It is one of our most honored clichés that America is an idea and not a nation. This is false. America is indisputably a nation, and one that desperately needs to protect its interests, its borders, and its identity.
The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump swept nationalism to the forefront of the political debate. This is a good thing. Nationalism is usually assumed to be a dirty word, but it is a foundation of democratic self-government and of international peace.
National Review editor Rich Lowry refutes critics on left and the right, reclaiming the term “nationalism” from those who equate it with racism, militarism and fascism. He explains how nationalism is an American tradition, a thread that runs through such diverse leaders as Alexander Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ronald Reagan.
In The Case for Nationalism, Lowry explains how nationalism was central to the American Project. It fueled the American Revolution and the ratification of the Constitution. It preserved the country during the Civil War. It led to the expansion of the American nation’s territory and power, and eventually to our invaluable contribution to creating an international system of self-governing nations.
It’s time to recover a healthy American nationalism, and especially a cultural nationalism that insists on the assimilation of immigrants and that protects our history, civic rituals and traditions, which are under constant threat. At a time in which our nation is plagued by self-doubt and self-criticism, The Case for Nationalism offers a path for America to regain its national self-confidence and achieve continued greatness.
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About the Author
Rich Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997 by the magazine’s founder, William F. Buckley Jr. He writes a twice-weekly syndicated column and appears frequently as a political commentator on public-affairs programs. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, a New York Times bestseller.
I decided to purchase this book after seeing the author discuss nationalism on Tucker Carlson’s show. After finishing the book, I can say, it's an illuminating read. It explains clearly what nationalism is, and how it is central to what this country is. It starts out by debunking the common misconception that nationalism equals racism or nazism, and runs through the key nationalist events in our history. Lowry is convincing and this book is an enjoyable read — lots of anecdotes and interesting facts.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a must read for anyone who cares about this nation. I highly recommend it!!!!!!!! Janet H