It is only by willful blindness that one can pronounce the death of a clearly still ascendant force in world politics. How can one fail to notice the Yellow Vests rioting in Paris and the Five Star- Northern League government of Italy clamping down on immigration and waging a nationalist campaign against the EU?

The new President of Brazil is a strident nationalist.

Nationalist forms of populism also are quite alive and dominate in Hungary, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Populism focusing on national sovereignty is growing in Germany, all of Eastern Europe, Netherlands, and even Scandinavia.

It is the neo-liberal internationalists who are faltering and struggling to stay in power. They may have a few victories here and there, but the pendulum is still swinging against them.

One may exempt parts of Africa, the Mideast, and central Asia from this trend. There one sees the nation regarded as a somewhat artificial creation of the colonial past, a set of lines and colored cloths that spark scant loyalty. In contrast, the prime identification of people is often to a tribe or religious sect. In those regions, the neo-liberal agenda has faded into non-existence.

Overall the world is evolving in many ways, but one thing is quite clear: nationalism is not dying. The rising tide of nationalism will lead to more clashes over immigration, trade, and economic development. There are serious questions as to whether the more extreme variations of nationalism will gain too much of a following. It undercuts any useful appreciation of such unfolding dangers to say that nationalism is dead.

Mathematician, Statistician, Businessman, and Academic. Student of history, poli sci , and the Bible.

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