September 1, 2019
Can Democracy Survive without Nationalism?
In modern English, nationalism has become a dirty word. It is lumped together with racism, xenophobia, chauvinism, and intolerance. To accuse someone of harboring nationalistic views is a formula for exclusion. Few scholars can survive carrying such charges in their professional luggage. Accusations of nationalism are directed at politicians as well, with predictable results. In academia and the press, attempts to discredit and condemn nationalism are numerous. A recent example is "An Open Letter Against the New Nationalism" published August 19, 2019 in the Commonweal magazine. It has to be emphasized that aggressiveness toward neighbors and attempts to destroy them for the sake of one's own Lebensraum are not nationalism. They are a pathology prompted by greed and arrogance. One of the shortcomings of the aforementioned Letter is unjustified attribution of aggressiveness to what I...(Read Full Article)