Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title Page

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright Page

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pp. iv-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-x

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FOREWORD

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pp. xi-xviii

Even in his lineage, Rodrigo is telling us a story. His father is of African descent and his mother is Italian. Outside of the United States, he would be known and recognized as an individual of mixed parentage. Latin Americans might call him "mulatto" or "creole," depending on his features and hue. In South Africa, he would be...

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Introduction: In Which the Author Explains Who Rodrigo and the Professor Are, and What They Have Been Doing So Far

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pp. 1-3

In The Rodrigo Chronicles, published in 1995, the reader meets my brash, talented young friend and graduate lawyer, Rodrigo. When we first encounter him, Rodrigo has flown back to the States from Italy, at his sister's suggestion, to meet "the Professor" and discuss the young man's future. Rodrigo is thinking of obtaining an LL.M. (advanced law) degree from an American institution in hopes of a career...

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CHAPTER 1 Empathy and False Empathy: The Problem with Liberalism

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pp. 4-36

I was sitting in my darkened office one afternoon, thinking about life. To tell the truth, I was missing my young friend and protege, Rodrigo. Not long ago, I had consigned him to the Great Beyond. But now, I was flooded with regret and sadness. I missed his brashness, his insouciant originality. Odd, I had not thought of myself as sentimental....

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CHAPTER 2 Legal Instrumentalism and the Rule of Law: A Blueprint for Reformers in Hard Times

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pp. 37-61

I was sitting dejectedly in the airport waiting lounge, cursing myself for having taken a winter flight that changed planes in a northern city, when I heard a familiar voice from behind me.
"Professor, is it you?"
I turned. "Rodrigo, for goodness' sake! What are you doing here?"
"I'm just getting back from a speaking tour. I think I told you I'm...

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CHAPTER 3 Merit and Affirmative Action

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pp. 62-98

I had just put down my papers from the talk that, as one of three graybeards, I had just given to a roomful of eager new professors when a familiar face materialized in front of me.
"Rodrigo! I didn't see you in the room. Where were you sitting?"
"Over there," my young friend and protege replied, "behind Henry...

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CHAPTER 4 American Apocalypse

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pp. 99-129

Hee-hee, I caught myself muttering under my breath with a childish excitement unbefitting someone my age, as I walked up the last few stairs to Rodrigo's fourth floor office. In the past, my young enfant terrible had made a practice of dropping in on me unexpectedly, materializing as though out of nowhere. Now, courtesy of a board...

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CHAPTER 5 Cosmopolitanism and Identity Politics

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pp. 130-147

"Good timing/' I commented to Rodrigo as we waited to hail a cab in front of the airport. "I'm glad we managed to coordinate our arrivals."
"Me, too," said my young friend. "How was your flight?"
"Fine. And yours?"...

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CHAPTER 6 Citizenship: How Society Rejects the Very Persons It Most Needs

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pp. 148-165

"Professor! What are you doing?"
I looked up from my labors to find Rodrigo, to my great pleasure, standing in my doorway. He was looking concerned.
"Come on in. It's good to see you. Thanks for the card saying you were coming. I called, but your secretary said you'd already left."...

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Epilogue

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pp. 166-168

So far as Rodrigo or any of the professor's other friends and acquaintances could tell, he completed his packing and left the next day. Out of curiosity, Rodrigo telephoned the citizenship review panel, but they declined to speak with him because of the confidentiality of the proceedings and his lack of an explicit letter of retainer or...

NOTES

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pp. 169-bc