June 28, 2003

The National Interest

Gene Callahan argues that the idea of "national interest" is incoherent:

But nations are not the sorts of entities that have interests, just like they don't have crushes or daydreams or urges to go out for a beer. It is individuals who have those things. All thoughts, of which interests are a sub species, occur in the minds of particular people, and do not float around in some sort of "national consciousness."