Why the Left Wants a lesson in patriotism?
It wasn’t only the anti-Semitism and the”hare-brained economics”, says Matthew Syedsaid What really did for Jeremy Corbyn and his friends was their obvious lack of patriotism and basic contempt for the idea of the nation state.
The debut of America’s New offer and the British welfare state depended upon a”massive sense of national solidarity”: with no, they’d not have come about. Nor can it be coincidence that the nations that fared best from the pandemic are those with a solid sense of collective identity. People will”obey rules which are personally disadvantageous if they feel a moral commitment to those who might be harmed by the violation”. The reason the EU hasn’t managed to mutualise debt is not that Europe is not leftwing enough; it’s that Germans don’t feel the requisite solidarity with weaker Greeks. What the left still fails to comprehend is that”right-wing populism isn’t an expression of national identity; it results from a crisis in national identity”.