chauvinism. That is, you'll often hear conservatives proudly claim this as a European, Christian, etc. country, making no bones about a particular nationalistic ethnic pride. Liberals tend to be skeptical of such sentiments, wanting to emphasize instead multiculturalism and plurality.

I'm not sure how much of this disposition comes out of the two ideological perspectives, or more a manifestation of other, less political factors (which in turn might reinforce an ideological disposition). For instance, geography likely plays a role, in that homogeneity would determine what kinds of experiences one has with other traditions. But other things would have an impact. Much of my own desire to respect the minority experience has been informed by studying the ways in which minorities have been marginalized, and subsequently questioning my own bias towards wanting to maintain what might be tradition, but has ultimately been unnecessarily harmful.

Anyhow, I do indeed have a kind of knee-jerk "just deal with it" reaction (my inner Rush Limbaugh). But I am skeptical of it, and recognize it as, while sometimes perfectly reasonable, also being a kind of dangerous road to fascism (in the majoritarian sense - I'll note this is probably a usage in direct opposition to the fascism many might see in the state deciding not to celebrate the birth of Christ! One's man's fascism... etc.)
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