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In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump countless words have been written and uttered about nationalism many accusing nationalists of racism hatred and violence But nationalism wasn't always considered evil Indeed such venerated figures as John Stuart Mill Churchill Eisenhower and Ben Gurion considered themselves nationalists Were the men and women of that era misguided in their emphasis on self determination for all peoples?In The Virtue of Nationalism the philosopher Yoram Hazony offers an incisively original case for national sovereignty in an era when it is under attack from many sides He recounts how in the 17th and 18th centuries English Dutch and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence and how their nationalism freed the world from the vision of universal empire promoted by German Catholic Holy Roman Emperors Their vision became the basis of opposition to imperialists of later eras and eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India and from Israel to EthiopiaBut since the 1960s the tide has turned against national independence Globalists say that self determination brought us two World Wars and the Holocaust The answer they offer us global governance is well intentioned Yet it has reawakened hatreds stoking chaos and revolt across the worldHazony argues that we will be forced to choose between a world of independent states or a renewal of universal empire in the form of the European Union or American hegemony The Virtue of Nationalism makes clear that anyone who values their freedoms should fight for a world of nationsIn the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump countless words have been written and uttered about nationalism many accusing nationalists of racism hatred and violence But nationalism wasn't always considered evil Indeed such venerated figures as John Stuart Mill Churchill Eisenhower and Ben Gurion considered themselves nationalists Were the men and women of that era misguided in their emphasis on self determination for all peoples?In The Virtue of Nationalism the philosopher Yoram Hazony offers an incisively original case for national sovereignty in an era when it is under attack from many sides He recounts how in the 17th and 18th centuries English Dutch and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence and how their nationalism freed the world from the vision of universal empire promoted by German Catholic Holy Roman Emperors Their vision became the basis of opposition to imperialists of later eras and eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India and from Israel to EthiopiaBut since the 1960s the tide has turned against national independence Globalists say that self determination brought us two World Wars and the Holocaust The answer they offer us global governance is well intentioned Yet it has reawakened hatreds stoking chaos and revolt across the worldHazony argues that we will be forced to choose between a world of independent states or a renewal of universal empire in the form of the European Union or American hegemony The Virtue of Nationalism makes clear that anyone who values their freedoms should fight for a world of nationsIn the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump countless words have been written and uttered about nationalism many accusing nationalists of racism hatred and violence But nationalism wasn't always considered evil Indeed such venerated figures as John Stuart Mill Churchill Eisenhower and Ben Gurion considered themselves nationalists Were the men and women of that era misguided in their emphasis on self determination for all peoples?In The Virtue of Nationalism the philosopher Yoram Hazony offers an incisively original case for national sovereignty in an era when it is under attack from many sides He recounts how in the 17th and 18th centuries English Dutch and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence and how their nationalism freed the world from the vision of universal empire promoted by German Catholic Holy Roman Emperors Their vision became the basis of opposition to imperialists of later eras and eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India and from Israel to EthiopiaBut since the 1960s the tide has turned against national independence Globalists say that self determination brought us two World Wars and the Holocaust The answer they offer us global governance is well intentioned Yet it has reawakened hatreds stoking chaos and revolt across the worldHazony argues that we will be forced to choose between a world of independent states or a renewal of universal empire in the form of the European Union or American hegemony The Virtue of Nationalism makes clear that anyone who values their freedoms should fight for a world of nations


5 thoughts on “The Virtue of Nationalism

  1. says:

    This book is so important i can hardly express It really goes profoundly to the ideological roots of the creeping totalitarianism in the vestigial nations of the west Hazony clearly shows the true nature and uncovers the euphemised roots of the present imperialism of primarily the 4th Reich misnamed as the EUThis should be seriously studied discussed and debated by all those arguing for classical liberalism or conservative centrism or even fact based social liberalism you know those demonised as far right by the absolutist imperialistsbe they far left or bureaucratic corporatist globalistsSo many of the points and arguments he elucidates i have been struggling to formulate and express over the last couple of years He addresses clearly and lays out the battleground that will see the west either battered but free and restored or a despised memory in the imperial demonology of an increasingly barbarous and absolutist imperial regimeOnly developing these ideas and defending them to the hilt and applying them with vigour will allow free societies to survive the current threats


  2. says:

    I know Yoram Hazony as the funny Jewish guy who wrote an inspiring book about how shepherds make great entrepreneurs I picked up this book thinking it was going to be murkier subject matter and I was right As a pro EU Brit living through a political disaster I don't want to hear an apologist for the dark forces of nationalism that I feel have poisoned our body politicBut from a spiritual point of view I get it The Hebrew Bible is against dependency We are born into the world to go it alone with God And not give our power up to multinational corporations Governments or supranational empires Biblical Israel is an inspiring model for thisBut to say that to be pro EU is to be against Israel strikes me as paranoid I've never been to Israel I know hardly anything about the country apart from what my mother told me as a child that the Jews needed Israel because of the terrible things that happened in the Second World War I'm in total agreement with that Israel is not a European country and I don't agree that the EU wants to dominate the world as an imperial power Yes it wants federal powers but I don't think my ability to be British has been inhibited by our membership of the European UnionYoram has a point that the EU which is dominated by the Germans will try to impose values on weaker states Angela Merkel's former speechwriter has some great observations about this He said that half of Europe wants to get out of bed in the morning and make a success of their lives the other half does not The work ethic is very different The French and the Germans have an efficient bureaucracy the Greeks do not That means there's anarchy in Greece It's not really a functioning state In fact hardly any of the EU members have functioned well as states over the past centuryThe Greeks and British want to leave? This is fine The Greeks have to give up the Euro and the Brits have to give up their privileged trading status They have to become like Israel a country that has to struggle to survive We have to take the path that Moses led when he took slaves out of a dictatorshipBut that's not how it feels to be living in the UK in 2018The decision in Britain was not taken by a party elected within the Parliamentary system it was made on the basis of a referendum It was not part of a political vision spelt out in a party manifesto it was agreed to because the Prime Minister wanted to neutralise a faction within his own party I was in the polling booth on referendum day and there were some very strange people there the kind of people who never normally voteSo it doesn't feel to me like a deep and genuine yearning for freedom Maybe the referendum result was God's Providence Does Britain want to spend the next 40 years wandering through the wilderness? Is Jacob Rees Mogg our Moses?Yoram gives a lot of credence to the ideas of Immanuel Kant I'm not sure he's a big figure in EU thinking He also has to admit that some states don't work and maybe an independent Britain will be unable to feed herself And Yoram admits nation states throw up some pretty repugnant characters and behaviourThe British founded an empire on the basis that they replaced the Jews as God's chosen people That's okay but history tells us that meant they had a right to smite other peoples It's all in the ueen's Coronation oaths Presumably we're going to have to get that right back and build up our armed forces againI'm glad that this book reminds me of first spiritual principles Though very troubled by how the British are going to deal with their new found independence


  3. says:

    At first I warmed to this book and wanted to agree with it It presents a useful framework of states being on a continuum between anarchy and empire with nation states in the middle an presented as the ideal However the theory that Hazony puts forward is so rigid with so little reference to real life examples that it falls downTowards the end of the book it felt like of a polemic against the modern world without a solution for how to change things and while it advocated self determination also suggested that few if any other nations could legitimately do so It sometimes felt as if he was advocating a return to inter war borders plus IsraelAs a book promoting nationalism in a positive light I really tried to like this book to challenge some of my own beliefs and concerns about nationalism especially in the current climate in Europe and the USA but I feel like this book failed to do so Still if you can read a copy do so but perhaps only focus on the first few chapters


  4. says:

    This is a book excellently written and excellently argued It is a book that challenges many of our assumptions about the world and about different forms of society While I was far from convinced by all of the author's arguments and found them here and there lacking I did find myself very much challenged by them and compelled to think hard if I was to defend my own viewpoints Particularly impressive is Hazony's sincere efforts to avoid being partisan with regard to the arguments so often presented against Israel and his efforts to understand the point of view of those who oppose his country If you are only interested in writing that supports your own views forget it If on the other hand you want to grow in understanding of the world we live in then read it


  5. says:

    This is an extremely interesting and thought provoking book The author does not hesitate to challenge what frankly are some very sacred cows His defence of nationalism is well reasoned will articulated and in fact extremely convincing