Nation and Universe by Michael Walzer

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A nation is a historic community, connected to a meaningful place, enacting and revising a way of life, aiming at political or cultural self-determination. I have waited until my last breath to offer this definition, since I do not want to suggest too strong a link between nation and community. Communities can take other forms, as they have in the past and no doubt will in the future. But all the forms have pluralism in common -if communities are real, they are also different -and nations are probably the best current examples of this pluralism.

197-98. [WALZER] Nation and Universe 543 in charge, to vindicate those same rights in the long run. For what underlies this benevolent intention is the morally dangerous belief that the victims have somehow lost their powers of agency, their cultural and moral creativity, their capacity to shape their own lives. They are dim, unenlightened, barbarian, ignorant, and passive -trapped in a stagnant traditionalism, cut off from history itself, helplessly waiting to be rescued by the more advanced nations.

WALZER] Nation and Universe 543 in charge, to vindicate those same rights in the long run. For what underlies this benevolent intention is the morally dangerous belief that the victims have somehow lost their powers of agency, their cultural and moral creativity, their capacity to shape their own lives. They are dim, unenlightened, barbarian, ignorant, and passive -trapped in a stagnant traditionalism, cut off from history itself, helplessly waiting to be rescued by the more advanced nations. IV The victim nations, plebians all, prove this belief to be false whenever they resist the power that dominates them- as the Indians did in 1857, in the Sepoy Rebellion, long before they had reaped the benefits of the English social revolution.

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