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Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-ConservatismThe Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy$
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Tom Farer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534722.001.0001

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Terrorism, Communalism and Democracy: The Limits of Tolerance

Terrorism, Communalism and Democracy: The Limits of Tolerance

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Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism
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Tom Farer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534722.003.0004

This chapter argues that the encounter of liberal and illiberal communities occurs in an epoch where the integration of national economies and the revolution in communication and transportation coincide with the survival of parochial and traditionalist attachments. The encounter compels consideration of the limits of liberal tolerance and the bases of social peace; whether individual rights and alleged rights of groups are fully reconcilable, whether group rights are derivative of individual rights or a distinct category of human entitlements, and it further requires us to consider the rights of majorities as well as minorities. Finally, it requires consideration of the compatibility of tolerance for illiberal ways of life with the long-term sustainability of liberal democracy. These issues are examined through the lenses of law and the moral values embedded in human rights norms (best expressed politically by American liberalism and European social democracy) which constitute a particular way of visualizing human dignity.

Keywords:   human rights, communalism, liberalism, minority claims, liberal values, liberal tolerance

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