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.