Nations are great things

NATIONS ARE different, and that’s what makes them interesting.

I favor national identities and borders that keep them intact. The counter to this opinion is called globalism. Globalists want things to be all tossed together, no borders, where people can hold hands and sing Kumbaya at a moment’s notice.

If there’s an aroma of Patchouli, then all the better.

While I favor nations, I’m not too keen on government, which I think should be kept to a minimum everywhere. I’m a lowercase liberatarian.

Recently, I opened a Facebook page under my real name. Filling in the part about my political druthers, I tried to just put libertarian, but Facebook would not let me. It insisted I put Libertarian Nationalist.

I thought about it for a moment, and I realized I am a nationalist. I favor nations and borders. When I’m in the United States, I favor American nationalism. When I’m in Mexico, I favor Mexican nationalism.

I support a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and I support a border wall between Mexico and Guatemala. Walls make good neighbors.

Related to this is that many years ago the Europeans lost their collective minds and initiated the European Union, a globalist wet dream. Not surprisingly, it was the British who first came to their good senses and departed the EU cage.

In the video above, Nigel Farage, one of my favorite fellows, provides a beautiful description of how the despotic EU works, a description that is so clear that even a nincompoop can understand it.

I offer a tip of the sombrero to the Brits for leaving the EU, even though they only did it by a slim margin. No matter. It worked. With luck, other nations of Europe will get fed up with the EU and do the same thing. Let us pray so.

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(Note: I also addressed this border issue a few weeks ago with In praise of window locks and border walls.)

12 thoughts on “Nations are great things

  1. Interesting concept: nations.

    One could assume they represent a particular culture or blend of cultures so inter-related that they thrive on the existence of each other. There was a time when the USA was exactly that. Not that it was perfect, far from it. But it was a nation and plenty well proud of it. Much progress for its citizens was made because of it. Fast forward to today. Many elites in this and other nations would have us believe that nations are bad things and should be done away with posthaste. One world government. Yep. Whatever that really is.

    This old Gringo will stick with the nation concept as long as I can breathe. And I’ll die with the hope that cooler heads less susceptible to non-libertarian concepts prevail in the decades ahead.

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  2. I’m neither a nationalist nor a globalist. Those too easily become ideologies, and ideologies–whether globalism or nationalism or capitalism or communism or any other ism– always flounder on their internal contradictions. I’m a pragmatist. Whatever works, and it usually is a mix of things.

    The EU is an interesting case. The Eurozone is a currency union but not a fiscal union. A country like Greece has big problems because it can’t devalue its currency to correct a trade deficits with other Euro countries, and fiscal transfers between EU countries are prohibited by treaty. (In the US, because we’re a currency union and a fiscal union, we handle this kind of issue through fiscal transfers from states like California and New York to states like New Mexico and Mississippi.) This was noted as a problem by money theorists before the Euro was introduced. The only solution left for Greeks is emigration. Greece is exporting its young people.

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    1. Creigh: I put to you that in these troubled times one cannot fence-sit. Nationalist or Globalist. Gotta pick one. But you have added to my brain trust. I had to look up fiscal union and currency union, and now I am smarter than I was a few minutes ago, always a plus at my age when things are usually sliding in the contrary direction.

      Yes, the United States is both a currency and fiscal union because the United States is a nation. The EU is not a nation. Nations can work well, but the EU does not work well because it is a club, not a nation. As for young folks leaving Greece, they’re doing so in great part due to the Greeks running their Kumbaya, socialist economy very badly. And other reasons.

      My mother always dreamed of going to Greece, but she never did. I’ve never been there either.

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      1. If I’d been Greek, I’d definitely have voted for Grexit, and bringing back the Drachma. And no doubt the Greeks have been and continue to be terrible at running their government, although corruption is probably a bigger problem than kumbaya. But the European Commission, European Central Bank, and the IMF are preventing them from using their full powers. With their own currency they could devalue, making olives and Aegean vacations cheaper and putting people back to work. They could also run deficits to stimulate employment. Britain kept the Pound, that at least was smart. I don’t know enough about other issues to say how I’d have voted on Brexit.

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        1. Creigh: I would have voted for Brexit in a heartbeat. Grexit too, were there such a thing. I support all European nations dumping the EU. Nigel’s video says it all.

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  3. I should add that there’s a cultural component to this. New Yorkers and Californians are willing to subsidize New Mexicans and Mississippians because they feel we’re all Americans. Germans don’t feel the same way about Greece or Italy.

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    1. Creigh: Given a choice, I’d wager that most New Yorkers and Californians would not subsidize New Mexicans and, especially, Mississippians, but they have no choice. And of course, Germans don’t want to subsidize Greeks and Italians because Germany is one nation and Greece and Italy are separate nations. Even people who wave the Globalist Banner are nationalists in their bones. It’s human nature.

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  4. In some ways, the most important and least commented part of this post was the comment on Facebook. They literally control how you describe yourself. You couldn’t put simply “libertarian,” but had to go with “libertarian nationalist.” Of course, it’d be quite possible to be a libertarian globalist, or a libertarian something else. But Big Zuckerberg has controlled how you describe yourself.

    And this creepiness is yet one more of myriad reasons why I don’t belong to SpyBook FaceBook.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, Ca
    Where we proudly defy conventional labels.

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    1. Kim: You’re referencing a separate item, of course. No matter. Yep, couldn’t label myself just a libertarian on Facebook. I am a NATIONALIST libertarian. Of course, “those people” consider that word to be very negative. Screw ’em, I say!

      As for Facebook, I did recently renew my presence there under my real name. It can be fun. You just have to control it. I don’t touch on politics there at all. Just the occasional personal doing and posts about my mountaintop world. FB can spy on me all it wants.

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