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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

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

Alexander S. Kirshner

Yale University Press

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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