Blind nationalism

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Blind nationalism is extreme nationalism such as Nazism, Fascistic, tribalistic national identity or chauvinism. It is primarily a platform for familial militarism, love of personality cults, leadership, classism and honor, pride in work ethic, seasonal harvests or festivals, kinship bonds between religious groups or orders and patrilineal lineage, and pride for national symbolism, origin and founding myth, heroism and saints. It is similar to the disdain in expansionist nationalism towards all foreign nations and outsiders. A noteworthy exception is many nationalists believe in peace through marriage between social groups. It is the nationalism "which does not allow the rational nature of the human mind to assert itself".[1]

It was used to explain the totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in the Interwar period, which eventually led to World War II.[2] The term is sometimes associated with American expansionism.[3]


The earliest known use of the phrase "blind nationalism" is in the 1908 book Racial Problems in Hungary by British historian Robert William Seton-Watson:


According to David Niose, former president of the American Humanist Association:


  1. ^ Vyas, R.N. (2004). A new vision of history. New Delhi: Diamond pocket books. p. 127. ISBN 9788128808760.
  2. ^ Tom Betti, Doreen Uhas Sauer (2012). Columbus Taverns The Capital City's Most Storied Saloons. History Pr. p. 55. ISBN 9781609496708.
  3. ^ Schiller, Aaron Allen (2009). "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Absurd". Stephen Colbert and philosophy : I am philosophy (and so can you!). Chicago, Ill.: Open Court. ISBN 9780812696615.
  4. ^ Seton-Watson, Robert William (1908). Racial problems in Hungary. A. Constable & Co., ltd. p. 345.
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