WASHINGTON â Across the West, nationalism has been appropriated by political forces that are isolationist, illiberal, and protectionist. For proponents of open societies, this poses a problem. In election after election, voters have demonstrated that when asked to pick between abstract internationalism and allegiance to their countries, the will almost invariably pick the latter.
Those who favor globalism, liberalism and openness need to stop dismissing nationalism and instead reclaim the term from the loud-mouthed nativists, bigots and Putin-lovers. They have to show the national interest is not advanced by empty promises of manufacturing jobs, immigration bans and ethnic homogeneity. Instead, it …read more
Source: European Voice