Race, justice, and America’s founding mistake

How can both statements be true? A cryptic line in Book 5 of Aristotle’s Politics explains it. Discussing the problem of factional clashes that can lead to political unrest and even revolution, Aristotle remarks that the source of such conflicts can often be found in an “error” that takes place “at the beginning” of a political community’s history — at a time when “even a small error” takes on outsized importance for everything that follows.Aristotle’s insight has major implications for America’s fraught history of race.

Source: Damon Linker, Race, justice, and America’s founding mistake

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