Well though out article Servius, I’ve often said (and often been insulted for saying it,) that one of the biggest errors of the ‘left’ is to conflate Nationalism with Naziism. Hitler was not in any true sense a nationalist, sure he did the master race thing but that was racism rather than nationalism. In a way he was a globalist, “The Third Reich will rule the world for a thousand years,” was an unequivocal way of stating his true intentions.
But while nationalism is political it is not a political philosophy but a nebulous concept. Gandhi was a nationalist and the Dalai Lama is a nationalist, both spent their lives campaigning for their country’s independence from oppressive occupations by foreign powers, yet both were men of peace.
Another mistake the left make is to treat any defence of nationalism as an expression of support for Trump. I do not support him, though I have expressed approval of some things he has done, halting the funding of Islamist groups in the middle east for example, and I will post articles in support of any serious efforts he makes to curtail the pernicious influence of certain internet based corporate businesses on our lives. But his style is abrasive and divisive at a time when social and economic divisions in the USA need to be reduced.
OK, he says he’s a nationalist. In a way he is, but not in the same way as Gandhi or the Dalai Lama.