Re: ETA and Post ETA - Basque Separatism and Spanish Politics
True- I think that not all nationalism is inherently dangerous. I believe it is a neutral actor which at least protects cultural heritage- Europe has always been a cultural melting pot anyway and I notice no brake on cultural exchange in Europe attributable to national borders historically speaking.
In fact cultural exchange never recognised national borders anyway- it is a weird mistake of the 'left' to believe that national boundaries lead to war. It is also where globalising corporations and centralist leftwingers agree most of all but for very different reasons. Corporations want no borders where they trade, on cost and homogeneity of product reasons, and idealogues of the left want centralisation to underpin command economies and centralised control of the means of production. The 'free movement of peoples' is agreed upon as a good thing by Comrade and Corporate but for very different reasons
The greatest exchange of knowledge in European history actually came from across the eastern gate with the rediscovery of Aristotle, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato in the hands of Muslim scholars and lead to a great cultural leap forward in western Europe. National borders did not hinder that in any way. Arguably the unearthing of this ancient wisdom by scholars from industrialist Britain and France was only possible as an offshoot of the success of the nation state.
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.