Single Idea 23376

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

The extension of non-discrimination from government to civil society …involves a radical extension of the obligations of liberal citizenship. The obligation to treat people as equal citizens now applies to everyday decisions.

Gist of Idea

Modern non-discrimination obliges modern citizens to treat each other as equals


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 7)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.301

A Reaction

This is very difficult for an older generation who felt their 'entitlement' as leading citizens, or who routinely favoured their local traditional community. But they just have to 'get over it'!

Related Idea

Idea 23380 Some individuals can gain citizenship as part of a group, rather than as mere individuals [Kymlicka]