(un)common ground

a commonplace book

Tag Archives: nationalism

Enlightened Violence: The West’s Contradictory Legacy

When we marshal big arguments about the West’s superior economic performance, and build these arguments upon an account of the West’s allegedly superior institutions like private-property rights, lean government, and … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Blindness of Nationalism

All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. … Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Orwell’s Definition of ‘Nationalism’

By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

When Dissent Becomes Heresy

Something called Christianity has become entangled in exactly the strain of nationalism that is militaristic…and that can only understand dissent from its views as a threat or a defection, a … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment