Why I'm a nationalist

The smug liberal elite, spurred on by most politicians and media hacks, will have you believe that nationalism is evil and racist and bigoted and must be stopped.

Here’s the problem with their narrative.

It’s wrong.

And they know it.

Nationalism is perfectly normal human behaviour.

Google’s definition of nationalism is:

identification with one's own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

That sounds reasonable to me.

Which probably makes me a Nazi. Or something.

Stop knee-jerking and think for more than two seconds.

A few months ago, my wife and I visited France. It was our honeymoon. We travelled the country extensively, from the north to the south.

While we were there, we made sure to experience all things French. We bought French food; drank French wine; spoke French words; toured French sites.

We didn’t go to McDonald's or Burger King. We didn’t stay in a multinational hotel. We didn’t hunt for other South Africans (although we were excited when we bumped into them). We didn’t expect the rules to be adjusted for us.

What we wanted was a uniquely French or local experience.

Why?

When visiting Zululand, do you expect Zulus to change their traditions and fashion to that of something more global? Do you expect Zulus to discard their beautiful heritage and national pride because it isn’t inclusive enough?

No, you don’t.

Why?

Because you understand and respect the natural desire of humans to organically group themselves according to language, culture, tradition, religion, and so on. In other words, people aggregate in relation to common or shared identities.

On a small level, it might be the Italian club on the street corner. On a large level, it might be Italy.

And that is nationalism.

Remember that nationalism centres around nations rather than countries. For example, a country could be a collection of nations, such as South Africa. Another example, Yugoslavia, broke apart into multiple countries as a result of national identity differences.

As per Google’s definition (again), it is:

identification with one's own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

I see nothing evil or racist or bigoted about that.

Unless, of course, nationalism is used as a tool to harm others, and there are indeed plenty of examples throughout history. But the same can easily be said about religion, culture, and ethnicity.

Most people, in my opinion, are nationalists. They just haven’t admitted it yet, because it’s taboo in social circles and the media.

It’s okay to be a nationalist.

But you need to take back the definition.