"This is a thought-provoking and well-written book."
-- "American Political Science Association"
"Passavant's argument depends on stablising a paradoxical
tension between two principles conventionally involved in an
--"Journal of American Studies"
"Passavant challenges the dichotomous approach to the
relationship between liberalism and communitarianism. Overall, "No
Escape" offers new insight on the relationship by critcally delving
into historical events, sociopolitics, and legal developments. It
challenges the conventional wisdom regarding the inherent confloict
between expanding liberal rights while embracing communitarian
values. Some readers will find considerable value in his
judiciously documented and forceful argument."
--"The law and Politics Book Review"
Conventional legal and political scholarship places liberalism,
which promotes and defends individual legal rights, in direct
opposition to communitarianism, which focuses on the greater good
of the social group. According to this mode of thought, liberals
value legal rights for precisely the same resason that
communitarians seek to limit their scope: they privilege the
individual over the community. However, could it be that liberalism
is not antithetical to social group identities like nationalism as
is traditionally understood? Is it possible that those who assert
liberal rights might even strengthen aspects of nationalism?
No Escape argues that this is exactly the case, beginning with
the observation that, paradoxical as it might seem, liberalism and
nationalism have historically coincided in the United States. No
Escape proves that liberal government and nationalism canmutually
reinforce each other, taking as its example a preeminent and
seemingly universal liberal legal right, freedom of speech, and
illustrating how it can function in a way that actually reproduces
nationally exclusive conditions of power.
No Escape boldly re-evaluates the relationship between liberal
rights and the community at a time when the call has gone out for
the nation to defend the freedom to live our way of life. Passavant
challenges us to reconsider traditional modes of thought, providing
a fresh perspective on seemingly intransigent political and legal
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