03/31/2015 12:04 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

What Makes A People

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Let’s consider a hypothetical scenario: One of the United States’ minor allies passes legislation criminalizing a particular identity-politic shared by a small portion of its citizens. The country then employs its police force and judiciary to jail members of this population, obliges discrimination, physical abuse – even murder – by vigilantes, then permits the press to publish identifying information forcing individuals from their homes and jobs. Does the US cut ties? Does it intervene?

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