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A Theory of Militant DemocracyThe Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism$
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Alexander S. Kirshner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300188240

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300188240.001.0001

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Justifying the Exclusion of Antidemocrats

Justifying the Exclusion of Antidemocrats

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(p.86) Four Justifying the Exclusion of Antidemocrats
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A Theory of Militant Democracy
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Alexander S. Kirshner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188240.003.0004

This chapter explores alternative justifications for limiting individuals' ability to participate. It treats two of the most commonly offered rationales for militant sanctions: that individuals or parties reject democracy; and that members are opposed to or threaten a fundamental element of a regime's identity, such as its religious or ethnic identity. Examining arguments offered by scholars such as Nancy Rosenblum, Peter Singer, and Stephen Holmes, the chapter shows why banning a party for either of those reasons will render a regime less democratic. It argues that sanctions are democratically legitimate only when individuals violate others' rights (or will do so imminently).

Keywords:   political participation, militant sanctions, democracy, political parties

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