James Kalb: Why Catholics Should Sympathize with Nationalism

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By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine, December 3, 2018

President Trump’s criticism of globalism and praise of nationalism have drawn scathing criticism. For many, “globalism” suggests universal human solidarity, “nationalism” aggression, self-seeking, and idolizing a particular state and people. Others say that “nationalism” is right-wing code for white supremacy, “globalism” for rule by shadowy Jewish financial interests.

Such responses obscure real issues that need to be discussed. Political, social, and economic organization are becoming ever more global. The results are complex, from the widespread reduction of poverty as formerly isolated peoples become part of the world economy, to increased inequality within countries as some join the global rich and others the global poor. Devastating wars and extreme tyrannies are rarer than they were, but the much-decried system of European colonialism has been replaced by a far more comprehensive system of foreign influence and control.

Are these results an unmixed good, or would more local, national, or regional ways of organizing things be better?….Read more, click here”  crisismagazine.com/2018/why-catholics-should-sympathize-with-nationalism