The Nationalist Revival: A look at the pushback against the denigration of national identities, by Bruce Thornton.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said recently, “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.”
Cosmopolitanism is viable only for a tiny elite of businessmen, politicians, entertainers, academics, and professional media.
The vast majority of people live in local communities rooted in a specific landscape, language, beliefs, histories, and customs, in a nation that needs secure borders and strict qualifications for immigration and citizenship in order to protect its identity and security. The nation, properly understood, makes its citizens who they are and gives their civil and political lives meaning. To demonize the citizens who cherish those identities as bigots or xenophobes is to deny their very selves.