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A nation is a specific ethnic/racial group. That was the definition right up through the 1960's when I took a political science course. The nation state was an ethnic state.
The US in not a nation. It is a multiethnic empire. To be a nationalist in an empire you must identify with one of the races. So you can be a white nationalist, a black nationalist, a Jewish nationalist, etc.
When the US was 85% European it was close to being a nation, since the national identities of the various European races had diminished, allowing for a sort of white nationalism that is impossible in Europe.
Nationalism in an empire like the USA means that political parties will represent specific races, and that coalitions of political parties (the norm in empires) will actually be coalitions of races.
Hazony redefines nationalism in such a way that Nazis are not nationalists—Nazis are rightly considered ultra-nationalists—leading to a fallacy of ambiguity. He wants to defend nationalism, but instead of admitting to extremist strains of nationalism, he simply redefines the term to exclude the extremes.
Similarly, Hazony redefines nationalism as the opposite of imperialism, ignoring the "God save the King!" nationalism of the British and other imperialists. Kicking around other countries was an integral part of nationalism until descending into madness with Hitler.
There is no doubt that nationalism has a bad strain. However, nationalism is also a fundamental aspiration of a people, centered in the right of a people to self-determination. Much of today's global political and social structure, including the inviolability of borders since WWII, have much to do with preserving the nation-state. While international organizations have become more important, nations are still the fundamental structure of the modern world.
Anon: But you seem to believe that they were bad because they were nationalist (if they really were) And not because they were evil.
The Nazis evil ideology was tied up with their nationalism. "Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt" was originally a call to unity and pride, but in the time of Hitler devolved into a call for conquest and ethnic cleansing. Only the third verse, which excludes those words, is sung today.
Anon: It was also tied up in their Germanic heritage do you also think Germans are evil?
They're just as human as other ethnic groups. That wasn't the question, though. Nazis were ultra-nationalists, and their nationalism was an intrinsic part of their ideology and their appeal.
Anon: The honest truth is nationalism is the antithesis of globalism and the left really wants globalism so they must villainize any feelings like nationalism or love of country.
Well, not sure about your strawman version of "the left", but we made a point of discussing positive aspects of nationalism above. Our criticism of Hazony stands. There are extreme forms of nationalism, such as Nazism.