Colton Slaughter-Arizona Western College-Student

Colton Slaughter


Is nationalism an asset or hindrance in todays globalized world?

Nationalism is a hindrance and an asset at the same time in most peoples’ eyes nowadays. Nationalism is basically the patriotism of a country or the feeling of superiority of one’s country over the others. Most people see nationalism as an asset to a country because what’s a country without nationalism, right? Everybody should be proud of their country and supportive of where they live right? Not necessarily. There are quite a few people who think nationalism is a problem or a hindrance to their country rather it be a good thing. Some people say that being too proud of your country or feeling superior of other countries can cause bigotry and cockiness that leads to nothing good. Nationalism is said to cause people to fall for what the government is trying to get you to do. For example, the holocaust. Hitler made his whole country feel confident enough in him to the point where they would do whatever he wanted them to do. Nationalism is also said to cause bad relations with other countries because of the cockiness and attitude over confident countries have. It can also lead to bad relations with other countries because you no longer feel the need to get along with them. On the other hand, nationalism can be a good thing because when you are proud and confident with your country then you will tend to get more done. People will also be happy to live where they are and be move involved in their community. I personally believe that nationalism is an asset for a country because the United States will always come out number one and we have always been very patriotic and confident with our country and people. Without our confidence and patriotism, we would be nothing. Our country would be boring and we would get nothing done. I personally think that nationalism is fading away in our country and I see it as a bad thing. When you lose confidence in a country, you tend to be losing hope at the same time as well. In all honesty, leaders will see that as an opportunity to jump on the issue and take advantage of the people of the country. If people are depressed and not happy with their country and a new leader comes in and changes everything for the better, what do you think will happen? The people are going to follow their leader who helped them during the hard times. Just like my earlier example of the holocaust and Hitler. When the people of the country were feeling down, he came back and saved them. They trusted him enough to do anything he asked them to do. The nationalism in the United States compared to the nationalism in Mexico are two totally different ball games. The U.S. obviously has quite a bit more patriotism which leads to a healthy country with a healthy economy. The Mexican government is the exact opposite. If you look at our country 20 years ago compared to today, there is a huge difference. Twenty years ago, our country was super patriotic and proud of who we are. Now we are discriminating against ourselves and fighting amongst each other over how we should change as a country and what we are doing wrong. All this does is weaken us as a whole in the long run. Nationalism can benefit certain people such as the poor, middle class, and the wealthy. Nationalism can benefit the poor mentally. If someone is poor, but they are proud of where they are then it can’t be too bad because it can always be worse. If someone is in the middle class and very patriotic then good for them because they now have something to look forward to outside of working. Nationalism effects all people in a way because it causes happiness and proudness of where you live. It effects the leaders because that gives them a chance to voice their opinion to the people who reside in the country who they are trying to persuade or take advantage of. Nationalism is somewhat related to globalization because they both must do with the populations of people. Nationalization is the patriotism and the feeling of superiority over other countries, while globalization is the integration of different countries and cultures. Nationalism can get in the way of globalization because some people are too stubborn to allow the integration of cultures and communities. It seems as if the country was less patriotic then we would be more open to different cultures. Or if we allowed the integration of newer cultures then maybe we would be more patriotic for our diverse country. Who knows. I see our country as full of nationalism. We are the most patriotic country there is out there. Without nationalism, we wouldn’t be the United States.

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