Nationalism is the core of the Enlightenment’s notion of liberal democracy. It asserts that the multinational dynasties that ruled autocratically denied basic human rights. Among these was the right to national self-determination and the right of citizens to decide what was in the national interest. The Enlightenment feared tyranny and saw the multinational empires dominating Europe as the essence of tyranny. Destroying them meant replacing them with nation-states. The American and French revolutions were both nationalist risings, as were the nationalist risings that swept Europe in 1848. Liberal revolutions were by definitions nationalist because they were risings against multinational empires.Now the American Empire is similarly asserting itself, along with its minions and cronies in vassal states, with the predictable result that push back is rising as conditions deteriorate for more and more people under the boot. This opposition to the boot on the throat is being mischaracterized as "fascism" by the empire's propaganda machine.
In EU and US, nationalism is rising, not fascism
George Friedman, Stratfor
ht Don Quijones at Raging Bull-Shit