A few months ago I echoed the notion that “nationalism is a disease”, and while out of context it may come across as a strong position, with this post I document some of the arguments that support it and perhaps soften the tone and conclude that more than a disease, nationalism is a doctrine that is fading and giving way to an updated notion of cosmopolitanism that is more compatible with our times and the beliefs of modern and progressive societies.
I’m also using this post to reorient the ongoing discussion hosted in this blog to assume the more optimist view provided by cosmopolitanism: migration and globalization have acquired negative properties and convey images of abusive corporations, defenseless people crossing borders illegally or having a very hard time to survive in their host countries. I’ve explored these issues and produced very few suggestions on how to fix them.
On the other hand, I’m finding the conversation around global citizens (not migrants) more productive, as they invest heavily in both their hometown and their destination. Global Culture becomes the backbone that allows people to find common ground when establishing relationships with people abroad and eases the [...]