A Critique of Group Loyalty
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of The Independent Review

Loyalty to one’s group is not necessarily a virtue, as the horrors of Nazi Germany amply demonstrated. On the contrary, a commitment to group loyalty—a standing order to abandon one’s principles for the sake of the group—is irrational whether one subscribes to moral absolutism or to moral relativism.

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