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From: Zeynep Demirbilek, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a trainee journalist in City University in
London and currently I am doing a report on
"nation-state". I was wondering if you could
help me by giving your own point of view about the
questions below. Would really appreciate the help.
1- How do you describe a "nation-state"?
2- Is the nation-state still alive and do you think it is needed?
*3- What is the significance of nation-state in contemporary world politics and economics?
Thank you and looking forward to receive your answers.
"nation-state" is the political expression
of a nation. A "nation" is a specific
ethno-cultural community. It`s not entirely ethnic,
because individuals of various races can usually be
assimilated over time, but it`s not entirely cultural
either, as the "Universal Nation" ideologues
in the U.S. argue. The term is derived from the Latin
verb "to be born" and implies a link by
blood - an extended family.
2] Nation-states are very much alive - they are the inevitable result of modernization, which puts a premium on linguistic unity. Hence the break-up of the syncretic Marxist post-national polities of Yugoslavia
and the U.S.S.R. On the other hand, the urge to abolish the nation-state is alive too - EU, U.S. immigration policy - and seems to spring from similarly deep psychological causes - e.g., self-hatred, minority alienation and New Class self-interest etc. So it`s a pitched battle. (See articles on the topic)
3] My own view is that the nation-state is as essential to liberty as property rights are to free markets. Without them, you get chaos and an inevitable withdrawal of consent by the governed.
January 31, 2001