(From Merriam-Webster) 1: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.
- (from Wikipedia) Nationalism is a complex, multidimensional concept involving a shared communal identification with one’s nation. It is a political ideology oriented towards gaining and maintaining self-governance, or full sovereignty, over a territory of historical significance to the group (such as its homeland). Nationalism therefore holds that a nation should govern itself, free from unwanted outside interference, and is linked to the concept of self-determination. Nationalism is further oriented towards developing and maintaining a national identity based on shared characteristics such as culture, language, race, religion, political goals or a belief in a common ancestry. Nationalism therefore seeks to preserve the nation’s culture. It often also involves a sense of pride in the nation’s achievements, and is closely linked to the concept of patriotism. In these terms, nationalism can be considered positive or negative.
So….”positive or negative”?….what’s negative?…patriotism? self-determination? unwanted outside interference? historical significance? preserving a culture? pride in achievements? Which do you think Wikipedia finds negative?
Put the word NATIONALISM away then if it’s somehow sprouted meanings that are reminiscent of prewar Germany, and let’s talk using the definitions above….
What’s WRONG with true NATIONALISM as defined? Trump’s being labeled as someone who believes strongly in nationalism, and the inference is that he is xenophobic, racist, jingoistic and other unlikable traits.
Are you a nationalist? Why? Why not? Can’t legal immigrants fit into this nationalism? My mother SURE DOES 🙂 Her house at any American holiday makes the old holiday specials like Andy Williams and the King Sisters look under decorated!
What’s WRONG WITH IT? Is LEGAL immigration xenophobic? Is keeping us safe racist? Thoughts?