Calling yourself a “nationalist” today is a controversial move — but it really doesn’t have to be.
For most, the terms “nationalist” and “nationalism” call to mind a dark past of authoritarian governments using military power to repress other countries and cultures. But this is a misread of what the word actually means.
Modern leftists like to float around the idea that nationalism is distinct from patriotism — that is, the general feeling of pride an individual can have in his or her nation. The truth is that they are almost synonymous. While patriotism is indeed a feeling of national pride, nationalism is simply a political extension of this — the believe that nations should be free to govern themselves internally without an overarching authority telling them what to do.
The European Union, for example is inherently anti-nationalist, because it is a super-governmental institution that implements one-size-fits-all policies over various nation states. Therefore, the vote by the British people to leave the EU was an act of nationalism. The same can be said for Americans when they elected an “America First” presidential candidate in the form of Donald Trump.
Watch the video below to learn more about the truth of nationalism, and find out how the left has demonized the word to such a degree.
~ Conservative Zone