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Dialectics of Nationalism

Reader comment on item: Europe's Civilizationist Parties
in response to reader comment: Yes, Nationalism Takes Many Forms

Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 22, 2018 at 16:16

Dear Dave,

I appreciate your appreciation of "Nationalism." I put the word "Dialectics" in the title above in an effort to be a bit provocative with Dr. Pipes; he would probably acknowledge that his late beloved father, Dr. Richard Pipes, was better versed in Hegel Idealism, Marxism, Communism, and European Socialism which emerged when Hitler and Stalin made their alliance in World War II. Here, I use the term only to suggest a "cyclical return" historically discarded notion of Nationalism, particularly in Europe with the Economic and Political growth of the European Union. Now, amazingly, the United Kingdom took an exit from it, and most of the European member states are breeding "Civilizational" (I say "Nationalist") parties as an almost obvious anti-dote to the onslaught Muslim or Islamist Migrants and illegal refugees, who won't dissolve in Europe's Melting Pot on the North of the Mediterranean Sea.

Incidentally, for us Americans, Trump's Slogan of "Make America Great Again," is a response to the Multiculturalism that emerged in the United States in the 1960's when the institution of Racism was in place to keep "People of Color" out of "White Neighborhoods" and WASP Occupations. But now we see the violation of the Ancient Greek Principle of the Golden Mean, or "nothing to extreme."

Dr. Daniel Pipes has a preference for his notion of "Conservatism"; my preference is for "Dialectics" picked out of the European Frankfurt School, some of whose circle members wound up on the shores of the United States and its diverse Academia in response to Hitlers highly efficient Concentration and Extermination Camps (in eliminating not only Jews, but all sorts of Leftists besides hard-core Communists).


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Europe's Islamization -- any alternative? [162 words]Jeffrey SheffDec 7, 2018 13:48246424
Jeffrey Sheff's legitimate question [786 words]PrashantDec 9, 2018 13:10246424
Nice analysis [127 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
M.L.LipsonNov 10, 2018 15:13245912
2A fourth point wrt [336 words]PrashantNov 14, 2018 00:09245912
Reaction. [79 words]AlbertE.Nov 9, 2018 23:02245891
2Theory vs the Real World [262 words]Sigmund DermanNov 2, 2018 14:04245772
Refreshing Observations [233 words]Al RodbellNov 6, 2018 20:37245772
Nationalist [24 words]Jan BlachaOct 31, 2018 21:46245755
Re: Nationalist [32 words]Globe ThrotterNov 9, 2018 15:02245755
Nationalism [21 words]John BlachaNov 9, 2018 17:04245755
Europa camina hacia la perdiciĆ³n... [75 words]alfonsoOct 31, 2018 15:52245751
1Nationalist, not civilizationist [125 words]G. LobeOct 25, 2018 16:01245698
1Regarding bloodlines [188 words]AnonOct 19, 2018 11:34245578
Hinge of History [181 words]JD WillOct 19, 2018 11:19245576
2What Needs Protecting And Why [237 words]DaveOct 18, 2018 21:10245557
1Patriotic Nationalism vs. the Uncivilized [184 words]RobertOct 19, 2018 00:43245557
1Yes, Nationalism Takes Many Forms [167 words]DaveOct 20, 2018 20:15245557
2Dialectics of Nationalism [275 words]RobertOct 22, 2018 16:16245557
2How Virtue Becomes a Vice [63 words]DaveOct 24, 2018 09:19245557
I guess culturalism has a point... [243 words]Peter HerzNov 3, 2018 23:24245557

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