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Proto-histeria nacionalista

por jpt, em 08.07.11

Em Portugal e não só tempos de crise. Já longos, e continuarão a prolongar-se. Pelo que vou lendo são tempos de nacionalismos a chegar. E nisso um pimba-cliquismo, um "pimbismo" galopante. Ou galopante? Repito um excerto de uma mais longa citação aqui colocada, que me parece muito a propósito:

 

 

Moreover, although endlessly brooding on power, victory, defeat, revenge, the nationalist is often somewhat uninterested in what happens in the real world. What he wants is to feel that is own unit is getting the better of some other unit, and he can more easily do this by scoring off an adversary than by examining the facts to see whether they support him. All nationalist controversy is at the debating-society level.” (p. 22)

 

By nationalism I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled “good” or “bad”. But secondly – and this is much more important – I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than of advancing its interests. Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism.…”.

 

“By “patriotism” I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force upon other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both military and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire of power.” (pp. 8-9)

 

[Georges Orwell, Notes on nationalism, In Defence of English Cooking, Penguin Books, 2005)

 

jpt

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