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A unifying pride and belief in ones country and the citizenry involving traditions, actions and history.
A nationalistic government would serve to establish laws and policy for the benefit of the citizenry on behalf of the citizenry.

-Damn I wish America had more nationalism in government, then maybe our politicians wouldn't sell out our country from under our feet.
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Essentially, nationalism is the belief in a nation's right to self-determination. There are however many variants of nationalism, although the two more commonly known are civic nationalism and ethnic nationalism. The two are entirely different due to their unique definitions of a nation.

Civic nationalists are indiscriminate towards members of their nation with regard to their ethnicity, and thus prefer to define a nation more by its geographical borders and their struggle therefore is rather more focused on the preservation of culture as opposed to race or ethnicity. Under its not-so-charismatic leader, Nick Griffin, The British National Party is slowly shedding its ethnic nationalist past and becoming more a civic nationalist party, and some of its supporters and indeed some councillors are not Caucasian or British in origin.

Ethnic nationalists are often rather more authoritarian however and tend to define their identity not along cultural lines but along ethnic or racial lines. This therefore leads to their struggle being aimed more at the preservation of their ethnicity or race. A good example of an ethnic nationalist would be Hitler, though he is certainly an extreme form, and should not be seen to represent ethnic nationalists as an entity. It is a shame however that many ethnic nationalists are racist, which is often why nationalism is so wrongly synonymised with racism. The National Front is an ethnic nationalist party in the UK.

Contrary to popular belief, nationalism is most commonly a left-wing ideology. This is partly because many people wrongly associate authoritarian 'tough' stances with right-wing politics, when left and right on the spectrum is determined entirely by economic stance. Mainly however, nationalists tend to prefer a slightly socialistic economy as opposed to a capitalistic economy. They often oppose globalisation in many forms, saying that the outsourcing of jobs to foreign lands increases unemployment in their homeland, which ultimately stifles the nation's ability to determine itself. It is no suprise then, that with that immigration and sometimes emigration is opposed.

Nationalists are not only concerned with the welfare of their own nations, although they do not wish to interfere at all in that of others, because they often believe that every nation has a right to self-determination. So when mass immigration occurs in their country, they are not only concerned that this might cause a dissolution of their culture/ethnicity and a strain on the national infrastructure (eg NHS, public transport etc), but also that it will certainly cause a dissolution of the migrant's homeland's culture/majority ethnicity and infrastructure due to the leakage of contributors to art, science and general employment (thus a general breakdown of that country's national self-determination).

Nationalists oppose wars fought for reasons that do not affect the national interest - the Iraq war was opposed by the entire nationalist community in the West. There is also often an environmentalist wing to the nationalist's beliefs, particularly focusing on renewable energy and the maintainence of an independant energy supply.
Nationalism's birth was in England under the reign of King John.
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Nationalism is the belief that your country has the right to exist on its own. Not to be confused with Patriotism.
Tyrant: Damn these nationalists. Now we'll have to try extra-hard to break them of their will! What? Urbandictionary is tell me to use the word 'Nationalism' in a defintion?! This is unbelievable.
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Nationalism comes from the word "Nation". a Nation is a group of people of (usually, but not always) the same race, history, culture, language and geographical territory.

Nationalism is the belief that every nation has the right to rule independantly the land that they lived on for the whole history.
Nationalism was the reason for many wars for independance in many countries.

America is NOT a nation, because it is an immigrant country, and each immigrant has his own race, history and culture (that they often try to keep).
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Differing definitions and forms of nationalism:
-Sentiment of loyalty
-Propensity of favoritism to one's own nation often at the expense of other nations, people, rights, etc.
-Attitude that attaches high importance to distinct characteristics of a nation.
-Doctrine that national culture should be preserved
-Theory that mankind is naturally divided into nations.

It may be expressed in two ways- as patriotism or as a supremacist perspective.

• Patriotism ☺
-You like your country & homeland
-This does not deny other nations any rights.

Nation-State as supreme value
-Sees the nation-state as the supreme power
-The growth, existence, power & growth of one’s nation is that person’s supreme value

•Terms relating to nationalism
-A nation is a group identity (decent, history, culture or language)
-A state is a defined territory on a map w/ an organized government
-A nation-state is when you have both at the same time
Smithy: "Tell me class-is the United States Nationalist?"

Ricardo: Fosho because we got a national identity. There was also a linguistic change to reflect a nationalistic identity after the civil war. Abe Lincoln did this intentionally he was like “The United States HAS a proud people.” before that people would be like “The United States HAVE a proud people.” The 1st is in plural form. The 2nd is in singular. The 2nd reflects nationalism.

Pedro: No! We aint nationalist because our value system encourages other things. The military is made to limit nationalism por ejemplo- military officers cannot hold public offices they must resign their military position 1st
The Millitary's slogans aren't nationalist either:
“1st Duty, 2nd Honor, 3rd Country”
“1st God, 2nd Family, 3rd Country”
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The tactic of telling one group of poor people that they're better than another group of poor people, in order to get them to focus on fighting that group instead of noticing that you're robbing them blind.
"OMG I thought Trump was gonna make America great again for real Americans like me but he just voted to give a big handout to Wall Street, WTF"

"Lol maybe stop falling for every single demagogue who uses nationalism to control people?"
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