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We live in a world characterized by a flattened culture and increasingly meaningless freedoms. Little regard is paid to the necessity for those overlapping local and regional groups, communities, and associations that provide a matrix for human flourishing. We’re in a bad way, and the spokesmen and spokeswomen of both our Left and our Right are, for the most part, seriously misguided in their attempts to provide diagnoses, let alone solutions.

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JUNE 29, 2012 1:00AM

Firm Identities and Loose Borders

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Hillsdale, Michigan.… A drive back from New England to the upper mid-West on Tuesday gave me ample time to hear the journalistic accounts of the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration laws. The first item of note was the availability

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You're from Michigan. You're obviously not from Arizona. My wife specializes in civil rights law, and she talks about the tipping factor. When a minority population approaches 35% or more, racism begins to rear its ugly head in America. It makes no difference if the minority is Hispanic, black, Jewish, or Rashneeshi. The white majority begins to feel its privileges threatened. And so Arizona produced Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB 1070.

And if anyone piffles about how stuff like this isn't racism, you could just say that they're whistling "Dixie."