Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism
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“An iron law governing the operation of human reason is this: Whatever is assumed without argument comes to be regarded as self-evident, whether it is true or false” (59). So writes Yoram Hazony in his lucid new book, The Virtue of Nationalism, which implores us to approach the following choice with requisite seriousness: “Either you support, in principle, the ideal of an international government or regime that imposes its will on subject nations when its officials regard this as necessary; or you believe that nations should be free to set their own course in the absence of such an international government or regime” (3). This stark contrast is one between imperialism and nationalism, as Hazony describes it, and it is for him the fundamental “fault line...at the heart of Western public life” today (12).
Underlining there is no middle ground, he writes: “Imperialism and nationalism represent irreconcilable positions in political thought...We cannot embrace both of these views at the...