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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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Extreme pride in one's own country and a disregard for international opinion.
CDONationalism
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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”
or
“1st God, 2nd Family, 3rd Country”
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