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The answer to "what is wrong with kneeling" is symbolism. And more specifically, the question shouldn't be "what is wrong with kneeling" but instead "why do many people see it as wrong"; since there's no objective metrics of what's right or wrong, and the answer may very largely depend on one's ideological postulates. So, let's answer that second question -...


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National Socialism is a specific thing. You can't just take parts of the name and then assume what it means based on these parts (another example: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is not a democracy). National Socialism is not simply a nationalist version of socialism (Stalin's Socialism in one country would be closer to that). National Socialism ...


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There are various forms of "Nationalism", but one prevalent belief is that "My Nation is better than others". Racism can be broadly understood to be the belief that "My race is better than others". Given how close these ideas are, it isn't surprising that there are many nationalists who are also racist. This is particularly the case for the so-called "white ...


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George Orwell in 'Notes on Nationalism' said it best I think, By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But secondly — and this is much more important — I mean the habit of ...


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My answer will focus on the stated reasons for the opposition to the gesture, which mainly comes from the political right. For context (and to answer why the players do it): The NYT describes the original reason for the gesture: protest of social injustices, shootings by officers and deaths of blacks in police custody. The recent actions are likely in ...


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Great question. As the NYTimes explains, players are kneeling to show solidarity with their fellow players, and in many cases, to protest Donald Trump. Even if someone disagrees with this action, they should support the player's first amendment right to protest. As for why some consider this disrespectful, historically, people would stand to show respect ...


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Nationalism: I should do what is best for my country even at the cost of other countries. Nationalists sacrifice others. Nationalists also tend to believe in a zero-sum world. In order for their situation to improve, that of someone else must worsen. Patriotism: I should do what is best for my country even at the cost of myself. Patriots sacrifice ...


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What makes Nationalism (as in "my nation is the best") bad? Because it can be meant in two ways, both pretty frequent, and one of them is bad for one's own nation. And people frequently unconsciously mix the two. The first means, approximately: "I like my country and my nation very much". The second means what it literally says: "I think my nation is ...


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In the US, patriotic tradition holds that you should stand (and remove your hat) during the playing of the national anthem. On one level, it really is that simple, but to fully understand everything happening now we need some further context: During the 2016 NFL preseason, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated on the bench during the ...


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Q: How does Hitler's interpretation of “Nationalist Socialism” relate to the modern interpretation of “Socialism” and “Nationalism”? In easy English and fairly short sentences: The definitions of the words did not change. The "relations" between them have therefore also not changed. The person of interest did not interpret any "Nationalist Socialism" The ...


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What is White Nationalism The ADL definition: White nationalism is a term that originated among white supremacists as a euphemism for white supremacy. Eventually, some white supremacists tried to distinguish it further by using it to refer to a form of white supremacy that emphasizes defining a country or region by white racial identity and which seeks ...


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Equating nationalism to racism is not particular to the United States. For example, writing from a Quebec point of view, the book In Italics: In Defense of Ethnicity (1996) says: Quebec is not the only place on earth with this attitude problem. Nationalist Italy is racist. Nationalist France is racist. Nationalist Great Britain is racist. Nationalist ...


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Below is a summary of some key differences, based on the Nationalism and Patriotism articles on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I'll use examples from American politics for my own convenience. Nation/State Distinction One of the classical distinctions is the difference between the nation and state. The nation is a primordial ethnic or social ...


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Disclaimer: This is a complex issue and influenced by perception and country of origin. I think DVK's first comment is fundamentally correct: the rise of nationalisation is a result of ordinary people's growing dissatisfaction with the European state. This dissatisfaction can be summarised into a couple of "pain points" (which inevitably vary by country &...


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This makes me wonder, are there regions within Russia that have a majority population that is not ethnic Russian? Answer is yes, according to 2010 Russian Census, there are several smaller or bigger regions where Russian ethnicity is minority. If this racial/nationalist argument was taken to its extreme, how much territory would Russia stand to lose? ...


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Is there any difference between the far-right and the 'alt-right'? Are these two terms essentially synonymous? To answer your question succinctly, the so-called "alt-right" is "far-right", but a sort-of alternative far-right as an alternative to so-called "mainstream far-right". Far-right is essentially a superset which ...


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If you want to restrict your question to the strictest of laboratory settings, you may be able to squeeze out a point if the concerns are artificially limited to just economic questions about the division of labor. The problem is that National Socialism didn't happen within a laboratory, it happened in real life. Arguments made from the perspective of: "...


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I am a student learning the Russian language and interested in the Russian history and culture, and I have read many Russian articles, blogs, and materials about Russia, including discussions on Russian forums. I will now write my impressions and observations relevant to your question, and I hope that Russian users of SE will correct all inaccuracies in my ...


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Hitler originally joined the precursor to the national socialist party in 1919 as an agent of the Bavarian police to spy on them and make sure the weren't revolutionaries. At the time, they were significantly more socialist than the Nazis of the 1940s. The Nazis shed much of their socialism around 1934 (when they killed George Strasser) in order to gain ...


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This is a reasonable question, given the geographic and demographic spread of the largest country in the world. But Russian policy tends to focus on citizenship rather than language and ethnicity. The Russian government gave out passports to large numbers of Ossetians and Akhazians, as well as stationing troops in Transnistria. Significant numbers of ...


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The argument for white nationalism is that it is (supposedly) good for the white race. It seeks to "secure the existence of our [white] people and a future for white children" (14 words, which is a somewhat common slogan among white nationalists). We can for example see this in the Charlottesville Statement by Richard Spencer. It states that "race ...


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The racial and ethnic composition of the group of people in US advocating nationalism politically is not the same as the racial and ethnic composition of the population of US. Consequently, selfish promotion of national interests is tantamount to selfish promotion of racial interests. Therefore, nationalism is racism. TL;DR A biased ethnic representation ...


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Other answers have addressed the issue of racism. It's worth considering other aspects of this though. "My nation is the best" is a valid and praiseworthy opinion. However it can lead to some very invalid viewpoints such as: My nation is the best, therefore we have the right to unilaterally impose sanctions or take first-strike military action against a ...


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These kinds of arguments can be heard about pretty much any protest. The honest reason is that a lot of people just don't like protests, period. Particularly those who currently personally aren't harmed by the way things are. Back in the Civil Rights era you could hear nearly identical complaints, even for protests that we today view as totally justified, ...


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Wikipedia has a list of state mergers. Many of the mergers are the result of war or were, at best, flawed democracies. Almost by definition, if a country is merging with another, they are not "stable". From Wikipedia's list I offer some examples that you may consider: The merger of Newfoundland (a British dependency-dominion) with Canada (a fully ...


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When the citizens and leaders of Poland made the decision to leave the Soviet/Russian sphere of influence and to join "the West" in the late 80s and early 90s, "the West" looked much as it had during the 70 and 80s: a free trade and free travel union with subsidies for the poorer members. But changes had already been set in place to transform the EU into ...


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You say In my view, the term 'alt-right' is almost a euphemism to legitimize an extreme right-wing ideology which only a few years ago would have been entirely outside the bounds of reasonable political discourse. The "alt-right" are not further right than the far right. On many subjects, they are further left. For example, Steve Bannon: “Like [...


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It is "Us" vs "Them" which makes nationalism evil What is the necessary condition if I want to hurt another human being? I need to lower my appreciation for this person. So I begin to compare him with things I find worthless and disgusting: animals, excrements etc. etc. This is a foolproof way in history to suppress remorse and stop thinking about what I am ...


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