The Multiculturalism of Fear

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3 The Impossibility of Universal Nationalism

Universal Nationalism

Humane nationalists from Herder and Mazzini onward—liberal, republican, or otherwise—have shared a vision of universal nationalism, of a world of nationalist nations peacefully coexisting. They have shared, in Yael Tamir's provocative phrase, a nationalism of all nations. They have often been nationalists of their own nations first and foremost, as Mazzini was; but they have thought of themselves as friends to nationalisms everywhere. Those who share this vision have often spoken of a universal right of national self-determination. If nationalism is generalizable, then each nation can determine its own fate without posing any necessary danger to other nations. Nationalisms are not inherently in conflict; perhaps nationalisms-rightly-understood never are. Indeed, those who see nationalism as the enemy of imperialism and not its ally have thought that universal nationalism was necessary for peace; Woodrow Wilson seems to have thought something like this at the time of the Fourteen Points (though he was later disillusioned). 1

The vision is not attainable. Nationalism cannot be universalized. One can be a nationalist of one's own nation and friendly to the nationalisms of some or many other particular nations. But even if every nation and every nationalism is liberal and humane, a nationalism of all nations is not possible. The argument to this effect takes up much of this chapter, but in essence it is this: It is well-established that there is no single criterion that marks out a human grouping as a nation. And the most plausible descriptive accounts of nationalism include a large element of self-definition and self-identification. The question of which nation, say,

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