“A Short Book about Nationalism” by Alexekin Rockowia reveals what actually caused the changes in politics we are witnessing today: changes which can best be described as the rise of nationalism.
After these considerations, readers are introduced to what the author calls the “delegitimization campaign against nationalists”, which refers to the overall reaction to their political successes relying for the most part on negative sterotypes and common prejudices against them. Among other things, the question of whether today’s nationalists can be called “fascists” is addressed; and, by the same token, certain ambiguous facts about the Second World War are brought up and reexamined in clear and impartial light.
Another question dealt with in this book is what nationalists are able to offer, especially when it comes to “quick fixes”. We will look at the past and the present, including the incidents having occurred in Africa, in order to understand what “quick fixes” really are and why they are viewed in such negative terms.
Telling myths is another field of conflict between nationalists and liberals. But why are myths so important, and has the time of global myths that liberals are so fond of finally gone? Do myths invented for everyone – such as the myth of America as the “spreader of democracy” – really work or do they need to be replaced by authentic, national myths which exclude other groups and are instrumental in shaping national identity?
These are just some of the issues discussed in Rockowia’s book; along with the informed predictions about the future of nationalism, globalism, and the world political scene in general – which are all the more important, today as more and more countries are going further in dismantling liberal democracy.
The sources used for writing this book were, in fact, mostly liberal, including Sweden’s largest morning newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” and Swedish public radio and television channels. This choice certainly contributed to the author’s goal of being as objective as possible, in an effort to win over liberals as well as to strengthen the legitimacy of nationalists – at a time when they are being constantly accused of spreading the so-called “fake news”.
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