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Jan 6, 2021

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the tyrant doesn't care if you love him, as long as you don't love one another.

In this episode, I speak with Luke Sheahan about his book, "Why Associations Matter: The case for First Amendment Pluralism".

Free associations are essential for political liberty, human flourishing, and for genuine community; but Sheahan argues that recent judicial decisions are increasingly subsuming freedom of association and assembly into speech rights.

Free speech is essential for political liberty, but it's not sufficient -- It works in tandem with the right of association and assembly to strengthen and create venues for free speech.

But the right of association goes beyond that.

So, Luke and I discuss a number of things including the philosophy of Pluralism, Tocqueville's concern that individualism leads to centralization, Robert Nisbet's work on community, decentralization and the need to revitalize associations, and some of the arguments for free association from Aristotle, Aquinas, Magna Carta, the American founders, and more. We also discuss some of the problems with bad communities, racism, and the limits of association.

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