One audacity of neoconservatives is their appropriation of the radical egalitarian rhetoric of the 1960s. In his recent book, The Affirmative Action Fraud, for example, Clint Bolick calls for a restoration of the Founding Fathers’ “civil rights vision.” According to Bolick and other conservatives, commitment to race and gender blindness was ensconced in the Constitution in 1789; while American practices did not always live up to these ideals, a steady progress brought us as a nation to real equality. Since the 1960s, however, a “politics of difference” has torn apart America’s common fabric, with groups claiming that they are oppressed, and demanding to be noticed in their social difference and cultural specificity. Th...
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