On Ending Nationalism

International Politics and Society, No. 2 (2001), pp. 144-153

10 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2001


Nationalism must be ended. It is a creed that has come to burden the expansion of globalism (as evident for instance in the demonstrations against WTO); hobbles the growth of the European Community (as seen in the votes against the Euro in Denmark); stands in the way of resolving violent conflicts (for instance, over the fate of Jerusalem); complicates the resolution of differences within existing nation-states (for example, in Corsica); and turns refugees and immigrants into a threat to the receiving countries. Its ill effects are evident from Kosovo to East Timor, from Chechnya, to Cyprus, to Bolivia.

These are, of course, enormously distinct phenomena, involving very distinguishable issues. Other factors - economic for instance - also plays a significant role in their dynamics. My only thesis is that nationalism importantly hinders progress toward solutions in all of these international and domestic situations as it does in many other ones.

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Etzioni, Amitai, On Ending Nationalism (2001). International Politics and Society, No. 2 (2001), pp. 144-153. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157043

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