In Defense of Our National and Religious Traditions

A society that honors and reveres nothing but individual freedom will become a society that honors and reveres nothing at all.

From a stereoscopic image of the right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty. 1876 Centennial Exposition via Wikipedia.

From a stereoscopic image of the right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty. 1876 Centennial Exposition via Wikipedia.

Last Word
Sept. 29 2016
About the author

Yoram Hazony is president of the Herzl Institute and the author of God and Politics in Esther, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. His essays on history, politics, and religion appear in a wide variety of publications. His next book, Empire and Nation, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.


I am grateful to R.R. Reno, Walter Russell Mead, and Peter Berkowitz for their careful comments on my essay, “Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom.” Here I offer some thoughts relating to their most salient points.

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