The dominant view of nationalism held by progressives is negative. According to this perspective, nationalism is based on creating and perpetuating morally arbitrary divisions which in turn encourage and promote bigotry, xenophobia and rancour. Despite a great deal of commentary and theory, though, the rise of right populism in many so-called ‘advanced democracies’ suggests that nationalism is still a potent political force.
What then is to be done? Should we try to confront the right with our own, more progressive, version of nationalism or patriotism? Or should we abandon these terms and instead try to build something else?
This report brings together contributions from Clive Lewis MP, Natasha Walter, Anand Menon and other experts, thinkers and activists from politics, civil society and academia.
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