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Much of what passes for multiculturalism involves partisan politics and electoral advantage rather than sound policies of inclusion and anti-racist programs . Support is often elite driven and reflects a political consensus, while “subterranean” discontents and resentments are rarely measured or acknowledged. Nevertheless, criticism should be tempered somewhat, especially if multiculturalism is taken as a general principle with aspirational goals rather than a specific program with articulated goals and enforceable implementation.

In a society that abides by the principles of liberal tolerance for living together differently, what cultural practices are acceptable and which are not? Who decides, on what grounds, and why? Should tolerance be offered to those who are intolerant of others because they prefer to disagree with the tolerance principle of agreeing to disagree, thus raising the perennially thorny question of whether a tolerant multicultural governance can tolerate those who are intolerant of tolerance? • Unity or Diversity?

Support is often elite driven and reflects a political consensus, while “subterranean” discontents and resentments are rarely measured or acknowledged. Nevertheless, criticism should be tempered somewhat, especially if multiculturalism is taken as a general principle with aspirational goals rather than a specific program with articulated goals and enforceable implementation. A sense of perspective is helpful—an official Multiculturalism appears to occupy a third space, one that hovers in between the positive (benefits) and the negative (costs).

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