Nationalism: Devisive, Counterproductive

Edward Snowden provides us with a better understanding of the extent of the national security state, but he’s more than a little off the mark when he wraps himself in the American flag (cover, Wired, 9/14), reflecting “the love of country that motivated him in the first place” (p. 22).  Yuck!  Nationalism (love of country) is, and always has been, a divisive and, thus, counterproductive force.  Our identity should first and foremost be with other humans; other people.  This should be obvious to Snowden, as it is to many others, me included, who see and celebrate the unifying force and, thus, betterment provided by the World Wide Web; it’s the world, not the nation; the Internet, not the pre-Internet nation, that’s the best arena for problem solving.  Give up on the nation!  Paraphrasing Queen, if you need something to love, love the World Wide Web, love the Internet.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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