ABSTRACT

This chapter addresses a challenge frequently posed to liberal theories of politics: that they require for their survival that citizens adhere to “bloodless” abstract principles, rather than to more tangible connections of nationality or affective solidarity. This chapter proposes that this motivational challenge can be overcome when citizens come to regard their political loyalty as consonant with their moral and religious loyalties. The affective loyalty that citizens feel toward their moral or religious obligations can thus be marshaled in support of their living up to their political obligations as well. This account of “harmonized” loyalties serves as an adjunct to accounts of constitutional patriotism, which provide a basis for political allegiance that does not collapse into blind, uncritical loyalty. Realizing a harmony of loyalty across a diverse public requires both active deliberative exchange on matters of political concern and encouragement of diverse forms of moral community, which cultivate in their members the deep forms of commitment that can bind a citizen to their political system.