In its contempt for nationalism and democracy, Israel’s Supreme Court exemplifies a trend that endangers liberal values throughout the West
By Gadi Taub, TABLET Sept 20/21
The ideological fault line in the contemporary West runs between two opposing visions: an internationalist (or even globalist) orientation, which seeks to “transcend” the nation state, and a national view that seeks to reinvigorate it.
To the partisans of internationalism who dominate academia and the press, it is clear which occupies the higher moral ground. The globalist ideology, as they see it, is liberal: It is underpinned by an inclusive vision of universal human rights. By contrast, the nationalist vision borders on fascism, or even on racism, and is poised to break out into full malignancy at any moment. They believe that because nationalism tends to elevate the collective over the individual, and because it is “ethnocentric,” it is also suspicious of—if not downright hostile to—anyone who doesn’t belong to the national collective.