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Beware of the Fallacy of Nationalism

Beware of the Fallacy of Nationalism

While white supremacists defend racist rhetoric or attacks out of fear and hate of being outnumbered in a diverse society, while discriminatory and even cruel policies are established evidencing protectionism outweighs humanistic principles, and while white terrorism rampages in the United States -- it is crucial to reexamine nationalism and discern its implications for the world. Nationalism could relate to the feel of patriotism and pride about one’s own country, culture, ethnicity, values, or achievements. It could lead to superiority complex or to an extreme degree, justification of supremacy. Nationalism advocates development of national infrastructure and economy, provides motivations for hard work, strength and success. On the other hand, nationalism induces alienation from the global community due to isolationism and self-interest. It also evokes further separation of individuals based on finance, ethnicity, religion, or social status. In its severe form, nationalism leads to warring cliques, race groups, sub-nations and countries.

Without careful deliberation and discussion to balance nationalist outlooks, unity in diversity will break as in modern-today America, where white nationalism grows and intolerance increases. The extent of resistance, prejudice or bigotry could lead to hate and instigate treacherous catastrophes. Albert Einstein determined in his lifetime: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." He also declared: "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." History is full of examples to verify Einstein’s remark. German leaders, such as Hitler, instituted anti-Jew laws, brainwashed citizens, and was able to rationalize one of the worst genocides in the history of mankind.

One imminent task of every responsible citizen is to detect the fallacy of nationalism, condemn dangerous nationalist movements or trends, and to avert new hate by learning from America’s entrenched old hate. 600 extremists around the country attended the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11-12, 2017. Its deadly violent end did not “save” the white race, but incited crime and unspeakable animosity. According to ADL’s report, “White supremacists have killed more people in recent years than any other type of domestic extremist (54% of all domestic extremist-related murders in the past 10 years). They are also a troubling source of domestic terror incidents (including 13 plots or attacks within the past five years).” Incidents of white terroristic mass shootings, for example in El Passo, TX in August 2019, are signaling alarming social trends. If this is not the time to review the lessons of history, when would it be?

White nationalism may be different from “white supremacy,” but the unrealistic desire to live among and with only their own race, in a so-called white “ethnostate,” can be just as misleading and fallacious. While one acknowledges this type of ideology, one needs to recognize that ethnic dominance must not lead to vicious exclusion of others. As a matter of fact, racially homogenous societies simply do not exist and need not die or kill for. The enterprise of our time should be one that seeks to dissolve and resolve conflicts and disagreements derived from diversity, or any such disparity existing in any community, be it homogeneous or heterogeneous. Boundaries of races or nations need not and could not be built only to deny its essence and existence; they are better to be bridged with gumption, integrity, and soul.


时值白人至上主义者因恐惧并怨恨其在多元化社会中的势力衰退而大力捍卫种族歧视性之言论和攻击,时值不平甚至残狠的政策建立而证明了保护主义胜过人道主义原则,时值白人恐怖主义在美国肆虐之际 -- 重新审视民族主义、并辨别其对世界的影响实为至关重要。民族主义可能与爱国主义有关,对自己的国家、文化、种族、价值观或成就感到自豪。它可能导致民族优势情结或更极端地成为某些人认为本身至高无上的理由。民族主义倡导发展国家基础设施和经济,为工作、力道和成功提供动力。另一方面,由于偏向孤立主义和自身利益,民族主义可引发人们对全球社会的疏离感,并基于财力、种族、宗教或社会地位对个人进一步进行分离。民族主义之严厉形式能导致集团派系、种族群体或国家之间的战争与分歧。




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