Nationalism is the Enemy
The question of whether the world can overcome nationalism and learn to think in supra-national terms concerns all of humanity and not only Jews. But since nationalism has identified itself with anti-Semitism to such an appalling extent, surely they have a special interest in the issue. For the rest of humanity it is at worst a question of the survival of the present structure of civilization. For the Jews the flaming up of nationalism on a world scale may well threaten their very physical survival. For at the end of the chauvinistic road lie pogroms, expulsions, new wars, and the extermination camps.
If this is so, it seems peculiarly ironic and unfortunate to find Zionism—at a moment when the very preservation of civilization seems to depend increasingly on humanity’s ability to rise above nationalistic ideologies—fostering a worldwide movement of the most intensely nationalistic character.
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