A City Guide To Rongcheng for 20 The normative theorist is necessarily concerned with the standards of political life. This is not to say, however, that she seeks to impose her beliefs and values upon others. Indeed, the norms the theorist studies and advocates”particularly if they are oriented to democracy, diversity, fair play, individual liberties, civil rights, and the principle of tolerance”may strongly militate against the imposition of morality or the authoritarian regulation of behavior. Nonetheless, engaging in the defense of ideals such as democracy, diversity, fair play, individual liberties, civil rights, and the principle of tolerance very much remains a normative enterprise. I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, Thomas Jefferson (1743 1826) wrote, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.21 To inform people’s discretion and otherwise engage in political education is to adopt and inculcate specific norms. Yet this eminently normative enterprise is grounded in democratic beliefs about the moral autonomy of citizens. A City Guide To Rongcheng 2016.