Globalists love to claim that Nationalism is a far-right ideology synonymous with racism, even using false definitions to this end. If you research for yourself, however, you quickly realize it’s simply doing what’s best for your People — and can even be left-wing!
The true definition of Nationalism is:
loyalty and devotion to a nationMerriam-Webster
And what is a nation? Merriam-Webster’s definition points to a specific portion of their definition of nationality:
a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-stateMerriam-Webster
According to Merriam-Webster: Nationalism is loyalty and devotion to a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state — or simply put: devotion to your People.
This definition is quite broad, encompassing everything from Nazism to Ho Chi Minh, and from the IRA to Neo-Confederates.
The Difference Between Nationalism and Patriotism
Patriotism is a similar, but different, term, defined by Merriam-Webster as:
love and support for one’s countryMerriam-Webster
And what is a country?
the land of one’s birth, residence, or citizenshipMerriam-Webster
This means patriotism is love and support for the land of one’s birth, residence, or citizenship — or simply put: devotion to the government.
The government is often a representative of the Nation, but they are not one and the same. If a government acts against the best interests of its People: it cannot claim to be nationalist.
The patriot serves their country, no matter what; the Nationalist serves their People, no matter what.
Nationalism Is Not Racism
Despite what globalist propaganda may tell you, Nationalism is not racism — some forms can be racist, but it isn’t inherent to the ideology as a whole.
A true Nationalist serves their People regardless of race; a Nation is not an ethnicity, but rather a culture — and anyone who belongs to this culture belongs to the Nation.
What Is Ultra-Nationalism?
When Globalists compare Nationalism to racism, what they’re actually talking about is ultra-Nationalism. Ultra-Nationalism is:
radical loyalty and devotion to a nation : extreme nationalismMerriam-Webster
Ultra-Nationalists are so radicalized and extremist that they persecute those they don’t consider to be a part of their Nation — usually using some warped definition of the Nation, such as race or religion.
Ultra-Nationalists are not representative of all Nationalists, although Globalists pretend like they are.
Ethnic or ethno-Nationalism is a specific form of ultra-Nationalism that defines the Nation as a particular race. A more accurate term would be racial Nationalism. This is the form adopted by the Nazis.
of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairsMerriam-Webster
Civic Nationalism uses citizenship to define the Nation. It’s related to patriotism, since the government decides who gets citizenship, but the devotion doesn’t lie with the government itself, but rather with the citizenry.
Cultural Nationalism is pretty straight-forward: it defines the Nation as everyone who’s a part of its culture — this is the most accurate way to define a Nation, aligning with Merriam-Webster’s definition of nationality.
The cultural Nationalist doesn’t automatically accept anyone who gets citizenship, unless they assimilate, but we also don’t exclude foreigners or any particular group from joining our Nation — they just have to put in the effort to blend in.
Linguistic Nationalism also pretty straight-forward: it’s the belief that Nations are based upon a common language or languages. Languages and dialects are usually a pretty good indicator of a particular region’s culture, although this is not always the case.
The reason for this trend is simply that communication makes a more coherent society. If you can talk to someone: you learn more about them and can interact with them more efficiently, meanwhile, learning about and interacting with people you don’t share a language with can be rather difficult.
Furthermore, most people who speak the same language share a similar culture. For example: the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia are English-speaking countries with similar, yet unique, cultures.
Linguistic Nationalism usually translates into setting, protecting, and requiring immigrants to learn a particular language.
Right-wing Nationalism combines right-wing policies such as free trade, deregulation, anti-abortion, homophobia, and being tough on crime with devotion to the Nation, often claiming said right-wing policies are the only way to preserve the Nation.
Ultra-Nationalism is an extreme form of right-wing Nationalism, although not all forms of right-wing Nationalism are prejudiced.
Some focus on economic aspects, claiming state intervention is detrimental to the Nation’s well-being, while others focus on social aspects, claiming abortion, homosexuality, and the like are harmful.
Right-wing Nationalism usually incorporates some left-wing economic policies, such as tariffs.
Left-wing Nationalism combined left-wing policies such as state intervention, tariffs, regulation, abortion, LGBT rights, and criminal justice reform with devotion to the Nation, often claiming left-wing policies are the only way to preserve the Nation. Civic Nationalism is a form of left-wing Nationalism.
Some focus on economic aspects, claiming that the state should protect domestic industry with tariffs and that regulation keeps the economy healthy. Others focus on the social aspects, claiming that a Nation should be accepting to minorities and protect certain rights.
Left-wing Nationalism tends to be more socially conservative, although there are plenty of examples of liberal or progressive Nationalism.
Anti-Nationalism is simply opposition to Nationalism. Some anti-Nationalists are Anarchists who believe government shouldn’t exist, while others support a one world government. Regardless, the goal is to unify humanity regardless of nationality.
Anti-Nationalism is a core principle of orthodox Communism, which seeks to unite the global working-class — although revisionist forms of Communism often abandon this principle, or even adopt left-wing Nationalism.
Globalism is a form of anti-Nationalism, defined as:
a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influenceMerriam-Webster
Simply put: Globalists want a one world government. This may be decentralized, with national governments having a great deal of autonomy, or centralized, with national governments being afforded little power or rights.
This is different from Anarchism, which does not support the existence of a government, even a global one.
The definition of Internationalism is:
a policy of cooperation among nationsMerriam-Webster
Internationalism is often confused with anti-Nationalism, but they are not the same thing. In order for nations to co-operate: there must be nations!
Isolationism is the opposite of Internationalism. Merriam-Webster defines it as:
a policy of national isolation by abstention from alliances and other international political and economic relationsMerriam-Webster
Some Nationalists may support Isolationism, but not all Nationalists do, and not everyone who supports Isolationism is a Nationalist — they may simply adopt such a policy out of necessity or a desire to keep out of foreign wars.