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The Resource The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty, Stephen L. Carter

The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty, Stephen L. Carter

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The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty
Title
The dissent of the governed
Title remainder
a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty
Statement of responsibility
Stephen L. Carter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Dissent of the Governed is a diagnosis of what ails the body politic - the unwillingness of people in power to hear disagreement unless forced to - and a prescription for a new process of response. Carter examines the divided American political character on dissent, with special reference to religion, identifying it in unexpected places, with an eye toward amending it before it destroys our democracy. At the heart of this work is a rereading of the Declaration of Independence that puts dissent, not consent, at the center of the question of the legitimacy of democratic government. Carter warns that our liberal constitutional ethos - the tendency to assume that the nation must everywhere be morally the same - pressures citizens to be other than themselves when being themselves would lead to disobedience. This tendency, he argues, is particularly hard on religious citizens whose notion of community may be quite different from that of the sovereign majority of citizens. With reference to a number of cases, Carter shows that disobedience is sometimes necessary to the heartbeat of our democracy - and that the distinction between challenging accepted norms and challenging the sovereign itself, a distinction crucial to the Declaration of Independence, must be kept alive if we are to progress and prosper as a nation
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1954-
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Carter, Stephen L.
Index
index present
LC call number
JC328
LC item number
.C27 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
Series volume
1995
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  • Allegiance
  • Government, Resistance to
  • Religion and politics
Label
The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty, Stephen L. Carter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Allegiance -- Disobedience -- Interpretation
Control code
37594170
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 167 pages
Isbn
9780674212657
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97039973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty, Stephen L. Carter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Allegiance -- Disobedience -- Interpretation
Control code
37594170
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 167 pages
Isbn
9780674212657
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97039973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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