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Nationalism and goodwill 29th May 2006 Thinking of a progressive nationalism (June) by analogy with friendship, as Aristotle does in relation to civics, highlights the challenge that faces the centre-left. First, Aristotle noted that justice is failed friendship: the law has to move in to resolve conflicts when goodwill fails. The implication here is that the language of duties and rights is indeed not adequate for a sustainable national identity because it lacks mechanisms that build goodwill. Some source of positive civic feeling is necessary, particularly given that people do not have equal commitments to all humanity. Second, deeper, long-lasting…

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