The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man

Here is the reading for Saturday, February 27.  We will meet here at 4:30.  A printable copy can be found here.  Try to print your own copy or bring a mobile device.

This chapter of The Origins of Totalitarianism describes how millions of Europeans in the 20th century lost all semblance of human rights, and more so, how the concept of human rights became hollowed out.  Stateless, rightless people are basically homeless people, except on a global scale; they are accepted no where and protected only by laws of exception, which typically proved ineffective.  They have lost any identity beyond merely human; they have no nationality, no culture, no community to fall back on—and unfortunately for these people, the bare human is the most contemptible human.

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