Freedom & Diversity: A Liberal Pentagram for Living Together

Immigrant Nations

by Paul Scheffer, translated from the Dutch by Liz Waters
Polity, 390 pp., $84.95; $29.95 (paper)

If you want to elaborate a version of multiculturalism that is genuinely compatible with liberalism, you have to spend pages hedging the term about with clarifications and qualifications. By the time you have finished doing that, the justification for a separate new “ism” has evaporated. Why not simply talk about the form of modern liberalism suited—meaning also, developed and adapted—to the conditions of a contemporary, multicultural society?

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