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August 27th, 2012, 20:41
Originally Posted by blatantninja View Post
And who should set the policies of a land but the people that live there?
Nationalism isn't based on who lives there but the idea that a subset of the population have inherit rights to the land, due to shared history, birthright, religion and language. This is usually blended with the idea that there are different "peoples" in the world that are essentially different from one another. Nationalist movements also tend believe that these peoples are in a struggle or competition for privileges and rights and usually points at scapegoats that came in and destroyed the nation.

Most western nations have an open citizenship and allow citizens to vote and participate in everyday lives regardless of ethnicity, religion or origin allowing the chance to those who wants it to get there, get a job and earn a living. In this scenario policies are set by those who live there based on their shared interests. This isn't nationalism.

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