Our particular national character, as Burke could see even before American independence, is uniquely oriented by certain principled commitments.
Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism offers a staunch defense of a world order anchored around independent nation-states. Hazony argues that the dream of a liberal international system with the authority and power to govern the world has always been utopian. Indeed, Hazony contends that universal orders of this kind always involve the imposition of empire.
We invited three authors to offer their thoughts on Hazony’s provocative thesis.