- Jun 2013
Glad she did that and hopefully she learned.
Now we can onto more important things like how Trump has now admitted he is a "nationalist".
There is nationalism and there is extreme nationalism and the problems of the latter, should be obvious to students of history.
Many people love their nation and want themselves to be a higher priority in many ways, but they also recognize they do not live in a vacuum and the still must interact with other nations on the globe and just as any individual, must balance their own needs, against those of the whole, realizing that while it is about us, it is not ALL about us and that we can help ourselves, by helping others or working on mutual goals with those across the street or ocean, as much as we do with those, next door.
If this is not a red flag in combination with others, that need to be addressed and nipped in the bud, in the coming election, what would be?
Nazi Germany, 1933–1945
The Nazi Party (NSDAP), led by Austrian-born Adolf Hitler, believed in an extreme form of German nationalism. The first point of the Nazi 25-point programme was that "We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the people's right to self-determination". Hitler, an Austrian-German by birth, began to develop his strong patriotic German nationalist views from a very young age. He was greatly influenced by many other Austrian pan-German nationalists in Austria-Hungary, notably Georg Ritter von Schönerer and Karl Lueger. Hitler's pan-German ideas envisioned a Greater German Reich which was to include the Austrian Germans, Sudeten Germans and other ethnic Germans. The annexing of Austria (Anschluss) and the Sudetenland (annexing of Sudetenland) completed Nazi Germany's desire to the German nationalism of the German Volksdeutsche (people/folk).
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"I am against any nationalism, even in the guise of mere patriotism. Privileges based on position and property have always seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as did any exaggerated personality cult."
Albert Einstein, My Credo (1932)
"Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by "patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare—never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship."
Erich Fromm, in The Sane Society (1955)
"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism (1945)
"As conscious beings advance in mental growth, they come to recognise that this ideal must embrace not merely their own kin or neighbours, not only their tribe or nation, not only the whole race or species, but all conscious beings whatever, no matter how foreign."
Olaf Stapledon, Philosophy and living