Nationalism Against the Total State

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the topic of nationalism and the role it can play in political decentralization. In his recent book, Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Small Polities, Ryan notes how nationalist sentiments have helped ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups resist centralizing political states, such as the Soviet Union. This contrasts the ways nationalism served as a centralizing force in 19th-century Europe. Ryan and Tho look at how recent nationalist sentiments are challenging authoritarian globalist pressures, as well as how strengthening regional and state cultural identities may offer the best chance to roll back the Washington regime in America.

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Recommended Reading

Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Small Polities by Ryan McMaken:

“Is Nationalism a Good Thing? It Depends.” by Ryan McMaken:

“Mises on Nationalism, the Right of Self-Determination, and the Problem of Immigration” by Joe Salerno:

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