What Do Socialists Say About Nationalism and National Liberation

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017
With Alan Maass

We live in an economically globalized society that is divided into competing national states each attempting to increase its economic, political, and military reach. Each ruling class appeals to nationalism and patriotism to justify repression at home and/or war abroad. But nations are not equal; some are powerful and dominate other nations, whereas others are dominated and oppressed by the stronger states like the United States. As Marxists, we make a distinction between the nationalism of the oppressor and the nationalism of the oppressed, understanding that the fullest internationalism of the world working class cannot be achieved simply by calling for internationalism, but must involve supporting the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.

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