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Democracy without Nations?: The Fate of Self-Government in Europe
by Pierre Manent
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007
Cloth: 978-1-933859-42-2 | Paper: 978-1-61017-084-0
Library of Congress Classification JC311.M3325 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.94

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Can Europe survive after abandoning the national loyalties—and religious traditions—that provided meaning? And what will happen to the United States as it goes down a similar path?


The eminent French political philosopher Pierre Manent addresses these questions in his brilliant meditation on Europe’s experiment in maximizing individual and social rights. By seeking to escape from the “national form,” he shows, the European Union has weakened the very institutions that made possible liberty and self-government in the first place. Worse still, the “spiritual vacuity” that characterizes today’s secular Europe—and, increasingly, the United States—is ultimately untenable.


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