Need for Nations

By Roger Scruton
January 2004
ISBN: 1-903386-33-0
64 pages, 5 " x 8 "
$24.50 Paper Original


The nation state provides us with the surest model for peace, prosperity, and the defense of human rights. Is spite of this, the idea of the nation state is under attack, derided as a cause of conflict, and destined to be replaced by more "enlightened" forms of jurisdiction. This is in spite of the fact that all recent attempts to transcend the nation state into some kind of transnational political order have ended up either as totalitarian dictatorships like the former Soviet Union or as unaccountable bureaucracies like the European Union. Contents include: Introduction, Citizenship, Membership and Nationality, Nations and Nationalism, Britain and its Constituent Nations, The Virtues of the Nation State, Panglossian Universalism, Oikophobia, The New World Order, Threats to the Nation, Overcoming the Threats.


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