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The threat to the nation state and why we care

The New Criterion has just published essays by a number of thinkers who participated in a symposium in Winchester entitled “Is the Nation State Threatened?” In his introduction to the essays, Roger Kimball makes the following points,

“Every human child needs to learn to walk by itself; so, it seems, every generation needs to wean itself from the blandishments of various utopian schemes.”

“The temptation to exchange hard-won democratic freedom for the swaddling comfort of one or another central planning body is as inextinguishable as it is dangerous.”

Intellectuals confuse our love of our nation – a community with a shared history, customs, law, and language – with the perversions of nationalism.

The nation created and protected freedom, the rule of just law, and representative government.

Intellectuals adore vast utopian schemes that erode the nation state and replace it with unaccountable, transnational entities such as the EU, the UN, or the so-called “World Court”. Like other utopian projects, transnationalism will degenerate into tyranny because it lacks accountability and democratic checks and balances.

To combat the transnational camapign means, among other things, “reviving national history as a political narrative and putting the interests of the democratic majority first. In the English-speaking world, it means reviving the values of the thousand-year-old British tradition.” (Keith Windschuttle)

Thanks to Powerline for pointing us to the New Criterion essay.

Jeremy Rabkin explains exactly why freedom and constitutional government are created and protected only in a sovereign nation.