Nationalist? Populist? Patriot? Which One Are You?
In the current chaotic political world we are immersed in these days, and with the constant labeling and/or defining of folks by their political philosophy (i.e., ‘identity politics’) we tend to get lost in all that labeling and are unsure of which political camp we are really part of or think we are really part of…
What is a ‘nationalist’, a ‘populist’, or even a ‘patriot’…?
According to “WikiPedia” – the online “Free Encyclopedia”, some detail on those words:
A NATIONALIST / a nationalist would be someone who believes in ‘Nationalism’: “Nationalism is a political, social, and economic system characterized by promoting the interests of a particular nation, particularly with the aim of gaining and maintaining self-governance, or full sovereignty, over the group’s homeland.”
A POPULIST / a populist would be someone who believes in ‘Populism’: “Populism is a political approach that seeks to disrupt the existing social order by solidifying and mobilizing the animosity of the “common man” or “the people” against “privileged elites” and the “establishment.”
A PATRIOT / a patriot would be someone who believes in ‘Patriotism’: “Patriotism is an attachment to a homeland. This attachment can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one’s own homeland, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects. It encompasses a set of concepts closely related to those of nationalism. An excess of patriotism in the defense of a nation is called: “Chauvinism”; another related term is “Jingoism”.
Out of these three, which do you feel you fit in…? I suppose one could be a mixture of all three, but in this labeling world we live in, and if you had to choose, which one would you feel you are more comfortable in…?