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Nationalism Against the Total State

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Tags Decentralization and SecessionMedia and CultureStrategyPolitical Theory

12/02/2022Tho BishopRyan McMaken

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the topic of nationalism and the role it can play in political decentralization. In his recent book, Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Small Polities, Ryan notes how nationalist sentiments have helped ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups resist centralizing political states, such as the Soviet Union. This contrasts the ways nationalism served as a centralizing force in 19th-century Europe. Ryan and Tho look at how recent nationalist sentiments are challenging authoritarian globalist pressures, as well as how strengthening regional and state cultural identities may offer the best chance to roll back the Washington regime in America.

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Contact Tho Bishop

Tho is an assistant editor for the Mises Wire, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and Business Insider.

Contact Ryan McMaken

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy and international relations from the University of Colorado. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case of Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.