Weekly Friday Posts

January 18, 2019

Let’s review where we’ve come thus far: In Part 1 we defined nationalism as patriotism in its agitated state and determined that nationalistic tendencies must be judged in the circumstance (an idea borrowed from Michael Brendan Dougherty).  We then turned to the benefits of nationalism done right; namely, protection from threats from without (Part 2) and threats from within (Part 3).  Now let’s turn to the dangers of nationalism done wrong.

Poison...

January 11, 2019

Last week Fox News political commentator Tucker Carlson gave his television audience an address that’s being heralded as Tucker Carlson’s Monologue Heard Around the World!  What began as a critique of newly elected Senator Mitt Romney quickly turned to a pro-populist analysis of our current political and societal woes.  You can watch the bit here or—if you prefer—read the transcript.

The most interesting thing about Tucker’s monologue isn’t a...

January 4, 2019

In Part 2 we saw how one of the benefits of nationalism is its role in providing defense for the nation/state.  Today we’ll talk about how nationalism can provide for tranquility within the nation.  In the fourth and final post I’ll turn to how nationalism can go awry.

Religious Wars

Let’s roll the clocks back four centuries or more.  Long before the United States came into being, the nations of Europe fought endless wars amongst themselves....

December 21, 2018

What is nationalism?  In Part 1 I concurred with National Review correspondent Michael Brendan Dougherty, who believes “nationalism is patriotism in its irritated state”.  When examining nationalism we must first recognize we’re dealing with less of a cohesive worldview than a group reaction to a perceived threat.  Reactions are neither good nor bad in and of themselves.  The only real way to judge a reaction is to examine the circumstances surro...

December 7, 2018

In attempting to compare and contrast the conservative to the nationalist I must first—in all futility—attempt to define what I mean by “nationalism”.  There appears to be little consensus not only on what nationalists believe, but what sort of thing nationalism even is.  Is it a worldview, an ideology, an ethnic or cultural or historical identity, an attitude, or some kind of esoteric tribalism?

Trump says he’s a Nationalist

Compounding the proble...

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