Nationalism turns out to be important. A tyrant that feeds nationalism can gain the support of the citizens.
Nationalism can also be very dangerous because Nationalists will use whatever scapegoats the society holds to use as leverage to gain more power over the people themselves. Their rights will then be suspect and subject to curtailment. Beware scapegoating!
“America is moving toward a Nazi form of totalitarianism. It has been doing this for decades. It has been doing so gradually, by default, and for the most part unknowingly, but it is doing so systematically and without significant opposition. In every cultural area—from science and education to art and religion to politics and economics—the trend is now unmistakable.”
“No one can predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our direction is not changed. No one can know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, would finally break the nation’s spirit and system of government. No one can know whether such a breakdown would lead to an American dictatorship directly—or indirectly, after a civil war and/or foreign war and/or protracted Dark Ages of primitive roving gangs. What one can know is only this much: the end result of the country’s present course is some kind of dictatorship; and the cultural-political signs for many years now have been pointing increasingly to one kind in particular. The signs have been pointing to an American form of Nazism.” – Leonard Peikoff
I am also a fan of Ayn Rand. But “nationalism” is a human element like envy or love. It is something to be dealt with and cannot be eradicated. It can be good or bad. Nazis = bad. American Founding Fathers = good.
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