Political Pluralism

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Coexist Rainbow by Brian Hartwell

Graphic by Brian Hartwell

In America, we seem to always be fighting right vs. left; the Christian right wants to make America more of a Christian Nation, and the left a more secular state. Although there are conservatives who are atheists or agnostics and strong believing Christians who are also liberal, the popular characterization in the media of left and right follows the secular and religious respectively.

Americans, whether they realize it or not, prefer a government of opposites. In the past twenty years neither party has had a strong hold on all the political power for more than four years, for the populace prefers gridlock to slow down the changes either party wishes to effect.

The various factions of America tend to be reductionists, preferring simple narratives to the more realistic complex narrative of reality. Pluralists rejoice in the complexity of life and attempt to bring together all the disparate voices to understand and tolerate on another.

Advocating Pluralism is an attempt to make sure that everyone has a seat at the table, and that all solutions to our nations struggles include provisions for the needs of all, and not just a select few. Particular attention needs to be made to those who lack the financial resources to purchase political influence.

The graphic represents a few of the groups that deserve a seat at the political table:

C is Islam
O is for Wicca
E is for Science
x is for Judaism
I is for Buddhism
S is for Taoism
T is for Christianity

We need a larger word to include all the other religious groups but this graphic represents the concept of pluralism.

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About The Pluralist Advocate

The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.