Nationalism and Common Sense

Our former sexual predator-in-chief, err, former President Clinton recently pontificated quoted here as saying, ““taking us to the edge of our destruction.” Mr Trump’s campaign slogan “make America Great Again” and the left reaction that this is tantamount to fascism stems from some pretty wobbly thinking on the left’s part. It is a common and not unrelated economic judgement/mistake by liberals to think that economic transactions are zero sum. Zero sum economic transactions are in fact very rare. Usually they are not zero sum, but both parties benefit from the exchange. I benefit from my customers from their paying me, they benefit from my work as a programmer for example. Both of us come out ahead in the transaction. America “being great” is also not a zero-sum exchange with other nations. Other nations don’t have to have their “greatness” diminished for America to be a healthier stronger nation. One would think that to be obvious. If America’s education system, roads and infrastructure, and pride of place was among the best in the world … this would not come at the expense of the infrastructure in China or France. But both China and France could benefit from medical and technological developments that came from here. And likewise, if China became “great” in those areas as well that would not mean our freeways would be in worse repair.

Liberal elite similarly tout that education should be equalized. They go to great efforts to reduce suburban parents ability to assist their local school district because there exist urban school districts who don’t have parents with the same interest or resources. At the same time, oddly enough, the liberal elite members pretty much universally send their own (actual) children to the best private schools available.

The instinct to get the best for your children is not far from the instinct to wish for the best for your own nation ahead of other nations. It isn’t wrong. Doing otherwise is what is unnatural (which is why those liberal elite fail so often to put their own children in public schools).

The actual Nationalism that liberals would be right in fearing is if Mr Trump desired or thought, like the Nazi Germany they allude to in their responses to Mr Trump, that our Nation should rightfully be conquering or ruling other countries. Alas, all lack of evidence of this motivation has not in any way hampered the liberal mindset in their allergy to National aspirations.

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