Walzer thinks that a community's way of life is important enough to wage war to defend it: important enough even to be defended by dirty-handed action on the part of a government. Again, since he does not think that illiberal but unforced ways of life are necessarily illegitimate, he denies that only liberal regimes have a right to fight for survival. Illiberal regimes cannot legitimately resort to murder or slavery, but so long as they abstain from significant official coercion and threats to life, they may depart legitimately from strong egalitarianism, and may legitimately give more weight to religion and nation than liberal, secular political arrangements do. Walzer's relativism and his exaggerated sympathy for attachments to ways of life, even highly illiberal ones, make his position ultimately unacceptable.
|Title of host publication||Global challenges to liberal democracy. Political participation, minorities and migrations|
|Number of pages||10|
|ISBN (Print)||9400759975, 9789400759978|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|