Nationalism vs Patriotism

I simply don't understand what is so wrong with nationalism.

We are told that Donald Trump is bad, he identifies as a nationalist and so did Hitler, therefore Trump is Hitler.

Many references exist that tell you amongst others, that Gandhi was a nationalist. So clearly there must be something else apart from "nationalism" that denotes whether a person is evil or not, since it appears that you can be nationalist, and good.

I hear the word nationalism, and think of a a country that is proud of their heritage and wants people  to share in the goodness of their country and their heritage. That doesn't mean I want people to come to the country and us what to do, but I want people to come here because they like who we are and want to be part of us.

Donald Trump is his recent White House press conference, said quite clearly that he wants and needs immigrants in the country because the American economy is growing. But, he says, he wants people who are there legally.

I don't see how anybody can argue against that. Unless you want to dismantle all borders (which probably wouldn't be a bad thing - I can go wherever I want), then surely, basic human treatment 101 says that we should look out for and prioritise law abiding people, those who do things by the book, pay the taxes, do things legally. Why should the criminals and law breakers get the breaks?

According to the left, Donald Trump cannot be much of a nationalist if he wants (legal) immigrants. Either he has the wrong definition of nationalism, or the left do.

So let us look at the definition of nationalism:

Nationalism is a political, social, and economic system characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining sovereignty (self-governance) over the homeland.

  1. patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.
    "an early consciousness of nationalism and pride"
    synonyms:patriotism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance/loyalty to one's country, loyalism, nationality;More
    • an extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
      plural noun: nationalisms
      "playing with right-wing nationalism"
    • advocacy of political independence for a particular country.
      "Scottish nationalism"

So nationalism, it appears, has several meanings - this may be the problem Nationalism is both synonymous (the same as) patritotism. But it is also defined as an extreme form of patriotism marked as a feeling of superiority over other countries. However this superiority is sometimes referred to as neo-nationalism, which apparently includes a mindset of being anti-islam, and it doesn't matter whether you have a mindset that disagrees with the fundamental ideology of islamist extremism but hold the view that all are entitled to freely practice their religion of choice. Im anti-scientology, but if that works for you, good for you! However yet another definition of neo-nationalism suggests the economic and political independence of a country rather than a racist ideology. Which therefore means that Nicola Sturgeon must also be a neo-nationalist and therefore in the same group as Hitler.

But I don't consider Nicola Sturgeon or Donald Trump to be Hitler.


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