Since taking office President Trump has made his position on America very clear. He is in full support of putting America’s interests ahead of the globalist agenda supported by Democrats and some senior Republicans. Many Trump supporters have labelled themselves as nationalists even though Trump himself did not support it during his Presidential campaign. And because of Trump supporters labeling themselves as nationalists, nationalism has become a sort of unspoken plank on the platform of the alt-right.

While nationalism and patriotism do share some similarities, they are vastly different. Nationalism is focused around collectivism while patriotism is based more around the individual. Nationalists tend to support the established Government as much as they support the country while patriots support the country more then the government. Ron Paul was once quoted saying “Yet, it is dissent from government policies that defines the true patriot and champion of liberty” in other words, to be a true patriot one must disagree with the government when it does wrong.

Any ideology that promotes collectivism is against the founding philosophy of America. America was founded on individualism and individualism is what makes America (and capitalism) great. Every major “evil” superpower was founded under collectivism, specifically the Axis powers in WWII, every Communist dictatorship and every other oppressive totalitarian regime.

The great libertarian philosopher, Frederich Hayek once equated socialism to nationalism because they often tend to go hand in hand. A specific example of that would be Adolph Hitler and his National Socialist party of the 30’s. The same thing could be said about the USSR. Joseph Stalin and the other founders of the USSR were very nationalistic, they sought to spread communism globally because it would have benefited Russia.

The point to be made is that collectivism under any guise — whether it be nationalism, globalism, communism, socialism, racism, modern liberalism — they all have one thing in common, they hate on the individual. They destroy the spirit of individualism and destroy individual liberties. Just because you care to pretend for the “collective benefit” doesn’t make you a good person.

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