Nation-state as imagined community

That book documents and explains the big movement circa 1700 to 1950 toward identification with the nation-state.

. . . the idea of the “nation” is relatively new and is a product of various socio-material forces. Anderson defined a nation as “an imagined political community.” A nation “is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.”

Manifested in the flying of the flag.

* * * *

It’s unsatisfactory.

The next big movement will be identification away from the nation-state toward a more real kind of community.

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).