What Is Self-Determination?

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“People go on quite a bit about self-determination these days. Some decry the denial of self-determination to ‘the Palestinians.’ Others insist that only ‘the Jewish people’ can have the right to self-determination between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Israel passed a law declaring that principle in 2018. Unfortunately, I see too little thought behind the term self-determination. What is it? What self are we talking about? What is determination? This and the related issue of nationalism are big topics with an unsurprisingly big literature.” (05/10/24)