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The Liberal Objection

From: Languages of the Unheard

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Not everyone admires confrontational protesters. Some people specifically dispute the claim that militancy is good for democracy. They believe, on the contrary, that militancy is a failing, either because it undermines fragile democratic institutions by eroding respect for law and order, or because it resorts to forceful pressure when reason-guided, good-faith dialogue is called for. This chapter explores these concerns, focusing especially on the latter, which it calls the liberal objection to militancy.

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Stephen D'Arcy

Stephen D’Arcy is an associate professor of philosophy at Huron University College, Western University. A long-time social activist and protest organizer, he teaches and writes about democratic theory and practical ethics.