The poison of nationalism

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Authoritarian nationalists often try to rewrite history in order to justify their hold on power, or to justify the invasion of a neighboring country. The newest issue of The Economist has one such example: ‘Russian history rich in shameful dates, many of them marking show trials and mass executions — or liquidations, as they were then called. December 28th, 2021, should be added to the calendar. On that day Russia’s supreme court ‘liquidated’ Memorial, the country’s most vital post-Soviet civic institution, dedicated to the memory of Stalinist repression and the defence of human rights.’ The same is occurring in China. Just ten years ago, a Chinese citizen could criticize the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Now that subject is taboo in China. With the dramatic rise in nationalism during the 21st century, we can expect to see an increase in xenophobia, especially among residents of the great powers.” (01/03/22)