The Flaws in Both Universalism and Nationalism

Two political alternatives, each susceptible of deformation.

September 20, 2016 | Walter Russell Mead
About the author: Walter Russell Mead is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute, professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College, and editor-at-large of the American Interest. His books include Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2004), God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2007), and The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People (forthcoming 2017).
This is a response to Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom, originally published in Mosaic in September 2016

A hand-colored woodcut showing the states of the Holy Roman Empire. By Hans Burgkmair, cut by Jost de Negker, 1510. Via Wikipedia.

Yoram Hazony’s “Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom” is a bold and fiery piece. In what follows, even as I intend to question and complicate his argument, I remain grateful for its genuinely refreshing spirit of intellectual combat.

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