The Virtue of Nationalism

The Virtue of Nationalism

by Yoram Hazony
The Virtue of Nationalism

The Virtue of Nationalism

by Yoram Hazony


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A leading conservative thinker argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today

Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics to Brexit to the rise of the right in Europe, events have forced a crucial debate: Should we fight for international government? Or should the world's nations keep their independence and self-determination?

In The Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony contends that a world of sovereign nations is the only option for those who care about personal and collective freedom. He recounts how, beginning in the sixteenth century, English, Dutch, and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence, and shows how their vision eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India, Israel to Ethiopia. It is this tradition we must restore, he argues, if we want to limit conflict and hate — and allow human difference and innovation to flourish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541645370
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 615,421
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Yoram Hazony is president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and director of the John Templeton Foundation's project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. His books include The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul and The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture. He lives in Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Return to Nationalism 1

Part 1 Nationalism and Western Freedom

I Two Visions of World Order 16

II The Roman Church and Its Vision of Empire 21

III The Protestant Construction of the West 23

IV John Locke and the Liberal Construction 29

V Nationalism Discredited 37

VI Liberalism as Imperialism 43

VII Nationalist Alternatives to Liberalism 50

Part 2 The Case for the National State

VIII Two Types of Political Philosophy 58

IX The Foundations of Political Order 61

X How Are States Really Born? 76

XI Business and Family 82

XII Empire and Anarchy 90

XIII National Freedom as an Ordering Principle 99

XIV The Virtues of the National State 109

XV The Myth of the Federal Solution 141

XVI The Myth of the Neutral State 155

XVII A Right to National Independence? 167

XVIII Some Principles of the Order of National States 176

Part 3 Anti-Nationalism and Hate

XIX Is Hatred an Argument against Nationalism? 190

XX The Shaming Campaigns against Israel 192

XXI Immanuel Kant and the Anti-Nationalist Paradigm 196

XXII Two Lessons of Auschwitz 202

XXIII Why the Enormities of the Third World and Islam Go Unprotested 209

XXIV Britain, America, and Other Deplorable Nations 214

XXV Why Imperialists Hate 219

Conclusion: The Virtue of Nationalism 225

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Index 275

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