Magazine
Latest Issue

The Prospect editorial—Put out more flags

The power of nationalism is rivalled only by its danger

By Tom Clark  

We learned this spring that a version of British Rail is coming back, but this time rebranded Great British Railways. This might sound like it signals a national nervous breakdown, but it has rarely been wise to bet against self-aggrandising patriotism. Time and again, history has shown that the nation trumps everything. Faith, social solidarity and revolutionary principles struggle to compete with the rallying power of the flag. Under assault from Nazi Germany, even Stalin felt obliged to tone down the Bolshevik rhetoric and turn up the talk of a Great Patriotic War. We might wonder at why the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect