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Nationalism Threatens Racism, Not War

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Somewhere in England, an elderly man reverts to the behavior of disaffected teenagers and daubs a slogan on a wall: “England for the English.” He is tracked down by the police and rightly prosecuted and convicted: The sentiment is clearly intended as racial abuse.

In much of the high-income world, the concept of the nation-state has become unfashionable both with educated elites and with the young. Modernity strings identity between one pillar of individualism and another of globalism. Many young people see themselves both as fiercely individual outsiders in their surrounding society and as citizens of the world.