Tag Archives: Nationalism

Trump’s Lost Weekend

Things go right when everything goes wrong. That’s what happened in 1945 with Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend – Ray Milland as the alcoholic writer who loses everything, and Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan’s first wife, as the good woman who … Continue reading

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The Nationalist

There is context. The “nation state” is a nineteenth-century European development – a country where a distinct cultural or ethnic group inhabits a territory and has formed a state that it predominantly governs. This is more than a “country” – … Continue reading

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Going Double-Dutch

Globalization and nationalism don’t mix well. They can’t, but this has been going on a long time. In the seventeenth century the Dutch were a global trading power, the global trading power, and the British wanted to be just that. … Continue reading

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Mastering Fear

It’s been said before. It’s good to be loved, but that’s a fickle thing – a fool’s errand. It’s better to be respected, but that’s hard work and takes years. The third option is a bit easier – be feared. … Continue reading

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Assessing Relative Thickness

They say blood is thicker than water, but then so is motor oil and Hershey’s Syrup too – but that’s just shorthand for the notion that there are some allegiances that override common sense and thoughtful analyses, and often override … Continue reading

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The Elusive Principle of the Thing

Crimea is gone, or Crimea has come home. It all depends on your point of view. Crimea has been part of the Ukraine since 1954, when as a “symbolic gesture” – marking the three hundredth anniversary of Ukraine becoming a … Continue reading

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