The Virtue of Nationalism: A conversation with Yoram Hazony

Join us for a conversation with Yoram Hazony, a leading conservative thinker who argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today. He is also the author of The Virtue of Nationalism, from which much of his talk will be formed.

In The Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony contends that a world of sovereign nations is the only option for those who care about personal and collective freedom. He recounts how, beginning in the sixteenth century, English, Dutch, and American Protestants revived the Old Testament’s love of national independence, and shows how their vision eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India, Israel to Ethiopia. It is this tradition we must restore, Hazony argues, if we want to limit conflict and hate–and allow human difference and innovation to flourish.

Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute. In addition to The Virtue of Nationalism, his other books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. Hazony is Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. His writings on philosophy, Bible, and political theory appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal, American Affairs, National Review and other publications. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Rutgers University.