With the rise of public figures like Nigel Farage , The spooky specter of nationalism has returned . It’s detractors call it racist , irrational , and many other things. But is nationalism really as irrational as it’s enemies think? The simple answer is no it is not. But let’s get into why nationalism is sensible by using basic psychology .
You live in the town of Barro and their are a group of strangers in town. You’re protective of your family and by extension the community that you are apart of. So you rightfully tell your children to stay away. These people could be harmless but on the other hand these people could be up to no good.
These people begin to cause trouble and naturally you defend your own . But some make excuses for them by saying that they’re not all like that. While this may be true but those people defending the strangers are ignoring a natural impulse.
Trust begins to erode in the community due to the chaos. What i am talking about is the in group vs out group dynamic . Human beings will naturally put their own first especially in negative situations. This isn’t wrong or irrational it’s natural . What is unnatural is ignoring survival instincts in the name of supporting political dogma.
I personally only have a basic understanding of psychology. But scholars like Robert D. Putnam have also pointed this out. However putnam still states that he believes that diversity is positive in the long run. Though one can point out that it depends on certain factors like a group’s willingness to integrate .
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