The End of nationalism…the time has come..

Something I have been wondering about lately. Why is so little discussion of the destructive nature of nationalism on human society? We see much discussion of the ills of racism, and how race is a social construct that divides us, and the even talk of an eventual “color blind” society, yet we never hear people talking about how nation states, and thus national “identities” are also social constructs, that are fundamentally designed to divide us. In fact, nationalism logically leads to fascism and ethnic hatreds, as we are seeing again in Europe, and other places. We also, when discussing economics, hear a lot of anti capitalist discussion,yet it is always framed within the context an internal struggle in each separate nation, despite the fact that capitalism functions outside the rules and confines of the nation state game. Nationalism only serves to justify global inequality, and strengthen those in power, even as they abandon their own “citizens”. Similarly, environmental problems are global in nature, but are dealt with nation by nation, which is ineffective and potentially catastrophic (as we are seeing in Japan). Clearly clinging to the nation state model is bringing us close to destruction, and can’t address the needs of future generations. Shouldn’t we be weening ourselves off our addiction to our national identities, and towards some more universal?



  1. #1 by D.H.Fabian on September 20, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Well, the larger issue is just a different discussion, which today’s media won’t touch. We began this class war back in the 1980s. I don’t mean the one that amounts to middle classers griping about the politicians they elect and re-elect, but the one that the middle class has been waging against the poor. This one is more important, and our own history shows why. This isn’t the first time that the richest few gained a dangerous degree of power over our govt, to the great harm of the country. In the past, the poor and middle class joined forces to successfully push back, to everyone’s benefit. This time, starting in the 1980s, we were first deeply divided, pitted against each other. Even the “left” media fully embraced middle class elitism, standing in solidarity with the better off (incomes roughly $50k). Divide and conquer. “Occupy” was the final straw. What began as an extraordinary people’s movement that was likely to change the course we’re on was almost immediately redefined as a middle class movement alone. So, good luck to the bourgeoisie.

  2. #2 by Dave on September 21, 2013 - 4:58 am

    I agree about things changing in the 80’s. That’s when the stock/securities culture really took off. Now, your average “middle-class” American is (literally) invested in the system.

  3. #3 by D.H.Fabian on September 22, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    In a nutshell, the Middle Class Only theme IS today’s US nationalism.

    • #4 by Oakland Radicals on October 3, 2013 - 4:50 pm

      yep..the middle class, and the middle of the road is the problem just as much as anything else. We need radical, and “extreme” solutions.

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