To effectively counter nationalism, we must rediscover republican patriotism which values national culture and the legitimate interests of citizens, but elevates both to the ideals of free and civilized living.
Nationalism must be fought with intransigence because it enhances cultural and ethnic homogeneity, justifies contempt for those who do not belong to our nation and, as it has already done in the past, can destroy democratic regimes and pave the way for totalitarianism. If the democratic left is to curb nationalism, it must first respond to the need for national identity, of which it has always left the monopoly to the right. To do this, it must appreciate the national culture and the legitimate interests of each citizen but also raise both of them to the ideals of free and civilized living: it is republican patriotism, which holds together nation, political freedom and social justice.
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2021
- Original title: Nazionalisti e patrioti
- Original language: Italian
- Translation: Damir Grubiša