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In Defense of Nationalism

Like any political ideology, nationalism has many faces, some uglier than others – US President Donald Trump’s isolationist anti-globalism is a prime example. But other forms of nationalism are beneficial and worthy of affirmation.

TEL AVIV – The “threat” of nationalism seems ubiquitous. Described mostly in pejorative terms, the ideology is now synonymous with xenophobia, populism, authoritarianism, and illiberalism. Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron blamed excessive nationalism for stoking the fires of World War I, and warned that “old demons” threatened a return to “chaos and death.”