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Defending Identity

Its Indispensable Role in Defending Democracy

by Natan Sharansky Author · Shira Wolosky Weiss Contributor


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Natan Sharansky believes that the challenge of the twenty-first century is to assert our cultural, ethnic, or religious identities, a struggle that has never been more important than now.

Who is better prepared to defend principles in a volatile world? Is it those with strong national, religious, ethnic, or tribal identities who accept democracy, or democrats who view identity as a divisive prejudice? Sharansky argues that valueless cosmopolitanism is dangerous, even in democracies. Together, identity and democracy assert a powerful and benign sense of purpose, but when at odds, they beget fundamentalism and rootlessness.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Emily Janice Card (Director)

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hu...

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Ron Dermer (Editor)

Ron Dermer, a native of Florida, worked in Israel as a political consultant and as a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and son.

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Natan Sharansky (Author)

Natan Sharansky, writer, former Soviet dissident, and former deputy prime minister of Israel, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 for his struggles against tyranny. He is a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center, heading its strate...

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Shira Wolosky Weiss (Contributor)

Shira Wolosky is professor of English and American literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; previously, she was associate professor of English at Yale University. She received her PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University in...

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Director :
Emily Janice Card
Editor :
Ron Dermer
Author :
Natan Sharansky
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Contributor :
Shira Wolosky Weiss
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