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The Button, the Wall and the Myth of Nations

Koehler, Robert
http://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/05/the-button-the-wall-and-the-myth-of-nations/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  08/01/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article

North Korean sanctions, the border wall with Mexico, and the "toxic" role of nationalism with regards to international relations and domestically in the US are discussed.

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"Trump says build a wall. Even if the wall is mostly a metaphor, the effect of that metaphor is to lock in consciousness, as though 'America' is the only truth Americans are capable of understanding: Fifty states and that’s it. We're exceptional and the rest of you, keep out. Locked-in consciousness never keeps people safe, but it does keep them scared. You might call it patriotic absolutism, which yields fear, violence and war."

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