Liberal Quicksand

by Yves Decock



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/22/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 340
ISBN : 9781504997959
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 340
ISBN : 9781504997942
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 340
ISBN : 9781504997973

About the Book

According to a fairy tale, after World War II, Europe rejected nationalism and subsequently started the European project, which brought uninterrupted peace from 1945 on. In this book, this version of history is unmasked. First, Europe did not desert nor transcend nationalism after 1945. On the contrary, since 1800, the nationalist program, based on linguistic divisions, has been implemented continuously, also after the end of World War II. Not the rejection of the nationalist program but its nearly full implementation is the basis of the lasting peace in Europe since 1945. The delineation of linguistically homogeneous territories is the precondition to create a truly Lockean democracy. Second, nationalism is, by itself, in the first place a strong emancipatory force that is intrinsically connected with the liberal evolutions at the end of the eighteenth and the midst of the nineteenth century. A correct appreciation of the emancipatory role of nationalism and of the contribution of nationalism to the current structure of Europe is a necessity to be able to deal adequately with the issues the modern world is thrusting upon Europe and to assess the form a political entity Europe might take. The European experience raises the question whether another path is possible. Throughout its history, the USA has followed the European path and has remained fundamentally Anglo-Saxon until 1965. Since then, the USA is struggling how to deal with its multicultural and multilingual reality and hesitates between an English-only mode, following the European model or something else, currently still not yet clearly defined. And what are the implications of Europe’s history when applied to the Middle East or multinational states like China? Can they democratize without falling apart?

About the Author

Mr. Decock breaks through the tunnel vision of classical liberalism and puts the realization of the nationalist program at the core of Europe’s history of the last two hundred years and, as such, renders justice to the statement by J. S. Mill that “free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities.”