On nations and states
“To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it.” – Rabindrinath Tagore, quoted by Martha Nussbaum.
“Since the narrower or wider community of the peoples of the earth has developed so far that a violation of rights in one place is felt throughout the world, the idea of a cosmopolitan right is not fantastical, high-flown or exaggerated notion. It is a complement to the unwritten code of the civil and international law, necessary for the public rights of mankind in general and thus for the realization of perpetual peace.” – Immanuel Kant.
- George Orwell “Notes on Nationalism” Polemic 1945; Rudolf Rocker Nationalism and Culture 1937.
- From Contested Terrain: Wolfgang Pohrt on The Radical Left and National Liberation... was one of the early anti-national texts of the German Left, before the emergence of the anti-national (and anti-German) tendencies following German “reunification” in 1989. Murray Bookchin’s “Nationalism and the ‘National Question’” text is over 15 years old yet continues to be relevant for left debates on nationalism. And the essay from the London group of the Junge Linke (Young Left), Why Anti-National? goes into even more interesting aspects of “the nation.” Another popular hit was the Anarchist Federation’s Statement, “Against Nationalism.”
- On a binational state: Raluca Eddon “What's new about the new binationalism?: Israel and the binational idea” Tikkun 2004; Adam Kirsh “Hannah Arendt’s conflicted Zionism” New York Sun 2007.