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Debating Democracy's DiscontentEssays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy$
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Anita L. Allen and Milton C. Regan

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294964.001.0001

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Notes of a Jewish Episcopalian: Gender as a Language of Class; Religion as a Dialect of Liberalism

Notes of a Jewish Episcopalian: Gender as a Language of Class; Religion as a Dialect of Liberalism

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(p.99) 7 Notes of a Jewish Episcopalian: Gender as a Language of Class; Religion as a Dialect of Liberalism
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Debating Democracy's Discontent
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Joan C. Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294964.003.0008

The charge of socialism is a conversation-stopper; republicanism offers a native American alternative. To justify his radical widening of the concept of property, Charles Reich, in “The New Property,” mixed the liberal language of privacy with language from the republican egalitarian strain. The mystique of homeownership carries on republican themes, such as the notion that property offers a stable stake in society, and the notion that owners make good citizens. The grip of domesticity is so profound that the only realistic strategy is to transform it from within, to turn arguments for why women should remain in the home into demands to employers and the government to spread the costs of childrearing instead of privatizing them onto the women and children who represent 77 percent of those in poverty. In a culture with few viable redistributive rhetorics, religion has tremendous potential for building cross-class and cross-race coalitions.

Keywords:   domesticity, egalitarian, homeownership, owners, poverty, privacy, property, religion, socialism, stable

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