Tell us: Trump lectured on nationalism, but can it be beneficial to a country?

On a weekend meant to commemorate world war veterans, U.S. President Donald Trump’s moniker as a self-declared nationalist garnered international attention on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Paris in front of over 60 world leaders, including Trump and Vladimir Putin, on Armistice Day.

“In saying ‘our interests first, whatever happens to others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes us live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: its moral values,” Macron went on to say during his speech.


The comments from the French president come after Trump declared himself a nationalist last month.

“A globalist is a person that wants to globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much and you know what, we can’t have that,” the U.S. president said during at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston. “They have a word, it sort of became old fashioned, it’s called a nationalist…you know what I am, I’m a nationalist. Use that word.”

A nationalist, by definition, is someone who is devoted to their own nation, putting their country’s interest before that of any other individual or group. But nationalism has also been associated with movements that led to Word War I and Word War II, including Adolf Hitler and Nazism’s German nationalism. Movements of nationalism are now closely associated with far-right ideologies.

Patriotism is sometimes seen as synonymous with nationalism, but being a patriot generally refers to an individual’s admiration and devotion to one’s country.




Globalism, by contrast, is the concept that countries are not isolated, separate entities in the world and international policies should be implemented in the interconnected global landscape. In an excerpt from Stephen Harper’s book, Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption, published in the National Post, the former Canadian prime minister expresses his disagreement with the globalist mindset, particularly a globalist’s “weak attachment to the nation-state” that they have a responsibility to as a citizen.

Macron’s comments on nationalism caused a flurry of debate on social media, both with regards to the French president’s specific comments and nationalism as a whole:









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