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Why nationalism could actually be good for us

The trick is a form of nationalism which is inclusive—and open to re-negotiation when it matters

By Maya Tudor  

Across the globe, we are witnessing a rising tide of nationalism that marginalizes minorities. From Xi to Modi to Trump, the world’s most populous countries have embraced leaders that purport to represent the interests of their ethnic or religious majorities first and foremost. Observers rightly worry that this rising fervour of nationalism has the potential to undermine checks on executive power and minority rights, both essential features of a healthy democracy.

A healthy scepticism of such ‘majoritarian’ nationalism may be warranted, but this should not lead us to reject all forms of…

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