This is in response to Matt Bai’s article, “You can oppose Trump’s nationalism. But don’t sneer at it.”
There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with nationalism, Matt Bai. Absolutely NOTHING at all.
Virginia, Delaware, and Georgia are to the United States of America as Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England are to the United Kingdom and Bremen, Hamburg, and Saxony are to Germany.
The U.S. is a union. The E.U. is a super-union, twice removed from its original member states.
Unions are ok, provided they retain strong local order. The U.S. Constitution reserves most of the powers to the States and to the People, respectively. Says so right there in our Constitution and our 9th and 10th Amendments.
The EU, however, absorbed more power than it should have, with significant recent problems where blithering idiots at the EU level were saying, “Yeah! Sure! Find refuge here!” only to meet with individual states saying, “Uh, no.” Good for you, Poland and the others!!!
Globalism, the complete erasure of local/municipality, county, state, union, and super-union lines is a VERY BAD IDEA. We are NOT all the same, and we can NOT “all just get along.” That’s NOT the way human nature works and any attempt towards this in our current stage of development would absolutely be a DISASTER.
Perhaps in another 300 to 500 years, after we’ve worked out some of those show-stopping differences, such as the one where Islam wants to conquer all, killing the infidel if they refuse and the rest of us would like Islam to go to Hell.
As I began, there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with nationalism, Matt Bai. Absolutely NOTHING at all.
There most certainly is, however, a great deal wrong with attempts to erase the fundamental nature of human ties that have bound society throughout our history and even pre-history. We have made great advances and will undoubtedly make many more, in due time.
Rushing those advances, however, has almost always lead to arrogance, violence, and bloodshed. In fact, nearly every war on our planet began with too rapid a shift between smaller units of identity and larger ones. In fact, “How globalism failed, according to a globalist,” by Jerrod A. Laber is a very good hint at some of the dangers.
No, Matt Bai, globalism is not a cure for our ills, not in the least. Rather, slow and steady maturation of society and the human condition is the only way to go.
Check back with me in half a millennia, there, sport.