The Right of Nations to Self Determination

Roderick Hay rhay at mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA
Sat Aug 5 16:42:00 MDT 1995


I have never encountered a "cultural entity" so I don't know. We are all
in this mess of a world together, separation culturally, economically, or
any other way is impossible.


On Fri, 4 Aug 1995, jwalker wrote:

> > From: Roderick Hay <rhay at mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA>
> > Date: Thu, 3 Aug 1995 21:39:52 -0400 (EDT)
> > Subject: Re: War poised to expand
> >
> > I don't understand this "right of nations to self-determination". What is
> > a nation but a bourgeois reification. The workers have no nation.
> >
>
> Roderick,
>
> Perhaps this alleged right bothers you because you're thinking of
> "nations" as political entities. I think people in political theory used
> to distinguish more carefully than they do now between states (political
> entities) and nations (cultural entities, I believe).
>
> If we make this distinction, the right in question becomes the right of
> people to self determination.  And surely *that's* something we can all
> support, eh?
>
>
>
> >
> John D. Walker
> jwalker at email.unc.edu
>
>
>
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