Tagged: nationalism

Hymn 43

As risible as the idea of a “Greater Albania” is, Albanian chauvinism should not be rewarded with further participation in international sporting events. It’s time to drag the Balkans into the twentieth century.

It’s also sad to see the poisonous pot of chauvinism stirred in the UK and USA in order to pick up a few votes from low information rustics.

Chavezismo was always financed by massive oil profits, once again demonstrating that socialism is fully compatible with capitalism (but not so much with environmentalism).

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Marie Antoinette was executed on this day in 1793. Let us eat cupcakes.

What she really said was “Let them eat Sachertorte.”

Actually, she didn’t say anything at all.

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Problems

There is no “Western” model. Abstract structural processes (l’histoire quasi immobile, la longue durée, and mentalités, in the terms of the Annales School) have engulfed the world and have taken on their own dynamics in particular places. To tie them to their points of origin is to mangle the object of historical analysis. What is potentially broken — or, at best, significantly frayed — is the post-WWII Entente Cordiale (i.e., Bretton Woods and the United Nations) that established a new world economic order and legal order for managing financial crisis and political conflict (respectively). Porous borders (which are imaginary in any case) means regional problems become global problems; because borders cannot be sealed in any permanent way (the pipe dream of all contemporary nativist-populist political tendencies). Backwardness in the form of medieval monotheism or nineteenth-century nationalism is a symptom of the problem, not a solution.