There’s this discussion, which James pointed out to me. It’s interesting, and worth a discussion, but I’m also thinking that it’s a bit besides the point. Nationalisms don’t get uplifted or chosen or created by rational thought or process. What creates them is much more irrational than that, and much farther from any control or decision-making that we might like to think. And what gets those nationalisms a state is usually not only much more irrational, but much more violent than we would like.

Something like this is probably the next book project.