Nationalism and Socialism

Mattick, Paul

Publisher:  American Socialist
Year Published:  1959  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX10511

Nations, whether "knitted together" by ideology, by objective conditions, or by the usual combination of both, are products of social development. There is no more point in cherishing or damning nationalism in principle than in cherishing or damning tribalism or, for that matter, an ideal cosmopolitanism. The nation is a fact to be suffered or enjoyed, to be fought for or against according to historical circumstances and the implications of those circumstances for various populations and different classes within these populations.

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