Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Lesser Evil$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Ignatieff

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618729.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

Liberty and Armageddon

Liberty and Armageddon

Chapter:
(p.145) Chapter Six Liberty and Armageddon
Source:
The Lesser Evil
Author(s):

Gifford Lectures

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618729.003.0006

This chapter addresses the acquisition by terrorist groups of weapons of mass destruction. If this were to occur, the state's ultimate powers of violence would pass into private hands, either those of a terrorist internationale such as Al Qaeda, or those of a superempowered loner – a lonely citizen with a grudge and the capability to hold his entire nation hostage. These scenarios would take us into a new world, in which terrorism might transmute from an eternal but manageable challenge to liberal democracy into a potentially lethal foe. The chapter considers the worst-case scenario in order to pose, as starkly as possible, the questions with which the book began: whether our democracies are strong enough to cope with these dangers, and how to strengthen the institutions we are committed to defend.

Keywords:   terrorism, terrorist groups, mass destruction, violence, state, liberal democracy

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.