Where does Nationalism fit on the political spectrum?Watch
Is this a predominantly right-wing phenomenon or majority left-wing?
This question has arisen from seeing several examples from the political world right now that seem to peddle their own nationalist agenda but are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. These are:
- UKIP/Brexit = British Nationalism (Right - This is arguable i know!)
- SNP = Scottish Nationalism (Left)
- Front National & Marine Le Pen = French Nationalism (Right)
- Sinn Fein = Irish Nationalism (Left)
- Donald Trump & Republican Party = American Nationalism (Right)
This is in addition to those extreme examples seen in recent history
- National Socialism/Nazi Party = German Nationalism (Right)
- USSR = Soviet Nationalism (Left)
- Fidel Castro/Cuban Communists = Cuban Nationalism (Left)
Whilst i realise this offers sweeping generalisations of very complex issues/causes associated with each example, but nevertheless nationalism is unarguably a significant part of their agenda and shows how nationalism is present across the political spectrum.
Can anyone offer an explanation for this?
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Thus takes into account
Your position on economics, government, foreign policy, nationalism and progressivism
But wrongly because it can be either. Its usually socially traditionalist, but economically more likely to moderately left.
"Civic nationalism can be left or right".
True. The SNP have changed from being a moderately right wing party to firmly left.