From time immemorial, loving one’s country and wanting to put the needs of your country ahead of the rest of the world has been viewed as a normal, noble practice. Throughout history, even before the advent of what we now know as established nations, there existed nation-states which were tightknit and whose members looked after one another.
In recent decades, the concept of nationalism has increasingly been given a bad connotation. And these days, as patriots worldwide struggle to preserve the sovereignty of their homelands against the ever-encroaching globalist agenda, they are often labeled as fascists, racists, and isolationists.
Since when did being patriotic become exceedingly politically incorrect? The concept of nationalism is viewed as a dangerous ideology has its roots in Europe in the decades preceding World War II. Following Germany’s defeat in the First World War and the partitioning of the country, the country was hit particularly hard by the Great Depression. A wave of nationalism hit the country as desperate Germans sought a leader who would deliver them from their misery. Similar popular sentiments erupted in many European nations, especially Italy. While Canadian patriotism has generally always been a lighthearted affair, our cousins to the south are renowned for their brand of often hardcore, uncompromising patriotism.
The end of the Second World War brought about a new era in the global order. The League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, was created in an effort to bring about world peace and prevent future world conflicts. Over the next few decades, as the world became a smaller place, communism fell in Eastern Europe and China shed much of its Maoist past, a feeling of harmony was felt amongst governments that perhaps the world’s nations could put their differences aside and work together for the greater good. During the 1960s, traditional institutions such as schools, universities, the media and even many of the churches were infiltrated by cultural Marxists whose main objective was to break down national sovereignty in favor of a world government.
If you’re like me, you probably believe that the pendulum has swung a bit too far. From a Canadian perspective, unbridled globalism has primarily meant the regression of many of our primary industries and a weakening of the cultural characteristics that define us as a people.
Despite the fact that there are a handful of genuine ‘hatemongers’ within the various nationalist movements in Canada, the U.S. and other countries that have radical, even racist agendas, the truth is, most of those who care about the future and well-being of their nations are ordinary people who come from all walks of life and ethnic origins.
Unfortunately, these facts have not prevented globalist – controlled groups such as Antifa, Anti-Racist Canada and the Canadian Anti hate Network from painting all nationalists as being members of ‘far-right’ hate groups, xenophobic, anti-immigration, etc.
While it is not the desire of nationalists to see their countries completely isolated from the rest of the world, they do want governments to enact policies that place the needs of citizens first. Considering how much the living standards of Canadians and Americans have fallen over the past four decades, surely adopting populist policies cannot be seen as a bad thing.
Chris McGarry is an indie author and freelance writer who lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He can be reached by Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrismcgarry36/