Against ‘Unity’

President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., November 10, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst

/Reuters)
Politics is not a place for unity. It is a place for airing grievances.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P olitical unity is an ugly, authoritarian idea. No free place has domestic political unity, nor should it aspire to it.

What “unity” really means, of course, is capitulation. America is once again being subjected to the inane brand of pseudo-patriotic sloganeering we saw during the Obama years. Now, as then, the media will pretend that the moral fabric of the nation must be mended after Republican rule. It’s pretty transparent. When Democrats win the presidency, we are treated to solemn calls for national restoration and political harmony, and to the expectation that, for the good of the nation, the opposition will

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