Political Theory

Nationalism, the State, and Liberty


This conference addressed the tension between collective political identities and the respect for individuality inherent in a free society. General questions the conferees addressed included: Is nationalism a phenomenon inimical to or potentially supportive of individual liberty? Does the free society require (or preclude) “patriotism” of a particular sort, and does patriotism differ from nationalism? To what extent do contrasting movements for multiculturalism or immigration restrict, enhance, or undermine individual liberty?


Conference Readings

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Lord. “Nationality.” Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

Beran, Harry. “A Liberal Theory of Secession.” Political Studies 32 (1984): 21-31.

Buchanan, Allen. Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Mill, John Stuart. “Of Nationality, as Concerned with Representative Government.” Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

Moore, Margaret. The Ethics of Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Oppenheimer, Franz. The State. Translated by John M. Gitterman. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1922. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/oppenheimer-the-state (accessed July 7, 2014).

Smith, Anthony D. Nations and Nationalism in a Global Era. Cambridge: Polity, 1995.

Viroli, Maurizio. “On Civil Republicanism: Reply to Xenos and Yack.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 187-196.

von Mises, Ludwig. “The Roots of Imperialism.” Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

von Mises, Ludwig. "Liberal or Pacifistic Nationalism." Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org (July 1, 2009).

Wimmer, Andreas. Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Yack, Bernard, "The Myth of the Civic Nation." in Theorizing Nationalism, Edited by Ronald Beiner, 103-118. Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.

Yack, Bernard. “Can Patriotism Save Us from Nationalism? Rejoinder to Viroli.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 203-206.