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Gore & Faction

From a reader:

Well it appears that Al Gore has gone to the infamous tactic of taking quotes out of context. It doesn’t really matter if Christianity or any religion has degenerated into a political faction because Madison’s whole point in Federalist #10 was that we should embrace faction heartily as a necessary part of a large republic. A one-faction rule results when there aren’t enough factions in and outside of political parties, since each of those factions resists incursion on its “turf” by other factions. Suppressing factions, no matter how influential, strikes at the core of the American, or indeed any other, democracy. Heck, even the communists are operating in this country without fear of arrest, (until they do something stupid like vandalism ala the McDonald’s in France).

Cheers

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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