Fundamentalism. Exactly.Vox Contra wrote:RAnthony wrote:It appears to be an unwieldy way of describing a group of ideologues, or a firmly believed ideology held by a loosely identified group. I think the confusion that stems from terming that nationalism, as well as the commonly held definition of the word should be avoided.Vox Contra wrote:NOTES ON NATIONALISM (1945) - George Orwell
We may be seeing an expansion somewhat of what Orwell was talking about.
Not Nationalism of the state, but Nationalism of Ideas, Concepts, or Class.
The advancement of communication technology is breaking down the barriers that we traditionally used to divide and segregate our selves (The Nation-State). But Humans, the semi-rational cave apes that we are just can't seem to live without some team to belong to. Religions, political parties, races, social movements, factions of all kinds
Brennus brings up a good point, albeit tangentially. Language appears to be a dividing factor in a good number of these conflicts; and different languages create different ways of thinking about the same ideas.
Ideologue is probably a pretty close approximation
But there’s something more to a Nationalist in my mind
There is a replacement of identity. They are no longer a person advocating for a particular idea. They have handed over their identity to the group, the membership of that group if first and foremost who they are. That transference of identity can cause some of the really unpleasant behaviors you see in extremists.