Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zakaria says that nationalism is on the rise everywhere; remember how WWI started


Fareed Zakaria made a general comment on his Global Public Square program Sunday that deserves singling out.  He noted that even in Europe, nationalistic and sometimes rightwing parties and movements are gaining traction. 

Even in richer countries, he said, people are looking for a sense of group or national identity.  Call it eusocialtiy, or the social force that makes people root for soccer, football and baseball (in the US) teams.  The optimism of Denish D’Souza (as in the film “America: Imagine a World Without Her”, Movies blog, July 7) notwithstanding, not everyone has the “luxury” of defining and executing his own individualized expressive life plan in advance.  

That becomes something authoritarian leaders like Vladimir Putin can chew on.  It’s particularly noticeable with anti-gay laws and measures, where homosexuality is said to be un-Russian or anti-African, probably because it runs counter to fertility (or fecundity). 
  
We’re approaching the 100th anniversary of World War I, which started it all.  And remember how that began.


Update: July 10, 2014 (my 71st birthday)

Got some pictures of the Ukrainian Embassy, the first building on M Street as you turn onto it from Key Bridge.  I guess the Ukraine is a prime example of what Zakaria is talking about. It's also near Frances Scott Key Park.
 
The C&O Canal is there, and then the Whitehurst Freeway, which my family (parents and me) drove hundreds of times in the 1950s on the way home from church.     

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