Can American Politics Survive Pluralism?

A traditional motto of the United States is E pluribus unum: “out of many, one.”  In recent decades, though, American unity has been increasingly challenged by the fact that citizens hold radically different worldviews. We disagree about both what policies we should pursue and how to live together in peace. 

Frustration with this pluralism has led many on the political Left and Right to express hatred and intolerance. But what if pluralism could be better understood, or even accepted?  What if it could be transformed from a political weakness into a political strength?  And what might this look like in terms of political institutions and practices?

Renowned authors Yuval Levin and John Inazu joined David Corey on October 19th, 2021 to explore how we can live together across our deep differences. 

Baylor in Washington was pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Institute for Human Ecology and AEI's Initiative on Faith and Public Life.


Yuval Levin is the author most recently of The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract (2017) and A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream (2020). He is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy.

John Inazu is the author most recently of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (2016), and co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference (2020).  He is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.


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Dr. David Corey is the Director of Baylor in Washington and  a professor of Political Science focusing on political philosophy in the Honors Program at Baylor University.  He is also an affiliated member of the departments of Philosophy and Political Science. He is the author of two books, The Just War Tradition (with J. Daryl Charles) (2012) and The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues (2015).  

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