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Diefenbaker, John George
I modeled myself from the beginning on Theodore Roosevelt. He was a remarkable man, and did more than anyone else to express the true concept of Americanism. My concept of Canadianism is modeled after that.
Jun. 8, 1962 - quoted in
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Frye, H. Northrop
If the world is becoming a global village, it will also take on the features of real village life, including cliques, lifelong feuds, and impassable social barriers.
Jul. 9, 1970 - from "Communications", published in
What protectionism teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.
Herman, Edward S.
Globalization is both an active process of corporate expansion across borders and a structure of cross-border facilities and economic linkages that has been steadily growing and changing as the process gathers steam. Like its conceptual partner "free trade," globalization is also an ideology, whose function is to reduce any resistance to the process by making it seem both highly beneficent and unstoppable.
Apr. 1999 - from "The Threat of Globalization", published on
Jackson, Robert H.
If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.
1943 - from the decision in
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette
... where there is only a national representative government without local self-government, there is no liberty as we understand it.
1853 - from
On Civil Liberty and Self-Government
... extensive and organized power over large populations does not suffice to make a nation.
1881 - from
... nationalism provides an escape from triviality. Implicitly or explicitly, men suffering a social upheaval put to themselves the question: What is happening to us? The nationalist answer is clear: our nation is struggling to be born, it is fighting for independence against its enemies. This answer is never the whole truth, and sometimes it has absolutely nothing to do with the truth at all. But that does not matter.
1967 - from
Mulroney, Martin Brian
I would certainly support getting rid of all this stuff at the borders, which inhibits progress and the free movement of goods, services and people.
2000 - quoted in "The End of Canada?", by Peter C. Newman, published in
magazine, Jan. 8, 2001
If patriotism is, as Dr. Johnson used to remark, the last refuge of the scoundrel, wrapping outdated industry in the mantle of national interest is the last refuge of the economically dispossessed. In economic terms, pleading national interest is the declining cottage industry of those who have been bypassed by the global economy.
I think the subject which will be of utmost importance politically is mass psychology. ... Various results will soon be arrived at [including] that the influence of home is obstructive ... in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can reach the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen. ... Educational propaganda, with government help, could achieve this result in a generation. There are, however, two powerful forces opposed to such a policy: one is religion; the other is nationalism.
1953 - from
The Impact of Science on Society
Today something that has always been true has become clear, namely that national and international are not opposites....The greatest enemy of the nation is not the international idea, but nationalism.
1948 - from
Nach dem Zusammenbruch
History is replete with examples of how freedom sucking big government is characterized by economic decay, nasty nationalism and government repression of anyone who is
. If history is the standard, then the victory is absolute. Statism has been vanquished. It is small, limited government and personal freedom that encourages the tolerance and compassion that Canadians say they value.
Jan. 18, 1999 - essay, "The Psychology of Big Government"
Trudeau, Pierre Elliot
[Quebec nationalism] I am afraid that excessive preoccupation with the future of the language has made certain people forget the future of the person speaking it. A working man may care about his language and cultural values; he also cares very strongly about having a decent life with the risk of losing the little he has through some misguided political adventure.
1968 - from
Federalism and the French Canadians
, Macmillan, Toronto
With the modern state's arrogation of authority over all dimensions of life ... it is not surprising that popular expectations of the state have risen correspondingly. In the late modern era, states' failure to live up to popular expectations often engenders a renewal of nationalism or ethnic sentiment.
1991 - from an essay published in
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society