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Where is the Moral Arc of Our Universe?

"It is not that human rights are not part of a truly formidable legal innovation. It is just that human rights take as their subject a disembodied, distant figure with no protections other than that guaranteed by the state that has already abandoned them," says Aishwary.

It is this abstraction that the revolutionary Civil Rights tradition takes head on and it is this that is its most radical accomplishment: for the first time, rights become material, worn on the body of the bearer, and therefore indissociable from our right to appear in public as equals.

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