A Nation is a Soul, a Spiritual Principle.
Renan’s “Nation” is a not a physical entity, a demarcated administrative zone, or a geographic scribble. His nation is merely a whisper cast by the multitudes; a mythic entity of cooperation, comfort, and collective conscience.
Embedded in meaningful memory and communal identity, the nation remains the ideal political unit. The brief illusion of a “cosmopolitan future,” has been uncovered as a fruitless guise for an elitist society and the many cultures of the world have stabbed national holes in the drab curtain of “modernism” and “universalism.” Walter Rostow’s “story of humanity” has frayed into the many colored threads woven into the tapestry of nations, each sovereign thread furnishing a pattern, interconnecting and interdependent. Nations are joined in trade, diplomacy, friendship, and alliances; cultural exchange, scientific research, and common initiatives, but are distinct and independent. But the blanket of nations is ever changing and re-weaving and, unlike a story, is not bound by an end or a conclusion. There is no foreseeable direction or “progression,” but ample archetypes, themes, and styles.
The fraying of Rostow’s story and the weaving of this paradisaical tapestry is Nationalism.
The College Nationalist lends a new perspective to the political field, one shared by the many but voiced by the few. “Nationalism” has been long degraded or forgotten, an ancient and primeval skeleton in the closet of the 21st century. I humbly submit that we have become reticent, and a thorough spring cleaning will uncover a very new political philosophy made up of very old politics and philosophies. I further propose that nationalism can be redefined, renewed, and reborn as a great and virtuous pen with which we can redraw the maps of imperialism, repression, and vacant elitism with morality, community, and legitimacy.
Violent separation, civil strife, religious conflict, and a myriad of other evils will be erased and forgotten by the new map, the new world, and the nationalist dream.