Unity Is Overrated

Ever since the U.S. presidential election, commentators and politicians everywhere have been calling for a return to national unity. Hogwash, says Julia Keller. Conformity and unity of thought have never helped the world advance, either culturally, politically, or artistically. “Only through avoiding consensus, only through steadfastly refusing to be unified, have artists progressed and evolved,” and the same holds true for politicians, activists, and American society as a whole.