Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy

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PublicAffairs, Jun 3, 2008 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Who is better prepared to confront challenges and defend principles in a volatile modern world? Those with strong national, religious, ethnic, or tribal identities who accept democracy, or democrats who renounce identity as a kind of divisive prejudice? Natan Sharansky, building on his personal experience as a dissident, argues that valueless cosmopolitanism, even in democracies, is dangerous. Better to have hostile identities framed by democracy than democrats indifferent to identity.

In a vigorous insightful challenge to the left and right alike, Natan Sharansky, as he has proved repeatedly, is at the leading edge of the issues that frame our time.

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Natan Sharansky, former Soviet dissident, political prisoner, and human rights icon, has spent his life championing democracy and freedom. He is the author of Fear No Evil and The Case for Democracy. Sharansky has served as a senior minister in the Israeli government and now heads The Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies.

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