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Need better terms than "Cosmopolitan, Imperialist, Nationalist"

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Submitted by Nancy Beutel (United States), Apr 27, 2004 at 23:20

The three broad categories have been accurately defined and possess explanatory force. They are especially helpful in regard to the increasingly bitter invective from the Left. However, I do wish other terms would do besides "cosmopolitan," "imperialist," and "nationalist," as these carry too many connotations that serve the nay-sayers.

For example, is one any less cosmopolitan because he advances a hawkish position on national defense? Further, are the motives of the current administration truly imperialist? That is horrifying to think, especially from a historical perspective on bona fide imperialists who usually invade with intent to colonize and actually deprive another land of the benefits and privileges of the homeland. Finally, nationalists tend to be right wing extremists who fall prey to cunning dictators... The analysis is too good to ignore. It should enlighten outraged folks of the Left, but I'm afraid the terms would merely enable them to further attack conservatives who love their country and wish to defend it.

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