A New Nationalism

The left has lost its sense of community and identity. Do we need to reconnect with nationalism before its too late?

Politics – translated from the Greek as “affairs of the city” – refers to the way power is exercised on behalf of the people. It is the competition for governance of a specific community, state or territory by political parties grounded within alternative traditions regarding how society should be organised. Yet progressive politics appears to be moving away from any notion of politics being anchored within specific ideas of community, state and territory. Increasingly these are considered reactionary, exclusive categories. It is true for both the liberal and the radical left. It might well account for why the left keeps losing elections.

This retreat is hardly ever discussed yet is arguably leading the country toward political disaster.  Whilst much of the left has abandoned the currency of nation and solidarity in favour of a vague abstract global cosmos, almost everywhere the populist right appear to be on the march. The two developments are related.

   

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john brown 30 June 2017

Nationalisms are, for some, useful myths. When England became England ( when was that?) most English people never went more than a few miles from their homes, unless it was to fight in some battle, and so could not have any real sense of England; if they had travellled a bit further they would probably not have understood what other English people elsewhere said!

Nationalism and patriotism are tools that can be used to gain and wield power over others and to get expendable people to fight one´s battles.