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Nativism and xenophobia have been allowed to revive worldwide: from the Trump administration in the United States to populist parties, both right-wing and left-wing, in France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria, to authoritarian parties in Hungary, Poland, and Russia. Is this an understandable response to the failure of the post-World War II institutions to live up to their promise? Or are today’s nationalists blind to the ills that beset their nations? Are Europe and the United States — and China, Japan and other Asian countries — headed back to the fractious conflicts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that led to world wars and depression?
Based on travels in America, Europe, and Asia, veteran political analyst John B. Judis found that almost all people share nationalist sentiments that can be the basis of vibrant democracies as well as repressive dictatorships. Today's outbreak of toxic "us vs. them" nationalism is an extreme reaction to utopian cosmopolitanism, which advocates open borders, free trade, rampant outsourcing, and has branded nationalist sentiments as bigotry. Can a new international order be created that doesn't dismiss what is constructive about nationalism? As he did for populism in The Populist Explosion, a runaway success after the 2016 election, Judis looks at nationalism from its modern origins in the 1800s to today to find answers.
John B. Judis is one of America’s premier political journalists, blending an inquisitive mind, a fierce intellect, and bracing prose. Born in Chicago, Judis attended Amherst College and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a senior editor at The New Republic and and the Editor-At-Large of Talking Points Memo. A founding editor of Socialist Revolution (now Socialist Review) in 1969 and of The East Bay Voice in the 1970s, Judis started reporting from Washington in 1982, when he became a founding editor and Washington correspondent for In These Times, a democratic-socialist weekly magazine.
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