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The Meaning of Sovereignty: What Our Founding Fathers Could Tell Us About Current Events

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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jeremy Rabkin

Series: First Principles

Topic: Government (Nation state)

Keywords: Thought; Middle East

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


Sovereignty is not merely a question of national rights, and a sovereign state, especially one with alliances and commitments in much of the world, cannot abandon its position under fire without paying a heavy cost for doing so. The pride we take in independence presumes that we have the seriousness to contend with the consequences of our own national decisions.