Turns out a “Post-National State” can’t actually hold together.
One of the interesting things about looking at our world today is realizing that most things exist because they serve an effective and important purpose, even if we aren’t sure what it is.
Nearly every nation on earth is built around some form of nationalism, which should be self-evident considering the fact that ‘nationalism’ has the word ‘nation’ in it to begin with.
After all, how else do you keep a bunch of people together – often in a far-flung and broad territory – without instilling a sense of common identity and uniqueness from those outside the nation?
Clearly, nationalism serves an essential purpose.
Well, under the Trudeau Liberals, Canada has been undergoing an experiment in “Post-Nationalism,” the idea that Canada is a nation without any core idea of what it means to be a citizen.
Turns out, it doesn’t work.
Canada’s leaders have missed a clear opportunity to reinstall nationalism federally, by refusing to contrast Canada’s values with the values of a nation that is mistreating us and our citizens – Communist China.
Canada’s leaders are terrified to even utter the word nationalism federally, and are even more afraid to push for establishing a strong Canadian identity that unifies our diverse population around common core values.
But just because you ignore nationalism, doesn’t mean nationalism will ignore you.
And now, Canada is breaking apart.
Ironically, nationalism is surging, but it’s surging in provinces and regions instead of our nation as a whole.
Much of Quebec thinks and acts like a nation, and the surge of the Bloc represents a surge of Quebec nationalism.
Nationalism is also surging in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where feelings of any ties to Canada are eroding, and identity as an Albertan or Westerner is gaining in strength.
This is a tragic, yet predictable result of the total obliteration of Canadian federal nationalism. Canadians in different parts of our country feel little in common with one another, and the consequences are increasingly disastrous.
Nationalism – based on Canada’s history of fighting for what is right, our military accomplishments, our movement towards expanding individual rights and freedoms, our historic opposition to fascism and communism, and our efforts to bind our country into one nation – is something that must be actively taught, promoted, and instilled at every opportunity. And each part of our nation must be allowed to fully participate in our national economy.
The reality is that there is no such thing as “Post-Nationalism.” Nationalism will be with us in one form or another. Either we will have strong federal nationalism that binds Canada into a common identity, or we will have nationalism at the provincial level, and our country will break up.
Only one of those choices allows our nation to survive.