Single Idea 23389

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / f. Multiculturalism]

Full Idea

Why should national minorities not have the same powers of nation-building as the majority?

Gist of Idea

Why shouldn't national minorities have their own right to nation-build?


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 8.4)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.352

A Reaction

A 'national minority' is marked by a different language, or a different religion, or both. No one doubts the majority's right to nation-build. Some further principle would be needed to deny that right to a minority. Maybe the minority was there first?

Related Idea

Idea 23388 Liberals need more than freedom; they must build a nation, through a language and institutions [Kymlicka]