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Why Nationalism$
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Yael Tamir

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691210780

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691210780.001.0001

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This Is the Time

This Is the Time

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(p.166) 20 This Is the Time
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Why Nationalism
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Yael Tamir

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691210780.003.0020

This chapter argues that national sentiments should be used to induce a readiness to rebuild a cross-class coalition, giving individuals worthwhile reasons to work together to promote the common good, securing a more just distribution of risks and opportunities. The chapter then presents four reasons why this is the right time to do so. It also describes how state-directed actions must be taken in order to allow millennials to conduct a productive and satisfying life. By narrating the states' new task to reestablish a cross-class coalition that will promote a fairer distribution of risks and opportunities, the chapter acknowledges that some risks and opportunities are unifying — promoting social cohesiveness and undermining class tensions — while others are divisive — pulling the different classes in different directions and exacerbating social conflict. Ultimately, the chapter explicates shifting the social and economic balance in ways that will allow a more even distribution of risks and opportunities. It analyzes how such moves are likely to make a difference in the basic perceptions of public morality.

Keywords:   national sentiments, cross-class coalition, risks, opportunities, unifying, social cohesiveness, public morality, class tensions

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