Nationalism is a complex, multidimensional concept involving a shared communal identification with one's nation. It is a political ideology oriented towards gaining and maintaining self-governance, or full sovereignty, over a territory of historical significance to the group (such as its homeland). - Wikipedia
The Dutch voted yesterday in high numbers to determine which brand of populism they favor to stop the Muslim onslaught of their country. Of course no one, save Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom, speaks of it in such terms, but they all hold that in their minds as the major issue to support or ignore. The media continue to confound the issue by calling those who oppose illegal migration across borders of being “anti-immigrant”, which is the smelly red herring nowhere near the truth here or abroad. But such is politics combined with a broad-based linguistic deficit.
The voters in Holland are watched by their EU neighbors because all of them will sooner or later have elections addressing the same populist and nationalist issues. Center-right leader Mark Rutte “has portrayed the election as the quarterfinal round in Europe’s effort to stem a populist tide, with the French presidential elections in April and May the semifinal and the German parliamentary elections in September the finals. Polls in France indicate that anti-Islam right-wing politician Marine Le Pen will win the first round of voting, while Germany has been rattled by the influx of over a million refugees and migrants since 2015.” (15mar17 WSJ)
Most RR readers know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool American nationalist, a term denigrated by the Left since the Bolshevik Revolution. I believe in the Westphalian world order of sovereign-nation states with secure borders engaged in vigorous commerce with each other, and each learning from the others’ successes and failures in governance and social organization. I am a devout opponent of globalization as prescribed in the UN’s Agenda 21, and promoted by our domestic naïfs who believe that more and more comprehensive government benefits humanity.
I am also a proponent of global multi-culturalism that nurtures a worldwide environment in which people of distinct cultures can thrive, celebrate their own cultures, evolve at their own pace, and teach their children to honor and appreciate their heritage as the prime bond that forms communities of free people who freely support each other because such behaviors also support shared values and mores. My studies of how people live together have confirmed the belief that social disorder and grief is maximized when un-assimilating people of markedly different cultures attempt to live in each other’s proximity within the same jurisdictional bounds and governance. The evidence for that stretches back into the mists of time and overwhelms us today.