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originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: Astyanax
Indeed, nationalism is racism.
The notion that a birthright (where you are born, the religion you are born into, the skin you are born into, etc) makes you superior to another persons birthright is the essence of racism.
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
The thing is, we got where we are by discovering the benefits of widening the family circle. Bestow on everyone the same altruism you extend to genetic kin and expect -- even demand -- the same in return.
I'm no Christian, but this was Christ's great insight. He expressed it in a way anybody could understand. It took millennia for evolutionary biology and political science to catch up.
Nationalism is, to my mind, is a way-station along the road he lighted -- a road we had already, by his time, come far along since the old hunter-gatherer days when you automatically killed anyone you met who wasn't at least a second cousin.
But nationalism is a station the most civilized constituents of humanity passed a while back; nations have been superseded by multi-ethnic nation-states, and we now have transnational groupings of nation-states that work well enough (though they don't seem to make anybody happier, quite the reverse if anything).
Gives some folks the creeps. Not you, I know. But hell, I can understand why.
How does being proud of being a Canadian make me racist?
I think you're confusing nationalism with racism.
I'm proud that Canada is very multi-cultural and that last thing I'd want is to see that ruined by inviting people who don't share or integrate into our culture.