Wanting to Preserve Your Culture Is Not a Bad Thing

The “American Flag of Faces” display at Ellis Island. (Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress)
The nation and its culture (or cultures) can be defended without our devolving into warring camps of tribes.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ll men are created equal — but not everyone is identical. Human nature may be universal, but culture is particular and distinct, and it grows differently in different soil. Those twin facts raise one of the central dilemmas of a nation founded on classical liberal principles of equal individual rights: Can we seek to preserve and defend our own culture against demographic-driven changes without falling into the traps of treating people as groups or discriminating against individuals?

Our own culture, in this case, refers both to American culture at large and to the many and diverse local, regional, and community cultures

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