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"Patriotism is nationalism, and always leads to war." - Helen Caldicott

"After World War II, the winds of nationalism and anti-colonialism blew through the developing world." - Stephen Kinzer

"What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I also argued before the war that the administration was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism, that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought." - Juan Cole

"In some states militant nationalism has gone to the lengths of dictatorship, the cult of the absolute or totalitarian state and the glorification of war." - Arthur Henderson

"War springs from the love and loyalty which should be offered to God being applied to some God substitute, one of the most dangerous being nationalism." - Robert Runcie

"Jingoistic rhetoric and puerile self-congratulatory nationalism." - Carl Sagan

"I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism." - Michael Ignatieff

"Donald Trump amplifies the worst instincts. And his nationalism is really a white racist supremacist nationalism." - Michael Eric Dyson

"Nationalism is war. - in arguing to strengthen the federal powers of the European Union" - Francois Mitterrand

"I'm a Canadian. Outside Canada I carry the flag. Canadian nationalism isn't as insidious as American nationalism, though. It's good natured. It's all about maple syrup, not war." - Feist

"In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust." - Ryszard Kapuscinski

"Nationalism is both a vital medicine and a dangerous drug" - Geoffrey Blainey

"The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"Extreme nationalism objectifies and dehumanizes those from other countries." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism." - Said Musa

"Nationalism is blamed for this century's wars, but nationalism need not mean militarism. And the nation-state has been the laboratory of liberty." - George Will

"[N]o serious historian of nations and nationalism can be a committed political nationalist... Nationalism requires too much belief in what is patently not so." - Eric Hobsbawm

"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war." - Sydney J Harris

"The function of football, soccer, basketball and other passion-sports in modern industrial society is the transference of boredom, frustration, anger and rage into socially acceptable forms of combat. A temporary substitute for war; for nationalism; identification with something bigger than the self." - Edward Abbey

"The underpinning of immigration concerns is xenophobia and racism and nationalism." - David Cross

"Those who dare to interpret God's will must never claim Him as an asset for one nation or group rather than another. War springs from the love and loyalty which should be offered to God being applied to some God substitute, one of the most dangerous being nationalism." - Robert Runcie

"Palestinian ideology has become a lethal cocktail of radical nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism." - Jacob T. Schwartz

"Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression." - Albert Einstein

"It's only important to differentiate between patriotism and nationalism. I speak of enlightened patriotism." - Charlotte Knobloch

"It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round." - Ernest Gellner

"This European and really pro-Russian nationalism is seeping into America. It's very disturbing." - Glenn Beck

"We must take from the right nationalism without capitalism and from the left socialism without internationalism." - Gregor Strasser

"All nations teach their children to be "patriotic", and abuse the other nations for fostering nationalism." - Richard Aldington

"There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries." - Michael Ignatieff

"Palestinian ideology has become a lethal cocktail of radical nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism." - Jack Schwartz

"War is not the only form of violence imposed on people through inadequate social arrangements. There is also hunger, poverty and scarcity. The use of money and the creation of debt fosters economic insecurity, which perpetuates crime, lawlessness and resentment. Paper proclamations and treaties do not alter the facts of scarcity and insecurity, and nationalism tends only to propagate the separation of nations and the world's people." - Jacque Fresco

"War is not the only form of violence imposed on people through inadequate social arrangements. There is also hunger, poverty and scarcity. The use of money and the creation of debt fosters economic insecurity, which perpetuates crime, lawlessness and resentment. Paper proclamations and treaties do not alter the facts of scarcity and insecurity, and nationalism tends only to propagate the separation of nations and the world's people." - Jacque Fresco

"Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts." - Howard Zinn

"Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests ? war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism ? and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts." - Howard Zinn

"There is a wind of nationalism and freedom blowing round the world, and blowing as strongly in Asia as elsewhere." - Stanley Baldwin

"I have always been conscious of the importance and the strength of nationalism, and this has led me straight to the acknowledgment of the nationalism of the Palestinian people." - Uri Avnery

"Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world." - Richard Aldington

"The people's community must not be a mere phrase, but a revolutionary achievement following from the radical carrying out of the basic life needs of the working class. A ruthless battle against corruption! A war against exploitation, freedom for the workers! The elimination of all economic-capitalist influences on national policy...Maintaining a rotten economic system has nothing to do with nationalism, which is an affirmation of the Fatherland. I can love Germany and hate capitalism. Not only can I, I must." - Joseph Goebbels

"Patriotism can flourish only where racism and nationalism are given no quarter. We should never mistake patriotism for nationalism. A patriot is one who loves his homeland. A nationalist is one who scorns the homelands of others." - Johannes Rau

"I'm supportive of practical nationalism, like the kind we need in Canada to avoid being absorbed into a much larger country. The kind of nationalism I despise as destructive and infantile is really just tribalism writ large." - Steven Heighton

"Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution." - Arthur Keith

"Nationalism and extremism ... are spreading today like a cancerous growth in the fabric of people's national self-awareness." - Raisa Gorbacheva

"Soviet Union foreign policy is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma, and the key is Russian nationalism." - Winston Churchill

"For Pakistan, Kashmir represents the infeasibility of secular nationalism and underscores the need for an Islamic theocracy in the subcontinent." - Nyla Ali Khan

"The political philosophy of black nationalism means: we must control the politics and the politicians of our community." - Malcolm X

"In Europe the right wing is bogged down in Nationalism in most cases and still fighting so called Reds." - Tom Metzger

"Our success in America will involve two circles: Black Nationalism and Islam-it will take BN [Black Nationalism] to make our people conscious of doing for self & then Islam will provide the spiritual guidance. BN [Black Nationalism] will link us to Africa and Islam will link us spiritually to Africa, Arabia & Asia." - Malcolm X

"Nationalism is cured by traveling." - Shakira

"Britain needs a real push. It needs nationalism. The sort of spirit that comes during a war. It needs people really to want to see the UK sitting again, maybe not as a colonial power, but as an economic power." - Ratan Tata

"The West will have to choose: either to come to terms with Russians, or to receive a retaliatory blow. This retaliatory blow will not be by means of war. We will resort to the same weapon: nationalism." - Vladimir Zhirinovsky

"Sporting achievements bestow a sense of unification on the cultures and societies in which they take place and create an outpouring of nationalism and pride." - Richard Attias

"War is cinema, and cinema is war" - Paul Virilio

"It is only on the basis of undiluted Nationalism and of perfect justice and impartiality that the Indian Army of Liberation can be built up." - Subhas Chandra Bose

"The nationalism I seek is one that decolonizes the brown and female body as it decolonizes the brown and female earth" - Cherrie Moraga

"Nationalism and patriotism are two sides of the same coin, and the most nationalistic / patriotic country in the last 300 years was Germany during the Third Reich." - Gene Weingarten

"Wars begin through greed and vanity and are continued through the insanity of nationalism in which the boundaries of a land replace God." - Billy Collins

"Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress." - Thorstein Veblen

"Though we are all human beings, we have built walls between ourselves and our neighbors through nationalism, through race, caste, and class - which again breeds isolation, loneliness." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism." - Herbert Read

"Jewish and Palestinian nationalism are virtually contemporaneous, and grew out of the disruptions that created new national movements from the ruins of the old empires / i." - Jack Schwartz

"Dams are the temples of secular India and almost worshipped. They are huge, wet cement flags that wave in our minds. They're the symbol of nationalism to many." - Arundhati Roy

"We must strive to form a comprehensive sublime nationalism whose first principal is national geographic unity and must strengthen this unity with deeds not with words." - Ameen Rihani

"The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more." - Malcolm X

"Nationalism is the love which ties me to the blockheads of my country, to the insultors of my way of life, and to the desecrators of my language." - Karl Kraus

"You can be a bigot in the US, but you can't come out and openly declare your support for racial nationalism." - Max Blumenthal

"I am for a close global association in trade and financial matters, rather than the opposite possibility of excessive nationalism, as manifested in the two world wars." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"My love of nationalism is that my country may become free, and if need be, the whole of the country die, so that the human race may live." - Mahatma Gandhi

"A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples." - Emily Greene Balch

"Tribalism never prospers, for when it does, everyone will respect it as a true nationalism, and no-one will dare call it tribalism." - Ernest Gellner

"No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism - nothing can touch it because it is empathy." - Dayananda Saraswati

"The political currents that topped the global agenda in the late 20th century - revolutionary nationalism, feminism and ethnic struggle - place culture at their heart." - Terry Eagleton

"No Irish nationalist could support any treaty which institutionalizes British government claims to a part of Irish national territory. Indeed, the term - 'constitutional nationalism'- used by Mr.Mallon (SDLP) and his colleagues to describe their political philosophy is a contradiction in terms. The only constitutional nationalist in Ireland today is Sean McBride. He puts his nationalism within a framework of Irish constitutionality. Mr. Mallon, however, puts his within the framework of British constitutionality. Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms." - Gerry Adams

"Devolution will kill Nationalism stone dead" - George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen

"Nationalism is just racism with a flag." - Peter Joseph

"Nationalism is the measels of mankind." - Albert Einstein

"Nationalism, like virtue, has its own reward." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Let's be cautious about narrow nationalism." - James A Forbes

"Nationalism has a way of oppressing others." - Noam Chomsky

"Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere!" - Robert A Heinlein

"In the 19th century it was basically nationality and people trying to define their nationalism and create states which would reflect their nationalism. In the 20th century, ideology came to the fore, largely, but not exclusively, as a result of the Russian Revolution and we have fascism, communism and liberal democracy competing with each other. Well that's pretty much over." - Samuel P Huntington

"In so far as nationalism inculcates in us a sense of national and social justice which call upon us to fight any system that is oppressive or tyrannical both in our country and the world, there I am completely with nationalism. I hate Imperialism whether British or Japanese or Burmese." - Aung San

"Hate crimes have increased since the election of Donald Trump. So I'm not surprised. I'm hopeful, very vigilant. We're seeing the same thing as what happened in 1933, when a politician stokes fears and grievances to rally them for a nationalist cause. But nationalism to the exclusion of other people is not nationalism, that's xenophobia." - Christian Picciolini

"I lived in the Republic of Ireland. I wrote a book about the North but as an outsider. The hatreds there were not mine. I never felt them. I liked how open in most ways Catalan nationalism was, compared to Irish nationalism. I disliked the violence and cruelty in Ireland." - Colm Toibin

"The drive toward economic nationalism is only part of the general revival of nationalism." - Arthur Henderson

"Nationalism and patriotism are the two most evil forces that I know of in this century or in any century and cause more wars and more death and more destruction to the soul and to human life than anything else." - Oliver Stone

"When I was young, I was all about personal sovereignty and that junk, because there was no privacy and the available ideologies were collective, both socialism/communism and nationalism." - Aleksandar Hemon

"Religion and nationalism, as well as any custom and any belief however absurd and degrading, if it only connects the individual with others, are refuges from what man most dreads: isolation." - Erich Fromm

"My subject is war, and the pity of war." - Wilfred Owen

"The Cold War was a war, and we won it." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Call it 'nationalism' when you affix a flag to your car, and leave the word 'patriotism' for your efforts to make this country a kinder, more egalitarian place, and one that is less dangerous to the rest of the world." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"Jewish nationalism means no more than recognition of the peoplehood of Israel, and of the propriety of that people's being a religio-cultural group in America, a nationality in Eastern Europe, and in Palestine an actualized nation." - Milton Steinberg

"Arab nationalism, which tended to be until relatively recent somewhat secular in motivation, has now become increasingly religious and fundamentalist. And that makes it more pervasive, more difficult to deal with." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Malcolm X never renounced and never stepped away from a strong commitment to black nationalism and black self-determination. That's absolutely clear if you do any analysis of his speeches." - Manning Marable

"I think that parochialism is built into many kinds of nationalism and educational institutions in which children are brought up to treat their own culture as the unmarked case, and to mark the products of other culture." - Jay L. Garfield

"The closer one gets to either the eastern or the southern fringe of the German-speaking world - the closer one gets, in other words, to the threatening and more numerous Slavs - the more insecure and dangerous nationalism becomes." - Robert D Kaplan

"Nationalism is fraught with dangers, of course, but so is the blind refusal to recognize that attachment to one's own culture, traditions, and history is a creative, normal, and healthy part of human experience." - Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)

"Nationalism and patriotism in the wrong hands will destroy lives, it really will, because I'll tell you something: it takes a village to ruin a child. I think we've proven that time and time again in this country." - Janeane Garofalo

"Nationalism is fraught with dangers, of course, but so is the blind refusal to recognize that attachment to one's own culture, traditions, and history is a creative, normal, and healthy part of human experience." - Anthony Daniels

"I was weaned not on television or Wild West sagas but on stories of nationalism and patriotism. I would sit at my mother's feet by the hour and drink in these exciting tales of the freedom fighters in our family." - Sukarno

"The closer one gets to either the eastern or the southern fringe of the German-speaking world-the closer one gets, in other words, to the threatening and more numerous Slavs-the more insecure and dangerous nationalism becomes." - Robert D Kaplan

"I don't like the showy nationalism - a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag - that doesn't matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team." - Gary Speed

"Extreme nationalism and Bolshevism have broken up the old world, a new world is in the making. It is literally true that old things are passing away; all things may become new, granted we have wise, unselfish, and determined guides." - John Raleigh Mott

"I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that's becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism." - Bell Hooks

"I have always been conscious of the importance and the strength of nationalism, and this has led me straight to the acknowledgment of the nationalism of the Palestinian people. I believe there is no way around this: We have to have a solution based on two national states, which will hopefully live and grow together and establish a relationship between them in something like a European Union." - Uri Avnery

"The very nature of economics is rooted in nationalism. ... It [was] developed ... in the hope of throwing light upon questions of policy. But policy means nothing unless there is an authority to carry it out, and authorities are national." - Joan Robinson

"He saw that science had become as great a hoax as religion, that nationalism was a farce, patriotism a fraud, education a form of leprosy, and that morals were for cannibals" - Henry Miller

"Most of ideologies are not based on the individual - no matter what they say. There are these peoples' democracies, nationalism - they're all dictatorships. And I think any kind of dictatorship is bad for the individual." - Frank Capra

"In the modern world, nationalism remains a very important force. We delude ourselves into thinking that globalization has made all of that redundant and that everyone just wants to be like America." - Pankaj Mishra

"...Surely, we must renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed." - Howard Zinn

"If [black] nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner turmoil it caused people like me, would be of little consequence." - Barack Obama

"Zionism has gained my full sympathy and I appreciate it much higher than what is called nationalism in modern France. It is a progressive movement, a reawakening, of which I expect a lot for the entire civilization." - Tomas Garrigue Masaryk

"The only good produced by the disappearance of Africville was the appearance of a conscious black nationalism ... In this regard, Consecrated Ground is the heir of fierce, vengeful, and epic activism." - George Elliott Clarke

"Those policies [of Jean-Marie Le Pen ]I find repellent. I believe many people right across consist the world do. There is no future in that type of narrow minded racism and nationalism." - Rachel Maddow

"The Terror-Famine of 1932-33 was a dual-purpose by product of collectivization, designed to suppress Ukrainian nationalism and the most important concentration of prosperous peasants at one throw." - Norman Davies

"America is a new country, and maybe patriotism helps Americans create unity, since it is a melting pot. But nationalism in Europe has a strong history, as you may know." - Thomas Bangalter

"I think that the Brexit negotiations have to be a big thing that determines the democratic fight-back and galvanizes democratic Europe again against this rising tide of nationalism." - Irvine Welsh

"I feel like Americans have always studied nationalism as a foreign phenomenon. And now, we`ve got a nationalist movement in our country that has a very articulate spokesman in the senior counselor to the president [Donald Trump]." - Rachel Maddow

"So the political choice today is much like the 1930s, when the global economy also broke down. The choice is between nationalism and populism on the right, or socialism reviving what used to be left-wing politics." - Michael Hudson

"Our grandfathers lived in a world of largely self-sufficient, inward-looking national economies but our great-great grandfathers lived, as we do, in a world of large-scale international trade and investment, a world destroyed by nationalism." - Paul Krugman

"Don't listen to those who speak of democracy. They all are against Islam. They want to take the nation away from its mission. We will break all the poison pens of those who speak of nationalism, democracy, and such things." - Ruhollah Khomeini

"A dangerous atmosphere of nationalism is coming in our society. So now I want to criticize this tendency, and I want to do everything to prevent the development of fascism in Japanese society." - Kenzaburo Oe

"The state of Israel is a project of Jewish nationalism that is as legitimate as any other national project. But Israel as a state is not perfect and cannot be above criticism in democratic societies, including practical criticism." - Juan Cole

"There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization." - Oscar Straus

"Nationalism - in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies - consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it." - John Nelson Darby

"Our grandfathers lived in a world of largely self-sufficient, inward-looking national economies ? but our great-great grandfathers lived, as we do, in a world of large-scale international trade and investment, a world destroyed by nationalism." - Paul Krugman

"The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism." - Christopher Dawson

"I do not believe that the values which the Western democracies consider essential to civilization can survive in a world rent by the international anarchy of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise." - Arthur Henderson

"The only religion that still demands human sacrifice is nationalism." - Kenneth E. Boulding

"Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception." - George Orwell

"We have a secret weapon...it is called Nationalism" - Ho Chi Minh

"The wedding of Christianity or Judaism with nationalism is lethal." - Arthur Miller

"Our internationalism is the driver of our nationalism." - Alex Salmond

"It's so frightening, the nationalism in the air." - Arundhati Roy

"Indian nationalism is not exclusive, nor aggressive, nor destructive." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Violent nationalism, otherwise known as imperialism, is a curse." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception." - George Orwell

"Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill." - Richard Aldington

"When you forcefully suppress religious nationalism, you radicalize it." - Reza Aslan

"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin." - Muammar Algaddafi

"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"Dylan Thomas, asked what he thought of Welsh Nationalism, replied in three words, two of which were 'Welsh Nationalism.'" - Avram Davidson

"When you want a nation, that's called nationalism... Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a Black nationalist. He wants a nation." - Malcolm X

"Christianity has not conquered nationalism; the opposite has been the case nationalism has made Christianity its footstool." - Arthur Keith

"All's fair in love and war." - Francis Edward Smedley

"Violence and war lead only to death..." - Pope Francis

"All policies allowed in war and love." - Susanna Centlivre

"War is organized murder, and nothing else." - Harry Patch

"War is simple, direct, and ruthless." - George S Patton

"War is all and king of all" - Janet Morris



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