Nationalism: A More Recent Example

So no sooner did I post on nationalism did the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron provide an excellent rhetorical example of nationalist sentiment. In response to an apparent jibe from Russian officials that Britain is “just a small island no-one pays attention to,” Cameron responded thusly:

Cameron says, in part:

Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism and was resolute in doing that throughout the Second World War.

 

Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery, that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.

There you have it folks–Britain the Glorious! Thank you, Mr. Cameron, for that apt and timely example of nationalism.

A.K.

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3 thoughts on “Nationalism: A More Recent Example

  1. I personally believe Nationalism is an incredibly powerful and needed force in any country. I believe in recent times our own US nationalism has been dwindling. As time goes on and people become more ungrateful and dissatisfied with their living standard they turn to something to blame; and that something many time is the government or the country itself. We should be proud of this great country we will in. If people were more united in our pride of the United States of America much positive change could come about. Some of the greatest leaders in history lead their people through overwhelming nationalism and pride. A relatively recent example in history could be the speech George Bush did right after 9/11. He united the American people in a common goal against terrorism. Also one of the most drastic examples of the power of nationalism is Adolf Hitler (now let me clarify, of course I do not agree with his standings on the hierarchy between people or anything like that). My point in bringing Hitler up is he united people and made his country work like a well oiled machine, for the wrong reasons of course. My point is, nationalism is something I hold near and dear to my heart. I love this country and I believe is everyone shared in this passion we would live in an even greater one.

    • Jordan,

      I want to comment, briefly, on the nationalism you brought up about Hitler. Could you not say in the case of Germany and Hitler that nationalism went too far? Obviously citizens did not necessarily feel the same way as Hitler did, but those who joined as Nazi officers either felt nationalism and wanted to support their country or some were too afraid to stand up to Hitler. As he got more and more powerful I do believe the latter occurred more often, but the former certainly is a byproduct of nationalism, except in a very, evil way. Is this not a concern we should have with too much nationalism?

      Danielle

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