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Welcome "consociationalism" to the worldwide web of euphemism.

"Nationalist, Unionist or Other:" The Poverty of Consociational Politics in Northern Ireland

As John McGarry, one of the chief academic supporters of consociationalism, put it in 1995, "the problem with integrationist solutions  political pluralism is that they require a willingness to be integrated, and no such willingness exists in deeply divided societies [TO APPLY EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS TO ALL CITIZENS]... Many blacks [SIC] in the United States are now [?] coming to realize, ironically [?], that the separate but equal doctrine in `Plessey v. Ferguson' is more attractive [!] than the separate means unequal [!] doctrine of "Brown v. Board of Education'." This kind of `realism' denies the common experiences of workers in capitalist societies as well as the opinion poll evidence in Northern Ireland showing consistent support for integrating or mixing in schools employment, housing and socially.

duh
While the Good Friday Agreement includes some gestures towards integration, the actual workings of government involve the consociational management of difference.

Consociational government aims to produce a kind of voluntary apartheid in which each 'side' chooses among representatives from its own political 'community'.


< wipes tears >
De-colonization of the mind is hard werk.
:: incidentally
Just last night I took up reading a dissertation "Egyptian and Italian Merchants in the Black Sea Trade, 1260-1500" (2014). I fell asleep on p 85 (of 471 pp), where the author still deep into the differences, nuance, and disambiguation of "slave" and "unfree" terminology, enforced by Arabic-speaking and Turk-speaking muslim peoples and disciples, or notaries, of the "Latin" and "Greek" ecumenical laws respecting "natural freedom." By region. Since Aristotle, but before the "Atlantic trade." hmmm.
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Genoa 2009
"... fired by civic pride, religious fervour and mercantile enterprise"
Genoa 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 06:16:40 PM EST
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