A good nationalism

A good nationalism has to depend on a principle of the common people, on myths of a struggling commonality.

Andrew O’Hagan (1968-)

30 thoughts on “A good nationalism”

  1. I think we’ve lost any feeling of commonality, and I think nationalism contributes to that.

    I too am aching for the senselessness of the lives lost at what should have been a celebration. I would imagine this reverberates far and wide, with many knowing someone who was there. (K)

  2. Good nationalism is needed to protect from those with bad intentions towards an entire race of people. I am glad you are flying the flag for good nationalism.

      1. As a poet, your voice is so important, David. Words have the power to soften hearts. To be frank, I believe you can do great things with your words.

  3. informed by my recent introduction to the notion of epistemic injustice (Miranda Fricker et al) and my understanding of what Dag Hammarskjold meant when he said he had found his home in/through Meister Eckhart plus Bernard Lonergan’s precepts: be intelligent, be reasonable, be responsible (grading the ways of understanding, maybe incomplete because I have had a half of cider…)

    1. Sheer insanity. I went to that even ~10 years ago out of curiosity (I’m just about as far from hasidic or ultra-Orthodox as it gets)… and it was a fun event – and, yes, very crowded… I can imagine this quite well. I even know somebody who was there this year, and she’s traumatized.


      1. It’s a terrible thing to happen, David. We’ve had two similar very bad incidents in the uk some years ago (one in Glasgow, Scotland and one in Sheffield, England), but they were at football matches. The authorities really need to learn from these incidents and make conditions safer.

        1. Yes, they do. One of the sad elements of this tragedy in Israel is that the Israeli authorities allowed limitless numbers of people to gather at Mt. Meron for political reasons – because the ultra-Orthodox political parties wanted that.

          1. Not at all really in the UK, but I believe it does in the US. Our queen is the head of the Church of England, but it doesn’t creep into politics.
            To be honest, David – when these disasters happen, my first inclination is to pray for the people/families involved . . . and then I have to remind myself that I am no longer a Christian, but my heart and thoughts are with them anyway.

          2. I feel dreadful for them – it’s a tragic loss of human life. In many ways the religious fundamentalists in those political parties are making the lives of their own constituents more and unnecessarily difficult.

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