Nationalism is the conviction that by virtue of any combination of the following:
1. common language
2. shared “culture” (broadly defined, may include religion)
4. geographic proximity
you and a large group of other people belong on the same team.
Further, that you should be ruled by teammates, preferably in the framework of a polity composed largely of team-members.
If any of the previously cited criteria do not apply, you must strive to build institutions, start movements, and create ideologies or narratives to make sure that all those whom you want on your team (for whatever reason) really do speak the same language, share a common culture, blood-ties, and/or geographic proximity, while others, whom you do not want to play with, are excluded.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Definition of Nationalism
Is this definition complete? Please let me know. Thanks.