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Jedediah Purdy @JedediahSPurdy
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1/I don't fight on Twitter, but I feel obliged to respond to @jonathanchait's identification of me with a left that has almost no regard for American democracy, constitutional structure, or norms, and mainly hates capitalism. I offer a few passages side by side.
2/ Besides putting great weight on the norms that uphold democratic politics as a peaceful means of resolving conflict (above) I call on a specifically American tradition of expanding and deepening core democratic commitments.
3/ The first headline referred to an "illiberal" left. The new version says simply "radical"--a word that, if it means attending to (even caring for and nurturing) the roots of a system, I would accept. But I still do not recognize the piece's characterization of my attitudes.
4/ For nineteen years of public writing, most elaborately in A Tolerable Anarchy (2009), I have identified with the American tradition of trying to perfect principles of self-rule, civic equality, and economic membership.
5/ This makes me a democrat (concerned with the self-rule of equals), a liberal (concerned with the autonomy of persons), and a social democrat (concerned with the economic meaning of freedom and equality, and the limits & harms of markets).
6/ I re-post this because it is how I showed up last year at the airport/travel ban protests. That's my constitutional law textbook. I know the Constitution as its student and teacher, I have enormous respect for what citizens and judges and movements have achieved through it,
7/ ... and I believe in the peaceful coexistence within disagreement and conflict that it, like all plans of government aims to achieve. I aim at a good-faith argument about what we have to think about and work on in preserving AND improving that shared life.
8/ I invite everyone to consider the proposition that much deeper engagements with inequality, legal vulnerability, racism, and the democratizing of our democracy are parts of this, which are underappreciated in much of the mainstream liberal discourse of the moment.
9/ Of course, I might be wrong. That's always true. But it will not be because I think the constitution a bitter joke or liberal democracy a failed religion. I do not think those things.
10/ Credo done.
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