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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Someone asked for more Ibish?

Today Hussein Ibish writes on nationalism and his piece begins:
For those in the grip of its authority, a clearheaded understanding of how nationalist ideology actually operates seems extremely difficult.
All contemporary nationalisms are based on constructed and imagined narratives about history, geography, culture, ethnicity and religion.
Such narratives invariably involve a great deal of what can only be described as fiction. In particular, reading the past—whether real or imagined—as a justification for present-day political projects is, by definition, intellectually treacherous territory.

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