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.


Other Independent Review articles by Laurie L. Calhoun
    Fall 2011   The Silencing of Soldiers
    Winter 2011   Political Philosophers on War
    Winter 2006   Michael Walzer on Just War Theory’s “Critical Edge”
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