Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us
In this chapter Demetriou sketches a rightist approach to monumentary policy in a diverse polity beleaguered by old ethnic grievances. He begins by noting the importance of tribalism, memorialization, and social trust. He then suggests a policy which 1) gradually narrows the gap between peoples in the heritage landscape, 2) conserves all but the most offensive of the least beloved racist monuments, 3) avoids recrimination (i.e., “keeps it positive”) and eschews ideological commentary in new monuments or revisions to old ones, 4) as much as politically feasible, recognizes only the offense of willing tribemates, and 5) responds to aesthetic and other “irrational” offenses more than to “objective” historical or philosophical critiques.
Demetriou, Dan. "Ashes of Our Fathers: Racist Monuments and the Tribal Right." In Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us, edited by Bob Fischer, 523-545. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
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