Sunday Meeting: From Nationalism to Tyranny and How We Must Respond

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Joe Fashing presides

Most of us as New Yorkers would consider ourselves cosmopolitans. We are people of the world. We value education and the curious mind, and we proclaim a love and comfort with diversity. But the cosmopolitan spirit has historically had its opposition, which has risen to high places in the moment, and that is the celebration of nationalism. The world, of course, is divided into nation states, and our socialization within our respective nations, is a mainstay of our personal identities.
Nationalist identity is on a spectrum, from those who strive to reject it and prefer to see themselves as internationalists and cosmopolitans, to patriots, to those who embrace extreme forms of nationalism, fascism being the most dangerous. And, as the twentieth century has painfully shown, nationalistic zeal can open the door to tyranny. We need see history not as destiny, but as a warning.
My talk will look at the lessons of history and how we need to respond in the preservation of freedom and democracy.