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What is nationalism?
 
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A term used to laud your countrymen and criticize foreign nations. 


a pestilant airborne highy communicable and contagious disease which has ravaged the 3rd world and bled it dry 


It is the assumption that a homogenious population occupies a certain territory and deserved to be preserved as such. 


A devotion to one's own nation. 


Stupidity. 


The process of selling collective identity to citizens based on protecting hunting grounds. 


Depends on your definition. If it's support of the nation, it can go one of two ways...good or bad...what is best for the nation and its people or following the party line. If it's patriotism, there really is only one way it can go realistically. Some people mistakenly say they are patriots, when they are, in reality, a nationalist.

Nationalists will often support the "ruling party" and the "government's dogma," no matter the results. These are the people I say MISTAKENLY call themselves patriots.

A true patriot doesn't blindly follow the government. Loving your country doesn't mean agreeing with or even supporting those in charge of it and their choices, which are often fueled by personal greed and private interests. There are several quotes about patriots that say it all, IMO.

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
James Bryce

It is the first duty of every citizen to question authority.
Benjamin Franklin

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson
 


Nationalism is belief in one's own country's superiority in everything to the point that it becomes belief in everyone else's inferiority, and to the exclusion of any inkling that a country does not exist in a vacuum, but is part of a larger community. Nationalism is often this belief, disguised as patriotism. 


Nationalism is patriotism taken to a dangerous point. 


The funny thing is, I once thought Marcus Garvey was on to something. Marcus Garvey decided that an exodus of black people would be the only thing that would allow the black man the right to the pursuit of happiness as the white man's constitution states. The same thing can be said of Zionism, and the Israeli state. One of my heroes Malcolm X believed that white people are devils, and they are the enemy, but he came to the conclusion there was a different enemy (which the conservative Alex Haley decided to leave out in his popular rendition of his Autobiography). However, nationalism whether it be neo-nazis, black nationalism, United States patriotism (which is a virulent form of nationalism) will always start facing odds that are insurmountable. It is obvious from such things as the nonsensical Balfour Declaration declared in 1917. The British Government would declare that Palestine would be a Jewish state, but the existing population would still have their rights. Well we see how well this has done. Nationalism is fear that someone has something you are unable to enjoy. Racial lynchings in the United States were actually encouraged in the south. It was important to listen to Marcus Garvey state later that he felt closer to the Klu Klux Clan than to these integrationst. He went further and stated at least the Klan understood what "racial purity is". It is obvious that people will protect what they feel they have and others do not have. Think of the phrase "Once you go black you never go back". 


Pride in one's country, and when left unchecked it becomes a destructive force. 


Nationalism is being proud to be an American and the American way of life. Unfortunately as capitalism goes away, America will no longer be unique and will be no different than Canada or any Western European nations. This is The Theory of Mediocrity at work. 


Positively, nationalism is about pride in one's country, heritage and culture, which promotes healthy views of a nation and its relationship to the larger global community. Negatively, it becomes a form or isolationism, protectionism, and yes, even terrorism, that creates fear and paranoia in individuals within the nation, further separating it from the larger global community. 


There is noting intrinsically wrong with loyalty and allegiance to one's country. The problem I find is that many people confuse nationalism with xenophobism. 



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