What We Are Reading Today: Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir

What We Are Reading Today: Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir
Updated 15 January 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir

What We Are Reading Today: Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir
  • Book explains why it is more important than ever for the Left to reclaim nationalism from right-wing extremists, and to redirect its power to progressive ends

Around the world today, nationalism is back — and it is often deeply troubling.

Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic.

But Yael (Yuli) Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism — one that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyper-globalism, and is essential to democracy at its best, according to a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

In Why Nationalism, she explains why it is more important than ever for the Left to recognize these qualities of nationalism, to reclaim it from right-wing extremists, and to redirect its power to progressive ends.