Exclusive: Nationalism separates us by Shawn S. Grandstaff

by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2012

I believe the problem is it’s just very difficult for some people to grasp the concept that there is only one race and that is the human race. I think our battle with the powers that be which is in the hands of a few multinational corporations and banks would be much easier to overcome if we could just get over loving a nation more than loving people.

Nationalism and being patriotic are such powerful terms/words that only create pride and division in our hearts while subconsciously separating us from each other and the big picture. Like Albert Einstein said, “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” How very true that is when you see past the BS.

What we really need is more people speaking out and waking up the sleepwalkers if we are ever going to change anything. One thing that makes me sick is when people say to me, “Well, what are you doing about it”? The fact that I am sharing knowledge in spreading the word is one step in the process if we are ever going to get anywhere with it. If not, than why would we ever need schools? They provide the information and knowledge and then you are able to act upon it. Knowledge is power and is the first step to any revolution. So I tell them I wrote a book, that’s a start, what are you doing? Change begins within the mind and yourself first, then you can be who you really are.

from the archives:

Chris Hedges: Cost of War and Path to Peace

Dorothy Day: Change begins with oneself

8 thoughts on “Exclusive: Nationalism separates us by Shawn S. Grandstaff

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  3. AH — i did not get a chance last time to comment on Hitler . He broke the Pauline concept of the ”boundarys of nations ” in 39 when he invaded Poland . The Germans call it Liebenstrom . same goes in the former Yugo . or for that matter almost every war criminal uses this excuse of invasion as expansion of territory that they think is or was ”their nation ” – China in Tibet … Rome in Gual ..

    as far as the civil war , howard Zinn explains why it was wrong what Lincoln did . who stood to gain , and who stood to lose . check out Zinn’s speech at the 100th anniversary of the Progressive mag . call ”the 3 holy wars ” . he exposes the revolutionary war , the civil war , and WW2. its on [dandelion salad]. https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/howard-zinn-myths-of-the-good-wars-three-holy-wars-must-see-repost/

    about my home state. i know this place like the back of my hand . i travel a lot , and wherever i go , the east thinks we are west , the west thinks we are east..the southerners think we are yankees , and the northerners think we are dixie . you cant win . i don’t know what we are. but i do know that we won the last world series and that’s good enough for me .

  4. ”God has established the boundaries of nations , so that they may seek him ” . St Paul speaking in Mars Hill to the Philosophers in Athens ( Acts 17 )

    AH –the nation state ( or that time the Polis –city state ) is the firewall against Empire , Globalism , IMF, WTO …that seek to undermine 3rd world countries sovereignty and keep them on the hook of insupportable debt . ..and exploit their workers .

    We do it thru war. we have no respect for the sovereignty of national borders of other countries ( the ones with oil mainly ) , so we invade them in the name of fighting terrorism ( a red herring ) and in the name of God ( religious propaganda) .

    • I’m sorry I don’t have the time to edit spelling (other than Rocket’s).

      If there isn’t enough space to type your comment in the reply box, start a new comment. It is set-up to nest 5 comments deep as any more the space to type becomes too narrow.

      I do suggest typing your comment elsewhere and saving it, then copying and pasting into the comment box to save time and frustration.

      So sorry about the problems with replying.

    • AH — i am not a southerner . i live in Mo. ..which is a mixed bag of north /south /east / west./ but it does not take much brains to understand that the civil war was not about slavery , but stripping the bill of rights and consolodating federal power . other nations did away with it thru the vote. England –a perfect example of this .

      When Paul was talking about the boundarys at the time he was refering to the Polis ( city state ) as the firewall against the Empire.
      Personally , i prefer Tolstoy’s ”Christian Anarchism ” , ( see my article on this blog on the subject) ..as the most effect form of human cooperation . why ? becuase not only does it have no violence , but becuase it it refuses to submit to any form of government , and ( this is were you need to me open minded ) any form of tyranny from the self , and allow the power of the living God to live WITHIN a person and liberate them .

      If you think that nationilsm is an obsolete impulse than you need to read ”Becoming China’s bitch ”. The history of the world is more a history of rising and declining empires than it is nations . Empires are the problem , and its China’s turn again . There is a whole transnational elite manipulation banking system that is undermining the freedom of nation states that seek to resist them . and i am not talking about crude and backward tribalism . we are a part of this invasion of other nations , as a military force that is in league with this elite. and why ? greed . power . we dont respect the national sovernty of others. picture this: if we would respect what you call an obsolete impulse , namely the nation -state , we would not be killing so many people around the globe . what is obsolete is killing itself . and we better get hip to that or with the atomb bomb that WE created , there might not be much of a planet left .

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