Michael D. Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

3 responses to “Trump’s articulation of the nation”

  1. Greg Gerritt

    Nationalism is a very harmful concept. Actuallly nations are a very harmful concept. The nation state is one of the worst inventions ever. The world would be a much better place if there were no borders. Money is now free to flow around the world, but people are way more important than money. if money has no boundaries, then people should be able to flow around the world just as freely.

    The origins of the nation state are in the idea that only one group of peoplle is allowed to kill with impunity. Everyone else must either be disarmed or prevented from fighting back against the government. When the government is totally corrupt, stupid, violent, or indifferent to the plight of the people, people rebel. Governments then kill them.

    This may be why governments only fall to popular rebellions when kids are hungry. When kids are hungry people have nothing to lose by fighting the government, it is the only chance to keep their kids alive. Their kids will die if they do nothing, might as well keep fighting.

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