Under pressure: Liberal societies, immigration, and integration.

Here is one bit I found interesting.

A liberal society must be able to accommodate different levels of religious observance and different intensities of religious belief. A liberal society can, in fact, survive with a minority that opposes, say, blasphemy or gay marriage—which many Christian Evangelicals also oppose. More than that, a liberal society cannot truly be liberal if it is unable, or unwilling, to allow citizens to express their own personal illiberalism—as long as they do so through legal, democratic channels and within the constitutional frameworks of their countries.

I don’t agree with everything in the piece, but is worth a read.

Muslim integration into liberal orders may be the most important future domestic issue in the near future.



More proof that Americans are ideological conservative but operationally liberal


That is from the latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll on ACA.

They note “This includes large majorities of Democrats (93%), independents (83%) and Republicans (71%). Support for continued funding for the Medicaid expansion is also popular among people living in states that have not expanded their Medicaid program.”

Maybe these results are partially a result of how the poll was conducted (i.e. data collection methods, question order, whatever) but this sort of data is consistent with the notion that Republicans are not against big government, just intrusive government.

You can read more here.

George Will on Cultural Appropriation

Indignation about appropriation is a new frontier in the ever-expanding empire of cultivated victimhood: “Marginalized” persons from a particular culture supposedly are somehow wounded when “privileged” people — those who are unvictimized or less victimized — express or even just enjoy the culture of more pure victims without their permission.

You can read the rest here.