October 27th, 2018

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Heard about Trump’s embrace of the word "nationalist".

If anything appeals to me about Trump it’s how politically incorrect he sometimes is. These moments are rare, and he might easily go back on what he said (the “I don't see any reason why it would be” example from the Helsinki summit is one of the most spectacular such cases), but very few others dare.

In contrast to Trump, who is (or pretends to be) a simple (probably stupid) man, MSNBC would befuddle its viewers by discussing how nationalism (bad) is different from patriotism (good). "When Samuel Johnson said that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels, he really meant nationalism," says a panelist. Oh really?

And the following analysis is just outrageously unfair, as the commentator jumps from "globalism" to "nationalism" to "white nationalism" (woot! the weaponized term! although what in Trump’s quote makes him do so I have no idea):

It’s really a parallel universe from, e.g. Yuval Harari, who has been speaking and paneling at a surprising number of events lately, and who fearlessly uses the word "nationalism" in the positive sense (although, like the commentator from the first clip splits hairs seeking the difference between nationalism and patriotism, Harari’s dualism is nationalism and fascism, one good, the other bad).