The introduction suggests that the problem of the acceptance of the political party is ‘ontological’: the party in itself is an element of division. As a consequence, the acceptance of party entails the acknowledgement of the possibility and feasibility of difference, division, conflict, and opposition. That is, it goes counter to the mainstream of what Western civilization has always considered desirable in society and in polity: union and harmony, consensus and agreement, concord and cohesion. The introduction illustrates the main passages that the book will present in the long road to party acceptance, up to a sort of reversal in recent times when the party has again come under the fire of discontent and criticism.
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