Marion Marechal is a French citizen with familial ties to the “far right” (which the press always tries to portray as white supremacist and racist) has the exact right ideas:
“How did we get here how did we get here? Because the EU and French governments forgot one crucial point. To open oneself to the outside you must have a solid core. To welcome you have to remain and to share you must have something to offer. Without nation and without family the limits of the common good, natural law, and collective morality disappears as the reign of egoism continues.”
As I replied to on someone else’s blog yesterday, Nationalism is Tribalism writ large. Nations are built on a common culture, ethos, morals, and to a certain extent, ethnicity. Family first, then community, then nation.
The essential problem with civic nationalism – the “melting pot” – is that this assumes every immigrant, or even every citizen, has the same ethics, morals, and sense of fair play that the founding population of this country had. The reality is that they don’t, and this is where our conflicts arise. When one group hates the other, and when one group consistently takes while the other gives, when one group maintains a strong sense of both identity and wounded resentment while the other is blind to their heritage and identity, civic nationalism fails. When only one group plays by the Melting Pot Rulebook (TM) it hollows out the nation, the community, the family. Look around. THIS is civic nationalism in action.
I don’t know much, but I do know the center cannot hold.